When comparing Puffin vs Qutebrowser, the Slant community recommends Qutebrowser for most people. In the question“What are the best desktop web browsers?” Qutebrowser is ranked 9th while Puffin is ranked 33rd.
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Pro Renders Flash
Games and videos. Most mobile browsers don't support it.
Pro Seriously fast
Pro Optional touchpad and cursor
Some websites require hover.
Pro Data savings
Puffin servers can compress pictures before you download them for faster page downloads and data savings for capped data plans.
Pro Loads banned websites
It loads websites which other browsers don't.
Pro Built-in reading mode
Reading mode allows removing everything on a page but the content. It removes ads, styling and anything else that could get in the way of a comfortable reading experience.
Pro Fast and light on resource usage
Pro Highly customizable
And quite easy to configure. You can even write your own config.
Pro Vim-style keyboard shortcuts and commands for rapid navigation
With suggestions/auto-complete to reduce the learning curve.
Call custom scripts on web pages or links (hinting mode).
You can use this for downloading of videos (youtube-dl, adfree), saving web pages as pdf or adding news sources to your RSS reader (newsboat).
Con Logs browsing history
Con Blocked in some countries
Puffin is blocked in China, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
Con Steep learning curve
If you're not a vim user it will take some time to get used to the shortcuts.
As it is mainly written in Python it's startup is slower than the competition.