Microsoft Proves Chrome is Terrible for Battery Life

Chrome’s memory hogging has been rather well documented by now and Microsoft is now more than keen to show why you should be using its new Windows 10 browser, Edge, instead. The company has released a video comparison of all the mainstream browsers and how they affect the battery life of a laptop, in this case, a Surface Book.

The Surface Books ran streamed video wirelessly from the internet, running the four most popular browsers out there: Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft’s own Edge, Google Chrome and Opera. The results are exactly what you’d expect from a sponsored battery test.

Chrome, the most-used web browser in the world, streamed video non-stop for only 4 hours and 19 minutes. The next competitor was Firefox with 5 hours and 9 minutes. Opera (battery-saving mode) came next with 6 hours and 18 minutes’ worth juice.

Unsurprisingly, Edge won the competition, lasting 7 hours and 22 minutes which is a sizeable distance ahead of the rest of the pack. It also pulled the least amount of power from its CPU, GPU and Wi-Fi, pulling just 2.1W, compared to 2.8W for Chrome, 3.2W for Firefox and 3.1W with Opera.

There are further changes down the road with the upcoming Anniversary birthday, which is said to bring enhanced power-efficiency, extensions and decreased CPU cycles.

Of course, the test is highly unrealistic (and something of a one-hit wonder) as, decidedly, not all people spend their entire day streaming videos off of Netflix. However, if the same differences spill down to other activities as dramatically as this one (and it does promise lower overall performance based on data from “millions” of Windows 10 PCs), at least some people could likely be to be persuaded to migrate to a much faster Edge.


  • Mirza Moazzam Baig

    Propakistani why don’t you conduct a similar test, and see for yourself wether Microsoft’s claim stands or not… it’s a fairly simple test.

    • Yasir Mahmood

      yes ProPakistani
      But the Test should be on Genuine Windows 10 ,Not on 30 rs wali Windows 10 pe

  • Aamir Shoaib

    There is no comparison of Lazy EDGE with Proactive CHROME

  • jump

    its like saying, use atom processor because core i7 is terrible for battery life hahahah. Microsoft should stop stooping so low while begging for browser market share. Hey Satya! Innovate, instead of being desperate.

  • This isn’t an isolated problem on Windows alone. Chrome has consistently been a massive battery hog on OS X (still not used to saying macOS) as well.

    As for your point about whether this applies only to video streaming – the answer is no. Chrome consistently consumes more power for even regular web browsing as well (and Google admitted several times that it does consume excessive battery – http://bgr.com/2014/07/18/chrome-battery-bug-fix-google/).
    I haven’t run any controlled lab tests, but here are the screenshots from my MacBook Air and Surface Book which clearly show Chrome’s ridiculous battery consumption.

  • Minhaaj

    Question is larger than this. Does Edge or Opera offer same amounts of extensions and speed that chrome offers? Even firefox is late starter and with integrated Google services like gmail, Chrome seems to be inevitable. On the hardware side, with 9 cell batteries and upcoming quick charging does that really matter? You can buy new batteries for dirt cheap rates these days. Also with windows 10 spying on its users how can one rely on Edge for not risking privacy. Argument needs to be fair.

    • Nawaz Arshad

      Privacy is really a concern and Edge browser is something one would avoid. I was a Chrome user but changed to UC browser which offers some tricks and I suggest trying it :)

    • Arslan Ejaz

      I agree with you in this regard that the ease of use, simplicity, performance of chrome is unbeatable

  • BADAR

    Its true, also mention it that Chrome take more Ram than any other browser

  • Fakhre Alam

    not everyone is using browser for playing videos .

  • Asim

    I found Firefox most compatible with vast application platforms on enterprise level, 2nd Internet Explorer 11 and 3rd Chrome.