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Internet Explorer trumps Chrome, Firefox, Opera in battery test

By Matthew · 22 replies
Apr 6, 2012
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  1. Internet Explorer isn't the fastest or most featured-packed browser around, but it might be the most power efficient. Hoping to determine which software would give his aging desktop replacement the…

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  2. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    You'd sacrifice 21% more battery life over 126% speed.
  3. When speed is not critical and needed (~99% of daily visited websites), IE is my choise on my labtop :)
  4. I totally agree, the time IE10 spent processing websites would have used up the time they gained anyways.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,400   +2,944

    If Chrome 18 is 126% faster, doesn't it mean that it has more than twice the amount of information to process during the same time as IE10 has? This means IE10 lasts longer because more than half of the time of activity in Chrome IE stays idle, because it is so much slower. Which means if IE 10 were to match the speed of Chrome 18, its battery life could be hypothetically eaten up to 108 / 2.26 = 60 hours of life time.

    In all, if you are doing the same web browsing in Chrome as in IE, then Chrome will live much longer than IE 10, unless i miss here something...
  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,689   +423

    Good old Opera.
  7. Conclusion, Chrome is damn fast.
  8. baroquer

    baroquer TS Rookie

    Opera is really amazing.
  9. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    i guess IE has got to be good at SOMETHING.
  10. I relish the hatred towards ie. I've tried ALL the browsers extensively in a gamut of scenarios and found ie to be superior accross the board despite shortcomings in isolated areas/scenarios.
  11. Opus

    Opus TS Enthusiast Posts: 51

    The last time I used IE was with IE 5.0 (Windows 98 & NT) after that, it was so much targeted by malware that it forced me to switch to Netscape. Since then I have tested Opera, Safari, Netscape, Firefox and Chrome, and in my view the Kings of the browser industry are Opera and Firefox. But King of the Kings title goes to Chrome (undoubtedly the best browser).
  12. Arston

    Arston TS Member

    @howzz1854 lol, agree
  13. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,452   +456

    Smoke and mirrors. IE10 should not be in the mix at all. Comparing one browser that was tested in a completely different (and, as noted, more power efficient) operating system setup to the rest just makes no sense. Honestly, with all of the optimization and efficiency work they've been putting into Windows 8, I would have been absolutely shocked if the native IE10 performed worse than the others - after all, it also has a distinct advantage of the inside scoop on the OS code as it is being created and finalized. So, that just leaves IE9 vs the competition, with IE9 squeaking out better battery life while displaying terrible speed.

    I'd be much more interested in seeing a true "apples to apples" comparison, with all of the browsers running in Windows 8. Gotta wonder if IE10 would maintain its power efficiency advantage on an even playing field?
  14. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    But you gotta realize IE10 was only 4 minutes better than IE9. That's not a lot and people also need to realize 126% speed increase for using chrome is miliseconds.

    The conclusion is and should always be, use the browser that you like.
  15. Matthew

    Matthew TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +104

    From the post:

  16. In my testing IE used zero battery. Guess why?
  17. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,400   +2,944

    U were gazing at a static picture?
  18. I love Internet Explorer 9. Gets the job done and I have no issues with malware as I use Microsoft Securit Essentials and do not pirate. Other than that if you name it I can do it with Internet Explorer 9 without any issues.
  19. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 674   +355

    So sad about Firefox, almost as inefficient as IE and that's saying much. Maybe Firefox will have for sure a destiny like Netscape [again overwelmed by the current biggest company -back then it was? Microsoft].
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,266   +4,935

    Is this article talking about IE's inefficiency or efficiency?
  21. Sunny87

    Sunny87 TS Enthusiast Posts: 115   +11

    I gave up with Opera when they realised 11, I had massive issues with youtube videos not streaming smoothly, went back to standard safari (Mac pro user) never had the problem again.
  22. Well, having less features DOES consume less battery, right? :-D
  23. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,266   +4,935

    No, one feature if programed to constantly run can use more power than 100 other features. The number of features has nothing to do with power consumption. It's the way they are programmed and when they are called to run that use power.

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