According to October 2018 figures, Google Chrome’s top position among browsers remains unchallenged. Another browser, Microsoft Edge, is winning rave reviews with its redesigned features and smoother navigation. But is Edge really the future of browsers as Microsoft would have us all believe?
To find out, we pitted Edge against Chrome in a toe-to-toe contest to see which is the better browser.
1. Memory and CPU Usage
Microsoft has claimed on record that its browser is extremely friendly towards battery life and RAM. However, such a claim was not vindicated during a simple analysis. When you keep multiple tabs open (17 in our case), Edge can feel weighty and sluggish even on a Windows device.
Chrome, on the other hand, tends to consume less resources. In our test, it only consumed 0.6% CPU versus 13.4% for Edge, for the same set of web pages. Additionally, Chrome’s memory consumption was approximately 60% less.
Of course, these are extreme figures. If you work with fewer windows, the differences can be marginal. If you like to multi-task, Chrome remains your best bet.
2. Bandwidth Comparison
At Bandwidthplace.com, Chrome consistently recorded faster ping times (278 ms/306 ms), download (7.47 Mbps/4.38 Mbps) and upload speeds (4.83 Mbps/3.88 Mbps) compared to Edge. If you are just using Edge, it doesn’t feel slow. But if you are comparing it against Chrome, the difference in speed is noticeable.
3. Raw Surfing Speed
We checked both browsers for raw surfing speed at Speedtest and Pingdom. It was found that, on average, Chrome returns website search queries faster. For example, a page load test for this site on Pingdom took 3.02 seconds on Chrome versus 3.81 seconds on Edge.
5. HTML5 Rendering
HTML5 is at the heart of multimedia applications including online music, streaming videos, web authentication and online payments. We checked HTML5 rendering for both browsers at HTML5test.com. Chrome scored 528 out of 550 versus 492 out of 550 for Edge.
6. Power Browsing
As discussed earlier, Edge’s latest features allow you to surf multiple tabs in the same window by keeping a few tabs aside. But, what good is such a novelty if that means a drain on the battery. Clearly, Chrome wins hands-down when it comes to multi-tasking.
7. Privacy and Security
There is one thing Edge does better than Chrome: private surfing. Even without running a NoScript, one can avoid detection of sensitive hardware and plugin information on Edge. Chrome, on the other hand, reveals too much about your computer including system hardware, GPU, display resolution and more. The clear verdict is that Microsoft is far more concerned about user privacy than Google.
Chrome’s collection of browser extensions is rather exhaustive. Whereas, for Edge, you can scroll down to the end in less than 1 minute! This feels true because so many browser extensions that you take for granted with Chrome, are not supported on Edge.
9. Chrome Versus Edge: Features Comparison
Microsoft has spared no effort to introduce next-generation features in Edge. You can now save tabs for later; an intuitive feature which allows you to surf everything in one single window. You can eliminate all passwords, and mute tabs. This is quite useful while surfing news websites which play audio without your permission. You can add notes and highlights on a browser window. Unlike Edge, Chrome hasn’t really added too many features recently. One exception is “Chrome sync” which can be quite useful in syncing browsers on multiple devices.
10. Mobile Browsers: Chrome Versus Edge
Finally, there is another thing Edge does better than Chrome. Its mobile interface on Android feels more feature-rich and faster. Chrome’s 56.9% market share of mobile browsers is falling each year. This is because there are so many good mobile browsers that have made a name for themselves.
Our final verdict is that while Microsoft has drastically improved over Internet Explorer, Edge browser still has a long way to go before it can catch up with Google Chrome.