Are you using the fastest web browser? There are several speed tests available online to check how quick your web browser is. But before we get into that, let me jump right to the end – Google Chrome is the fastest web browser. A lot has been said and written about the speeds of various popular web browsers and Chrome has consistently appeared at the top.
Obviously, no test is objective – the developer, try as hard as they want, can bring in their personal bias. Anyway, all of the tests detailed on this page will be able to assess your chosen web browser.
I love this simple speed test and you can quickly see the difference if you have multiple browsers installed on your system (you should if you consider yourself a web developer). Go to Canvascape – “Experimenting With Textures” developed by Ben Joffe. Change the resolution to High (click on the “Apply” button) and visually compare how fast the web browsers display the textured 3D world (inspired by Wolfenstein).
EvilScience has some numbers and you can quickly perform these tests on your own. A cold start is when you open a web browser for the first time. A warm start is closing the browser window and restating the program. Take a look at the thorough speed comparison of popular web browsers – Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari – performed on EvilScience. Though Opera is his favourite browser, Google Chrome takes the winner’s place in his test.
The CSS rendering test from howtocreate.co.uk is a great way to check how fast browsers display CSS. You need to save this web page on your computer and access it again from the browser to do away with the download speed and progressive rendering issue.
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