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3 Alternate Browsers - Lightweight browsers

Yesterday we posted about Memory usage of the browsers, and suggested K-Meleon as an option as a light browser. The issue with K-Meleon is that they stopped development and last update was around 30 months back (Update: They started development again, new version is on Beta stage). K-Meleon will not work well with Google plus, even you spoof it, many features will not work. So here we have some more browsers who are active still, and have a very small memory footprint. We will consider Green Browser, Columbus and SlimBoat.

Here is the memory footprint of these 3 browsers

Without Tabs

0 tabs

Just one tab with Google on it

1 tab

4 Tabs opened

4 tabs

5 Tabs opened and waited for 45 minutes

5 tabs after 45 minutes

Green Browser

Green Browser is have a very light memory footprint. This browser is based on the Trident rendering engine used in Internet Explorer. This includes many tools like

AD Filter, Mouse Gesture, Mouse Drag, Auto Fill Form, Auto Scroll, Auto Refresh, Auto Save, Auto Hide, Search Bar, Identity, General Form, Auto Submit Form, Send Key to Page, External Toolbar, Collector, Page Manager, Download Manager, Group, Plugin, Skin, Proxy, Start Mode, URL Alias, Quick Key, Link List, Status Bar Setting, Sort Save Page, Clean System, Page Download Control, Page Zoom, Page Background Color, Speed Dial,

tools for Green Browser

I still had some small issues with Google plus and Hangout

You can read more and get Green Browser from here

Columbus Browser

Columbus browser is another light weight browser. The customization option of this browser is very less it seems.

columbus-web-browser-screenshot-800x484

The home page does not seems to be changeable, also the middle click on links will not open on new tabs. It is a bit tough again to use if you are coming from a browser like IE, Opera, Firefox or Chrome.

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SlimBoat Browser

Slimboat is a free web browser which offers a portable version for Windows too. This is using the Webkit Engine.

Features

Download Manager

Ad Blocker

Text Translation

Popup Blocker

Integrate with Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Blogger, Wordpress, Gmail, Hotmail, StumbleUpon

Download Youtube Videos

and More…

SlimBoat-Browser-Screenshot

But the Slimboat does not seems to be a lightweight browser compared to others

Slimboat and firefox memorry usage comparisson

Read more and download SlimBoat Browser

So if you are in search for the best lightweight browser compare this post with the other one described on the first paragraph and decide which one to select.


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