Why should I use Opera?

Browser comparison: Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Edge tested

That's how fast the most popular browsers are

With Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Opera four browsers compete for users. You can download these for free and you can look forward to different functions and different speeds. Our comparison tells you which browser you surf the fastest and best with.

 
  1. Google Chrome 2. Opera 3. Mozilla Firefox 4. Microsoft Edge
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costs ✘ No. ✘ No. ✘ No. ✘ No.
Browser engine Chromium Blink Quantum EdgeHTML
Operating systems Windows, macOS, Android, Apple iOS, LinuxWindows, macOS, Android, Apple iOS, LinuxWindows, macOS, Android, Apple iOS, LinuxWindows, Apple iOS, Android
Built-in VPN? ✘ No. ✔ Yes ✘ No. ✘ No.
Octane 2.0 speed
Octane 2.0 speed
24,935 points
Octane 2.0 speed
23,943 points
Octane 2.0 speed
21,986 points
Octane 2.0 speed
19,222 points
positive
  • Fast browser
  • Tidy design
  • Many extensions and functions
  • Clear developer tools
  • VPN function available
  • Integrated advertising, tracker and crypto blocker
  • Useful sidebar with messenger support
  • Can be customized at will
  • Fast, slim and a fresh design
  • Web 3 support and integrated crypto wallet
  • Tidy design
  • Various expansion options (add-ons)
  • Pocket list
  • Sophisticated private mode
  • Good privacy tools
  • Cortana integration enables smart functions
  • Smart security functions
  • Very tidy design
negative
  • Memory eater
  • Designs cannot be configured
  • Expansion of the VPN function would be desirable
  • VPN relatively slow
  • Slower than other browsers
  • Themes cannot be changed completely individually
  • Except for the light / dark design, no adjustments are possible
  • Few extensions
  • Performance is lagging behind
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Browsers have become indispensable in our everyday internet life. It is therefore not surprising that a large number of different providers have such programs on offer. The range of providers in this comparison test ranges from a larger tech group to a non-profit organization. But even if the programs are supposed to perform the same task, they do it at different speeds. The developers use different engines for their browsers. These are also known as HTML renderers and ensure that the code of a website is displayed visually.

  1. Overview of the test field
  2. Browser benchmark results compared
  3. Comparison of browser RAM consumption
  4. It's the fastest browser
  5. The alternative
  6. Lesser known browsers
This is how we test

Our testers first get an overview of the market and analyze all possible browsers, in this case the four best known for Windows. In addition to market-leading providers, smaller representatives are also taken into account. Then a benchmark test was made with the browsers. In order to also test the browser in everyday situations, the testers put the browser and its functions through their paces in their everyday life.

While Opera and Chrome use the HTML renderer Blink, Microsoft uses the EdgeHTML engine in Edge and Mozilla uses the Gecko engine in the Firefox browser. In order to find out which browser engine provides the fastest page loading, we chased the four tested browsers through various benchmarks.

Browser benchmark results compared

The benchmarks were only carried out with an open tab and without any further activated extensions. The test device did not open any other applications that could have influenced the speed. To protect against abnormally large differences in performance or errors that occur, three tests were carried out for each benchmark. We rated the best test result.

Ares-6

The Ares-6 benchmark is based on the latest features of the JavaScript scripting language. A lower loading time in milliseconds is better. Together with Opera, the top dog Google Chrome pulled away from the competition. While Chrome took 39.39 milliseconds and Opera 41.26 milliseconds, Firefox and Edge were well above the 80 millisecond mark.

Basemark Web 3.0

Basemark Web 3.0 tests CSS, HTML5 performance, load times, and time to resize elements. A higher score is better here. Here, too, Chrome and Opera were ahead of the game. With over 300 points each, the browsers with the blink engine performed best.

Chalkboard

Chalkboard is an HTML5 benchmark from Microsoft. A lower number is an advantage here. This is exactly what Google Chrome and Opera can have. The browsers passed the benchmark with well under 30 seconds. Microsoft Edge took twice as long to test.

JetStream 2

JetStream 2 is another JavaScript benchmark that provides more detailed information about the different modules tested. A higher score is better here and the highest score in comparison is achieved by Chrome, followed by Opera and Firefox. Microsoft Edge, on the other hand, comes last.

Octopuses

Kraken is a JavaScript benchmark from Mozilla and is no longer being developed. A lower number of milliseconds is better here. Interestingly, Google Chrome has the lead in Mozilla's in-house benchmark. While Opera and Firefox share the midfield, Microsoft Edge is the slowest browser.

Octane 2.0

Octane 2.0 is Google's in-house benchmark and is no longer being developed. This benchmark tests the general speed. A higher score is better here and Google Chrome works for it. This browser just about wins the comparison against its competitor Opera with 24,943 points.

Comparison of browser RAM consumption

Another important point is memory (RAM) consumption. Our Lenovo test device has eight gigabytes of RAM installed, which is quite sufficient for everyday use with the browser. We tested the browser once while idling, without a working tab and with the websites of YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, Gmail, twitch.tv and netzwelt.de open at the same time. Various media were played at the same time. On average, Mozilla Firefox is actually the most economical browser.

It's the fastest browser

On average, Google Chrome wins the race in the speed comparison, but Opera is actually close on its heels due to the same rendering engine. However, anyone who thinks that the Chrome browser has no weaknesses is mistaken. In particular, the memory consumption when several tabs are open is objectionable. You can find out more about this in the Google Chrome review.

Google Chrome

Rightly the top dog

Google's Chrome browser is rightly the top dog among browsers. It's fast, it's tidy, and offers many enhancements. The only thing that bothers us is the big RAM hunger of the browser, which can slow down old computers with many open websites.

  • Fast browser
  • Tidy design
  • Many extensions and functions
  • Clear developer tools
  • Memory eater
  • Designs cannot be configured
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The alternative

A good alternative in terms of speed is the Opera browser. Like Chrome, this works with the blink engine. In the test, the browser is on par with Chrome with 8.7 points. There are several reasons for this, which we explain in our detailed review.

Opera

Multi-faceted multitasking

The Opera browser is the ideal browser for people who work quickly across several tabs and do not always want to jump between different programs. Are you watching a YouTube video, your cell phone is not nearby and a friend is writing? Perfect! WhatsApp Web is integrated right into the sidebar. Opera may also have pioneering technology on board with a crypto wallet and Web 3 support. A VPN function is also integrated, but this is not suitable for streaming.

  • VPN function available
  • Integrated advertising, tracker and crypto blocker
  • Useful sidebar with messenger support
  • Can be customized at will
  • Fast, slim and a fresh design
  • Web 3 support and integrated crypto wallet
  • Expansion of the VPN function would be desirable
  • VPN relatively slow
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Every browser has its strengths and weaknesses. Microsoft Edge is the optimal browser for the office and work, while Mozilla Firefox places a high value on the security and privacy of a user. In the end, in addition to speed, it is up to the user which browser they prefer.

Lesser known browsers

The browsers tested are the best known and most popular for desktop PCs. Of course there are other smaller browsers with their own unique qualities. The UC Browser places a lot of emphasis on design and the Brave Browser has a powerful content blocker on board. In our download archive you will find various browsers for Windows to download.