I’m a huge Firefox fan. Ever since adopting several years ago I’ve stood by the faithful fox through thick and then. Lately though, things have changed. I still enjoy Firefox, it is a fantastic product that is unbeatable in terms of customability and personalization. However, I’ve begun to question its memory utilization. I’m not a huge techie, I know just enough to break things, but I’ve found that my Firefox 3 can eat upwards of 600 mb of system resources. I should preface this with by saying that this is on my PC at work which isn’t a spring chicken. It’s a single core Pentium 4 just over 2 ghz, with a little of 1 GB of Ram, running Windows XP Professional which, while certainly not top of the line, is markedly more than enough to adequately run Firefox. As if the large memory footprint weren’t enough there are occasions were something will slow up the browser’s operation causing delays when I type (anywhere from 2-5 seconds per key press) or when I try to switch tabs. I have a multitude of extensions installed (Firebug, web developer, css viewer, tab scope, tiny menu, extended statusbar, to name a few) so for all I know it could be one of those causing the problem, but my recent performance woes did prompt me to give another browser a try.
Read on for my impressions of Google’s Chrome browser.