Useful suggestions from Adrian Kingsley-Hughes on what to do if Google’s Chrome eats to much of your Mac’s RAM. Safari? Firefox? Vivaldi? Brave?
I’ve been a long-time fan of the Google Chrome browser, especially how it integrates into my workflow across an array of devices.
Privacy means little to technology writers because it means more to Apple.
Chrome is let down by one big problem – it’s a massive RAM hog. Now yes, I know that this is partly down to me, and my dual habits of opening way too many tabs (yes, I admit to having a tab problem), and of having maybe just a few too many extensions installed.
Privacy and security, meet battery, privacy, and security hog.
So who makes the best browser for macOS? Well, I know that this is a subjective and emotive question – like asking whose mom makes the best apple pie, or which of your children is the best – but testing is pushing me towards an unlikely candidate.
Safari? Firefox? Vivaldi? Brave?
Nope. Microsoft’s Edge; based on Google’s Chromium project.
On the performance front it feels a little swifter than Chrome, and a lot swifter than the competition (such as Safari or Firefox). But it’s not the swiftness that catches my eye, but how Edge is so much lighter on system resources than Chrome.
Benchmarks everywhere point out that both Safari and Firefox are faster than Chrome, with Firefox the leader.
Edge also has some cool features. For example, support for the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar is very cool, with options for media control sliders and the ability to switch tabs.
I thought Apple critics were not allowed to like Touch Bar.