Who’s got the fastest browser for Mac users? Who’s got the browser with the most features? Which browser among the giants is the most private and secure? It doesn’t matter. For Mac notebook users– and notebooks make up 80-percent of all Macs sold– there are plenty of options.
Try them all. Safari is the easiest to use but it defaults to Google as the search engine of choice. Mozilla Firefox is fast and secure but has a complicated list of options. Google’s Chrome is the least private and secure and the worst offender at saving your Mac’s battery.
Which is best? None of the above.
This past weekend and a few days at the end of the week I traveled long and hard and on the first day I found out that Google’s Chrome is a battery killer, features and privacy notwithstanding. You can almost watch the Battery indicator drop in the Menubar. Since battery life is an issue when you travel I dug out my favorite standby, the Mac browser which does privacy, security, and battery life better than the giants.
I’m not the only one who thinks the free Brave browser is a worthy successor to the big names. Stephen Shankland did some tests on Brave and Chrome– with and without ad blockers and tracker blockers (Brave comes with them already built-in).
You might run an ad blocker in your browser to cut website clutter and keep companies from tracking you online. But the ad-blocking Brave browser has another reason to intervene: to free up memory and preserve your battery life.
Brave doesn’t have as many cool features as Safari, Chrome, or Firefox, but where it counts– memory, battery life, privacy, and security– the little David beats the giant Goliath browsers every time.
Blocking ads can help reduce browsers’ ever-heavier use of precious computer memory on ad-heavy sites. Brave cuts memory use by 33 percent to 66 percent compared with ordinary Chrome
That’s according to Brave, so your mileage may vary, but that’s been my experience, too.
Guess what? Battery savings, memory usage, and ad tracker and analytics tracker blocking works on iPhone and iPad, too, so you will see similar and lower battery usage with Brave on mobile devices.
Memory is a precious resource on laptops and phones, critical to everything a device does. As browsers have increased in power, becoming full-fledged software foundations instead of just vessels for digital documents, memory usage has soared.
More memory use means more battery use and as it is now getting my iPhone through a whole day is a challenge, and heavy duty use of my Mac on the road means I need some help.
Brave does not have all the bells and whistles you’ll get in Safari, Chrome, or Firefox, as it sticks to the basics– low memory usage, and blocking the kind of trackers you don’t want– but the browser has a pedigree, too.
Those Brave folks know a thing or two about browsers and the interwebs. If you worry about ad trackers and analytics trackers, and you know you need a little more juice from your Mac, iPhone, or iPad battery, Brave is a good choice because ads suck up bandwidth, and bandwidth sucks up battery.