What is the most energy efficient browser in Windows 10?
Energy efficiency is a popular trend that has become particularly relevant with the widespread proliferation of mobile devices. In this case the optimization of energy consumption, attention is paid not only to manufacturers producing energy-efficient mobile processors and other components, but also software developers, who are trying to reduce the appetite their products in relation to the resources of the laptop battery, tablet, or smartphone.
Because the rating software eaters of battery current browsers is if not the first, one of the leading positions probably you, the user of a laptop or tablet with Windows 10 it will be interesting to know what browser you can count on the maximum operating time of your battery life in the process of Internet browsing.
Edition of the Digital Citizen has performed very extensive testing on 5 major browsers on 3 separate devices with Windows 10, and both new and used. Pretty interesting results.
To test the authors used three different devices, all with Windows 10:
- UX305F ASUS ZenBook 13.3” touchscreen display (3200×1800 pixels), a dual-core processor Intel Core M-5Y10 processor with a clock frequency of 1.2 GHz, Intel HD 5300, 8GB DDR3 RAM and SSD SanDisk 256GB. Battery: polymer 45 Whrs.
- Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with 12” touchscreen display (2160 x 1440 pixels), Quad-core Intel Core i5-4300 with a clock frequency of 1.9 GHz, Intel HD graphics 4400, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and SSD from Samsung with capacity of 256 GB. Battery: Li-ion Whrs 42.
- Toshiba Portege Z20t-B with 12.5” touchscreen (1080p), dual-core processor Intel Core M-5Y71 clock frequency of 1.20 GHz, Intel HD graphics 5300, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and SSD from Toshiba with a capacity of 256 GB. For testing, it was decided to use a Portege Z20t-B in tablet mode (no keyboard connected). Battery: 3-elemetry 36 Whrs Li-polymer.
With the exception of the Surface Pro 3 all of these new devices – has been used for several days. Surface Pro 3 has been in operation daily for over a year.
All three devices are running the latest at the time of testing versions of the major browsers: Firefox 41, 46 Google Chrome, Opera 32, Microsoft Edge 20 and Internet Explorer 11. All browsers were with default settings, without any extensions or toolbars.
On all computers was used the balanced power plan, but with the settings without turning off the screen and translating into sleep mode to simulate surfing the web in non-stop mode.
To measure the time of Autonomous work, the authors used the Peacekeeper battery test.
Each browser was tested twice on each device. The authors then calculated the average time obtained using each browser on each device.
Results for ASUS ZenBook UX305F
In this test, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge were the undisputed leaders. When using these browsers managed to get almost one hour more compared to Google Chrome, which showed the worst result.
Results for Microsoft Surface Pro 3
For comparison, we used an instance of the Surface Pro 3, which is already more than a year, but because its battery has a certain degree of wear. On the new device the results can be better.
However, even here the browsers from Microsoft accounted for nearly one additional hour of work compared to outsider Google Chrome.
The results on Toshiba Portege Z20t-B
Toshiba Portege Z20t-B comes with a keyboard that includes an extra battery. The authors chose to test without a keyboard, because of attrition of the two batteries would take too much time.
The following results were obtained when using only the tablet part Portege Z20t-B.
On this device both Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge again took the palm, but with less isolation from other browsers than the other two devices. However, the results show that the use of IE and Edge gives up to half an hour more of battery life compared to Chrome.
The winners are: Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge
Judging by the results of this comparison, both browser from the software giant are noticeably superior to their competitors from the point of view of efficiency of energy consumption. Results vary depending on device; during the test the battery of the device lasted for 30-59 minutes longer when using IE and Edge compared to Chrome, who has proven himself worse than the rest of the browsers.