Fastest Browser Test...Surprising

Hello everybody, this is a test of my own to determine the "fastest browser". There are 2 parts to this test, speed tests and benchmarks, and opinion. The benchmarks will go to the official score, and the opinion ones will go to a side score, no affecting the main score. The browsers I will be testing today are:

Opera 10.61
Internet Explorer 8
Safari 5
Google Chrome 5
Firefox 3.6
Maxthon 2.5
Maxthon 3

Firefox 4 would have been nice addition, but I am having problems with the latest beta, and therefore will test it at a later date. My system specifications are:
AMD X4 955 @ 3.9 GHz
8GB RAM @ 1400 MHz, 7-8-8
ATI 4890
WD 640GB HDD

So therefore nothing that would bottleneck one browser over another. The scoring system will go:
1st place: 6 points
2nd place: 5 points
3rd place: 4 points
4th place: 3 points
5th place: 2 points
6th place: 1 point
7th place: 0 points

And in the event of a tie, both browsers receive the last position not filled points. If any browser is incapable of running a benchmark, not having to do with compatibility, stops responding, or is unable to complete a benchmark, it will be marked as a "FAIL" and receive lowest marks. At the end, I will tally up all the points from all the benchmarks, and have a technical winner. I will also show what my opinion section gives 1st place too. Feel free to critque, or add to this.

Sputnik Java Script Conformance (Errors, lower is better):

Opera 10.61: 80
Maxthon 3: 135
Safari 5: 170
Chrome 5: 227
Firefox 3.6: 264
Maxthon 2.5: FAIL
IE 8: FAIL

Points:

Opera: 6
Maxthon 3: 5
Safari 5: 4
Chrome 5: 3
Firefox 3.6: 2
Maxthon 2.5: 1
IE 8: 1


Resources Single Tab (KB, less is better)

Fire Fox 3.6: 30,386
Safari: 33,224
Maxthon 2.5: 34,600
Maxthon 3: 42,740
Chrome: 43,380
IE 8: 51,292
Opera: 54,412


Points:

Firefox: 6
Safari: 5
Maxthon 2.5: 4
Maxthon 3: 3
Chrome: 2
IE 8: 1
Opera: 0



Acid 3.0 (higher is better, max 100)

Maxthon 3: 100
Chrome: 100
Opera: 100
Safari: 100
Firefox: 94
Maxthon 2.5: FAIL
IE 8: FAIL

Points:

Maxthon 3: 6
Chrome: 5
Safari: 4
Opera: 3
Firefox: 2
Maxthon 2.5: 1
IE 8: 1



Acid 3.0 Elapsed Time (ms, lower is better):

Maxthon 3: 46
Chrome: 49
Firefox: 52
Safari: 79
Opera: 85
Maxthon 2.5: FAIL
IE 8: FAIL

Points:

Maxthon 3: 6
Chrome: 5
Firefox: 4
Safari: 3
Opera: 2
Maxthon 2.5: 1
IE 8: 1



HTML5 Support (higher is better, max of 300)

Safari: 207
Chrome: 197
Maxthon 3: 166
Opera: 159
Firefox: 139
IE 8: 37
Maxthon 2.5: 27

Points:

Safari: 6
Chrome: 5
Maxthon 3: 4
Opera: 3
Firefox: 2
IE 8: 1
Maxthon 2.5: 0


CSS Rendering (ms, lower is better)

Maxthon 3: 4
Opera: 5
Safari: 5
Chrome: 5
IE 8: 9
Firefox: 13
Maxthon 2.5: 17

Points:

Maxthon 3: 6
Opera: 5
Safari: 5
Chrome: 5
IE 8: 2
Firefox: 1
Maxthon 2.5: 0


5 Tab Memory Consumption (KB, less is better):

Firefox: 96,464
Safari: 193,040
Maxthon 2.5: 228,344
Maxthon 3: 262,596
Chrome: 283,286
Opera: 294,108
IE 8: 481,444

Points:

Firefox: 6
Safari: 5
Maxthon 2.5: 4
Maxthon 3: 3
Chrome: 2
Opera: 1
IE 8: 0


10 Tab Memory Consumption (KB, less is better)

Firefox: 123,500
Maxthon 2.5: 145,388
Maxthon 3: 260, 348
Opera: 262,140
Safari: 358,508
Chrome: 361, 172
IE 8: 393,028

Points:

Firefox: 6
Maxthon 2.5: 5
Maxthon 3: 4
Opera: 3
Safari: 2
Chrome: 1
IE 8: 0

Mozilla Dromaeo (Runs/second, higher is better)

Maxthon 3: 375.54
Opera: 308.85
Safari: 269.87
Chrome:
Firefox: 126.08
Maxthon 2.5: FAIL
IE 8: FAIL

Points:

Maxthon 3: 6
Opera: 5
Safari: 4
Chrome: 3
Firefox: 2
Maxthon 2.5: 1
IE 8: 1


Futuremark Peacekeeper (higher is better):

Opera: 8066
Chrome: 7670
Maxthon 3: 7217
Safari: 6438
Firefox: 3142
Maxthon 2.5: 984
IE 8: 984

Points:

Opera: 6
Chrome: 5
Maxthon 3: 4
Safari: 3
Firefox: 2
Maxthon 2.5: 1
IE 8: 1


Notroppo Speed Test (KB/s, higher is better)

Firefox: 616
Maxthon 3: 613
Opera: 467
Chrome: 421
Safari: 419
IE 8: 391
Maxthon 2.5: 213

Points:

Firefox: 6
Maxthon 3: 5
Opera: 4
Chrome: 3
Safari: 2
IE: 1
Maxthon 2.5: 0


Notroppo Browser Load Time Test (ms, lower is better)
Safari: 3
Maxthon 3: 4
Opera: 10
Firefox: 11
Chrome: 16
Maxthon 2.5: 5153
IE 8: 5156

Points:

Safari: 6
Maxthon 3: 5
Opera: 4
Firefox: 3
Chrome: 2
Maxthon 2.5: 1
IE 8: 0


Browser Start Up Time (Warm Start, ms)

Maxthon 3: 76
Chrome: 83
Safari: 139
Maxthon 2.5: 160
Firefox: 163
Opera: 202
IE 8: 221

Points:

Maxthon 3: 6
Chrome: 5
Safari: 4
Maxthon 2.5: 3
Firefox: 2
Opera: 1
IE 8: 0


GUI Bitmark Game (FPS, higher is better):

Opera: 14.18
Maxthon 3: 12.3
Chrome: 11.85
Safari: 9.3
Firefox: 6.42
Maxthon 2.5: FAIL
IE 8: FAIL

Points:

Opera: 6
Maxthon 3: 5
Chrome: 4
Safari: 3
Firefox: 2
Maxthon 2.5: 1
IE 8: 1


GUI Vector Charting (FPS, higher is better)

Opera: 21.99
Firefox: 14.95
Maxthon 3: 7.21
Chrome: 5.14
Safari: 4.28
Maxthon 2.5: FAIL
IE 8: FAIL

Points:

Opera: 6
Firefox: 5
Maxthon 3: 4
Chrome: 3
Safari: 2
Maxthon 2.5: 1
IE 8: 1



Sun Spider Java Script (ms, lower is better)

Opera: 270.4
Chrome: 289.8
Safari: 302.2
Maxthon 3: 340.2
Firefox: 731.2
IE 8: 4054.6
Maxthon 2.5: 4502.8

Points:

Opera: 6
Chrome: 5
Safari:4
Mathon 3: 3
Firefox: 2
IE 8: 1
Maxthon 2.5: 0


Google V8 Benchmark V5 (points, higher is better)

Maxthon 3: 5982
Chrome: 5709
Opera: 4266
Safari: 3033
Firefox: 591
Maxthon 2.5: FAIL
IE 8: FAIL


Points:

Maxthon: 6
Chrome: 5
Opera: 4
Safari: 3
Firefox: 2
Maxthon 2.5: 1
IE 8: 1


JSBenchmark (Points, higher is better)

Maxthon 3: 602
Chrome: 597
Opera: 416
Safari: 390
Firefox: 185
Maxthon 2.5: 78
IE 8: FAIL

Points:

Maxthon 3: 6
Chrome: 5
Opera: 4
Safari: 3
Firefox: 2
Maxthon 2.5: 1
IE 8: 0


Bubblemark Silverlight (FPS, higher is better)

Maxthon 3: 135
Chrome: 110
Opera: 63
Safari: 55
Firefox: 24
Maxthon 2.5: 11
IE 8: 9

Points:

Maxthon 3: 6
Chrome: 5
Opera: 4
Safari: 3
Firefox: 2
Maxthon 2.5: 1
IE 8: 0


Opinion Section:

Overall Stability (score of 1-10)
Opera: 10
Maxthon 3: 9
Firefox: 9
Maxthon 2.5: 8
Chrome: 7
Safari: 7
IE 8: 6

Overall Compatibility (score of 1-10)

IE 8: 10
Maxthon 3: 10
Maxthon 2.5: 10
Firefox: 9
Safari: 8
Chrome: 8
Opera: 7

Overall UI (score of 1-10)

Maxthon 3: 10
Chrome: 10
Opera: 9
Maxthon 2.5: 9
Firefox: 8
Safari: 7
IE 8: 4

Overall Add-On/Tools/Widgets (score of 1-10)

Firefox: 10
Chrome: 8
Opera: 8
Maxthon 3: 7
Maxthon 2.5: 7
Safari: 1
IE 8: 1

Overall Customization (score of 1-10):

Firefox: 10
Maxthon 2.5: 10
Opera: 9
Chrome: 8
Maxthon 3: 8
Safari: 3
IE 8: 1

Overall Ease of Use/"Lightness" (score of 1-10)

Maxthon 3: 10
Chrome: 10
Safari: 8
Maxthon 2.5: 8
Opera: 7
Firefox: 7
IE 8: 6

"Snappiness" (score of 1-10)

Chrome: 10
Maxthon 3: 10
Opera: 9
Safari: 8
Firefox: 8
Maxthon 2.5: 7
IE 8: 4

Total Scores:

Benchmarks:
Maxthon 3: 91
Chrome: 73
Firefox: 59
Safari: 77
Opera: 73
IE 8: 14
Maxthon 2.5: 27

Opinion (out of 70)
Maxthon 3: 64
Chrome: 61
Firefox: 61
Opera: 69
Maxthon 2.5: 59
IE 8: 32


Odd how much you can learn going into a test with an open mind. I honestly didnt know or care who would win, as i just wanted to know what browser to use, since i just downloaded Maxthon 3. I liked it, but was blown out of the water by this, i had no clue it would be the fastest. Ironic how Chrome and the lot are always going around saying they are the fastest, when its been a nobody this whole time. Ill add FF 4.0b4 as soon as possible to make this a fair fight for Firefox, but until then, looks like ill be using Maxthon 3. Its also nice to know that I have some backup in my testing:

http://it.tmcnet.com/news/2009/09/25/4390671.htm

In any event, feel free to post about flaws, suggestions, or any questions. Im just as blown away by this as most of you likely are :lol:
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  1. Nobody finds this mildly interesting? :heink:
  2. Well, installed on my SSD Firefox is already faster than I can type and click anyway, so what's the point in looking at something else? It also works with plug-ins such as NoScript which I would be loath to give up.
  3. Decent point, however, however i very few people have an ssd, and a lot of people dont know about Maxthon 3, and dont know that apparently, its actually the fastest.
  4. ares1214 said:
    Nobody finds this mildly interesting? :heink:

    Nope. Maxthon 3 may well be "best" on your particular setup (and you do seem to be very keen on pushing Maxthon 3), but that means nothing on other platforms.

    If a reputable lab was to do tests on a varitey of browsers on a range of platforms then I might be interested, but a single test on a single setup from a user whose credentials I can't check? - I don't think so. For all I know you might have some connection with Maxthon.

    If Maxthon 3 is so good why don't we see rave reviews of it? The only reviews I have seen rate it as pretty average.
  5. Why would i want to "push" Maxthon 3? :heink: Its free, im in no way affiliated with them, and was using opera and chrome up to this. These are the exact tests in "Tom's Hardware Browser Grand Prix" following the exact precautions. I can understand you might think its not as credible, but feel free to try a few of the tests yourself, all i did was write the numbers down. And have you ever used Maxthon 3? Well dont use reviews to judge something that takes 2 seconds to download, and you can just as easily get rid of it. Well maybe that last line sounded a bit salesman like, but seriously, the download takes about 2 seconds! :lol: For those who use firefox, I dont really recommend it as much, most of them would die without all the add-ons, but for those who use chrome, it seems to be everything chrome is famed to be, but better in those areas. Its faster, and the UI seems lighter to me. Im no salesman, try some of the tests out if you would like, very quick ill even give a few links:

    http://sputnik.googlelabs.com/

    http://acid3.acidtests.org/

    http://html5test.com/

    http://dromaeo.com/

    http://service.futuremark.com/peacekeeper/index.action

    Theres a few if you feel the need to validate any. I also used TSKMNG for memory consumption.
  6. ares1214 said:
    Why would i want to "push" Maxthon 3?
    Perhaps you are a secret agent of the Chinese government? :ouch:
  7. Isnt maxthon japanese? It looked japanese tp me! :lol:
  8. No, it's Chinese. Considering the number of hack attempts from my servers originating in China I don't think I'll be installing this software on my computer. It's not as if I have any problems with the more mainstream browsers.
  9. Have you given it a try yet? I personally like it actually, considering just a few weeks ago ive never heard of Maxthon :lol:
  10. You also have to realize this isnt a Maxthon Ad or something, this was just a test i did in my free time, half expecting opera or chrome to win, and surprisingly proving Maxthon is for some reason fastest. Firefox lags behind, which is unfortuante as i took all the add ons and personas off, and it still lags behind. But ill try to test FF 4 ASAP.
  11. I have to say that, for a disinterested party it does look an awful lot like an ad! Not only do you have a footer praising Maxthon, but your sig does the same.

    I'll take your word for it that you are just an unbiased party, but there's an old saying "if it ain't broke don't fix it". My browser ain't broke, so I'm not about to install some Chinese software from a company that I haven't heard of. I'll stick with the household names.
  12. The reason for that is i find it massively interesting that a minor one is fastest, and wanted people to see the link. Before it was telling people to select a best answer :lol: And i dont care, like i said, not trying to sell it, so you should use what you like, the .2ms generally isnt worth it, but like i said, i was just so surprised chrome or opera wasnt the fastest, so i wanted to show other people.
  13. Isn't Maxthon a Frankenstein-mix of Gecko+Trident?
    I guess being asian does give it extra points LOL.
  14. LOL, too be honest, im not really sure what it is or where its from, although i was just on a quest to get all the main browsers on my computer for no apparent reason, and it seemed decent enough, so i got 2.5. Liked it, wasnt terribly fast, since its based of IE 8. Got 3, was very impressed with its UI and speed, and i was confused as to what to use, and therefore ran the test. Halfway thru i started noticing it was racking up a LOT of wins, however still expected Opera to win, or Chrome. I was BLOWN AWAY that it won by so much, and extremely surprised it won. After using it extensively since then, it really is a nice browser. Even though its still technically a beta, but its more of a final copy in progress if you ask me :lol:
  15. You should've tried FF 4.0 b3. Really mature browser.
  16. I will, although this might sound wierd, but FF 4 only works for me at certain times of the day, for like an hour or 2. Dead serious lol, but i will as soon as I can.
  17. Like now its working for me, ill try to get some tests in. :)
  18. Lets see, for FF 4 B4, here are some numbers:

    Sputnik Javascript Conformance: 268

    Google V8 V5: 1251

    Peacemaker: 4813

    ACID 3.0: 97/100, 81ms

    HTML5 Support: 190/300

    Ill do more. Quite the upgrade over 3.6. Although so far, doesnt seem quite as fast as the others. I really do like the more appealing UI on it though.
  19. sminlal said:
    Well, installed on my SSD Firefox is already faster than I can type and click anyway, so what's the point in looking at something else? It also works with plug-ins such as NoScript which I would be loath to give up.

    +1 there. I think one of the main reasons Firefox is gaining over Chrome,etc is partly due to the insane amounts of ad-ons that are available for Firefox. NoScript + AdBlockPlus + Firefox = Win imo. NoScript is a very good defense at the Browser level, add in a good Firewall and AV software, and you got a pretty damn good set up.
  20. I agree with that part, Firefox has some insanely useful add ons. The only thing is, if it isnt on a ssd, ive just showed its definitely the slowest of chrome, opera, safari, and maxthon 3. This was also vanilla FF, with a lot more add ons, it gets even slower. Ive had it like that, and i was honestly starting to notice pages take their sweet time loading. Also keep in mind this wasnt necessarily meant to find the best browser, thats different for everyone, but it was meant to find the overall fastest.
  21. Firefox+(Addons: No scrip, Adblock Plus, Flash Block, Flash Got & Tab Mix Plus) = BEST Internet Browser

    p.s. I had used Maxthon for 3 years before I moved to Firefox in 2005.
  22. You do realize that Maxthon in 2002 is a LOT different than 2010, any browser would be, so its not really fair to use that as a comparison. Firefox may be the BEST browser in your opinion, but it definitely isnt the fastest. All those addons bog it down too, but it is generally worth it. Firefox 4 seems to be faster, but still not as fast as the others. This test wasnt really designed for best browser, thats all opinion, just fastest.
  23. Discussions of browser speed seem somewhat pointless to me. As a practical matter, how many users really perceive a noticeable difference in speed between different browsers? In recent months, I've used IE, Firefox, Opera, and Chrome, and still use each of them since I have three computers and have gotten into this mode of using different browsers just so that I can comment on them when discussing browsers with someone, especially to members of a computer users group to which I belong.

    In the final analysis, I suspect browser features, availability of plug-ins/add-ons/extensions, and the UI are more significant factors in a browsers popularity than raw speed.
  24. IE 8 is terrible. No redeeming factor about it really. And this is why i recommend you download and try each browser. For me, i only really like a speed dial, URL bar that can be used as a search bar, and some form of popup blocker. Besides that, i like as little as possible clogging it up. For me, chrome was great. I was under the impression Chrome was the fastest, and it matched all those perfectly. Then i felt like getting all the major browsers, Maxthon 2.5 caught my eye, REALLY liked the expandability and add ons like firefox, and wasnt terribly disappointed in speed. Maxthon 3 came out, and i try it, LOVE how chrome like it is, just a little better, but missed all the addons of 2.5 (its still technically a beta, they come later :D )I didnt know wether to use Opera, Chrome, or M3, so i decided to run this test just to see sheer speed. I was extremely surprised Maxthon 3 won, posted it, and here we are. While you are right, people choose their browser based on features and UI, it just so happened i liked M3 UI and features, and considering its the fastest, hey why not?! :lol: I really do encourage you to download all the major browsers in this, and update them regularly, and even run some of these tests for yourself! Dont take my word for it! :lol:
  25. Chrome looks ugly IMO, I hate Operas element loading system, and IE is just bad.
    FF with Strata4 is my daily browser, though Im gonna switch to 4 ASAP.
  26. +10 on the opera element loading system, thats the biggest thing i dont like about it. IE...well IE is just horrid. Chrome can be altered a little bit to look better, and i like a stream lined look. Once FF 4 gets fully compatible with all the add ons, then ill give it a big shot, but until then, Maxthon 3 is for me i guess. Dont knock it till ya try it is i guess what im saying overall.
  27. Wow...that was easy. New FF 4 convert! :lol: Ill alternate maybe...anybody recommend anything as far as addons for FF4? Im looking forward to when more are compatible with FF4.
  28. The Truth about Maxthon

    I may be able to straighten out some of the confusion in other comments:

    OBJECTIVITY
    Some commenters doubt the objectivity of the author. As far as I know, he has no connection with Maxthon International. And he's not the only person praising Maxthon's speed. A year ago, Lee Mathews of downloadsquad.com--working with a beta of Maxthon--found it to be faster than Chrome. (http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/09/01/maxthon-3-gets-turbo-charged-with-webkit/) More recently Technology Blog in comprehensive testing also found Maxthon to be the fastest browser. (http://arvindgaba.com/computer/browser-2/maxthon-3-beta-speed-test-vs-firefox-chrome-iemaxthon3-being-fastest-of-all/) Now that Maxthon is up to ramming speed, its developers are busily transporting its popular features in Maxthon 2 to Max 3.

    Frankenstein Timop asks, "Isn't Maxthon a Frankenstein-mix of Gecko+Trident?" Maxthon 3 has two display rendering engines, Trident, which is also used by I.E. and several other browsers, and WebKit, which is also used by Chrome and Safari. Max 3 switches automatically between the two browsers to use the one that will better display the page it's loading.It's like a hybrid car.

    Hackers the hackers from China first of all may not be coming from China. Any decent hacker would disguise his IP address. Regardless, Maxthon does no hacking and shares no information with the Chinese government. It is politically neutral.

    Reviews And ijacks asks, "If Maxthon 3 is so good why don't we see rave reviews of it?" Fair question. The answer is that Maxthon has only recently started pushing into the U.S. Market. And because of the way some research companies figure the user shares of browsers, for years Maxthon was counted as Internet Explorer. That has changed at Net Applications and StatCounter, and now you can see there is no difference between Maxthon's and Safari's Windows market share, and Maxthon is only about a percent point or so behind Opera.

    As ares1214 says, if you don't like his benchmark numbers, run your own tests.

    Ron White
    Advocate
    Maxthon International
  29. So you are a part of Maxthon? Well thats nice to know. Maxthon 2 had good features, but its speed was almost as bad or worse than IE. Its good to know some features will be incorporated into M3, as it is pretty dry on the feature side. FYI, ive switched just about everyday between M3 and FF4, and i have found them to be winners. No hacks ive seen. The passport is kinda wierd, and the minimize, x, and maximize occasionally go black, but minimizng and maximizing fixes it. So not too many striking cons, but also not many features to differentiate. Just a faster version of Chrome, IMO. Theres a review for ya ;)
  30. How did this get into politics? O_O.

    :lol:
  31. First, i appreciate the author for the good work done. Personally I have been using firefox for a while now but after reading from his comparison, i went ahead to download Maxon -- oh my good it is ten times better than firefox. Please thank you....

    Robert
    Uganda
  32. If I cant check its source code, it does not get installed on my computer.
    And for what its worth, I would be willing to bet a lot of money that this "maxthon" uses the webkit engine. Highly unlikely that they wrote their own from scratch
  33. skittle said:
    If I cant check its source code, it does not get installed on my computer.
    And for what its worth, I would be willing to bet a lot of money that this "maxthon" uses the webkit engine. Highly unlikely that they wrote their own from scratch


    Quote:
    Frankenstein Timop asks, "Isn't Maxthon a Frankenstein-mix of Gecko+Trident?" Maxthon 3 has two display rendering engines, Trident, which is also used by I.E. and several other browsers, and WebKit, which is also used by Chrome and Safari. Max 3 switches automatically between the two browsers to use the one that will better display the page it's loading.It's like a hybrid car.


    And you point is...? I dont really see where you are going with that one! :lol:
  34. in my own un scientific tests between
    ie 8
    firefox 3.6
    opera
    and Avant browser
    to my surprise Avant browser came out on top . I still use ff most of the time but Avant has some great features
  35. I recently got Avant and Flock to test them. Avant did ok, flock didnt. But your missing some pretty important browsers in that test. Chrome widely regarded as the fastest, and Maxthon 3, which ive tested to be the fastest.
  36. yes I know it was very un scientific, btw , I have just dloaded maxthon 2.5 , very nice browser
  37. pete3867 said:
    yes I know it was very un scientific, btw , I have just dloaded maxthon 2.5 , very nice browser


    Ha, i got M2.5 first. Love the features, but basically a IE8 for speed and such. They are pretty much the same thing in the core after all. M3 is different. Not as many features, simpler UI, MUCH faster. If they bring the features of 2.5 into 3, it will be quite the browser...
  38. You should try to get IE 9 in there as well... since you're testing a beta of FireFox.
  39. IE9 wont work on my computer. Vista screwed up my update process, wont run, believe me ive tried. Therefore, by default, it loses :lol: In any event, most sites put it at sometimes as fast, or a little slower than the big ones out now, so i doubt it would take the lead.
  40. Just more or less interested in seeing how it does... I used IE almost exclusively... haven't seen any compelling reason to switch thus far.
  41. Its pathetically slow, bad UI, bad features, i mean, no useful features, not as safe...on and on...I stopped at IE7, havent looked back.
  42. skittle said:
    If I cant check its source code, it does not get installed on my computer.
    And for what its worth, I would be willing to bet a lot of money that this "maxthon" uses the webkit engine. Highly unlikely that they wrote their own from scratch

    Can you check the source code of Windows?
  43. ares1214 said:
    Ha, i got M2.5 first. Love the features, but basically a IE8 for speed and such. They are pretty much the same thing in the core after all. M3 is different. Not as many features, simpler UI, MUCH faster. If they bring the features of 2.5 into 3, it will be quite the browser...



    And in fact, I can tell you that the best of the features of 2.5 will be polished and installed in version 3 of Maxthon. Not all at once, but getting Max 3 up to speed, so to speak, and then installing the features deliberately, one by one, seem the best way to combine quality with stability.

    Ron White
    Advocate
    Maxthon International
  44. Quote:
    If I cant check its source code, it does not get installed on my computer.
    And for what its worth, I would be willing to bet a lot of money that this "maxthon" uses the webkit engine. Highly unlikely that they wrote their own from scratch



    RonWhite said:
    Can you check the source code of Windows?

    :lol: Haha, gotcha there! And no need to sell it to me, already got it :lol: But M2.5 had a lot of good passive features, and even more so in the UI department. Like being able to have 2 seperate pages side by side...Sure its possible with other browsers, but this was easier, and better. I liked that one. Few others too. But dont clog the UI up to much. M3 has a nice cut down UI simplicity, somewhat like Chrome.
  45. I don't notice a significant difference between IE and FireFox to be honest... that's why I've never switched. Despite everyone's assertions that IE is full of "holes", I haven't had a single issue with my computer that could be related to browser security. It's not like I haven't tried FF... because I have... I just didn't see any reason to stick with it.
  46. Zoron said:
    I don't notice a significant difference between IE and FireFox to be honest... that's why I've never switched. Despite everyone's assertions that IE is full of "holes", I haven't had a single issue with my computer that could be related to browser security. It's not like I haven't tried FF... because I have... I just didn't see any reason to stick with it.


    Well, its the slowest, least compatible as far as HTML5 and such, bad features, bad security...so therent no reason to use it over anything else.
  47. Again, it does everything I need it to, I've never had any security issues with it, so I'll keep using it until something else comes along that (for me) blows it out of the water. I've used FF as I said... and it didn't blow me away with blinding speed. Perhaps for what you do, you notice a difference... but for what I do, I don't. And unless I can notice an appreciable difference, there's no point in me switching.
  48. ares1214 said:
    Nobody finds this mildly interesting? :heink:


    Its no suprise that Opera is the winner but I would prefer to have FF 4 and IE 9 betas added to see a glimpse of the future and what it may hold.

    I use IE 9 Beta and FF 3.6 (have 4 on my PC but its doesn't work with some of my plugins yet so no go yet) and so far IE9 works great, much better than IE8 and is faster than FF 3.6. Of course FF 4 is faster than FF 3.6 but in loading times and page loading, FF 4 feels a tad slower than IE9.

    I wont install anything Google on my PC, hate Apple and am just used to FF and IE so Opera is out.
  49. Zoron....
    Have you tried Maxthon? If you don't need the supersonic speed of Maxthon 3, take Maxthon 2 for a spin. Try out all its tools and goodies. It's at www.maxthon.com, natch.
    Ron White
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