According to statistics, most of us have a soft spot for Chrome – but does this imply that it’s the best? The fact is, there’s much more to viewing the web. Whether you’re looking for speed, high levels of customization, or unyielding privacy for your browsing activities. Perhaps you’re simply looking for a change, just to shake things up. Whatever the reason, Namerific has compiled a list of the top 5 web browsers and what they have to offer.
1. Google Chrome – A strong and malleable browser, provided your PC has the resources
Google has constructed an extendable, resourceful browser that merits its place at the top of the browser positions. with a user base that’s always growing. It’s cross-platform, extremely steady, vividly vacant and takes up minimal screen space. Its wide range of easily accessible and connected extensions mean you can really personalize it. The support for parental controls and a vast selection of tweaks and settings to safeguard extreme efficacy.
However, there are disadvantages, and possibly huge ones. It’s among the weightiest browsers with regard to resource use, so it’s not great on computers that have a limited RAM. Moreover, its performance pales in comparison when it comes to bench-marking terms. And with Google’s antennae running through it, you might feel uneasy with the ways in which your browsing information may be used.
2. Opera – An undervalued browser with an excellent Turbo mode for slow connections
It’s sad as it is surprising that Opera makes up only around 1% of the browser market, because it really is a quality browser. It launches fast, the UI is brilliantly flawless, doing everything its competitors can do with a couple of extras thrown in for good measure.
The main reason we recommend having Opera installed alongside your main browser is its Opera Turbo feature: It condenses web traffic, directing it through Opera’s servers, which makes an enormous difference to surfing speed, if your broadband connection is playing up.
By decreasing the amount of data transferred, it comes in handy if you’re using a mobile connection, and its re-routing also escapes any content limitations your ISP might place on your browsing, which can be really handy. Opera mechanically ducks out of the way if you’re using protected sites like banks so your traffic is unrestricted and free from any potential privacy violation. Additionally, it has a battery-saving mode which guarantee to keep your laptop going for longer.
3. Microsoft Edge – Microsoft’s new, user-friendly browser is fully integrated with Windows 10
The default ‘browsing experience’ on Windows 10, Edge is a peculiar one. Edge embodies the more manageable end of Redmond’s offering while Internet Explorer scales a little better for innovativeness.
Amalgamation with Windows 10’s core ploys seems to be Edge’s main forte. It happily runs as a modern-skinned app on Windows 10’s tablet mode, and works with Cortana. It’s also extremely streamlined for the present web age, scrapping doubtful proprieties like ActiveX and obliging you into Internet Explorer if you want to use them.
Grumpy complaints apart, actually using Edge is a seamlessly enjoyable experience. It’s super-fast, goes above and beyond yardsticks, its integrated reading mode makes multifaceted sites more palatable, and by sandboxing it away from the rest of the operating system Microsoft has safeguarded that Edge won’t endure the security glitches its older brother suffered.
4. Mozilla Firefox – A contentious pick nowadays – flexible, but a somewhat listless
This was a leader in overall popularity in the browser war once upon a time, but has sadly fallen behind its opponents. The reason for this is unclear. There’s much to be desired in terms of design, keeping the search and URL boxes separate and leaving buttons on display, where others have removed them, it’s regularly updated on a six-week schedule and has a raft of extensions available. New add-ons like built-in support for Pocket and Hello aren’t going to tickle everyone’s fancy, but some will love them. It’s really divisive, even though it’s a solid browser with a quality rendering engine.
5. Safari – Apple’s browser is fast and now accessible cross-platform
This quite possibly may be Apple’s star browser, but you needn’t have an Apple device to use it. The question is, however, do you really want to use it? On iOS, probably. It’s the most efficient browser on the platform, and suck your PC’s battery life like Chrome. Amazingly, the same is true for macOS, at least if you’re using a MacBook running on battery; its low impact on your system could save a huge chunk of battery life when compared to other browsers.
If you’re after speed, Safari certainly tags along, and its reading list – recently mimicked by Microsoft Edge – is great for saving articles for later consumption.
We all have our favorite web browser we tend to stick to, and generally we won’t even think about changing unless something goes catastrophically wrong. Which is your favorite browser?
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