Often times there are finer points of a computer that go unnoticed by the majority of users. Different programs might perform similar tasks, but using different amounts of computing power and playing to different strengths.
While Google Chrome is often heralded as the fastest browser available, a recent test has shown that when it comes to battery life, Chrome consumes more battery power than any of the other most recent versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Opera. A test performed by 7tutorials.com revealed that among the top internet browsers out there, Internet Explorer 9 showed to be the best for battery life.
As is the case with any such test, it’s important to consider under what conditions the test was performed, which can be found here. In short, a fresh install of Windows 7 with all the most recent system updates was put onto a somewhat outdated laptop with a mediocre battery described as usually lasting no more than two hours. The means for testing was the Peacekeeper browser test, which is intended to test things such as browser speed and battery life.
With the two-hour lifespan of the computer used for this test, the twenty minutes of additional time that IE9 provided over Google Chrome appears to be pretty substantial. However, when it comes to an overall combination of performance and battery life, the Opera brower scored as being the best overall, marking comfortably higher than IE9 in performance, while trailing in battery life by only a slim margin.
To read more on the test, as well as performance outputs and all of the final scores in battery life, head here: http://www.7tutorials.com/test-comparison-which-browser-will-make-your-laptop-battery-last-longer
And if you find yourself with plenty of free time and want to see which browser runs best on your own computer, head over and try out the Peacekeeper tests here: http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/