When you think of web browsers, you probably think of Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and maybe Safari and Opera.
But Maxthon is one name you probably don’t think about. Maxthon has been a web browser for quite some time (it was initially founded in 1999 and called MyIE) but failed to gain anywhere near the same popularity as other browsers.
Today, Maxthon is one of the world’s top 10 web browsers, but that doesn’t matter much when 95%+ of the market is controlled by the holy trifecta of Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Chrome.
But Maxthon isn’t happy with just top 10 status. It wants more. The company recently decided to kick the tires of the browser industry by suggesting that its browser, which is now officially called Maxthon Cloud Browser, is faster than any other browser for Windows.
Here’s why Maxthon thinks its browser is so fast:
-A new Maxthon beta build “uses a branched version of the Blink rendering engine”
-That build also includes Maxthon’s own speed and performance enhancements, according to Maxthon
-A reduced memory footprint
-Low CPU usage
-Support for WebGL
-Deep support for HTML5 coding
Maxthon claims to have beat Chrome’s average internet speeds by 10%. This claim has not been independently verified, and it’s usually pretty tough to compare internet browsers anyway.
But the point remains: Jeff Chen, CEO and founder of Maxthon, is exceptionally pleased with the operating system:
“Our challenge to our team was to build a browser that is faster and lighter than Chrome…I’m pleased to say that our team rose to the challenge and exceeded expectations. The new architecture nets 40 percent faster start times than previous iterations and test results comparing the new Maxthon 188.8.131.520 against Chrome 30 show that Maxthon is 10 percent faster. Plus, our proprietary approach to 3rd party cookie handling is a boon for anyone who wants the personalization benefit of the cookie without allowing ad networks to track their usage.”
So exactly how fast is Maxthon? Maximum PC decided to test Maxthon’s claims for itself in four different benchmarks, including SunSpider, Futuremark Peacekeeper, Google Octane v2.0, and HTML5Test.com.
Chrome won three of the four benchmarks while Maxthon won the HTML5Test.com benchmark. That’s surprisingly competitive for a relatively young browser going up against a giant, but it doesn’t seem to reflect the “10% faster claim.”
Personally, this is probably a marketing move designed to put Maxthon in the headlines. And hey, it looks like it worked perfectly.