Vivaldi is a Chromium based browser with its UI written with web technologies (HTML/JS). Vivaldi advertises itself as a "power-user browser" as it tries to bring features built-in reducing the number of extensions needed.
Vivaldi was founded by Jón S. von Tetzchner, creator of Opera browser and its CEO until before the switch to Chromium.
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Pro Tab can be stacked
Tabs can be grouped under a single tab to easily keep track of all open webpages.
Pro Built for power users
Vivaldi includes lots of niche functionality such as the ability to move tabs to any side of the screen, turn images on and off, or render pages with monospace fonts.
Pro Compatible with most Chrome extensions
Since Vivaldi is built on WebKit, the same engine Chrome (among other browsers) is built on, it was possible for Vivaldi developers to allow Chrome extensions to run in their browser.
Pro Full of customizable keyboard shortcuts (can be completely keyboard-driven)
It's possible to change and add keyboard shortcuts for basically all commands. It also has single key shortcuts to execute actions with one click.
Vivaldi is available on Windows, Linux and OSX.
Pro Ability to search through settings, history, open tabs, bookmarks in one place
A feature called Quick Commands (accessed via Ctrl + Q) allows quickly getting to settings, history, open tabs, bookmarks with incremental search.
Pro The UI can be customized with ease
Pro Web Panels
Web Panels allow for easy access to any site from the side panel. They are useful for reading two websites side by side or for chatting (i.e. Facebook) and surfing at the same time. Panels can be hidden when not in use.
Pro Mouse gestures
Integrated mouse gestures. Fully configurable as of Vivaldi 1.2 (snapshot available now). Allows for navigating the web, switching tabs, closing windows, opening settings etc. with a flick of the mouse.
Pro Analytical history
View graphically the most visited pages on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis.
A notes panel allows leaving notes on webpages and can include screenshots for reference and have tags and organized in folders to help manage them.
Pro Cross browser extensions with Opera and Chrome, Firefox web-ext's too
All Vivaldi, Opera and Chrome users can get extensions from all extension/addon sites, especially from Opera Addons and Chrome Store.
Pro Tab behaviour can be customised
The order you toggle, open, close or clone tabs can be modified to match a workflow that best works for you. For example you can choose tabs to toggle in recent order so you can go back and forth between the last most useful tabs without needing to change their position on the tab bar.
Pro Reader mode
Vivaldi has a built-in reader mode so you can remove all the clutter in news pages and read only the content, you can also customise the reader mode, like font size, style and colours.
Pro Sync in beta versions is enabled
Everything can be synced with a Vivaldi account if you are using a snapshot version. Coming soon to stable as well.
Pro Allows navigating to the next page without searching for the link
A feature called fast forward puts a dedicated button before the address bar that is designed to help you navigate to the next page of a multi-page article, forum thread or search results without having to hunt for the link.
Pro Manage bookmarks very well
Vivaldi has an excellent bookmarks system. Bookmarks can be easily accessible via Speed Dial, side-bar, bookmarks bar, quick commands. No more messy bookmarks bar is needed and location bar suggestion is improved thus!
Pro Built-in page capture
Vivaldi can grab a picture of the whole webpage or part of it and saves it automatically inside a note or as a file in your disk.
Pro Non-closable fixed tabs
A setting lets you prevent closing fixed tabs so you don't close anything important by accident.
Pro Custom search engines
You can add as many search engines as you like. For example you can set up one for YouTube, one for Wikipedia, or whatever you want: you need only the URL of the search and it can be used from the URL bar (by prefixing it's nickname,
yt for YouTube for example).
Pro VPN is available by extension- also routing through Tor network
VPN and Tor encryption is possible through extensions. Tor is a free choice if one doesn't want to subscribe to a VPN service.
Pro Tab bar position can be changed
Users can change tab bar position to top, bottom left or right
Pro WebRTC IP leaking can be disabled
A built-in setting called "Broadcast IP" will stop the IP leaking with WebRTC when disabled.
Pro Customizable UI
Vivaldi can change the colors across the browser and has the option to change the color automatically depending on the page.
Also, page loading animations are available in the address bar.
While Vivaldi is currently available gratis (without monetary charge), it is currently not fully libre (meaning that it does not allow users to view the source code used to create, to modify that code, or to redistribute modifications) and is therefore neither free nor open-source software.
The C++ source code however is open-source under a BSD license and can be downloaded and browsed from here.
The UI code though is not open-source, but it's easily readable as it's HTML, CSS & JS. Modifications can be shared as their forum even has a dedicated section.
Con Not available on your Phone/Tablet
Vivaldi is neither available on Android or iOS
Con New and buggy
Still working out a few kinks, not entirely optimized yet so it can be a little slow or resource intensive. The latest versions have much improved performance though.
Con Does not sync across devices
Unlike all other major browsers.