Just How Bad Is Chrome For Your Computer's Battery?

Posted: Jun 22 2016, 10:50am CDT | by , in News | Microsoft Windows


Just how bad is Chrome for your Computer's Battery?
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There has been a running joke lately that our laptops might as well be PCs because we always have to keep them attached to the cord. Unfortunately, wireless charging for laptops hasn't happened yet (someone is working on that, right?), so we need to make the most of what we do have. 

One of the biggest problems with battery life doesn't have to do with the battery at all. In fact, it has to do with what browser you use - and for those of us who use Chrome (guilty), it isn't good news.

Microsoft put on a demonstration where four identical laptops ran four different browsers, Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Microsoft Edge, to see which one was the worst on the battery. Chrome killed the battery.

The experiment had the laptops go onto the same popular websites like Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, and Wikipedia until the battery died. They watched videos, opened new tabs, types, and read through articles. According to the Microsoft blog, the Chrome computer lasted just 4 hours and 19 minutes, the Firefox computer lasted 5 hours and 9 minutes, and the Opera battery-saving mode computer held out at 6 hours and 18 minutes. The Microsoft Edge computer lasted 7 hours and 22 minutes before they had to do the run up the stairs in order to grab the power cord.

That is a 70 percent different between Chrome and Edge. In fact, the Edge lasts the entire work day for the average American. 

Microsoft also took the CPU, GPU, and WiFi into consideration during the experiment.

"[W]e measure aggregated telemetry from millions of Windows 10 devices around the world. The billions of data points from these devices are consistent with the lab results, demonstrating that Microsoft Edge is more efficient in real-world, day-to-day use than the competition," Microsoft writes on its blog.

While this might just be a big marketing push from Microsoft, you'll have to weigh the pros and cons. If you are around your cord all day, Chrome is still probably the best browser with the most functionality. Save Edge for when you are working outside of your house and don't have a reliable power source.

Watch the video below to find out more:

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/46" rel="author">Noel Diem</a>
Noel passion is to write about geek culture.




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