Which internet browser is the least CPU intensive?

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  1. HeroGuy, Dec 25, 2013
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    I'm going to assume Safari...but has it been universally decided yet?
     
  2. chabig macrumors 68040

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    It's a meaningless question, like asking which OS uses the least memory.
     
  3. HeroGuy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How? Surely one used more memory than the other.
     
  4. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Maybe, but it doesn't mean anything to you. Your computer works. You browse the internet. It might be like asking which car has a larger gas tank--it doesn't change how long it take to drive to work.
     
  5. HeroGuy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    True, maybe I'm incorrect here but I thought memory usage contributes to how long my battery lasts. Is this not the case?
     
  6. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Yes, you are incorrect.
    Memory usage (by itself) does not dramatically affect how long your battery lasts. Much more, the OTHER resources that your browser may draw upon, such as CPU usage, and if storage needs to be accessed - read/write to hard drive, for example.
     
  7. HeroGuy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I probably meant CPU usage, darn.

    In any case which browser is the easiest on my battery?
     
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    I would tend to think Safari, because it has been optimized for Macs and I know Chrome is relatively CPU intensive, as browsers go.
     
  10. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    The easy answer is: the browser that uses the least system resources will give you the best power consumption, hence the longest battery life.

    Yes, that's a circular answer.
    Your own browser use (the methods that you use, such as multiple tabs, and the various plugins/extensions, etc) is probably much more effect than which browser you run. Some sites require a lot more from the system, too.
    And, you may find that you need to adjust how you use your laptop (screen brightness, and other techniques that result in better battery life) more than discovering an "easy" browser.
     
  11. Yell0w macrumors regular

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    I view this as a subjective question because each person's browsing habits varies from person to person.

    However I personally for me I just use Safari because its pre installed
     
  12. dirtnnasty macrumors member

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    There Is no big difference in energy efficiency as far as you get rid of flash...

    I think chrome can preload web pages as a comfort service for you, but those services use energy ( CPU and wireless connection)...

    If you just use the services you need there is no difference...
     
  13. leman macrumors 604

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    The browser which uses the least CPU is probably Lynx. I don't think you will find this answer very satisfactory though ;)
     
  14. AirThis macrumors 6502a

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    There's no Flash and the trackpad gestures don't work!

    How dare you? :D
     
  15. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Generally, Firefox is the least resource-intensive.

    I shun Chrome, or anything Google for that matter. They send back anything and everything back to the NSA. In fact, Google even once said that you shouldn't expect privacy when you use its products.
     
  16. Miloh macrumors newbie

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    No, just no. This is so far out of left field wrong.

    Not only is Google NOT voluntarily giving away user data to the NSA, but when they found out that not only had the NSA been tapping into metadata via PRISM, but that they had penetrated their internal network and were siphoning data directly from the tap, they accelerated their efforts to encrypt their internal network and get them out.

    Several Google engineers have left some choice words for the NSA too, something along the lines of "**** these guys".

    Google's business is advertising, selling out to the NSA is the worst thing they could do to their business. Unlike RSA, who did sell out to the NSA for a cool $10 million, and is going to be feeling the hurt.
     
  17. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Do you really believe that? Do you really believe what they say? They were subpoenaed into it. All this 'strengthening' of their internal network is just some PR ******** for the public to feel more secure.

    Either way, google is also wrong to sniff out for keywords in gmail emails or web history for ad purposes.

    Look at Microsoft's jab against google in their pig Latin advert. For once I'm with Microsoft on this one.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10243612/Google-email-users-should-not-expect-privacy.html

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/news/Press/2013/Nov13/KeepingyourEmailivat.aspx
     
  18. Wilsoncw1997 macrumors newbie

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    More CPU intensive = more heat = more power wasted = less battery life. Done :)
     
  19. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    ^ This. Try using different browsers and see how your own power usage varies with the different browsers. It's not just the browser itself that matters.
     

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