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Interesting read, if you read between the lines:

http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/20/11975514/microsoft-chrome-edge-browser-battery-life-tests

Disregard any references to the Edge browser (unless you're a Win Tin Tin user).

However, pay close attention to the Firefox vs Chrome/Chromium power usage comparisons.

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Re: Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2016, 01:02:03 am »
Maybe I'm stupid here, but I can't see anything surprising...

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Re: Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2016, 05:08:14 am »
Edge sucks .. any page with adverts, which is most of em, refuse to scroll for the first ten minutes (maybe an exaggeration but it 'feels' that long) leaving you no option but to sit and stare at the banner ad for ten minutes before you're allowed to get to the content.
(even on a quad core A10 CPU, 8GB RAM, and 76Mbps fibre broadband)

So when you think about it, Chrome may be harder on the battery but I'm betting you could get more done before the battery ran out ::)

There's something seriousy wrong when you find yourself yearning for IE in Win10 :o

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Which is a pity because I actually like the look of Edge's clean lines .. but at least for me it's unusable, and it shouldn't be, not on that spec.

For me it's still Firefox though a lot of that has nowt to do with battery life, it's simply that I'm most 'at home' with it, love the addon availability, and find it WAY more tweakable.
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Re: Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2016, 06:05:19 am »
Hi PCNetSpec
Hmmm, maybe it is you cos I have no problem with Edge and adverts ? (Writing in Edge ATM as I have to use windows on my home PC when working on certain stuff and needing a diff IP to Company Laptop on the Co VPN)
Do you have any examples of poor sites ?  I too have 80/20 Fibre line and this thing just flies ??  I don't notice a performance gain using Firefox or Chrome ?
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Re: Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2016, 06:07:41 am »
I don't know Edge... but Firefox uses less power compared to Chromium on this laptop...

Batterylife is the only good thing of M$ on Notebooks I can think of... Even Peppermint uses more power than Win7 for me (but I had spend 3 days disabling all the unnecessary background stuff), probably because the open source drivers aren't optimised as well. But Peppermint runs way faster, never used my Notebook at home when I had Windows on there and now I'm only starting the PC if I want to do something were I need the Power (e.g. gaming)...

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Re: Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2016, 06:21:30 am »
Yep, you can't argue that Microsoft keeps the hardware manufacturers behind them.
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Re: Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2016, 09:32:45 am »
Ha!  I'm on a desktop, so your numbers are meaningless, Microshaft!  :P

Now do a comparison of battery life on a computer running Windows 10 VS one running Peppermint OS and see what that gets us.

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Re: Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2016, 11:42:14 am »
Hi PCNetSpec
Hmmm, maybe it is you cos I have no problem with Edge and adverts ? (Writing in Edge ATM as I have to use windows on my home PC when working on certain stuff and needing a diff IP to Company Laptop on the Co VPN)
Do you have any examples of poor sites ?  I too have 80/20 Fibre line and this thing just flies ??  I don't notice a performance gain using Firefox or Chrome ?
Regards Zeb...

Next time I'm on Win10 I'll post some examples, but:-

a) that may be some considerable time. ;)
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b) it was pretty much ALL pages, and on multiple computers.

I'm not just being anti-Microsoft here, I really hoped Edge would be good, I figured it might spur the others into some needed optimisations but alas......
(or was that alsa)
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Re: Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2016, 11:53:52 am »
Opera, not Microsoft Edge, is the best for battery life, says Opera

LOL, now we just need Chrome and Firefox to test it... :))
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Re: Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2016, 12:42:11 pm »
I find it odd they didn't mention Firefox ?

Makes you wonder if it beat them in their own methodology.
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Re: Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2016, 12:53:51 pm »
Maybe it's because it's just a quick response? Not sure...

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Re: Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2016, 12:57:33 pm »
Why doesn't ZDNet just test the browsers themselves and post their results?  Isn't that what they do?  Or do they just report stuff?  What we need is an independent non partial entity to test these things for real and see who is really doing best and who is full of crap.

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Re: Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2016, 02:18:35 pm »
Which browser performs best might be hardware dependent and this also varys with the load (how much watching videos, HTML5 or Flash, ...). I think a neutral test is impossible.
And I guess noone neutral has actually billions of data points for average browser usage lying around :D