Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Home Dash has some great ideas. I like the concept of a when-you-need-it interface, and I like getting that little bit of extra screen space - it just looks great. But... the functionality just does not match how I use the internet.
Home Dash really hurts the utility of tabbed browsing - it seems that, in an attempt to make it more intuitive and efficient, they've made it less so. Consider - normally, I can switch between tabs quickly with Ctrl-Tab/Ctrl-Shift-Tab, or you can just click on the tab you want. Fast, easy, efficient. They're all there, so it's pretty rare that I need to think for more than a split second about where the tab I want is. With Home Dash, you can still Ctrl-Tab - but, you don't get to see what you're tabbing through, so you have to look at each page for a moment to see if it's the one you want. Ctrl-Shift-Tab is disabled. To use the interface the way they intend, you need to mouse over the icon, then scroll around (through tabs you can't see unless it's the current/past/previous one) until you get to the one you want, and then click. Again, it's more of a bother to examine each page as it appears than it ever was to deal with this the old way.
In short - good (initial) concept, but the execution just doesn't work. Maybe if they add in some way to move through tabs that is actually convenient...