How fast do websites load up on your Mac’s browser? Generally speaking, not fast enough. Safari is the most popular Mac user browser and followed closely by Google’s personal tracker weapon, Chrome. But the fastest browser Mac users cannot buy is reserved for Mozilla’s new Quantum browser.
I’ve tried them all, use the best, and bounce from browser to browser. Firefox is the fastest browser for Mac users. Try it yourself to see. I’ve been using the Quantum browser for many months and somehow Mozilla makes it faster with each new release.
What’s inside, under the hood is a new engine that renders website pages far faster and uses less of your Mac’s memory. The overall look and feel is more minimalist than ever.
See for yourself.
Hey, it’s a browser. Tabs. Search bar. Forward and backwards buttons. Home button. That’s standard fare but what sets this Firefox version apart is a variety of components– less memory, faster browser tab switching, faster website page rendering.
The latter is visually noticeable when comparing between Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. The latter loads pages so quickly that many external components– CSS, graphics or images (often served from a CDN instead of a website server) pop into place after you view the webpage. That’s fast.
Firefox Quantum’s speed isn’t the only reason to consider switching from Google’s Chrome. Remember, Google’s business depends upon advertising, and all those ads you see help to slow down website page rendering. Firefox builds in Private Browsing and Tracking Protection. That makes the browser fast and more secure and more private.
What else do you want?
Mozilla built Firefox to handle extensions– little browser utilities that add functions. Quantum has those, too. Themes? Got ’em. Toolbar? Built-in. Even better, Firefox makes it a breeze to move Google Chrome bookmarks and keep them synchronized between Firefox on different devices.
The save-for-later utility Pocket is built-in, too.
This is a great update for Mac and Windows users, but Quantum is not available for iPhone or iPad because Apple thinks it has a better way to render website pages with Safari on iOS. But, there is Firefox Focus for iOS, a bare bones, highly private, ad free browser that makes mobile browsing about as private as it can get. I love the little Erase button that instantly erases the browser’s history.
While all this attention to speed, private browsing, ad and tracker blockers makes for a very good browsing experience, I worry about the business model. Mozilla makes a huge chunk of its annual revenue from Google. Search Google on Mozilla and you help finance Firefox. And Google. Yet, Firefox blocks Google ads. See the problem?
Otherwise, what is absolutely positively not to like about free and faster?