Edge vs Opera : Which is better for the battery?

Just a few days back, Microsoft started a promotional campaign where they compared their Edge browser with competing products such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera and concluded that Edge lasts the longest when it comes to emptying the battery life.

The video shows that Chrome empties the test laptop’s battery after 4 hours and 19 minutes, Firefox after 5 hours and 9 minutes, Opera after 6 hours and 18 minutes, while Edge made it last 7 hours and 22 minutes. Tho the laptop used was not disclosed, these all were identical ones and the test included streaming of a video.

Here are the results…

Edge vs Opera - Which is better for the battery?

Even tho, the battery life is more of a personal or subjective thing. Someone may get more from their battery compared to the other, because of the simple reason that not everyone uses their browser the same. You may use it for surfing heavy sites while someone else may be using it, just for online shopping. So, battery life has always been a grey area, but that has not stopped the companies and other tech people to make comparison. This is just one of those things….

So, Microsoft results conclude that “Microsoft Edge outlasts the rest, delivering 17%-70% more battery life than the competition”, but that did not make the people at Opera happy. So, in response to Microsoft’s results, they did their own tests and showcased their results. But since the multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington did not share the condition in which the tests where done, Opera did their test on a Lenovo Yoga 500, with backlight set to 100% and loaded “chicagotribune.com, elitedaily.com, faz.net, latimes.com, mashable.com, mlive.com, nj.com, nydailynews.com and youtube.com/watch?v=tnsQ8DjD6YE – in separate tabs.”

Here are their results:

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According to Opera, here are what results say:

Opera Developer (39.0.2248.0) with native ad blocker and power saver enabled is able to run 22% longer than Microsoft Edge (25.10586.0.0) on a laptop running Windows 10, 64-bit, and 35% longer than the latest version of Google Chrome (51.0.2704.103)

Opera decided to do the test on their experimental version of product with ad blocker and power saver enabled, a bold move…, just shows how pissed the company is with Microsoft. They are so confident in the results that they have shown the results with the title of “Our test (which you can replicate) show”.

Also it makes fun of the comparison test done by the Redmond giant by saying :

Like most other engineering teams, we love it when someone picks a fight. If we get beaten in a test like this, we consider it a bug.

So, that’s all the news that revolves around the campaign fight which started with a video from Microsoft. But, we want to know what you think about all this. And which one you think is better. Tell us in the comment section below.

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