PCXFireFox V34.0.5 is my Browser of choice
PCXFireFox V34.0.5 is my Browser of choice
By: The Unhived Mind – 01st December 2014
I was a Palemoon x64 user for quite some time after Opera 12 and reverted back to Opera when it started from 15 upwards. Opera has recently become a major resource hog on the processor and hammers laptop fans thus making other non-Chrome based browsers far more desirable. Opera 15 started off at 4100 benchmarking on my Intel iCore5 laptop and now the latest Developer 27 version only hits around 3900 on the exact same machine which is higher than it has been for quite some time. How can a browser go backwards like that? I decided I needed to change so I went through a lot of browsers. I tried the slimline version of the Yandex browser and this worked well but yet again its a resource hog and only benchmarks in at 3300 after Yandex at one time could hit 4100 when nothing else could reach this figure. Another thing I detest about Chrome browsers is the copy and paste function, you end up having to put the spaces back into the newly pasted text. You will have no such problems with pasting using Internet Explorer, Maxthon 4 or Firefox browsers.
So I had to find a browser that suited my needs and I went through a lot of browsers some known and some not so known, I could not even attempt to use Midori on Windows 8.1 it just doesn’t even run properly but that is an improvement over not working at all. It was time to try Firefox out again! Palemoon x64 benchmarking and performance is really disappointing and not even worth a consideration in today’s browser market. Palemoon x64 feels far too clunky and slow. The latest Mozilla Firefox performed well on WordPress and produced much better benchmarking as well as real-world feel not to mention its nice looks compared to Palemoon x64. I personally cannot stand the old looks of the original Firefox’s and its clone Palemoon. Palemoon rated well for video-streaming without hogging up processor resources but what is the point when you can free up even more resources for the same tasks by using the far superior Internet Explorer 11 and Maxthon 4 browsers? You could go as far as using VLC Player and directly streaming into the media player’s network option for a further reduction in CPU resource hogging and entirely bypass the use of a browser
I tried out a few more Firefox browsers and I found Cyberfox x64 to be the best at the time feeling snappy. Cyberfox has great looks, benchmarking and customization. I used Cyberfox x64 for a while but I still felt I needed more so I went looking again. I found a 32bit Firefox that is faster than Cyberfox x64 and this is the excellent Tete Atelier v34 performance build of the Firefox browser which scores an amazing 3907 on Peacekeeper. I then ended up finding the truly amazing x64 Firefox variant known as LawlietFox v33.1.1 which on Peacekeeper regularly ended up achieving 4066. No other Firefox had even come close to that kind of figure except Tetefox whilst the PCXFirefox 64bit V34.0.5 clocks in at an absolutely amazing score of 4866. There is no other web browser currently available that can beat or even get near to PCXFireFox on Peacekeeper benchmarking on my Windows PC. I would say that PCXFireFox is usually more reliable than LawlietFox but both are very good browsers.
So to me a browser now needs to be clocking at least 4600+ especially a Firefox variant after getting such a great score with PCXFireFox. I’m amazed at how well both PCXFireFox and Lawliet Fox work and I would highly recommend you all give these performance builds a try for yourselves. Cyberfox and Palemoon will be the browser of choice If you desire a Firefox variant which you can tweak. Now if any other Firefox browser or Cyberfox can start achieving benchmarks similar to Lawliet Fox and PCXFireFox then this would help to make me switch over to whomever can improve on PCXFireFox (doubtful). Browsers PCXFireFox, Lawlietfox, Cyberfox and Tete Atelier Fox have all raised the Firefox standard dramatically along with Mozilla and its new engine performance. I can for now only imagine what a Tete Atelier Fox as a 64bit variant might achieve especially as the 32bit version can cloak in a whooping 3900+ on Peacekeeper. Waterfox x64 became a large disappointment along my browser journey at one time its benchmarking could destroy Palemoon but then the browser dropped dramatically when it moved over to the new Firefox system. Since then Waterfox v33.0.2 x64 has improved somewhat on the benchmarking but it still only achieves 3400.
So it all depends on the user’s individual browsing needs. It would appear we will always be in need of numerous browsers since just one cannot suit all our needs. I find it strange how one man in his bedroom without a budget can make a superior browsing experience compared to Google funded Mozilla. This reminds me of the days of innovation and the time of the Commodore Amiga and Commodore 64. If you want to find a browser with serious potential then you need to find a developer who listens to the end user and takes both positive and negative comments. Without negative comments and duality you no longer get progression and in this case software stays stagnant and in the dark ages. I’ve found the new Opera team to be useless at listening to its user-base whilst Maxthon tends to listen a bit more to its users. Both Opera and Maxthon tend to listen to positives but ignore negatives. The people connected with Palemoon will outright censor and remove any negative comments and ignore progression. For your interest I managed to get the standard Firefox v32 on the new Archbang Light Linux distro to hit 4300+ on Peacekeeper but you can see the rendered balls test glitches as do all Firefox’s on this same test especially on Linux.
I have to admit that I’ve found the newer Internet Explorer 11 to be a very decent browser from Microsoft. I hadn’t used Internet Explorer in many years except some quick tests now and then on new versions which did not impress. Internet Explorer’s downfall is the lack of direct add-ons and the quality of how add-ons are achieved. Who in their right mind would want to install software as part of Windows when we can do it within the other browsers with simply plug-ins? Internet Explorer benchmarks are poor on Peacekeeper but it can blister a lot of browsers on some browsing tasks. Regardless of the Peacekeeper benchmarking figure, Internet Explorer 11 will annihilate the most of the competition in real world daily browsing. Unfortunately Internet Explorer 11 seems to still be riddled with bugs which are annoying at times along with too many crashes occurring. Microsoft have really upped their game and created a very fast and silky smooth browsing experience. Internet Explorer 11 excels when streaming video from websites using hardly any processor resources on my Intel iCore5 processor. The only other browser which comes close to Internet Explorer 11 for video streaming and low processor usage would be Maxthon 4 browser.
After giving the version 184.108.40.20600 of Maxthon browser another go I was pleasantly surprised at how its creators have turned the software around and made it very powerful and a silky experience. Like Internet Explorer II the Maxthon browser uses very little resources unlike the rest of the browsers out there and yes it packs an awesome punch. Maxthon always had the potential to be a cracking browser its only let downs were its past sluggish scrolling and crashes including completely buckling regular under minor pressure with slowdowns. Maxthon truly excels on benchmarking where it comes up now on my machine with Peacekeeper at a hefty 4130. The only other browsers to come very close to that figure at 4100 was Yandex v35.0.1916.15705 and 4000 with PCXFireFox 32 x64. Since that time Maxthon had increased the benchmarking by hitting 4239 with version 220.127.116.110. Since Maxthon 18.104.22.16800 came out the benchmarking has dropped to around 4000 whilst at the same time sluggish actions have increased. Maxthon 22.214.171.12400 is now starting to feel bottle-necked like once it used to and where you can really feel it is struggling with HTML5 intensive websites and others.
Maxthon 4 has some unique features like split screen browsing and video pop-up which can come in handy when wanting to view video whilst browsing web pages, it gives a kind of picture-in-picture (PIP) effect like having a media player with settings to be always-on-top. The only negative I can say at this moment about Maxthon would be its extensions are lacking compared to Chrome and Firefox. Not only will Maxthon 4 stream video lightly as well as pop it up but the browser also has a decent media grabber built-in that works fairly well with most sites except Youtube if you want to download more than one specific format from that service. Maxthon has had for a long time a rather nice built-in reader that works well and is similar to Evernote Clearly. Maxthon was also one of the very first browsers to have an in-built PDF viewer and only now have Opera started to add such a function to their browsing experience.
Finally we have a great browsing experience back with Microsoft and its Internet Explorer II, no longer are Google the king of the crop anymore as even Firefox catches up in speed and uses less resources. I highly recommend you give PCXFireFox browser a go and see for yourself how amazingly powerful and useful this browser has become.
Add Maxthon to other quality low resource usage software like Classic Media Player for video, Winyl or 1by1 for audio or Q-Dir for a file manager and increase your computers speed and efficiency. Make a stand and demand quality non-bloated software which doesn’t hog your computers resources and thus usually making you want to go out to purchase newer hardware that costs yet more currency! Will Internet Explorer 12 be better than PCXFireFox and Maxthon in the future? Who knows but right now PCXFireFox V34.0.5 is the best browser for my Intel Core i5 Windows 8.1 machine.