Historically, the nature of software– the apps we use on Macs, iPhones, iPads, Watch, or pretty much any computing device– is to add features which adds layers of complexity. Apps these days are sufficiently complicated that a cottage industry of minimal apps has taken root and grown. From minimalist apps to distraction free apps, the order of the day is moving toward simplicity and elegance, not ever more bells and whistles.
Some say we live in The Golden Age of Browsers, and whether your persuasion is Mac or Windows, iPhone or Android, it’s difficult to disagree with the sentiment. From Safari to Chrome to Mozilla and even Microsoft’s new Edge browser, we have speed, add-ons and extensions, fast and accurate page rendering, and a growing number of bells and whistles.
Enter Min. As in minimal; a minimalist web browser for the Mac which lives up to the name. Minimal translates to fast, and this must be the fastest web browser I’ve ever used. Seriously, there just isn’t much to Min and that’s where beauty and usability live. Don’t bother to look for features, extensions, add-ons, preferences, and other bolted on cruft which can slow down the browsing effort. This is one fast browser and it’s free.
Min starts, well, minimally.
Start browsing. Or, take a tour. The tour won’t last long because there’s not much to describe how Min works. The search bar takes URLs or search keywords. For search, the end results come from DuckDuckGo, so there’s almost no tracking on your search efforts.
The tour is a single web page which explains how to open and manage tabs, and they’re the most complicated component in Min. As tabs in the browser grow they can be swiped down into a grid-like page for easier reference. Preferences are Privacy Settings instead.
If minimalism is a buzz word these days, and it is, Min lives up to the trendy hype both in name and in deed. Min is slim and that means fast.
Another trendy phrase making the rounds is privacy and Min doesn’t mince on privacy, even if the settings are as minimal as you can get. Privacy Setting include blocking trackers and ads. The blocking is on or off. There are two additional settings which can speed up the web browsing experience but each lessens what you’re expecting in a web page without ads. Block Scripts and Block Images.
Normally, the oohs and aahs of a new piece of software kit comes from a list of cool and gee whiz bells and whistles. Min goes in the opposite direction. Fast, clean, mean, no clutter, no preferences, no tracking. Just web pages.