These two are easily the most popular web browsers to use on Windows 10. Have not tried them yet and wondering which one to choose – Firefox or Chrome? Today we are going to talk about the main features and advantages of each browser. We think it is important to know the key differences before making final solution. Keep in mind that this is not a testing guide where we measure the effectiveness. Instead, today we will be sharing our honest user experience with these two browsers.
Firefox Quantum vs. Google Chrome
Facts and claims you should know:
- It is said that Google Chrome is much hungrier for resources than Mozilla Firefox. We will definitely check and analyze how both these software use system resources.
- Chrome is product of the well-known Google corporation, which has a number of tricks up the sleeve, while Mozilla Firefox is an open-source software that also has certain advantages.
- Chrome users claim that their browser is faster than Firefox, but Firefox fans say that the Quantum browser has been a major improvement in that department.
- The interface in Firefox Quantum is considered to be more user-friendly.
- Windows 10 users can cast the whole screen and open new tabs on different displays with Google Chrome. Firefox Quantum does not have this feature by default.
- Google Chrome lacks Read View. It is possible to activate it with various extensions, though. But it takes time experimenting with different options.
Chrome vs. Firefox: Usage of System Resources
More disk space – check. More memory – not really. Higher CPU load – check. This is the shortest way to compare the usage of system resources. Chrome requires more of everything to run smoothly and load pages quickly. You can try opening the same window in both browsers and the same tabs as well, then open your Task Manager and see the numbers.
If you need more detailed information for Google Chrome, use Chrome Task Manager. In order to launch it, click the icon with three vertical dots (top left corner of the browser interface), select More Tools, then Task Manager (or use the Shift+Esc shortcut, while in Chrome). This tool will show you the basic resource usage for every opened tab and active extension.
It is also possible to add more variables to the table including the CPU usage, RAM usage, which is great for comparison with the numbers in the Windows Task Manager tool. This simple trick will give you an idea of the system resources reserved for Chrome.
Mozilla’s browser does not have an integrated Task Manager tool, so you can only use standard Windows Task Manage to check CPU, RAM, disk usage, and other parameters. Take a screenshot of each browser in idle state and under the same load, then compare the stats.
Without a dedicated Task Manager tool (or any analogue) in Firefox, it is impossible to find out the amount of system resources (RAM, processor time) required to keep all extensions and other elements up in this browser. But you can calculate the total RAM/CPU/disk consumption by adding the values of all the variables a few times and then finding their average values.
After you compare the results, you will see that the words in the beginning of this paragraph are true – Google Chrome needs more disk space and processor, and when it comes to the RAM usage, Firefox is ahead.
Mozilla is known for their passion to redesigning the user interface in Firefox. Some users still remember the iterations of the browser that were almost unusable due to questionable design choices making it hard to use essential functions such as bookmarks, etc. The latest versions of Firefox no longer mess the interface elements up. As for Google Chrome, it also had a lot of changes during the last few years but still needs some improvements to the navigation system. The main settings menu in Chrome can be opened by pressing the icon with three vertical dots. That menu contains multiple submenus with other options and features like casting Chrome to a TV and other devices. For accessing advanced options, you need to click More Tools in the Settings menu.
What we’re trying to say is that users have to browse the sizable menu to tune Chrome’s settings. In addition, you cannot customize the appearance of the Google’s browser, while customization options in Mozilla Firefox allow you to add, manage, delete, and rearrange the browser components of the screen to keep everything in neat order. Plus, the menu with settings in Firefox is much more identifiable and easier to navigate.
All in all, both Chrome and Firefox have their strong side and weak sides. Nevertheless, they deserve to be in the top league because other browsers don’t even come close. Google Chrome obviously has hidden features that speed up the browsing process. Alas, we cannot say the same about Firefox because its code is open and contain no such tricks.
Furthermore, Chrome has some extensions that work only in it (for example, the VIDIQ extension which super useful for YouTubers). It does not mean that Firefox is bad when it comes to extensions and add-ons. It has a wide range of compatible extensions as well. However, due to these “Chrome only” restrictions more people prefer Google’s software.
In addition, Google tries really hard to make you stick with Chrome by providing tons of features within the browser. For instance, Chrome has the option to cast the tab to your TV by default, while in Firefox you need to install an extension for that. Nevertheless, both browsers have their unique features.
As for the resource usage and loading speed, the difference is not critical. Chrome takes less time to load pages but require more disk space and CPU, while Firefox is hungrier for RAM. With the release of Firefox Quantum, the situation has improved a lot.
When you are choosing between these two software products, the main deciding factor should be how you are going to use your browser. For example, if you have two or more displays and would like to cast different tabs on individual screens, then you should choose Google Chrome instead of Firefox that requires an extension for this feature. Also, if you need specific extension like VIDIQ or other Chrome-restricted ones for video analysis or something like that, then Chrome is the way to go. But if you love advanced browser customization or just want a tool that is easier in use, then download Firefox.