Test: Browser test: Chrome, Firefox, Edge & amp; Co. in comparison

Firefox 72: These are the innovations


If you compare all test criteria against each other, Firefox wins just before Brave, followed by Chrome and Opera. The new Edge clearly outperforms its predecessor thanks to the new engine and activated tracking protection. If security and data protection are important to you, Firefox is the right choice. Brave is the first alternative from the Chromium fraction, which scores particularly with the gate integration. Chrome is the fastest browser in the test, but a RAM raffke without tracking protection. If you cannot decide, simply use several browsers in parallel for different tasks.

Firefox wins the comparison
Chrome is still the fastest
Brave is quick and pays more attention to privacy
Brave uses the least RAM
Chrome still shuffles a lot of RAM
old edge is only a emergency nail
Many browsers still come without tracking protection

Firefox is back

Firefox was on the descending branch until about two years ago. Then you dared to restart and practically reinvented yourself with Firefox Quantum. So far, the makers have consistently continued on this path and have 2020 the stroke rate even increased; there is a new version every four weeks. This is a good strategy, because today it is no longer enough to just build a fast browser, the users have higher demands. Working speed is still a key qualification for browsers in which Firefox still has room for improvement, but security and data protection are at least as important.

This is exactly what Firefox trumps. It was the first browser to be delivered with a standard installation with tracking protection switched on. In almost every new version, this is tightened somewhat so that it currently blocks scripts from social networks that track users, as well as tracking cookies, crypto miners and fingerprinting techniques. To 100 Percent perfect, this is not perfect, especially when it comes to fingerprinting, but the bottom line is a good remedy for tracking at every corner

The old strengths of Firefox such as simple and clear operation, high security and very good features remain. Last but not least, users swear by a huge selection of extensions. It is exciting that Firefox has made valuable improvements in key areas, such as the password manager. It not only manages passwords, but also generates them and warns of leaks.

Firefox is currently the best browser. CHIP

Chrome alternative Brave

Brave uses the Chromium engine like many other test candidates. The advantage here is that it works just as quickly as Chrome and adheres exactly to web standards. But in the test, Brave not only convinced in the benchmarks, but above all in security and data protection. He brings tracking protection with him and has also integrated a private mode that deserves the name.

Brave can open individual tabs with a connection to the Tor network. The advantage here is that users can immerse themselves in the mass of Tor users. Previously, you had to install the Tor Browser for this protection, a tab is enough for Brave. He also pays attention to privacy apart from that, for example, you search in Brave with DuckDuckGo by default.

It is also good that Brave saves RAM because it simply blocks a lot of content and quickly frees up memory. Nevertheless, it does not deliver particularly convincing results in the battery test with a notebook. If you like extensions, you can use the Chrome offer. The sync function is currently still very limited.

Brave is fix like Chrome and pays attention to the privacy of its users. CHIP

Chrome needs to improve

without a fight there Chrome did not fail, in our benchmark course the browsers with a similar base are indeed also similarly fast, but Chrome is the bottom line in all disciplines. He gets the most points in the all-round benchmark and also shows the other test candidates only the taillights when processing JavaScript. Even when it comes to that Integrating a graphics card or reacting quickly, Chrome is currently the measure of all things. But there are two things to consider: first, the other Chromium browsers are only measurably slower and second, Chrome is still a RAM eater. Almost 2 GB of Chrome claws at idle with 30 open tabs. Google is working on saving techniques such as tab freezing, but they first have to prove that they are in control.

The basic security is suitable for Chrome, and recently it even shines with one Real-time surf protection that the competition does not yet offer. Chrome also offers more than the Chromium competition when it comes to password managers. When it comes to tracking protection, Google obviously has a hard time and not everyone likes the close integration with the Google account. If you don't have a problem with that, you get cool comfort features like the sync with all the trimmings.

You can't complain about the extensions either, the offer is almost become confusing. In operation, other browsers are more user-friendly in the test, often you have to dive into the darkest corners of Chrome to change details.

Chrome is still the fastest browser, but it also needs the most RAM. CHIP

Browser with extras

Opera has always had a die-hard fan base, but that's a comparison to Chrome and Firefox manageable. But when you try Opera, you immediately notice that this browser is something special. It is based on Chromium, so it is just as fast as Chrome and sets new standards with innovative features.

What we like very much is the built-in VPN tool, for example. Turn the switch and you can surf safely at the hotspot. The operation and the settings menu are also well resolved and display the important functions in a clearly visible manner. Tracking protection is built in, but is incomprehensibly not switched on.

Cool extras: A built-in VPN tool only offers Opera. CHIP

Microsoft is catching up powerfully

The new Edge Browser also uses Chromium and solves that Problem of the commemorative seconds that the predecessor in Windows 10 repeatedly approved. The new browser works quickly and can handle Chrome extensions. What makes it special is the pre-activated tracking protection. The search is preset with Bing, not a particularly privacy-friendly solution and the password manager offers only a few functions.

With Sync, Edge is still a bit behind Chrome and Firefox, open tabs and he cannot compare the course yet. But he likes it with a good reading mode and also stands out with one or two extras, such as the collections, which have yet to be activated with a flag.

The bottom line is the new Edge is a completely different thing than its predecessor. It will be really exciting if Microsoft switches to Windows 10 with the new Edge bundle. So far there is no auto update, if you want the new Edge, you have to get it explicitly.

The new Chromium-based Edge is appealing thanks to its fast working method and tracking protection. CHIP

Very easy to use

Vivaldi leaves a mixed test result. No other browser can be so easily adapted to your own needs during setup. In general, Vivaldi shows how easily certain settings can be made accessible. Here the competition can be inspired. But there is a need to catch up with security and data protection. For example, the transmission of telemetry data cannot be switched off, there is no tracking protection and the password manager is poorly positioned.

He puts a good figure on speed and RAM consumption As a result, it is fast due to the built-in chromium base, but it is also reluctant to use up RAM. In the battery test on a notebook, the lights go on with Vivaldi only after 425 minutes from, that's in the environment of Chrome and Opera. Chrome extensions can be planted in Vivaldi and the user agent has recently been adjusted so that there are no more problems with websites.

CHIP Vivaldi particularly likes its simple operation.

Old Edge is away from the window

Although the old Edge only started when Windows was started 10 came onto the market, it is out of time. Microsoft mixes it too much with the operating system so that the collection of telemetry data cannot be switched off. There is also no tracking protection and only twice a year with a Windows 10 Update also new features.

So it's no wonder that Microsoft has decided to replace the old Edge with the new Chromium-based Edge. It is the much better choice in every discipline in the test. The only exception: due to its deep integration with Windows 10 the old Edge saves the best Power and lasts the longest with the battery test on a notebook.

The old Edge Browser drops off strongly in the test, the best thing to do is replace it. CHIP

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