Browsers that work well with 2016 Macbook? FF DOES NOT

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by looking4anotebo, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. looking4anotebo macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2007
    I have no idea what it is but Firefox is sluggish, laggy, and overall terrible on all of my macs. I have used it a lot on:

    2015 Late Imac i7, 395x, 24gb Ram
    2012 Mac Pro 12 core, dual 5770, 32gb Ram
    2016 Macbook m3

    I've had enough!!! and I am being forced to drop my favorite browser. I don't like Safari. What are some browsers that run well on the 12'' Macbook?
  2. PieTunes macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2016
    San Diego, CA
    Have you tried Chrome? I haven't had any problems with it on any of my Macs.
  3. looking4anotebo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2007
    I have and it works well, I haven't fully jumped over because of the talk around and a few articles about Chrome being very power hungry on the newer 12" macbooks. One article I think said 3 hours less of battery life.
  4. brclark80 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2016
    Hickory, NC
    I use Chrome on a 2015 MBA and I can easily get around 10+ hours. Screen slightly dimmed.
  5. Cristim74 macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2016
    What's wrong with Safari?
    I get 9+ hours battery life on a full charge.
  6. Nick11Mac macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2011
  7. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    Mico, Texas
    Used to use Chrome, but 100% Safari now, with Keychain synching across my iPad, iPhone and MacBook -- I honestly don't see how Id get by without it.

    Chrome is okay on MacBook but a dog on iPhone, so I really rely on Safari with the saved passwords synched across my devices. It's also a very capable browser.
  8. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    what's wrong with safari? (just curious). opera is pretty nice on the mac (altho also, lol... what's wrong with chrome?)
  9. double329 macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2008
    I thought Safari is the best on OS X and iOS. My second will be Chrome. I am full time Safari with contents blocker.
  10. looking4anotebo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2007

    Well, I've always thought Safari lacks behind quite a bit in extensions and add ons but maybe it's better now. I also really dislike browsers that don't have a drop down bar for frequently visited sites.
  11. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    what extension functions are you looking for? and what about the favorites bar?
  12. psik macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
  13. looking4anotebo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2007
    I've heard good things about Vivaldi so I will probably try that. I'm liking Opera a bit right now.

    Thanks for all the responses.
  14. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    I use FireFox on all my MacBooks and it works 100% fine. This includes 2-3 MacBooks and 2 iMacs. It may be your version or the extensions you have.
  15. looking4anotebo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2007

    No. I've used it barebones on all my macs, it's something inherent. I'd love to know how you have it stable. It runs the best on my loaded late 2015 Imac, but after a few hours it will really bog down and have to be restarted.
  16. polee macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
    I use firefox and it is fine too. In fact, I like firefox more than safari but that is just a personal preference.
  17. kwandrews macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    Colorado, USA
  18. pika2000 macrumors 68030

    Jun 22, 2007
    On Macs, I now use Safari as the primary browser, and then Chrome on some weird websites that use Flash or funky javascript.
    I used to use Firefox exclusively on the PC. On the Mac, it is just a third backup browser now. Keychain on Safari really made it the first choice easily, and built-in Flash on Chrome made it an easy second choice.
  19. Ma2k5 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2012
    Chrome has been improved a lot and, to be frank, I didn't find Mozilla to be better battery-wise but YMMV.

    Just get some ad/script blockers which, usually are battery hitters.

    If you use iPhones/iPad etc, I think it is worth jumping to Safari. As a long time Chrome user, was happy to move to Safari.
  20. Trvlngnrs macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2010
    Does Safari have an extension for simple You Tube downloads?

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