Currently, the most popular browsers on the market are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. If you were to sit down in front of anyone’s computer, you’d most likely find one of these, or even all three if they are computer nerds.
Some advanced users would also want me to include Opera, which while not quite as popular as the aforementioned trio, is still an awesome browser in its own right. But, are they necessarily the best? We know that they are the most popular, but that doesn’t always go hand in hand with being the best.
Just think of your time back in high school. The most popular kids in school were hardly the best. In fact, they were far from it, but that’s high school for you. I’m not suggesting that Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer are bad browsers, but simply wondering: are there alternatives out there that are better? Or, if not better, at least some which offer something unique? Let’s find out.
Although I expected Maxthon to be a stripped-down take on the same old idea, it is actually a browser that is crammed full of features. However, its main selling point is speed, seeing as the developer claims that is displays webpages about 20% faster than Google Chrome. It would be impressive even if it was just as fast as Chrome. But, I mentioned that it is full of useful trinkets and toys. For instance, you get a button which mutes all the sound notifications played by the browser. Also, much like Firefox, it allows you to install extensions if you want to expand its basic functionality.
Midori, unlike Maxthon, is actually a stripped-down browser. If you find all the other standard browsers too big, too clunky, and too bloated, and would prefer something more lean and streamlined, Midori is what you are looking for. Since it is so basic and minimalistic, it only has the bare essentials, which is a welcome approach if you have a computer that has slower or outdated hardware.
Still, Midori offers you the possibility of installing additional extension, although there aren’t many, since Midori is pretty much a niche-oriented browser, and it’s unlikely that it will a gather a massive following. Still, I liked it, since it’s lightning-fast, and I use it often when my computer resources are used by some other mammoth-sized pieces of software.
Following in the footsteps of its predecessor Slimboat, Slimbrowser is an improvement in my opinion, and fits in nicely between the more feature-rich browsers like Chrome, Opera and Firefox, and the more basic Midori. Like Midori, it’s fast, but it comes equipped with stuff like an ad blocker, pop-up blocker, private browsing and so on. On the other hand, there is no possibility of adding extensions. Personally, I like this, because I rarely install extensions, and I like to have a browser that is complete straight out of the box.
So, there you go. Three alternatives to the most popular browsers. Give them a try, and maybe one of them will stick.