Browser Wars: Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Opera, The Definitive Benchmark

Matt Smith 02-07-2014

If you could only choose one browser, which one would it be? Which is best: Firefox, Chrome or Opera? We’ll show you.


The war between web browsers has become more diverse as Internet Explorer, the former giant of the space, has given up ground. That space has been filled by Chrome, Firefox and Opera, a trio of free competitors known across the globe.

You really only need one browser, though, and once you choose you’re likely to feel locked in as you accumulate plugins and bookmarks. We’ve taken a close look at each browser to see which comes out on top for a variety of benchmarks.

Look And Feel

In many ways these three competitors look and behave similarly. All three are tabbed browsers, all three have a small main menu tucked into an upper corner of the display, and all three have a neutral gray-and-white theme. Opera, which has a photo background for its default home page, is the only one that adds any visual variety.

All three of the browsers have a home page which consists of icons and/or previews of frequently visited websites that can be customized to include those specific websites you’d like featured. Chrome and Opera add Google Search to the mix, however, while Firefox does not include search by default. Chrome and Opera also incorporate a few extra options into the home page while Firefox includes only website previews.



Chrome and Opera continue to show similarities in their streamlined options menus, which open a new tab in the browser instead of in a separate window. Firefox, meanwhile, keeps it old-school with a more traditional options menu, though the browser does open at least some of its options within the browser window, including plug-ins, history and print options.

Opera has a couple of unique customization options worth mentioning. These include support for themes and a Discover page that draws in top stories from various news feeds. Users of other browsers can mimic these extras with plugins, however, so this is unlikely to swing most users one way or another.


These broad strokes aside, there are relatively few differences in look and feel, though that doesn’t mean finding a preference is difficult. Everyone will have their own opinion; I personally find Firefox’s new menu contrived, but others may find the streamlined feel of Chrome un-intuitive. Those who are sticklers about interface design should try all three – but those who are not can likely ignore the interface as a factor and decide based on other tests, which we’ll now dig into.



All three of these browsers can sync user preferences and bookmarks across different devices, and all three do so in a similar way. You’ll have to create an account, log in with it on each device you’re using – and that’s it. Your bookmarks and preferences are synced automatically and stored on third party servers. Sync even works with the mobile versions of each browser.


The only important difference between the three is that only one, Chrome, is produced by a company with a reason to do something with your data besides keep it 100% secure. How Much Does Google Really Know About You? Google is no champion of user privacy, but you might be surprised just how much they know. Read More Google has been clear about the fact that it examines Gmail data, so it’s hardly inconceivable the company would do the same with bookmarks and saved tabs. This can make the Chrome sync feature look a bit dubious to users who are concerned about privacy.

Text Scaling

Scaling has become a major issue for web browsers because of the very wide range of displays they may be used on. A PC owner may be using an 18″ 1280×1024 monitor from ten years ago, or could be using 30″ 4K display 4K Video Downloader Makes It Easy To Get Videos From YouTube 4K video is all the rage and YouTube is a great place to watch them. Streaming 4K video can be too bandwidth-intensive, so save and play them with 4K Video Downloader. Read More they just brought home.


I use a 2560×1440, 27″-inch Dell monitor. To provide a comparison of how these browsers scale I’ve taken screenshots of each at 100% scaling, 125% scaling and 150% scaling. The browsers, left to right, are Chrome, Firefox, and finally Opera. We’ll start at 100%.


Chrome and Opera are almost identical in this test, while Firefox stands out with its much larger, bolder type. All three are readable on my 1440p, 27-inch monitor Computer Monitors For Gaming: How Do You Choose The Right One? Read More , but Firefox is undeniably the least taxing due to its significantly larger text. The trade-off is approximately six lines of less readable text per full browser page.

Now let’s increase the size a bit to 125% (120% in the case of Firefox, which skips from 120% to 133% by default).



Once again Chrome and Opera are about the same, while Firefox is much larger. An extremely close look at each will show signs that text has begun to blur due to the scaling involved, but everything remains readable. Chrome and Opera show themselves to be far more readable at 125% than at 100% – on this page, at least. Were I to view is page frequently, I would not want to view it at less than 125% scale on those browsers.

Let’s go big and ramp up to 150%.


Firefox is really too large at this scale, as text is gigantic and the white space between paragraphs is huge. Chrome and Opera are more reasonable, and users with less than perfect eye-sight may find this the preferable setting on a high-PPI monitor. There are noticeable signs that scaling has taken its toll in Chrome and Opera, though, as both are coarser than Firefox.

To drive this point home let’s blow up a smaller portion of each browser’s text by an additional 400%. First take a look at Chrome.


And now take a look at Firefox.


Firefox simply does a better job of aliasing, which translates to a sharper, more refined look. This becomes subjectively apparent as scaling in each browser is increased, and by 150% the difference is obvious, particularly when viewing high contrast (black on white, or white on black) text.

Oh, and you may be wondering why Chrome and Opera are so similar. The answer is that they’re the same, at least so far as web page layout is concerned. Both use the Blink engine, which was developed by Google in cooperation with Opera. Firefox, on the other hand, uses an engine called Gecko.

Image Scaling

While text is the most important part of a web browser’s scaling, it’s not alone. Images can also be impacted, particularly when the image itself includes text. To see how each browser handles image scaling How to Properly Resize Images in Photoshop Here's how to easily resize images in Photoshop. In no time, you'll have the perfect image for sharing, uploading, or printing. Read More I’ve picked one of my favorite hardware sites, The Tech Report, as a testing ground. This site is a great test bed because it does not dynamically scale image content and it includes images with text in the header.

Again, we’ll start at 100%. I’ve once again laid out Chrome on the left, Firefox in the center and Opera on the right.


Here we see the downside of the Gecko engine. Its larger scaling across the board improves the readability of text, but drastically decreases the fidelity of images. The Tech Report’s logo is so fuzzy it almost looks as if something is wrong with the page.

On the flip side, though, Firefox’s text is easy to read at this scale, while many users may need to increase scale in Chrome and Opera to make browsing The Tech Report’s page comfortable. What happens when we go up to 125% (120% in Firefox)?


Firefox is already hopeless at this scale, as its blurry rendering of the The Tech Report’s logo is terribly obscured. Chrome and Opera, meanwhile, aren’t as sharp as before, but still retain a surprising level of clarity.

Chrome and Firefox are, in fact, better at 125% than Firefox is at 100%. Have a look at the image below. On the left is Chrome at 125% scaling, while the right is Firefox at 100% scale.


Chrome’s image rendering is sharper despite the fact that the images and fonts in both browsers are now almost identical. This puts Firefox at a severe disadvantage, and it explains why I’ve always “felt” that Firefox doesn’t look as crisp as its contemporaries. Turns out I wasn’t just seeing things; the browser’s Gecko engine does, in fact, have some trouble with images.

Now let’s go big by kicking up the scale to 150%.


Firefox, which was already hopeless, is now…well, something worse than hopeless. All this comparison does is rub salt in the wound and reaffirm that the Blink engine used by Chrome and Opera offers sharper image rendering.


Virtually all the browsers available try to make claims that they are the quickest. Usually such claims are based on a particular benchmark which is favorable to them. This can make deciding which is actually quicker very complicated. Let’s take a look at five different benchmarks and see how the scores stack up.

All the following benchmarks were conducted on the same Windows 7 desktop. The system had a Core i5 3450 processor, eight gigabytes of RAM and a GTX 780 video card. Every test ran individually without other programs or browser windows open.



Peacekeeper, developed by well-known benchmark powerhouse Futuremark, is a demanding test that primarily tests HTML5 performance. It spans WebGL, video playback, 2D games and a variety of other workloads. Here’s how each browser stacked up when gaining points.

Chrome: 5,132 points

Firefox: 3,677 points

Opera: 4,778 points

This is a clear win for Chrome, which defeats Opera by several hundred points despite their use of a common engine. Firefox is far behind, scoring about two-thirds of what Chrome managed.



The SunSpider test is the elder of these browser benchmarks, as it has existed since 2007. Several updates have been released, but JavaScript performance remains the focus. In this test, unlike the others, a lower number is better as the results are the milliseconds required to complete the request.

Chrome: 147.2 ms

Firefox: 139.9 ms

Opera: 158.2 ms

Here we see a reversal of fortunes for Firefox, which takes the lead over Chrome. Opera, meanwhile, comes in a distant third, as its score is more than 10 milliseconds higher than Google’s browser. That’s one win for Chrome, one for Firefox, and none for Opera.

RightWare BrowserMark


BrowserMark is another advanced benchmark that tests a wide variety of standards including JavaScript, HTML5, WebGL and CSS3/3D. This makes it a very broad, complete benchmark, much like Peacekeeper. Does this mean Peacekeeper’s results will be repeated? Here are the points each browser obtained.

Chrome: 5,358 points

Firefox: 4,591 points

Opera: 5,189 points

Yes, these figures line up much like those of Peacekeeper’s, though the gaps between the competitors are much smaller. Chrome and Opera are extremely close, as you might expect given their similarities.

Babylon.js Train Demo


This extremely demanding demo uses WebGL to render large landscapes through which a train trundles about. Because my test desktop had a GTX 780 Ti, an extremely powerful graphics card, I used the most demanding test this benchmark allows; all FXAA 4x on and a camera that views the entire landscape at once. Here’s the average frame rate each browser managed under those conditions.

Chrome: 60 FPS

Firefox: 47 FPS

Opera: 60 FPS

The cap in this benchmark is 60 frames per second, which is achieved by both Chrome and Opera. Firefox is left behind with an average of 47 frames per second. While this may not seem like a huge difference, the demo’s animation was noticeably less fluid in Firefox.

Wirple BMark Canvas 3D


BMark is a 3D test that can be used to look at either the Canvas 3D or WebGL standards. Since we’ve already looked at WebGL with the train demo and in other benchmarks, we’ll only be using BMark to focus on Canvas 3D.

This benchmark renders a constantly increasing number of boxes on screen. When this causes the frames-per-second to dip to 10, the number of boxes rendered is counted and this becomes the score. Thus, a higher score is better.

Chrome: 551 boxes

Firefox: 459 boxes

Opera: 542 boxes

Well, no surprises here. Once again we see that Chrome comes out on top while Firefox crawls behind the pack and Opera lands smack in the middle.

Performance Conclusions

The numbers say that Chrome is the quickest browser of the three. Whether that translates to any meaningful real-life difference, however, is debatable, and there are also benchmarks that will buck these trends. Google and Mozilla both have their own in-house tests, and as you might expect, their respective browsers tend to win their tests.

Personally, I have difficulty claiming any noticeable difference in performance between the three browsers in daily use. Web pages load in approximately the same time, YouTube videos play smoothly in each, and games run without a hitch. While the benchmarks indicate there is indeed a difference, and Chrome generally wins, you may never encounter a situation where the difference becomes relevant.

Verdict: Chrome Wins

We’ve now taken a look at features, scaling and performance, three major factors that determine every user’s preference in web browsers. When everything is considered it becomes clear that Google’s Chrome has a lead on the competition, which explains why it’s now judged the world’s most popular browser by most usage share monitors.

Chrome has two things going for it. The first is excellent image scaling. Image clarity is far superior to Firefox, which looks downright fuzzy at times. The result is a crisp, beautiful browsing experience. Opera shares this victory because it uses the same web layout engine.


The second advantage is speed. Chrome beat Firefox and Opera in most of the benchmarks, and Firefox suffered a severe thumping overall. As mentioned, I have a hard time seeing a difference in performance during everyday use, but just knowing Chrome is faster gives it an edge. All three browsers have very similar feature sets, so why not use the quickest of the bunch?

There’s also a familiarity to Chrome. Google Search is the homepage, bookmarks are synced with your Google account, and Google’s massive Chrome Web Store, which offers free and paid plug-ins, is similar to the Google Play store on Android devices.

Chrome has just one flaw, and that’s text scaling. Fonts are rendered much smaller than in Firefox by default, and don’t look as sharp even when Chrome is scaled up to match Mozilla’s alternative. Users who read a lot of text online, have poor eye-sight, or own a very high PPI display may find Chrome frustrating. Opera, of course, shares this flaw.

Still, defeat in a single battle does not cause Chrome to lose the war. On balance it’s a quicker, more attractive experience, and it easily hooks into the Google ecosystem so many people already use. Chrome has become the browser to beat.

Share Your Favorite Browser

Is Chrome the right option for you, or do you love another browser? Let’s talk about the browsers that work best for you, and which benchmarks you find to be most important. Is it the ecosystem of a browser that keeps you using it? Or is it all about speed? It’s time to have your say!

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  1. Nguyen Vu
    February 24, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    This testing stuff is pure bullshit. It's not bullshit in the term that the technicalities behind them are wrong. It's bullshit in the term that aspects x single-aspect-test = best regular usage. The tests do not reflect the changes in behaviors of browser over time, which ultimately create user experience. One-point-testing do not reflect the real usage of user.

    So I guess the bullshit part came from the writer and editor of this article, not the test creator themselves.

  2. wjsc
    March 12, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I have an older Windows 7 system, running 4 gb of RAM. Unfortunately, Chrome eats my limited system resources like a ravenous animal, while Firefox (my favorite for a long time) has become increasingly buggy and crash-prone over the last few years.

    I've happily migrated to Opera, which I first used years ago. Opera is proving to be stable and zippy, and I've just begun testing Opera's FREE VPN feature.

    So far, so awesome!

    • Sunset
      January 22, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      I went through the same issues. I used to just use firefox or chrome but especially on my old laptop they became crazy slow over time. So I switched to opera, I still use firefox on my desktop without any issues but opera runs perfect on my laptop.

      Something about firerfox and chrome just was too bloated on my laptop, made things really slow. Opera seems a lot simpler. The free VPN is a nice touch too, it makes browsing slower IME but it's still awesome having the option.

  3. Chudy
    January 4, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Do this with Microsoft Edge,

  4. John
    September 25, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I've used all 3 in an IT support environment and in my home environment. You've tested a single browser in response to various tests. The issue is when you are multi tasking. Chrome's newer model of basically "sandboxing" each tab, creates a memory usage issue once you get past a few tabs. Their speed in loading a single page is bogged down by the fact that mostly everyone now, uses multiple tabs. Open 10 tabs and check the resource monitor on your computer. Coun't how many instances of chrome are open and check the resource utilization. You'll find Chrome bogs itself down in its own processes. I can no longer use chrome because of this. I switched to Opera and I've been impressed.

    I'm a Google fan and I don't even care about the data mining and privacy stuff. I want it to work fast when I really put it to work and right now Opera is performing at a much higher level than chrome or firefox.

  5. Jhayakhar
    September 17, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Opera has a cool interface

  6. Craig Hubley
    June 18, 2016 at 3:55 am

    I would say this stuff just doesn't matter, and that unreliable downloads make Chrome worst.

    Plus plain UIUX errors that go unfixed through many major releases, like windows that can't handle lots of tabs without having them literally disappear off the right side of the top bar...

  7. ZobVA
    May 4, 2016 at 3:21 am

    I recently started the painful transition from Firefox, a browser I have used for many years. It's hard to give up the familiarity. But with each new version Firefox had become increasingly slow, crash-prone and a memory hog. It "leaks' memory; the longer it runs the more memory it uses. I finally grew tired of constantly clearing caches and history, etc., just to maintain an acceptable web browsing experience. (My desktop PC is a Dell with 6GB RAM @ 3.3 GHz, running a 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premiumoperating system).

    I've used Chrome in the past and still have a copy of it on my computers. But I really, really dislike Chrome's user interface; I don't find it to be at all intuitive as Firefox's is.

    So I decided to give Opera a whirl. While keeping FF just in case, I installed Opera vs. 36 and imported my bookmarks and settings from Firefox -- which was amazingly easy. I realized right away one major shortcoming of Opera is the lack of good bookmark management and I have thousands of bookmarks accumulated over the years; neatly files in Firefox book mark folders. But no problem, because after installing the Chrome compatibility add-on for Opera, I found a great bookmarks manager in the Chrome add-on store that I installed -- and it does everything I need.

    So basically I have now migrated to Opera and so far so good. I'm getting accustomed to the UI, and I find it to be much more user-friendly than that of Chrome. With the help of add-ons from both the Opera store and the Chrome (Opera-compatible) store, I pretty much have all the extensions and plug-ins that are compatible with my old FF add-ons that I was so comfortable with. I'm still keeping FF around just in case, but I find myself using Opera more and more. It won't be long before I take that final plunge and set Opera as my default web browser.

  8. Isaac
    April 13, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I use Chrome and Firefox.. More Firefox that Chrome, primarily because of the speed drain on the rest of my system, not specifically because the browser itself is faster.
    If Chrome would have everything in 1 process, like firefox, instead of a separate process for Each Individual Tab..... I would never use anything else. BUT it bogs down the 20 other items I'm working on at any given time.. :(

  9. Yuri Perelman
    January 23, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    have Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, and IE 11 on my computer. I mainly use Chrome which is my default. Here is my hoedown:

    IE 11: Sucks, but better than Edge

    Edge: Slow, overuse of bing aka the wrost search engine ever, and crappy

    Chrome: Chrome is a great Browser, and the fastest, that allows any search engine, despite being owned by Google. If you are a Yahoo user, use Chromium (the browser) which uses Yahoo as its default

    Firefox: A twin to Chrome, enough said.

    Opera: Easy to use, fast, and saves everything you do on Chrome

    • dgtexan
      May 3, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      gotta love how people tend to over-exaggerate. Bing is far from the worst search engine ever, and I've found it's results to be more fine-tuned to what I am looking for than Google whenever I start to get specific. Chrome slows down my computer to all get out, with multiple processes. This makes sense for light duty users, who are primarily on the web with multiple tabs, like when I am at work. But at home or on my laptop? Firefox is better due to limiting to one thread, since I'll be running other programs like IDE's and games. Slower if you need to load up 10 pages, or have multiple facebook tabs open, but faster for your other programs, especially if the web is for reference while you do heavier duty work on others. Being a web developer though... I prefer Opera since Chrome is a part of the skynet future (AKA Alphabet), and runs off the same engine (Chromium is another alternative, but still too close to google). I may switch eventually, but Google is scary to me right now. I'm not normally all Illuminati hype, but Google/Alphabet has repeatedly shown how little they care for their user's information security.

  10. UHD
    December 31, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    My personal choice is Chrome for the apps and customization. But...I just tried to play 4k vids and Mozilla rendered by a far margin the best most smooth playback on my PC. Edge totally blew it with pix elation. Chrome huffed and puffed with minor stuttering giving the lead to Mozilla with only minute stuttering. IE 11 was the worst and would not play at all. FYI YMMV

  11. Everything I.T.
    November 24, 2015 at 1:49 am

    the whole reason I read this page to start with is because I am a web developer, and "used" to be a die-hard FF user because of the great plugins...then i began to troubleshoot some "page load-time issues" with a couple of my sites...and come to find out, the issues ONLY existed in Firefox.

    I madly disabled plugins thinking a plugin was causing the browser non-functionality...but even with ALL the extensions and addons off, pages still dragged on opening...but in Chrome, they popped right open.

    I'm sold. I"m doing with FF until the fix it up...if they do. I can't be wasting time troubleshooting things that aren't issues!

  12. Donna
    November 24, 2015 at 1:45 am

    It's amazing they didn't even bother to take a look at IE at all, isn't it???

  13. Anonymous
    October 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    There’s becoming less reasons to use Firefox as they are becoming a FXChrome themselves. Here are the reasons:

    1.) They have move to a multi-process architecture resembling Chrome and a redesigned theme called Australis (curved tabs).

    2.) They are in progress of abandoning the XUL, XPCOM and XBL source code that our developers use to build their add-ons for one largely compatible with Chrome extensions, WebExtensions API.

    3.) Lastly, the removal of the NPAPI plugins which are used widely to view certain video/audio and gaming content everywhere. Such as Flash, Java, Silverlight, Unity Web Player, QuickTime Player, VLC Media Player, Foxit Reader and much more.

    Now, these aren’t necessarily bad changes, in fact they’re arguably big improvements. But Firefox seems to be abandoning it’s big advantages and is becoming more and more of FXChrome. Thus the small differences between them.

    So, if your looking for an alternative browser based off Firefox/Gecko, I strongly recommend Pale Moon (an Open Source web browser forked off from the Firefox/Mozilla code). This browser is quite snappy and is more memory efficient because they don’t implement unnecessary features that are prone to vulnerabilities (Hello & IM, Pocket, Reader+, built-in PDF reader, Google Now, Share, Telegram and other WebRTC related code). And they will continue support for the XPCOM, XUL and XBL source code that our add-on devs use to build their powerful extensions that we all have come to love and rely on. Additionally, they won’t be removing NPAPI and will continue to support it. This part right here is crucial for website owners, companies/factories, schools and government buildings that use this kind of technology in their work environment.

    To conclude, Firefox is not what it used to be and so their are alternatives such as Pale Moon to bring back familiar functionality or new and improved functionality. So If your interested in this browser, you can try it out here:

  14. Anonymous
    October 6, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Yes chrome was better than else,, but I dont know why in speed parameter, in my comp opera was the best.. so I use opera instead,,

  15. Anonymous
    September 24, 2015 at 2:35 am

    When im uploading a gig+ archive to google drive in waterfox, it uses 1 gig of memory, lol. Chrome sucks for me, takes awhile to start and if it does open instantly, its unresponsive, and sometimes it quits working for no reason. I left chrome forever for opera and im very happy, last i used chrome it NEVER remembered passwords even if i told it to. Maybe its the privacy scan on advanced system care. Opera is the best for Windows 10 for me anyways.

  16. Anonymous
    August 21, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    This is useful. Thank you.

    My real-world experience varies somewhat, and I think I know why. Almost every browser works well with one window open, but I work all day with several windows open and browsers behave differently in that environment. Also behavior differs over time.

    For example, I can open any of the currently-available flavors of Firefox for Windows (vanilla, Developers' and Nightly) and without loading any page see the memory use creep up and up and up. It is not uncommon to look into task manager and see my browser is using more RAM that Photoshop. Recent "improvements" to Firefox have caused it to stop working in several of the Content Management Systems I use. (I read this article to find out what my options for a new browser are as I feel forced to leave Firefox)

    Chrome sips RAM, until you open your third window -- then all bets are off.

    Internet Explorer is better than Firefox in many ways, but as a web developer it sucks for many other reasons.

    My point is that this article is good and informative -- but I'd love to see an acid test version that looks at multi-window open performance over a longer time frame. Rebooting every 3 hours is absurd.

  17. Anonymous
    July 17, 2015 at 1:11 am

    I find these comparisions not of reality in the real world. It heavly depends on the amount on the amount of ad-ons the browser has installed, Currently opera 30 won't even run on my PC.

  18. Sirius
    May 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    What about SRWARE IRON? The same as chrome without the spying element.

    • Anonymous
      July 21, 2015 at 2:10 am

      SRWARE IRON is a SCAMWARE. Its developer has mentioned on the IRC, that he will just turn off a few things which any one can do, but market that heavily under "security" etc. What he does is - he remaps home page and various settings to make this "developer" some profit. This is the essence of "SRWARE".

      • Alain
        March 26, 2019 at 1:19 pm

        There are so many online parrots! we have not landed on the moon! hehe! this person believes everything he reads on the internet but cannot change time or date with 'Dos'.

  19. igorfazlyev
    February 10, 2015 at 7:30 am

    After using chrome for a fairly long period of time I became frustrated with its huge memory footprint - it quickly gets out of hand on my modest machine (4G of RAM) so I downloaded Opera - I wasn't expecting much as I know the use the same rendering engine under the hood now. To my surprise Opera somehow manages to use significantly less memory than chrome. The two browsers are very similar in most other respects so for the time being I'm using Opera, because essentially it's a lighter Chrome, one might even say it's 'Chrome done right' - like seriously Chrome has been having these memory hogging issues ever since it first came out.

  20. Ben
    February 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Interestingly the experience is all but eliminated. Opera won me from Firefox in it's early days with Mousegestures. Now we have Easystroke for linux... a great equaliser. Without that, Chromium wins by allowing a quick 'mouseover tab>roll mousewheel' to switch tabs. Now my right mouse button and mousewheel are mapped to 'CTRL TAB'' and CTRL SHIFT TAB' to make all windows work that way.

    Chromium and Opera feel very similar in speed. I cannot tell the difference. I think it's stupid to award +1 point for a score of 470 over 450 or whatever... it's basically the same. Just -1 to the other for being noticeably slower.

    Opera wins on settings I think. Plus the fact that it's now minimal enough to make the headache of finding nice themes a bit of a waste of time - it blends nicely with my GTK desktop. Opera offers some more exotic extras (tab previews) which I don't bother with.

    I certainly find Opera 27.0 is different. It's better. The borders between browsers are closer as they each strive for perfection. The experience is merging somewhat as they adopt the best features of the others (the gestures, the streamlined interface - we owe that mostly to Chromium I think).
    OPERA is BACK!

  21. Mauricio
    January 9, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Despite the evidence that you've taught , I have to say that Firefox is still my favorite browser, perhaps due to other considerations which you have not mentioned, such as the library of add-ons available to each, as well as other more specific considerations, as I use Linux preferably where the behavior can be different or very different.

    • Anonymous
      July 21, 2015 at 2:13 am

      Well, if you use Linux, then you must have switched to it consciously. As such, why would you even consider using Chrome/ium? That would be like moving to the monastery from the city, but still regularly visiting a "cheap woman".

  22. princesssherman
    December 17, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Will NEVER use chrome again... installed malware and then almost broke computer... malware infected everything uninstall and reinstall chrome worked but only for a few hours.. then windows wouldnt start up laptop kept shutting down... took 4 days to fix finally ended up restoring laptop to factory settings lost everything.. and now everything is fine and dandy.. i read up on the malware w chrome and people using windows 7 64 bit also has the same problem all the way down to chrome eventually refused to install.. and on chromes forum they state their only solution is to abandon google chrome. this has been an on going issue will people since 2009 and chrome has yet to find ANY solution other than abandon chrome.. and that didnt work either left overs of infection were still left so restore to factory settings and will never use allow use of chrome on any computer i own. F*CK CHROME. if i could sue for hardship I would 4 days no sleep trying to FIX laptop due to malware.. google chrome is not secure and anyone who uses it deserves the drama of trying to repair.. you can read on it on googles own forum.. so thats pathetic.. plus it doesn't keep anything private. I am done.. Switched to Opera and so far everything is grand.. we will see.

    • Diego G
      March 20, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Chrome installed malware on your computer? What does that mean? Chrome doesn't bundle other applications, it's by it's self. Sounds to me like you go it browsing an unsafe site or another way. I'm a network/system administrator, and I've never heard of Chrome infecting a computer with malware. Can you get malware using chrome? Yes, as you can with any other browser, but even then, Chrome has built in a feature that warns you when you're going to a site that potentially unsafe. I can understand people not being comfortable with Google's use of your data, but the browser is not to blame for any malware on your computer. A browser essentially streamlines content to a user, so if you browser,, etc.. you won't get anything, but if you go to some torrent search site, porn, or many other sites on the web, then you can definitely get malware, and it will happen with any browser as they have scripts running on their pages that autoexecute upon loading the site. I'm not a Chrome fan boy, all I'm saying is that there is no way that Google is at fault. BTW, for next time get your self a Kapersky Rescue Disk, or use Malwarebytes in safemode, they work most of the time. CCleaner in combination works well, Combofix is more of a last resort. If you spend more than like 2 hours trying to remove malware/virus, you're probably at the point where you're better off backing up your data and doing a clean install of Windows.

      • Anonymous
        July 21, 2015 at 2:15 am

        The real reason of this very real problem affects BOTH of you. And switching browsers won't actually help.

        Its your "OS". You should explore of what OS are present today, perhaps find a better one that allows one to work instead of getting in the face. Just an advice.

  23. unconvinced
    October 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    You really should be testing far more than a couple of web sites and benchmarks before you try calling this "definitive". Toms Hardware did a much more comprehensive job in their browser show-down and tested things you don't seem to think matter at all, like security, page-loading reliability, and memory usage, all of which can be far more important than how the text looks on one web page or how well the browser performs in an outdated and non-comprehensive benchmark. You also curiously also avoid testing Internet Explorer.

    • F. R.
      November 10, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      There is no need for extensive testing. Just run Firefox and watch it freeze. If you really want to know then try other browsers that actually run. Try Chrome; Opera; IE; Safari; Midori even Pale Moon except that Pale Moon is based on Firefox and suffers from the same problems. At least its development team is polite.

  24. Zack McCauley
    July 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    There is always Midori, it is chrome/webkit based so it's quick. It's more privacy based as well.
    Only available for Linux and Win7+ unfortunately. It's still new as well.

    Torch is Chromimium based and is more privacy and media based. Great browser, but it has it's flaws too.

    • Anonymous
      July 21, 2015 at 2:17 am

      Midori is heluva unstable and has very limited extension support. Its also very fat.

  25. guest123
    July 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Perhaps this could be called a "definitive" benchmark, but I disagree with your conclusions:

    Since most web sites are JavaScript-heavy, and often loaded down with 50 (or more) off-site tracking & advertising scripts, the JavaScript performance is the most significant factor when you are considering the total amount of time saved. In this case SunSpider is the only benchmark that counts. Also, the Chrome internal architecture does not support extensions with the full functionality of NoScript. Firefox has many more customization options, and better privacy options. You should also re-test periodically since both browsers are changing relatively quickly. Nice research though, it certainly is interesting!

  26. Matthew
    July 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I don't use FF because of ideological issues. As a company they are in the business to provide a product, not preach to the people. Do you job and quit pontificating.
    Chrome here, but I'm going to look at Pale Moon after what has been read here.

  27. TheComputerGuy
    July 8, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Google Chrome is nothing less than spyware! I am quite happy with FireFox, thank you very much! I use the DNT (Do Not Track Me) addon and I use as my Home page and my default search engine (the world's most private search engine). I also use Hostman software to block dangerous sites and ads. The WOT (Web of Trust) addon is worthy of mention as is the Avast Web addon!

    • another computer guy
      July 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Search engine "DuckDuckGo" now has an option to integrate WOT ratings into its results without installing software. I also think the "AdBlock" extension or NoScript is a better method than Hostsman. The "do not track me" feature is virtually useless since nothing compels a web site to obey it. However, I do agree that Chrome is spyware, because it silently installs a so-called "updater" which reports to Google that you are still online several times an hour. They always know how much time you spend online. On Windows, if you try to remove "Google Updater" from the Autoruns and the Task Scheduler, it respawns after the next reboot. Just like a malware infection, it hides on your system, conceals its behavior, and is very difficult for the average user to remove. They try to pull similar tricks on the Macintosh platform too. Also remember that if you are using Flash, many web sites use a Flash cookie (LSO) to track you even if they have no Flash content. This is part of the reason why advertisements follow you around the web. If you give any data to a site which uses a Flash cookie, they could be sharing that data with other sites through an off-site script.

    • TheComputerGuy
      July 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      @another computer guy - You are confusing the DNT addon with the option offered by most browser. The DNT BLOCKS the tracking cookies. This site (makeuseof) has 7 trackers and DNT blocked all 7. You do have the option of unblocking one or all trackers for a particular site. DNT also offers the option of masking your email. Sometimes you have to give an email address just to visit a site. DNT gives you the option of allowing you to use your real email address or a generated masked email address. You will still get emails from that site but in each of the emails there is a small sentence with a link. If you start getting spammed by the site, you click on the link and DNT breaks the email connection and that site is history (no need to unsubscribe from the site). "AdBlock" and "NoScript" basically prevents ads while Hostsman does all that PLUS Hostsman blocks malicious sites. To remove Google Updater from your computer is a simple task. Google Updater installs itself as a service in Windows. Go to Administrative Tools in your Control Panel, then Services and disable Google Updater or anything that mentions Google. To rid your computer of Flash Cookies, ConsumerSoft has an excellent Flash cookie removal tool.

      • Anonymous
        July 21, 2015 at 2:23 am

        "AdBlock" is outdated due to memory usage and accepted ads. ublock + anti-antiadblock/greasemonkey is the new king. One can still very quickly allow ads on the page on supports, but they absolutely kill most of 2005-2008 machines I have. Ad-guys must be the new Windows95 people ("This windows ninety five, it makes ms dos cry"-style), I can't buy new CPUs so fast... :/

        Also with "windows" as host OS - what kind of security you are actually expecting? (I hope, as someone who used everything since msdos5.0 to (and including) vista, I can be allowed of such a claim).

  28. CGA
    July 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    The only reason I don't use Chrome is because you have to wait for a page to load before you can begin scrolling (at least on a slow computer). With Firefox I can begin scrolling instantly though scrolling is a bit jerky.

  29. Sandesh Damkondwar
    July 6, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I love 2 things inside chrome

    1. Synchronization across devices &
    2. Developer tools.

    I switched to firefox(stable and nightly too). Firefox developer tools also getting lot of cool stuffs for developers now a days, but I found lot of bugs while debugging the code. So at least for a month or year I'll prefer to stick with chrome.

  30. Fritz B.
    July 5, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Yes I know that FF has a few issues, but it is by far the most full-featured browser around.

    Chrome is to Firefox as Bing is to Google - it is me-too and will never catch up. Besides, why contribute to the Google-ization of the known universe.

    Google at this point is like the Spacing Guild in Dune - handy, even indispensable, but, whoa, trust them implicitly? I think not!

  31. yobomosh
    July 4, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Firefox is still king!

  32. Gaurav Kumar
    July 4, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Another useless article to convey that the benchmarks are useless. If chrome can't retain its window on closing of last tab, I'm never switching from Firefox.

  33. jonathan
    July 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I can start firefox with over 1,000 tabs at once because it doesn't load all the tabs at once, only the ones you click on. YOU CAN'T DO THAT WITH OPERA OR CHROME. Chrome chokes immediately, & opera doesn't do much better.

    As a consequence, firefox is by far the best. when things get slow, with session manager auto-saving, i can close firefox & start it back up & performance sky-rockets. opera & chrome require you to close your tabs or absolutely HALT productivity.

    i've lost more sessions with chrome & opera than i care to consider. THEY SUCK.

    If you're a power user who opens lots of tabs in doing your research, then Firefox wins HANDILY.

    • Anonymous
      July 21, 2015 at 2:24 am

      Thats interesting, thank you!

  34. lambertsz
    July 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    yet I will start my Firefox -or Maxthon- browser for quick websurfing when I don`t want to use too much of my system-resources. Chrome really uses far more system memory than the other two browsers, even using almost the same amount of extensions/add-ons. I just fire up Chrome if I have to work on apps like GDrive. The Benchmark speeds are not really thát noticeable in your daily work.

  35. magicman99
    July 4, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Has anyone use White Hat Aviator browser?
    If so what rating would you give it!

  36. Thom Knepper
    July 4, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Defelatly Chrome!

  37. George
    July 4, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Security - isn't the Master Password in Firefox a lot less hackable than storing passwords in other browsers?

  38. Despot
    July 4, 2014 at 8:21 am

    This is fake, chrome is not that better then ff..done 3 tests frome above, and none of them are valid. See screenshot:
    I have to agree with text scaling and font smoothing issue in chrome.

    I use both browsers all the time, love them both, Chrome is my personal browser while FF i use for development, so none of those is my fav and have no love for Opera! :)

  39. Steven Cooke
    July 4, 2014 at 7:52 am

    A long-time Firefox user, I switched to Chrome due to some problems with games in Firefox. I recently switched back because I noticed that EACH of the extensions or add-ons of Chrome were taking up a LOT more CPU time and Memory space, slowing my whole computer down. A recent MUO article also describes the decrease in extension availability due to Chrome policy. I use Opera for my online gaming, and Firefox pretty much for everything else. Chrome also recently started having problems with recognizing my "profile", resulting in signficant startup delays and open alert notice tabs.

    • Adew Faw
      July 4, 2014 at 9:23 am

      I have recently switched to Opera. Firefox gave a lot of script error, even without any extensions and Chrome slows the PL down - memory-hogging. Opera uses about the same resources as Chrome, but I've never got a message ' page not responding - wait or kill.
      Also I use Opera on my android phone because it streams YouTube easily. I access most of sites via mobile browser and deleted their 'apps'. My battery life is better, because there is less 'syncing apps'.

  40. G Fraser
    July 4, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Definitive Benchmark, my *ss.

    As an admitted FF fan, I found the article a bit annoying--especially toward the end when it is revealed that users are unlikely to notice the differences mentioned above. If that is the case, what was with the dramatic adjectives throughout the article?

    I also thought it was strange to compare the scaling percentages when the text sizes were obviously different to begin with. That was like comparing two different fonts at the "same" point size number when the design of each makes their sizes on the page significantly different.

    The samples of scaling the logo and pictures looked better in FF to my eyes--certainly the text did! Chrome "won" but only had one fault and that was rendering text and scaling it--but, hey, that's only important to people who are reading what's on their screen! So, I guess that win is for all those internet radio listeners.

  41. Troff
    July 4, 2014 at 2:13 am

    What happens to this analysis when another metric like plugins-and-addons functionality is also considered?

  42. Jehu
    July 3, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I believe Firefox's add-ons provide an ample competitive edge when compared to the other browsers; I guess it amounts to the expectations each user has of their browser, as those expectations reflect the complexity of the tasks that user performs.

    I would've never thought image scaling was important, to be honest, as it's something I seldom think about/need.

  43. D Harries
    July 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I use different browsers for different things. Have all of them, and more.

  44. Fritz G
    July 3, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I mostly use Chrome, but usually have Firefox running at the same time. One thing I dislike about Chrome is that I have yet to find a way to scroll smoothly, even though I've enabled Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller. One move of my mouse wheel and the screen jumps about 2". While Firefox has a real smooth scrolling experience, I dislike the constant updates, which often play havoc with the extensions I use with it, at least until they can catch up to the new FF version. I seldom use IE these days. One other point, it seems to me that Firefox user loyalty is quite similar to Apple product loyalty. (One last thing: for your spam check question, I always type in (yes or no), not "yes" or "no". Doesn't seem to matter what one puts in that box.)

  45. How70ard
    July 3, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    How70ard - I used to use Firefox but when they did not allow the use of Roboforms 6 which I have the lifetime paid for version I looked for a browser that did. IE11 still allows Roboforms 6 to operate fully. Non of the others do so my main browser is IE11 and only when it has difficulties on any site do I use Chrome.

    • Ken Hess
      July 4, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      There was a problem with FireFox and RoboForms with W8.1 but the v.30 took care of that. The only recent problem i have had with FF and it readjusting window size. I can adjust it, but it took a bit to figure what the problem was, when Facebook opened at 40% and a Windows site opened at 80%. It was just one time though.

  46. Kevin L
    July 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I have been a Firefox user for many years, but I have switched to on of the 64 bit versions of FF which is Cyberfox. I'd really like to know what the benchmarks are for the 64 bit versions (Waterfox is another flavor) as compared to Chrome and Opera. I'm loving Cyberfox now and just about all of my "must have" Firefox extensions work in Cyberfox 30. =)

  47. John
    July 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I'd love to use Chrome, but until it has a true Tree Style tab option like the Tree Style Tab add-on for Firefox I never will. It's ridiculous that Chromes coding prohibits something like this.

  48. Charles R
    July 3, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    People need to calm down a bit more.

    First off, Google pretty much tells you, and it's common knowledge that they scan your gmail account (so does microsft, btw); if you use google for anything, don't expect a lot ofprivacy.

    Second, people here complain that chrome extensions slow the whole thing down. So do FF extensions, in fact I had to use FF for over a year while my computer refused to run Chrome. I had less than 10 extensions installed and FF crashed at least once every 2 days. Chrome has never crashed on me, ever. (Individual tabs, yes, but not the whole program) And I used popular FF extensions, not some obscure ones.
    Also on that note, pratically everyone I know uses Chrome, and a few use FF. Out of all of those people, pretty much no one uses extensions. So the writer isn't far off running "stock" versions of each browser for the testing. However, this is a tech-oriented site and I do agree, there should have been a few of the most popular extensions installed such as adblock.

    Third, and last, the writer specifically states that in everday use, there is pretty much no noticable difference in everday activities run in each browser, so the whole article is like Motor Trend testing family sedans. There will be slight differences, but when it comes to choosing one browser, it comes down to personal preference.

    • dragonmouth
      July 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Extensions slow down ANY browser.

      The experiences with particular browsers cited by posters are nothing more than anecdotal, individual experiences. We don't know what they have in common besides the browsers used. We do not know the O/S, type of hardware, number of extensions, other programs running at the same time, how up to date the browser and the extensions are, how up to date the O/S is.

      Charles, you state that FF would crash on you every 2 days or so. I have used FF since it was released and it never had it crash, with or without extensions. But as I said, our experiences with FF are anecdotal. It would take rigorous testing in a lab environment, with as many variables as possible eliminated or controlled for, to determine which browser is uses less memory, is quicker or crashes less. A comparison under any other conditions is meaningless, ending with the author's personal favorite being declared the "winner."

    • Angela A
      July 4, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      You hit the nail on the head and won the Internet for the day. Nice rant. :)

  49. Anonymous
    July 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    While I tried to switch to Chrome because of the speed and text rendering and the fact that it was included on my android device with sync. The problem was the lack of comperable extensions to Firefox. I also found the lack of abilty to play FLV video's in the mobile version of Chrome a disappointment (though to get them to play in Firefox was less then desirable... at least there is an option). If Chrome would devleop better extensions (such as DownThemAll, and a better video downloader), I could see switching to them.

  50. Anonymous
    July 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    While I tried to switch to Chrome because of the speed and text rendering and the fact that it was included on my android device with sync. The problem was the lack of comperable extensions to Firefox. I also found the lack of abilty to play FLV video's in the mobile version of Chrome a disappointment (though to get them to play in Firefox was less then desirable... at least there is an option). If Chrome would devleop better extensions (such as DownThemAll, and a better video downloader), I could see switching to them.

  51. A41202813GMAIL
    July 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

    CHROME Extensions Are Compatible With A Lot Of Other Browsers - Including OPERA 15+.

    Without A Big Extension Library Most Browsers Are Useless.

    After The Version 3 To 4 Fiasco, I Left FF For CHROME.

    I Doubt I Will Ever Go Back.


    • dragonmouth
      July 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      "CHROME Extensions Are Compatible With A Lot Of Other Browsers – Including OPERA 15+."
      For all intents and purposes, for the last few versions Opera IS Chrome, just with a different skin.

      "After The Version 3 To 4 Fiasco, I Left FF For CHROME."
      We are now on FF 30, with 31 soon to be released. Don't you think that any problems that existed 7-8 years ago have been corrected by now? It's a long time for you to hold a grudge.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      July 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      You Mean 3-4 Years Ago ?

      Starting With Version 4, FF Dropped The Feature That Made Possible To Force Backwards Compatibility With A Lot Of Previous Extensions, Like Prior Versions Used To.

      That Was A Really Deal Breaker, For Me.

      I Am Glad They Did, CHROME Has Some Handsome Features On Its Own.


  52. David C
    July 3, 2014 at 11:05 am

    The value of these "Who's the best" articles is largely based on the writer. In this instance, Matt Smith deserves a grade of "D". The grade is based on the following.

    First, the article omits Internet Explorer, a rather important player in the web browser space.

    Second, the article fails to mention that Chrome and Opera are both based on Chromium, which means that their underpinnings are very similar.

    Since these first two points made me highly skeptical of this article, I decided to run some of these tests myself. In the Wirple boxes test, Opera finished first, Firefox second, with Chrome and Internet Explorer pulling up the rear with nearly identical scores. Also, there are three other tests that are part of the Wirple series besides the boxes test, but the results from those are conveniently omitted. (Perhaps the results from those didn't fit the writer's pre-determined conclusion?).

    I also tested the start time of the various browsers. Internet Explorer was less than 2 seconds, Firefox was more than 5 seconds, and Opera and Chrome were both in the 3.5 second range.

    In conclusion, this article was not so much a test as it was an opinion piece. I guess that's what happens when you accept articles from freelances without proper editorial review.

  53. Dmitry K
    July 3, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Translate the whole page is only in Chrome?

  54. James Anderson
    July 3, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Where is the review of Dolphin the best of all of them?

  55. Richard J
    July 3, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Using Opera Developer 24.0 and Firefox on my Mac, Linux and one lonely Win7 partition. If Opera Developer is any indication of what the next stable version performs, I am sticking with Opera.

  56. Sham
    July 3, 2014 at 6:24 am

    This article didn't even touch on the most important aspect on online interaction in today's world - privacy. Google is an entirely untrustworthy company, and often brags about how worthless they believe your privacy to be. Firefox is the only of these three browsers to take its users' privacy seriously.

  57. Nikolaj Knudsen
    July 3, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Why do you say that IE has given up ground? In my opinion IE is fine for daily use. If you have any specific requirements, you may consider using a different browser.

    By the way the Avant browser includes all 3 major rendering engines, and THAT is extremely handy ;-)

  58. DutchPete
    July 3, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Sorry, not Michel but Matt.

  59. DutchPete
    July 3, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Michel, in view of the comments above, do you still believe your benchmark is representative of reality or of users' views? MakeUseOf should think things through a bit more before publishing a report like this.

    • Dann A
      July 3, 2014 at 6:24 am

      I'd say that one of the important things about proper benchmarking is that it's NOT representative of users' views. It's just a straight test of the bare-bones browser. I suppose if you tested every facet (visual clarity of text and images, straight-up speed, anti-aliasing, image rendering, privacy, bookmarking, extensions, themes, and several more) of 10 or 15 browsers, people might be a bit happier. But that takes a monumental effort and a huge amount of time, and becomes very subjective.

      This test was about benchmarking two of the most common concerns that people have with browsers: text / image rendering, and speed. And now we have an answer.

  60. Jeet Sagar
    July 3, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Your test did not include any benchmarking on memory usage. I am now using firefox.

  61. Chensi
    July 3, 2014 at 4:13 am

    I have been using OPERA for a very long time.They had their missteps like everybody from time to time. When I tried the other browsers, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari, I always ended reverting back to Opera eventually. This is because apart from their regular features that other browsers copied they always seem to be the first one to bring in new things.

  62. Mehmud Siddique
    July 3, 2014 at 3:44 am

    This post is not a fare comparison of browsers. Firefox is clearly ahead due to its extension features. See other people comments above and you will understand. Seldom use chrome, though opera and IE also installed in my OS.

  63. Snoofus
    July 3, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Don't forget the political ramifications of your browser! Your browsing habits will most likely be shared with the US Govt when you use Chrome, and Firefox is too much of a b***h to public pressure and "invites their executives to resign" when one has made a PERSONAL contribution to a completely unrelated charity/political group.

    • Shaun
      March 5, 2015 at 8:28 pm


  64. Orun Bhuiyan
    July 3, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Any idea how Internet Explorer and Safari fare?

  65. Jon
    July 3, 2014 at 2:07 am

    I use Chromium and Waterfox both x64 on Vista x64, never had any problems with either one.

  66. victor2347
    July 3, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Firefox still have better extensions overall, more versatile and powerfull ones. It's lighter on the resources, and the layout, specially the localization of the bookmarks, is superior. The cold startup is faster and the privacy is well taken care. Also, the font rendering (AA and stuff) is actually there and very nicely so. I don't use it 'cause it's slower, the sync is broken, it crashes with some flash apps (several youtube tabs and multitasking in the windows with firefox minimized), it doesn't have sandbox, or multi-cpu support or even gpu (as far as I can tell). It requires reinitializing when I install an extension.
    Chrome requires more resources, witch I have, and it uses that resources for the sake of its performance. Leting it run in the background make the startup time seemly instant, some flags take care of the font rendering. Someone who uses facebook is dumb to consider privacy an argument against chrome, after all you're already screwed. It's just a matter of choice, though. And some people say the latest version of IE is very fast and blends well withe Windows 8. I didn't made the jump to the latest Windows yet, but I wouldn't adapt to an extensionless browser. Sorry for the long posts *potatoes*

  67. John Smith
    July 2, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    What a load of nonsense.
    Install the usual extensions/add-ons on all browsers, and then run your tests.
    I can guarantee you that Chrome loses.
    Opera at this point does not even have 10% of the add-ons that you see on others, how can someone even make such selective argument is beyond me.

    • Raphael
      July 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Opera is actually a pretty good browser although I mainly use Firefox, I do use Opera for flash related content as it is pretty smooth loading and playing. About the add-ons, Opera has its own extensions plus there is an extension to allow you to install Chrome extensions as well so the add-on database is just as vast for Opera. Opera's only real problem related to features is the bookmarking.

    • Angela A
      July 4, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Interesting thought. Maybe we should do another test with loaded up browsers. :)

  68. dragonmouth
    July 2, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    IE is a hacker's playground.
    Chrome is a privacy nightmare since it from Google.
    Opera is no longer its own master.
    Been using Firefox since its Phoenix days and will continue to use it no matter how pundits push Chrome.

  69. Howard B
    July 2, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Chrome wins in *your* book; Firefox's incredibly robust extension library has things that Chrome can't touch (DownThemAll, Tab Mix Plus, NoSquint); even the Chrome extensions that try to emulate Firefox's are lousy and underpowered. I'm sticking with Firefox.

  70. Alexand
    July 2, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    No way I will ever allow Chrome to touch my hard drive. Firefox 31 and IE 11 only. :)

  71. Brian
    July 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Chrome works OK on some windows 7 machines, but for some reason cannot get rid of GoogleUpdater program, for example. So it's only on my work computer. Home computers:
    NO GOOGLING ALLOWED!!!! to many spys, updating, information collecting.

    been a Firefox user for over 15 years (Netscape before that), fantastic addons, plug ins and extensions. IE is a hackers' dream, Google is corporate info collecting dream..

    I will stick with Firefox, thank you. I love WOT extension, translator, web design, etc. lots of stuff.

  72. Jeffery
    July 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I prefer Internet Explorer 11 on my Windows 8 tablet. And on my desktop I prefer to use Firefox. Chrome is terrible, I will never use that junkware.

  73. Dominic C
    July 2, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I prefer firefox only cause of 1 feature, tab groups. Allows user to group tabs into groups so I can have a group for play, a group for school, and a group for just articles. Makes the tab bar a lot shorter and neater without needing to show anyone peering over your shoulder's see every site you visit

    • Diego G
      March 20, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      I know this like 8 months after, but you can right click on a tab and click Pin Tab. That makes the tab small, only showing you a little icon,

  74. Suleiman O
    July 2, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I use Maxthon cloud browser. It is simple, light and to the point.

    • Adew Faw
      July 4, 2014 at 9:06 am

      In terms of privacy, Maxthon is quite similar to Chrome. Maxthon is based in Beijing, China and the Chinese always want to know what you are up to.

  75. Shahzad A
    July 2, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Firefox wins this race due to many distinct features only it is carrying to date. I could not find similar powerful extensions from Chrome Store whether developed by the same people. The compromise on privacy while using Chrome still frightens me.

  76. prubin
    July 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Only Firefox has Tab Mix Plus, which to me outweighs other factors.

  77. Jorjab
    July 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Chrome adds a new running process for each open tab

    I do not like that

    My preference is still Firefox

    • Martin
      July 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      The problem with generating thread above new tabs, is that if any tab breaks, due to memory leaks or incorrect running js from the web service, each other tabs will also shutdown, in opposition to different process, where only the current tabs will malfunction.

  78. Sreeraj R
    July 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Ok.. Congratulation Chrome...
    But i still prefer Firefox.

  79. Chinmay S
    July 2, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Firefox is the best.

    • dlakin
      January 9, 2015 at 9:55 am

      no , opera is the best

    • behnam
      March 11, 2015 at 1:38 am

      What you like is always the best

  80. Marcos
    July 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I miss an important factor in the comparison: PRIVACY.

    I have returned to Firefox and happily using DuckDuckGo as a search engine and not missing Google products at all!

    Good luck.

    • Angela A
      July 4, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      This is fodder for a whole new comparison. :)

  81. Tim G
    July 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I read this article because it was interesting, but it hasn't changed my mind in any way. Firefox will always remain my main browser, but I use Chrome for GMail and any website that doesn't work in Firefox. I have Opera installed but rarely used and Internet Explorer is only used for IE specific websites. Despite the visual and performance problems in Firefox I will continue to use it because of the extensions, being open source, and not being tracked.

    • Angela A
      July 4, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Fair enough, but at least you're doing so well aware of Firefox's performance against the others. :)

    • Avery
      January 14, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      Chromium: Opensource version of chrome. Open source so tracking is a bit nonexistent. Chrome takes chromium, adds its own spin, and goes from there.

      Try that perhaps, then no worries about tracking :)

  82. DutchPete
    July 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Image scaling; whilst the Tech Report logo might be a bit blurry, the main text is not. I find this a biased assessment with the outcome a foregone conclusion. Not professional :-((

    • Drew R
      July 3, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      The reason the main text ( is not blurry is because it is text, not an image. Text is generally a vector, which can be scaled with significantly less quality loss than an image. The test for image scaling was only comparing the main logo, which you said yourself is a bit blurry.

    • DutchPete
      July 4, 2014 at 10:41 am

      DrewR: the "blurriness" of the logo is subtle & does not warrant such a hype about Chrome's image scaling.

    • Angela A
      July 4, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Drew's already answered this. You're talking text versus image.

  83. Pieter
    July 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    At work I mostly use Chrome and IE (though I need to use all browsers occasionally to do tests in).

    At home I really only use IE11. This is not going to be a popular opinion, but since I mostly use my home browser to read articles all those benchmarks mean very little. Add to that the far superior font rendering in IE and there's no reason for me to use anything else.

    • michel
      July 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you for pointing this out. You're right, font rendering in IE is superior to the others. I'm on Vista, so IE 9, and there's a noticeable difference. By the way, I also noted that in my use, it's just as fast or faster than the others. I use Microsoft's on-line office - outlook, word, onenote, etc. And they load faster in IE than in other browsers. But it's always a trade off. I don't use a lot of extensions, but I'll miss the few I've got used to.

    • michel
      July 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you for pointing this out. You're right, font rendering in IE is superior to the others. I'm on Vista, so IE 9, and there's a noticeable difference. By the way, I also noted that in my use, it's just as fast or faster than the others. I use Microsoft's on-line office - outlook, word, onenote, etc. And they load faster in IE than in other browsers. But it's always a trade off. I don't use a lot of extensions, but I'll miss the few I've got used to.

    • Angela A
      July 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      That might be worth a new comparison article: Chrome Vs IE font rendering. Nice idea!

  84. Raphael
    July 2, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Chrome is definitely good, however because of privacy issues Chrome's glory is not at its highest. Opera is similar to Chrome, nearly the same performance and you can install Chrome extensions on Opera. Opera does have one flaw which is bookmarking, as the new engine in Opera changed the way you save and view bookmarks. Now you will need an extension to bring bookmarking back, but still not as feature rich as the other two browsers are in that area. A solution is to use Evernote for bookmarking as you can use it cross browsers and even save pages if you choose so. Firefox is solid, Mozilla is great because of their concern to protect user privacy. Firefox does have weaker performance according to the benchmarks but at the average user level they aren't to noticeable. In the end no matter the browser you choose, all will perform their job but it will be the features a person wants that will determine their choice of browser.

    • Dann A
      July 3, 2014 at 6:18 am

      I have to agree that privacy concerns are a bit worrying in Chrome. I've been a Chrome user for several years now, but I might be switching to Firefox in the near future, just based on the fact that Mozilla is a non-profit.

    • Angela A
      July 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      That's a neat idea, using Evernote to bookmark between browsers.

  85. Chaim B
    July 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    This was a really great overview and comparison, but there's a lot more to browser choice than brute performance. The article exposed at most a minimal difference in ability overall, and that can be a very small sacrifice if one browser or another offers the exact features, interface, or extensions that you're looking for.

    • Angela A
      July 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      This is true, but given his focus was on performance it was still a huge article and got right into the nitty gritty. There's room for plenty of other articles on the rest. :)

  86. DutchPete
    July 2, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    My preference is Pale Moon. It's faster than Chrome & I have not had any issues with scaling.

    • Joel L
      July 2, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      I have to agree. Chrome feels sluggish in comparison to Pale Moon.

    • Godel
      July 3, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Yes, I've just swapped to Pale Moon, after FF went to V.29 and removed a lot of the customizeability and tried to ape Chrome in looks.

      For those who don't know, Pale Moon is a fork of a slightly older and more stable Firefox that can import all your settings, use most of FF's add-ons and doesn't change it's UI just for fashion purposes. Installing Pale Moon even reinstated some add-ons that had been broken by FF's frequent API changes :-)

      I even sent the developer a few bucks.

    • Dan
      July 3, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      I also switched to Pale Moon. Damn good browser. Beat the hell out of Chrome.

    • Angela A
      July 4, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Oh, handy to know!

    • F. R.
      November 10, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      I have noticed Firefox is the absolute worst. It freezes as a matter of routine. Opera and Chrome and IE all generally work and freezing in an exception. With Firefox freezing is the norm Pale Moon is based on Firefox and suffers a lot of the same problems. Maybe Firefox was good once but that is long past. Their response is: "update your drivers; delete your profile". Sorry been there; done that and it doesn't help. I am not going to spend my precious time chasing after endless driver updates when no other browser needs them. Deleting a profile is just a way of diverting attention. Firefox developers show absolutely no interest in hearing from users. Pale Moon is a little better but not by much.