One of the many battles taking place at the field of IT is that among browsers. Speed and functionalities seem to be the key elements users look for in a browser. Although this battle is undoubtedly being won by Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, there are some other competitors willing to get a bigger share. Blackhawk Web Browser is one of these products and its developers claim it has the functionality of Firefox and the speed of Chrome.
Having these two alleged advantages in mind, my task would then be to verify whether these claims are true. There are so many aspects affecting speed that it is difficult to check it accurately. However, according to the developers, this browser uses Chromium, the same code used by Chrome, so we might expect that they have similar speed performance. In addition, during testing, both browsers were compared and no difference was noticeable. The second claim is much more verifiable. Unfortunately, no reasons support Blackhawk’s argument of being as functional as Firefox. One of the aspects to take into consideration was the availability of extensions. Although Blackhawk has some extensions of its own and even supports some Chrome’s extensions; it definitely lags behind both Firefox and Chrome.
The interface resembles that of Chrome as it features the same tabs of modern web browsers. There are only some minor differences regarding the positions of menus. However, there is one particular difference: Blackhawk allows opening IE-based tabs more easily.
In general, Blackhawk is a fine web browser but it still has a long way to go before it can convince users of offering something really different.
- It supports some extensions of its own
- It supports some Google extensions
- It is easy to use
- It is light
- It is free
- Too similar to Chrome