Users have long complained that Chrome eats their battery much faster than rival browsers. The Verge decided to test just how much using Apple's new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The results are staggering.
I ran the usual Verge battery test on Apple’s new machine. With the screen set to 65 percent brightness, it cycles through a series of websites until the laptop’s battery gives out. The native Safari made the new Retina machine look good: 13 hours and 18 minutes. Google’s Chrome, on the other hand, forced the laptop to tap out at 9 hours and 45 minutes.
That's a shocking 3 hour and 33 minute reduction in battery life. In addition, the site notes that the speed of the browser is also significantly worse. The SunSpider browser benchmark clocks the MacBook Pro in at 203ms when using Chrome. Safari scores 30% better at 144ms using the same machine. Even when trying to play content from YouTube, Chrome struggles. For example, Chrome is unable to play 4K 60fps YouTube video on the MacBook but the video can be played back using Safari.
While this may not be an issue for those plugged in, if you are traveling or need to conserve battery life. Consider using Safari, it gives you 36% more browsing time.
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