How we test
The overall score comprises 60% for performance and 40% for ease of use.
Ease of use includes installing and configuring the software; navigating web pages, searching and changing browser settings, as well as the ease of clearing private information such as cache, cookies, histories of browsing, download, data from forms and searches, passwords and so on; plus changing the look and feel of the browser (via themes or skins).
Performance is calculated from two benchmarking packages that test each browser for speed and compliance with web standards. Our tester also evaluates how efficiently each browser uses memory.
Compliance is important to ensure web pages display correctly. The Acid3 (www.webstandards.org/acid3) test is used to see how a browser complies with current web standards.
Memory is a test of each browser’s memory usage by first launching the browser and recording the amount of RAM used by default, then loading 10 different pre-selected websites each in a seperate tab to simulate a heavier load. Heavier memory usage can impact low-memory systems, such as netbooks and some laptops. This result doesn’t contribute to the overall score.