If I make a survey about which browser you think is the best, for sure most people will say Google Chrome. There is no doubt about Google Chrome’s performance. I myself say it’s one of or if not the fastest web browser there is. But of course, even Google Chrome has its flaws. Based on my experience, Chrome eats up a lot of RAM. I’m not a techy person or an IT, but if you check your task manager, you’ll get what I’m talking about. I own a netbook; Windows 7 Starter, 32-bit with a 2GB RAM and has no video card. It’s not the best laptop, so the best web browser is not fit for my netbook. I did some research about lightweight web browsers. I found a lot, but also found out that more of them are out-dated and it doesn’t support most websites. I found 6 web browsers that you might want to consider using or stop using.
Before I start with the list, let me explain to you guys what I did.
- In every browser, I opened 6 tabs.
- Each tab opens the most commonly websites people are most likely to open (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, WordPress, Getglue, 8tracks)
- For web browsers that include extensions, I downloaded the extensions that are most likely to be used. (Adblock, IDM Integration, Disconnect, Youtube Options)
- I didn’t include the CPU usage and Memory usage percentage because, while I was doing this, I was running different programs that may contribute to the memory usage. I didn’t want to mislead you guys.
1. Google Chrome
Chrome will never be out of the “which-browser-to-use” list. Like I said, most people consider this as their best.
- Adblock Plus
- IDM Integration
- YouTube Options
Total of 15 processes
Memory (Private Working Set) totals 796, 668K
Advantages of using Google Chrome is that it syncs to almost everything (Google Docs, Youtube, Google +, etc.) When I used Opera, I always get a warning whenever I’m using Google Docs . It keeps telling me that Opera does not support Google Docs but it still worked fine for me. My problem with Chrome is that when there are multiple tabs open, tendency is that my laptop lags or goes mega slow. So if you’re a person with a really good laptop and is a person who replies on Google accounts, Google Chrome is best for you.
2. Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Firefox is Google Chrome’s greatest rival. Mostly because they have almost the same features.
- Adblock plus
- Youtube center
- Avast online security
- IDM Integration
Total of 2 processes
Memory (Private Working Set) totals 415, 328K
My problem with Mozilla is that it has a really slow start-up time, and sometimes it doesn’t load images especially on Twitter. Back then, Mozilla had the same problem with Google Chrome. It also ate a lot of RAM. But good thing they fixed it, but the performance level was still the same. I hope they do something about this. I would recommend Mozilla Firefox for those who really want to save RAM usage.
- Youtube Center
- IDM intergration
Total of 14 processes
Memory (Private Working Set) totals 426,232K
Opera, to be honest, is my personal favorite. It’s not as RAM consuming as Google Chrome, but the performance (in my opinion) is better than Mozilla Firefox. My only problem with Opera is that the latest version does not have a Bookmark feature, but it does have Speed Dial. I hope Opera brings back their Bookmark feature because that’s one of the most important things in a web browser. So if you’re looking for good performance, and still saves RAM usage, Opera will work fine for you.
4. Maxthon Cloud Browser
This is a new comer in the web browser competition. It is very lightweight but may be a bit buggy (since it is still somehow new). You can sync your browsing history, bookmarks, passwords, etc. from your PC t your smart phone/tablet device through it’s cloud engine.
– chrome based
– syncs your settings to your account
– built-in notepad (Skynote)
– split screen
– built in Ad-Hunter
– built-in print screen button
– built-in resource sniffer (downloads video files, audio, images, CSS, etc.)
– IDM integrated
– sidebar can be hidden
– Youtube Center
Total of 5 processes
Memory (Private Working Set) totals 378,232 K
The problem with Maxthon is once a problem is encountered, there are only few sources to look at for solutions, since not a lot of people use this browser.
5. Comodo Dragon
Another Chromium based web browser that focuses on improving web browsing privacy.
– Adblock plus
– Youtube options
– built-in web inspector and PrivDog (it protects your privacy). This is something similar to Disconnect.
Total of 13 processes
Memory (Private Working Set) totals 386, 784 K
A web browser with a combination of media downloading and sharing.’
– Adblock plus
– IDM integration
– mixture of opera and chrome
– fast performance even with 6 tabs
– does not allow “Youtube Options” (extension)
Total of 19 processes
Memory (Private Working Set) totals 573,294 K
For me, Opera is the winner. I’ve been using Opera for my netbook for more than a year now, and it’s been great. Chrome used to be my main browser, but whenever I have a lot of tabs, my netbook starts to lag. That never happened when I started using Opera. Firefox was okay, but it was too slow for me.
What about you guys? Which browser is the best for you?
- The Battle of the Web Browsers (kkirkpatrick25.wordpress.com)
- Comparing Web Browsers (codyleebryant.wordpress.com)
- Web browser that surpassed the rest (stuff.co.nz)
- 10 Popular Web Browsers Tested for Memory and CPU Usage (raymond.cc)