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Firefox 13 is out now and it's all about speed. Chrome and Opera also introduced new versions of their browsers recently, so we thought it was time for another browser speed test. We've once again pitted the four most popular Windows web browsers against each other in a battle of startup times, tab loading times and more, with some unexpected results.
Chrome 17 is out with a new pre-rendering feature designed to make your pages load faster, and both Firefox and Opera have also released speedy new versions since our last round of speed tests. So, we've once again pitted the four most popular web browsers against each other in a battle of startup times, tab loading times,and more, with more surprising results.
For early adopters like Lifehacker readers, average numbers make surprising and depressing reading. So just as people were astonished to learn that the average Aussie only downloads 6GB a month, I suspect a study suggesting that the average download speed in Australia is just 384Kbps will be greeted with hoots of astonishment.
Snow Leopard was designed with better performance in mind, but Lion was designed to offer new and compelling features. We wondered if Lion could still offer speed increases despite its extra conveniences, so we pitted the two operating systems against each other in seven tests. Which performed better? Here are our results, side by side and in video form.
Nearly 2000 people have taken part in the Lifehacker Speed Wave, which currently claims an average download speed for our readers of 29.6Mb/s. The median speed of around 9Mb/s is probably closer to the mark but still high, based on newly-updated visualisation tools from Google which let you examine broadband performance across the world.
One of the features of the newly updated Speedtest.net is the ability to group together results in a "Speed Wave". I thought it would be interesting to see what kind of connections Lifehacker readers use, so I've set up a group Speed Wave where we can compare results.
Google Instant likes to think it's pretty fast, but how fast is it really? We pitted regular old Google against Google Instant, complete with its time-saving shortcuts, for a head-to-head comparison.
Windows only: You've probably tested your internet connection speed (I've always preferred Speakeasy's Speed Test) and have a pretty good idea of your broadband speed, but free Windows app LAN Speed Test measures the speed of data transfers on your home network.
We ran our own Mac-based performance tests last week with Firefox's pre-beta release candidate, and found Firefox 4 an improvement, but not quite catching up to other browsers in raw speed.
Many readers have asked us to replicate our browser speed tests on a Mac, to see the difference in platforms and performance. So we snagged a new MacBook Pro when nobody was looking and tested the latest browsers on it.