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Google Chrome vs Microsoft Edge: which browser is better?

Google Chrome vs. Microsoft Edge is a legitimate challenge following Microsoft’s move to a Chromium base for Edge in 2020 which completely changed the capabilities and performance of the browser.

Despite the same basic engine and a number of shared features, there are some fundamental differences and unique options available on each browser that make this decision more than just branding. Google and Microsoft also continue to produce browser updates that will keep the new browser wars interesting for a while.

I tested both browsers in five categories, including performance and features, using my Lenovo Yoga C940 (14 inch) which has an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor and 12 GB of RAM.

Whether you’ve never tried Edge before, or have some experience with the previous version, you’re going to want to read on to see if Microsoft has managed to deliver a worthy competitor to Chrome.

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Google Chrome vs. Microsoft Edge: performance

The first thing we’re going to look at is the sheer speed of browsers in terms of rendering and responsiveness. Several months after using Edge as my primary browser, while switching to Chrome every now and then, I still don’t see a noticeable difference between the two when it comes to performance.

Fortunately, I don’t need to rely on my eyes alone, instead I can look to some benchmark methods to see if there is a quantifiable difference between the speed of the two browsers. I used one of the most reputable benchmarking tools for this, WebXPRT 3 by Principled Technologies. It takes your browser through a series of six different varieties of tests that simulate real-world activities and in doing so tests both the HTML5 and JavaScript performance of the browser.

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Google Chrome WebXPRT3 performance

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Google Chrome WebXPRT 3 Performances

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Microsoft Edge WebXPRT3 Web Performance

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Microsoft Edge WebXPRT 3 Performance

Before testing each browser, I restarted my laptop and made sure nothing else was working to get me as close to identical conditions as possible. Microsoft Edge took the win by a reasonably narrow margin with an overall score of 76, based largely on much higher performance in the Encrypt Notes and OCR Scan test. Google Chrome finished with a 73, winning four of six categories, but not enough.

I will give the victory in this category to Microsoft Edge, but it remains close enough that I do not comment on this single factor.

Winner: Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome vs. Microsoft Edge: System Usage

Next, I looked at the system impact that each of these browsers had on my laptop. Even the most die-hard Chrome fan would concede that it can be a resource-hungry person, but Google has paid a lot of attention to this issue over the past year or so.

In my months of using Edge as my primary browser, I’ve definitely pushed it to its limits and occasionally got my laptop bogged down with it, but that’s due to my own bad habits of loading way too many windows and windows. ‘tabs at a time.

Again, before each test I restarted my laptop and made sure no other apps were running. I loaded the same collection of four tabs on each browser: Laptop Mag homepage, a running 1080p Youtube video, Twitter and Google docs. I then looked at the affected app’s CPU and memory usage in Windows 10 Task Manager to measure the impact.

Using the Microsoft Edge system

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The first was Microsoft Edge. RAM usage was fairly constant around 0.9GB with occasional spikes at just over 1GB. CPU usage showed more movement, typically varying between 3% and 5%, but in a few cases , it went down to 20% and even 30% for a few seconds at a time.

When it comes to Google Chrome, RAM usage was just as consistent, although it fluctuated between 1.25 and 1.35 GB, which is 30-40% more than Edge. On the flip side, CPU usage was only slightly higher than Edge, mostly sticking to 4-6% usage with only occasional spikes of up to around 30% for a few seconds. .

While Microsoft Edge is still the big winner here, Google has moved the needle when it comes to reducing Chrome’s impact on the system, as it was much further away from the two metrics last time around.

Winner: Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome vs. Microsoft Edge: extensions

Google Chrome Online Store

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While the switch to Chromium brought a lot to Edge, one of the biggest things for power users was support for extensions. The Microsoft Store extension collection continues to grow to a point where most users are unlikely to need to add Chrome extensions as well. Luckily for those who want something that’s only available in the Chrome Web Store, downloading and adding them to Microsoft Edge is straightforward – just toggle “Allow extensions from other stores” on the Edge Extensions page.

While there have been some definite improvements to the Microsoft Edge Add-ons page over the months I’ve been using it as my primary browser, there’s no doubt that the Chrome Web Store remains the more robust of the two with an advantage. considerable when it comes to quantity.

Edge users don’t miss out on these extensions, but sometimes you’ll run into incompatibilities and it’s definitely less convenient than just adding to Chrome from the Chrome Web Store. I still give this category to Google Chrome for now, but for a lot of users there isn’t a significant difference between the two.

Winner: Google chrome

Google Chrome vs. Microsoft Edge: security and privacy

Microsoft Edge privacy settings

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With Chrome 83, released in May 2020, Google added several new security and privacy features for users. These have given users more control over their data in Chrome, including sharing your data with Google. Some of these were simply to reorganize existing features to make them clearer, such as the “Cookies and other site data” section of Privacy and Security, while others were entirely new such as the “Enhanced protection” option. in secure browsing.

That said, trying to navigate Chrome’s privacy and security screens is still confusing for the average user and even new security and privacy protection features like Enhanced Protection depend on sending your data to. Google. At the end of the day, you have to trust Google to use Chrome as your primary browser and while it’s unquestionably in the company’s best interest to protect your data from everyone else, it’s also easy to see why this puts some uncomfortable users.

Google Chrome Security Settings

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Microsoft Edge always makes it easier for users to manage security and privacy from the moment they install the browser. There is a relatively easy-to-understand set of options to choose from during setup. You can select Basic, Balanced, or Strict tracking prevention and Microsoft gives you a short bulleted list of what each level will block as well as potential ramifications for your browsing experience.

There is no doubt that this is an area Microsoft has targeted due to Google’s endless struggle to balance privacy and its need for user data. Whatever reasoning behind it, Microsoft is making all of these features more accessible and understandable in Edge than Google has made with Chrome. It’s undoubtedly possible to arrange virtually identical security and privacy settings between the two browsers, but doing it on Chrome requires a bit more work.

Winner: Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome vs. Microsoft Edge: Platform Support

After releasing this version of Microsoft Edge earlier this year, it’s no surprise that Edge can’t quite match Chrome support on the platform, but it’s probably closer than you don’t think so.

Microsoft Edge is available for Windows 7 and later, macOS 10.12 and later, iOS (iPadOS) 11.0 and later, and Android 4.4 and later. A Linux version is currently in development preview that will add support for Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, and OpenSUSE. ChromeOS will be the main missing platform at this point, and there is no indication that Microsoft has any plans for it.

Google Chrome is available for Windows 7 and later, macOS 10.10 and later, iOS (iPadOS) 12.0 and later, Android 5.0 and later, and Linux support for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and OpenSUSE.

Google is taking this one by the smallest of margins and soon ChromeOS will be the only differentiator, at that point I’ll update that for a draw.

Winner: Google chrome

Microsoft Edge Features

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Google Chrome vs. Microsoft Edge: Overall Winner

I was a bit stunned by the results and hesitated to name Edge the winner the last time I led this showdown. But I don’t feel such qualms this time around. Unless your laptop is loaded with more RAM than you know what to do with, Google Chrome will negatively impact your system’s performance if you run more than a handful of tabs at a time.

If that was Edge’s only benefit, I wouldn’t recommend it as there is a lot more to do in a browser. But as you can see from the results above, Edge has always performed better than Chrome. While not to a huge degree, the speed boost is another point in Edge’s favor.

Security and privacy are undeniably easier to manage on Edge and while extensions and overall platform support are in Google’s favor, both are on the verge of being a draw because Microsoft is only half a step back on the two.

While there is certainly a certain learning curve when you adjust some of your habits from the many years of using Chrome, Microsoft has made the switch pretty easy and I recommend you give it a go to see for yourself. – even though Edge gives you the best experience like it did for me.