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If you value your MacBook’s battery life, don’t use Google Chrome

Anyone who knows me knows how much I am a ?fierce tester? of browsers. At the end of 2013 I got to migrate from Chrome to Safari for a few days, recently I gave Firefox a new chance and almost abandoned the Google browser, but it still didn't give it to me.

The reason for so many ?comings and goings? is simple: the only application that stays open 100% of the time while I am on my Mac the browser. for him that I manage my emails and work here at MacMagazine, so it makes perfect sense that I?m always looking for the best (for me).

I wouldn't adapt to having a browser to use with the Mac plugged in and another for when it's on battery, but as a Chrome user it was what I needed to do. Because, year after year, Google continues not to prioritize perhaps the most criticized aspect of its browser. It is a devourer of memory and processing, which greatly affects the battery life of MacBooks.

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When testing the latest MacBook Pro with Retina display, the The Verge decided to check how much Chrome would affect the machine's battery performance. And the result was surprising.

With the screen brightness at 65%, the Mac was set up to do a repetitive cycle of websites with Safari open until its battery runs out. With that, he reached incredible 13 hours and 18 minutes. Then they repeated the same test with Chrome. Amazing: the machine was just 9 hours and 45 minutes, a drop of almost 27%!

In other tests performed by them, Safari did even better on SunSpider a benchmark JavaScript and even playing 4K video at 60 frames per second on YouTube. What we need to remember, but both Chrome and YouTube are from Google.

None of this is new to anyone and unfortunately it is not enough for me to quit Chrome this very minute, not least because I spend most of my time in the office with the Mac on. But it is very worrying and leads us to question why something is not taken very seriously by Google. If Apple incorporates fixed tabs (pinned tabs) in the next version of Safari, I migrate for good.