Too much of a good thing isn’t always good.
For example, if someone came out with an iTunes clone, called MyTunes, and it looked and worked like iTunes but didn’t have as many features would you need to use it? iTunes is feature laden and free. If necessity is the mother of invention, here’s a new Mac browser that needs a problem to solve.
Solution That Needs A Problem
How many Mac browsers are there? Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and a dozen others. They’re all similar. They’re browsers. Fast, stable, plenty of add-ons, and a list of features.
If it looks like Safari, works like Safari, but has fewer features than Safari, do Safari users need to switch?
Maybe. Roccat thinks a bit different but not different enough. Think OmniWeb with a Safari paint job.
Maybe the most useful browser function in recent years is the tabbed interface. Every browser of worth has tabs. Each tab holds an open web page. Each browser window can hold many tabs.
Roccat has tabs but they look more like a horizontal implementation of OmniWeb’s tabs. Use regular tabs so that you get more viewing space to see the web site you’re visiting. Or, use VisiTabs to see a thumbnail of the sites on other browser pages.
Roccat makes a big deal out of browser history which looks remarkably similar to the browser history in Safari. If you enjoy using a different user agent when you browse the web, Roccat can do that, too. Just like Safari (but with a few more options).
Some nice touches show up here and there. For example, active text boxes will glow orange so you know which of the fields is active. Click on the field and the text box grows—animation put to good use.
Text fields can also grow in size, making it easier to see the text you’re entering.
So, why use Roccat when Safari actually has more refined features? Roccat is fast. If it’s faster than Safari or Chrome, it’s not much faster. But it renders pages very quickly.
If you don’t like web page ads, Roccat has a built-in ad blocker. How about cookie management? Minimal at best (we all love to manage our cookies, right?). So far as I can tell, Roccat doesn’t import browser bookmarks and the add-bookmark function didn’t always function.
As with all browsers, Roccat is a work in progress. The price tag is perfect and you may find the few extra, non-Safari-like features to be worthwhile. Unfortunately, Roccat doesn’t answer the question, “Why do I need yet another Mac browser?”