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BlackHawk Web Browser

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The browser wars continue, and many developers are taking the best features from the most popular browsers and trying to create something even better. BlackHawk Web Browser is a variation on Google Chrome that claims to have the speed of Chrome and the functionality of Firefox. We're not sure that the browser really brings anything special to the table, but it works just fine.

BlawkHawk's interface is extremely similar to Chrome's; the color scheme is slightly different, and there are menus across the top instead of in one dropdown menu as in Chrome, but otherwise they're more or less the same. We put BlackHawk's speed claims to the test by trying it on some Flash-heavy Web sites; it compared favorably with Chrome, but we're not sure that it was noticeably faster. BlackHawk's documentation says that Chrome extensions can be used with the browser, but we found that to be the case only some of the time; we tried several extensions, and while some installed without issues, others gave us error messages (though they installed easily in Chrome). BlackHawk does have some extensions of its own, including popular ones like FlashBlock and AdBlock, but there are obviously many more extensions available for both Chrome and Firefox than for BlackHawk. BlackHawk's Help file is really more of a four-question FAQ, but if you've used Chrome before you likely already know everything you need to. Overall, BlackHawk worked just fine, but there wasn't anything about it that really impressed us, and we have trouble seeing why anyone would choose it over Chrome or another competitor.

BlackHawk Web Browser installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal.

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  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

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    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

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  • 1.0 stars

    "What's the point?"

    June 6, 2013  |   By DarkSwanKnight

    Version: BlackHawk Web Browser 2.0.305

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    It's just a cheap knock-off from Chrome.

    Summary

    A browser called "BlackHawk" and yet its logo is of a Bald Eagle? That's just plain dumb.

    Stick with Chrome and if you want alternative, either use Dragon or Iron. Anything else is a waste of time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good browser!"

    April 14, 2013  |   By MartinJackman

    Version: BlackHawk Web Browser 2.0.305

    Pros

    Fast
    Stable
    Light-ish
    Free

    Cons

    Updates?
    Nothing else so far but see below.

    Summary

    Having tried, and gotten tired of, the big browsers I decided to test some of the more obscure ones. About 20 of them in all. SlimBrowser was promising but couldn't open gmail/ymail. It juddered and stalled a few times - enough for me to stop using it. Some browsers are worth installing just to give your friends a laugh at parties (see "Laser Web Browser").
    I finally got around to BlackHawk and so far it's been worth it. I haven't loaded it up with extensions or plug-ins (just adblockplus) and it hasn't crashed, frozen or displayed any bothersome idiosyncrasies. It does however launch blackhawk.exe every time you open a new tab and CPU usage tops 52% sometimes.
    A good test for me is to print from a web page so I printed off some boarding passes and it worked brilliantly.
    BlackHawk has become a very faithful and reliable friend. I use it for heavy browsing and just about everything now. For alternatives I use Homepage5, Midori and Fast Web X2 which are way lighter with reduced functionality. Midori is promising but it decides to take a holiday occasionally.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "BlackHawk is what Chrome wished it were"

    October 3, 2012  |   By Green_Star1

    Version: BlackHawk Web Browser 2.0.305

    Pros

    Is FREE
    Is Fastest of the three Browsers on my computer
    It is Stable, has not crashed even once
    It retains it's settings
    Does not appear to hog resources

    Cons

    could use some better addons

    Summary

    If there was just one or two of my favorite addons for it then BlackHawk would be my default browser over Firefox. It is faster and more stable than FireFox.
    And where it kinda looks like Chrome, That is as far as it goes. This is a real serious web browser, Where Chrome is a very bad joke.

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