Can a browser make you more productive? Is there a browser built from the ground up to improve productivity? And why, in a world full of free browsers, would anyone pay for a browser? Let’s find out by following along with Garland with Captain Time’s Wavebox Review.
As a time management speaker, coach, and consultant I work with a LOT of productivity tools! I am constantly on the lookout for any new tools that can save me time, streamline my processes, and make my work and life easier.
Years ago, when I got a new computer, I would a lot of time installing all my software tools and it would be days before I was back to my normal levels of productivity. But in the last few years, when I get a new computer or laptop, it is simply a matter of logging into my tools because most tools today are web-based, not desktop-based. Google Calendar, GmailNotion, Canva, ChatGPTMindMeisterLess Annoying CRM, social media – all my tools for planning, task management, content creation, and marketing are web-based.
This lead me to a startling conclusion. My main operating system to get work done isn’t my desktop operating system (Windows) – it is my browser!
Whoa – what a revelation! I had never really given thought to my browser as part of my productivity operating system before, I had usually just chosen a browser that had a clean interface, wasn’t overly bloated, and blocked ads fairly well.
But now, with my newfound insight, I started on a quest to find the best productivity browser. I tried many, testing each for weeks at a time. It soon became apparent that most browsers were built for casual browsing, not productivity. When the dust cleared, only one browser was left standing, Wavebox.io. Let’s find out why in my Wavebox review.
Watch the Wavebox review video below to see how I have organized my browser for productivity.

*Disclaimer*: I may receive a small affiliate commission if you purchase Wavebox, but I ONLY recommend tools I use and love! 😍 Wavebox IS the primary browser that I use every day for productivity.

About Wavebox

Wavebox is a Chromium-based browser for MacOS, Windows & Linux. The Windows version is what you will see shown here since that is my main computer operating system. I get the impression that Wavebox was designed from the start to be a browser that you complete work using. In essence, a productivity browser.

Folders and Bookmarks

The good news is that you can import your existing browser folder and tabs into Wavebox so you won’t lose them. Great in the beginning, but I find as time goes on, I am using Wavebox’s groups and tab strips more and more and the bookmark folders less and less.

Workspaces

One of the first benefits of Wavebox is workspaces. You can create a separate workspace for your various roles such as work or your personal life or create separate workspaces for each client.
You can also create a shared workspace with your team, making it easy to ensure your entire team is working with the same apps.

Groups, Apps, and Tabs

Wavebox has a unique way of working with apps and tabs. First off, you can create a Group, on the right-hand side. A Group might be a project, client, workflow, social media, etc.
When you click on each group, there is a Tabstrip across the top where you can pin apps you use for that group. So, just by clicking on a group, you suddenly have all the tools you need to work with that client or a project in the tabstrip.
In my case, I have the following Groups:

Work

  • Main: This is my primary workspace, with pinned tabs for my Google Calendar, task list, CRM, my business websites, and some AI tools
  • Finance: This area has rapid access to my bank accounts, credit card statements, bookkeeping software, and tax information.

Workflows

  • Coaching: Pinned tabs and space relating to my time management coaching so I can quickly access templates and learning materials during a coaching session.
  • Content Creation: In this group, I have all my tabs for content creation and promotion.
  • AI: In this group, I have gathered my favorite AI tools together here for quick access:
    • Pathfinder: My goal-setting AI assistant
    • ChatGPT
    • Perplexity
    • Claude

Clients

  • For each client, I have a separate group, with the tools I use for each client. This includes logins to the client’s websites, their task lists, tracking systems, and anything else I use for that client.

Social

  • I have pulled together my social media groups for my “social” time each day. This includes Facebook, Reddit, etc.
An excellent feature for focus is that I can collapse the group sections so I can focus ONLY on the group I am currently working with. This means, that if I am working on my Content workflow, I can close all my normal work, client, and social groups.

Managing Logins

A great use case for Wavebox is being able to stay signed in to all your client accounts by creating a workspace or group. This is brilliant, for example, if you are logging into Google Drive, Office 365, YouTube channels, or social media channels for clients as you don’t have to log out of your own accounts, then into your clients, then back to your own.

Dashboards

In addition to better organization using Workspaces, Groups, and tabscripts, Wavebox lets you set up dashboards using widgets.
These widgets can include:
  • Apps or Links – a shortcut to your apps or links
  • Brainbox – chat with multiple AI tools
  • Collections – a collection of apps or links
  • Connect – team chats
  • Desktop Web Apps
  • Downloads
  • Embedded Iframes – show any website or tool within the widget. For example, I can show a Pomodoro timer or a custom calculator
  • Google Calendar
  • Info Cards – add an image, text and link
  • My Wavebox – stats on memory saved and apps used
  • Notifications
  • RSS – add your fvaorite RSS feeds
  • Search – search apps, tabs, pins and the web
  • Tasks – create a quick todo list
  • Team Feed – recent activity from your team
  • Unread and Unified Unreads – unreads for all groups or displayed by groups
  • Wavebox Smart Notes – create notes for any app or website

Split Screens

Need to have your credit card statement open while you enter transactions into your bookkeeping software? Or need to reference an article while you are writing notes? No problem, with Wavebox. Just right-click on any tab, and you can split the tabs right, left, top, or bottom within the group or within the window. So you can easily work in apps side-by-side. I find myself using this feature a lot!

Yes, I do have two monitors on my desk so I can easily do this by pulling a window to the second screen, but having them both on the same screen makes it easy to transfer data or refer quickly without having to kink my neck over to the left to see my reference material. Plus, when I travel, the split-tab feature lets me work in two apps at once on my laptop.

Smart Notes

Ever wished you could take notes on websites you’ve visited? With Wavebox’s Smart Notes option, you can easily add a note to any website you visit and you will see a notification on the extension when you visit the site again. Or you can easily just call up all your smart notes and browse them.

Extensions

Wavebox has over 20+ extensions already built-in, but since Wavebox is a Chromium-based browser, you can use all your favorite extensions from the Chrome web store, giving you access to over 150k extensions to extend your browser functionality further.

AI Integration

Wavebox integrates with AI as well. They offer a widget called Brainbox which allows you to use common AI engines such as ChatGPT-4o, ChatGPT 4 Turbo, ChatGPT 3.5, or Mistral. Since good AI prompts are at the core of using AI successfully, Brainbox also offers some pre-defined AI prompts called “skills” to get you started on common AI tasks.  You can create additional skill prompts in Wavebox.

Support

The level of support provided for software is always critical for me because some of my clients are not as tech-savvy as me to be able to figure things out on their own. I am pleased to share that Wavebox support has been excellent and they have responded quickly to my queries.

Wavebox Review Conclusion – Yes, this browser DOES improve productivity

Wavebox lets me swap between projects, roles, and clients seamlessly with a single click of a button. Wavebox also becomes the common interface between all the various web-based tools I use and reins in the need to have too many tabs open at once.
Wavebox lets me easily create workflows and dashboards and has had a huge impact on my productivity, So is Wavebox a browser worth paying for – the answer for me is a resounding YES!
I hope you have enjoyed my Wavebox review. Reach out if you would like help setting up your own personal productivity system using Wavebox.