HTML 5 Compatibility

HTML 5

Finally, to see how many HTML 5 features are supported by each browser, each one was run against http://html5test.com/ which compiles a score out of 555, with scoring being based on how many HTML5 specifications, popular draft standards, and WebGL, and IndexedDB / Web SQL. A higher score means the browser supports more of the tests, which in theory means that the browser should be more compatible with more websites, although that is certainly not always the case.

Web Browser Battery Life

It would be hard to argue with how pervasive and important the internet is, so “browsing the web” is a critical function for laptops. Gone are the days of browsing static content on Geocities and instead the web is now the home to critical business applications, communication, and of course, entertainment. Finding a few more minutes of battery life just by using a different browser might be the difference between getting through a workday, and not.

To see how each browser performed, the Surface Laptop 3 15-inch had the brightness dialed into 200 nits, and each browser was run through our quite demanding web workload until the system turned off, and then the test was repeated to ensure there were no anomalous results. All the browsers were tested at least twice, with the exception of Internet Explorer 11, which was not tested, because you should really not be using it.

Battery Life

One of the biggest questions going into this was what impact Microsoft would see moving from their EdgeHTML and Chakra based browser in the classic Edge, to the Chromium version. Microsoft touted their battery life significantly when Edge was the new browser on the block, and for good reason. As you can see, classic Edge provided significantly better battery life than any other browser used. When your pool of energy is a fixed size, squeezing out extra runtime is not a trivial undertaking, and Microsoft has certainly given up some battery life to provide a more compatible browser.

Looking at the Chromium based browsers, which are the new Edge, Chrome, and Opera, and they all more or less fall in the same range, with only twenty minutes of runtime between the three, but as we saw with the scripting tests, Edge was able to provide just a bit more battery life than the others.

Firefox, while competitive, is over thirty minutes behind its closest competitor. It is likely not enough of a difference to spur anyone from moving away from Firefox if they are happy with its other features, but the Mozilla team is not quite up to par in terms of energy use.

Scripting Performance What’s in a Browser?
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  • PeachNCream - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    I thought the browser hair pulling and pinching fight ended in the previous decade. We may also want to debate whether or not CompuServ or AOL is the better ISP. Reply
  • prophet001 - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    I would just rather not have an employee from X corporation follow me around everywhere I go. That's all I'm tryina accomplish. Reply
  • BedfordTim - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    Exactly. It is all about the AdBlocker and privacy now. Reply
  • BedfordTim - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    What would have been really good would be to see how well they conceal the browser signature. Reply
  • tuxRoller - Monday, October 5, 2020 - link

    You're in luck! I'm not aware of any entity offering such service.
    Perhaps, when skynet rises, we'll each have our very own ai instance!
    Until then, pattern matching is the best you'll get.
    Reply
  • The Garden Variety - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    If only this antique comment system allowed me to give you a thumbs up or a like or potato points or anything. This is the only comment this article needs. Reply
  • pjcamp - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    CompuSpend. It's pronounced CompuSpend.

    Yeah. I use Firefox because I'm used to it, not because it is better or worse than the others. A browser is a commodity, like potatoes.
    Reply
  • AdditionalPylons - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_potato_culti...
    Pick one! Fight! =)
    Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Friday, September 11, 2020 - link

    That's why I use Seamonkey. It is the interface I'm used to and prefer. Reply
  • deil - Sunday, September 13, 2020 - link

    FF user here, but I keep using it for another reason.
    FF is not fastest out of the box BUT I feel like others slow down overtime, while FF just keeps going like it was its "second boot"
    Reply

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