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Old 20. Jun 2013, 01:48 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Lightweight browsers are to be considered only if someone still has a low-end system with meagre RAM.
I don't agree with that statement. It's a matter of choice actually, and also, a lightweight browser may be good enough too.

Some people like to run light weight browsers. Also, there are some pretty good browsers in the list like Qupzilla, and SlimBoat. Both are good, and in active development. I have been pretty impressed with SlimBoat. It's lightweight, fast, and its features are great. It can be used as a main browser... although it lacks in extensions, I must say. Still, its feature list is quite impressive.

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I have nearly ordered the browsers in the review based on RAM usage/CPU usage giving 50:50 weightage to both. While Firefox was nearly unusable after 3 tabs, Opera ran fine even with 8 tabs running atmost, Chrome was the fastest to startup and ran fine until 6 tabs and memory usage increased exponentially but decreased in the same way after closing the tabs, unlike other bowsers. So as far as memory efficiency is concerned, you can still run Chrome with many tabs provided you close them after usage. But none of these major browsers performed as well as the browsers listed in the review.
Thanks for sharing your experience. That's the problem with Chrome.. with each tab, its memory usage starts increasing. With many number of tabs open, it takes up higher memory than Firefox with same number of tabs open.

Opera is lightweight, yea, and takes less memory, but then again, it's not my choice of browser. It will be interesting to see how it performs with Blink.
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Old 21. Jun 2013, 12:57 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I agree there Anupam ...

I think a good lightweight browser is very useful even on a decent system, for those times when other process are running and you can't, or don't want to, dedicate your machine to browsing. Or when I just want to nip quickly to a website and don't want to wait for however it long it takes my add-on laden Ice Dragon to fire up and get going. :-)

I'm toying with switching to Slimboat portable for this, I'm impressed with its speed and low footprint. As you say it lacks the add ons luxury of FF but Maxthon has become a bit buggy in its latest versions so I'm spending more time with Slimboat lately. Trouble is, we're all spoilt for choice these days!
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Old 21. Jun 2013, 07:21 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Yes, you are right. Also, many people just prefer lean browsers, without many add-ons and all. For them, those lightweight browsers are the solution.

I hope you enjoy SlimBoat.. I see much potential in the browser.. I hope they continue to develop it, and have support for extensions too.
SlimBoat is available for Linux and Mac as well, if people want to try it on these OS.
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Old 21. Jun 2013, 08:20 AM   #24 (permalink)
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i use Fire fox on my Linux distros and i like it, but on my win vista i prefer IE cause it's beter than fox and chrome for the simple reason that i can exit pages it asks me if i want to leave this page every time and still stay in the site while in chrome or fire fox most times when you are in a page or pages you click the x and it exits the forum alltoghether
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