Google Chrome might be the world’s most popular web browser, but it could be eating up large amounts of your laptop’s battery power.
However, rival Microsoft says its Edge browser is way ahead of the competition when it comes to battery life on laptops.
After carrying out its own power consumption test, which the tech giant says took place in a “controlled lab environment”, Microsoft has announced that “you can simply browse longer with Microsoft Edge than with Chrome, Firefox or Opera on Windows 10 devices”.
During the tests, Microsoft connected a Surface Book to power monitoring equipment in order measure the “actual power usage during typical activities” in Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Opera.
The ‘typical activities’ included things like opening new tabs, scrolling, browsing sites and watching videos.
The tests firmly put Google Chrome at the bottom of the pack when it comes to battery performance, lating only 4 hours and 19 minutes.
Google Chrome was then followed by Firefox, which lasted 5 hours and 9 minutes.
Opera, with its battery saving feature that recognises when a laptop is unplugged and reduces the amount of plugins running in the background, lasted 6 hours and 18 minutes.
Coming out on top, perhaps unsurprisingly, was Microsoft’s Edge browser, which lasted 7 hours and 22 minutes, more than 70 percent longer than Google Chrome.
While the results at first sight may seem impressive, it is perhaps worth pointing out that the Edge browser does not have nearly as many features as Google Chrome.
With that being said, Microsoft is expected to release more features when it releases its anniversary update of Windows 10 which is expected later this month.
Microsoft is also rumoured to be introducing even more battery saving features as part of the update, so battery performance when using Edge may improve further still.
This isn’t the first time Google Chrome has been highlighted as a browser that eats up a lot of battery power, especially on laptops and MacBooks.
Which web browser do you use and how do you think it impacts on battery life and performance?
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