Pros / Google Chrome has a simple design that makes it easy to navigate the web.
Cons / In cold test runs, the browser was not the fastest we tested.
Verdict / Google Chrome is one of the best internet browsers because it is easy to use and secure, and it can sync your preferences and bookmarks across multiple devices. However, it is slow compared to other browsers.
Google Chrome is a simple web browser that’s easy to navigate. While it wasn’t as fast as Mozilla Firefox in speed and navigation tests, Chrome still performed better than average. It is the preferred browser of many users because it’s versatile and compatible with a variety of devices and operating systems. We highly recommend Google Chrome if you need an internet browser for your Mac or Windows computer as well as any Android and Apple mobile devices.
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Speed & Compatibility
During our time tests, Chromes loaded sites in one and a half seconds, which is fast compared to most other browsers. However, when we navigated from one page to another, Chrome took over five seconds, which is the second slowest time of the browsers we tested – the fastest browsers navigated between pages in about three seconds.
Chrome has a built-in Flash player and PDF reader, so you can view any article or video in the browser, even if you don’t have the necessary programs installed on your device. It also syncs between your smartphone, tablet and computer, so you can access all your saved favorites, bookmarks, security settings and passwords on every device it’s installed on.
Google Chrome has a clean, intuitive and well-organized layout. Its features are clearly marked, and it is easy to understand what each icon means. It’s also one of the few browsers that lets you bookmark pages from the toolbar with one click. In addition, you can pin icon shortcuts on the toolbar or in the Apps tab so you can navigate to your favorite sites and popular Google apps quickly. Chrome’s address bar can be used to directly navigate to a URL or for searching Google.
When you sign up for a free Chrome account, you gain access to Google’s other programs including Gmail, Drive, Maps and YouTube. And since the browser is compatible with all your devices, anything you save or mark in these apps is available through Chrome on your desktop, cell phone and tablet once you sign into your Google account.
Chrome keeps you safe on the web by auto updating to make sure it has all the latest security fixes. When you navigate to a website suspected of phishing or known to have malware, the browser displays a warning. Also, Google is compatible with the top antivirus and internet security programs that include browser extensions to fill in any gaps and ensure you are fully protected from malware.
Another one of Chrome’s notable features is its privacy browsing. When in privacy mode, the browser lets you surf the web without tracking or recording your searches or page visits. When you close a privacy browser, it automatically deletes cookies and passwords from that session. You can have normal and privacy browsers open at the same time.
Help & Support
Google Chrome has a robust online help center that provides support for a variety of products. It has resources to help you get started as a new user as well as those that can help you fully customize the browser if you’re an advanced user. You can also check on known product issues, browse FAQs, and change language and display settings. Google provides a help forum where you can post issues, interact with other users and provide feedback for others experiencing issues. However, Chrome doesn’t have telephone support, so it’s hard to get one-on-one help if you need it.
Google Chrome is one of the overall best internet browsers. It has convenient tools, a clean interface that’s easy to navigate and security features to keep you safe while you browse. Chrome wasn’t as fast as other browsers we reviewed when we navigated to different pages, but it loaded them quickly once we got there.