Anyone try the new 64-bit Chrome on MacBook Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by stfwayne, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. stfwayne macrumors regular

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    Has anyone tried the the new 64 bit Chrome web browser on their Macbook Air?

    I used to browse with Chrome exclusively but it got so bloated, slow, and resource hogging that i switched to Safari and then ultimately to Opera which is basically Chrome without the bloat

    Now I am curious to see if the fact that Google updated the browser to 64 bit will make a difference in terms of speed of browsing and most importantly making my Macbook Air hot with multiple tabs open
     
  2. joshlalonde macrumors 6502

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    I have to say that Safari is an excellent browser, having switched from Internet Explorer using Windows 8.1.

    But if you must, why don't you download the beta for yourself? I downloaded it and it didn't seem to use significant energy all the time. So I guess it's more or less on par with Safari.

    But for the best experience, you should use Safari. :p
     
  3. sracer macrumors 603

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    My daughter has been unable to run 32-bit Chrome on her Macbooks for a few years and across different devices (probably because of something that got mucked up and carried over with each data migration).

    When Canary Chrome was released, I installed it on her system. Not only does it run fine, but smoothly as well.
     
  4. shenan1982 macrumors 68040

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    I love Chrome, don't get me wrong, but I have a hard time going back to the old days of having to enter a credit card number whenever I buy something. Love my stored keychain credit card auto-fill in Safari. Never going back to Chrome. LOL
     
  5. Motawa macrumors 6502

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  6. HarryWarden macrumors 6502a

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    Never been a Chrome fan on Mac. Rather would use Safari if I'm using a Mac. On Chromebooks it's perfectly functional and since it is the only choice for that platform, it had better be.
     
  7. Jantelagen macrumors regular

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    Using Chrome Beta 38.0.2125.44, and it's fast on Yosemite beta 2. But still, if I run my standard test of scrolling fast on a text heavy site like reddit, Safari is smooth as butter, while Chrome has noticeably lower frames per second. It irks me.
     
  8. Rodrigo Yoshida macrumors member

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    I tested Chrome Canary 64 bits for a couple of days and it definitely feels faster than the 32 bits version, but Safari is still faster. I believe Google will not beat Safari's performance, their focus is on the Windows version.

    I used Chrome as my main browser for many years and switched to Safari a few days ago, now I just cannot go back, it is way faster and smoother, just miss some features like syncing the favorites and history with my Nexus and streaming to Chromecast. Looks like I will have to buy an iPhone and an Apple TV :D
     
  9. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    I use chrome pretty much exclusively on mac, linux and windows. When the OSX 64 bit version gets shaken down a bit I'll testdrive it.
     
  10. philippp macrumors newbie

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    The biggest problem with chrome for me is the reduced battery life. If i use safari instead of chrome will i get a couple of extra hours of power.
     

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