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Chrome is killing your computer’s battery life

Published Oct 20th, 2015 8:15PM EDT
Chrome Vs. Firefox Battery Life

Want better battery life on your laptop? You might want to consider using a browser besides Chrome. Digital Citizen has tested popular Internet browsers across multiple Windows 10 laptops and has found one major common denominator: Chrome is by far the biggest battery hog.

FROM EARLIER: Does Google have a serious mobile problem?

In its tests, Digital Citizen used three different machines that all had Windows 10 installed: The ASUS ZenBook UX305F, the Surface Pro 3 and the Toshiba Portege Z20t-B. The results show that Chrome drained between 10% and 28% more than Internet Explorer on these three machines.

“As you have seen in this comparison, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge are your best options when you need to save battery,” the publication informs us “Your savings vary depending on your device and how intensively you use each browser. In our testing, we saved anywhere between 30 and 59 minutes when using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge instead of Google Chrome.”

This isn’t too surprising since Chrome is notorious for being resource hungry and even though Google has vowed fixes for the browser’s memory leak issues, it seems it’s still a major drain on battery power. Google has explained in the past that it’s emphasized giving Chrome high-caliber performance that has often come at the expense of resource management but it’s now trying to shift the balance a bit so it doesn’t completely drain all our battery power.

Check out Digital Citizen’s full report here.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.