I dislike Chrome on PC. It is a memory/RAM hog. I am not a fan of hogs. Resource efficiency is my thing. Lean and trim. As such, I stopped using Chrome ages ago. So, when I heard that Firefox Quantum Browser for Windows PC was available in Beta and that it manages memory 30% better than Chrome and that it is 2 times faster than Firefox a year ago, guess who went straight to download it?
If this delivers what I need, I have a new darling web browser. It is too early to give a final verdict at this time. After all, the browser has been out for just a few days. But it doesn’t hurt to share my first impressions with it. Come with me.
First Impressions of Firefox Quantum Browser for Windows PC
Installation was smooth and took a leaf from Chrome: a small setup file that when run, executes the main installation over the internet. Not bad actually.
After installation was done, I fired up the browser. The UI is lean and clean, just the way I like it. My top sites are presented to me when the browser (or a new tab) loads.
The browser offers private browsing, add-ons and extensions. Add-ons and extensions let you add extra features and functionality to the browser, just like Chrome extensions. I am not sure yet what the difference between add-ons and extensions are, but both options are there. There’s a feature that lets you take, save and share screenshots right inside the browser from the Actions Menu. From that same menu, you can copy the webpage link, email the web link, and even send the tab you are viewing to your mobile device (if you are running Firefox Quantum there too)
But Is Firefox Quantum Browser for Windows PC Fast?
Yes, browsing with Firefox Quantum Browser for Windows PC is fast. But then, that could also be because it is a fresh install, no? So, I will give it a few more days (or weeks) and then report back.
For now, I am off to try out the Android version. Chrome browser for Android is a known memory hog too and power users keep looking for how to tame it. Perhaps, just perhaps, some of us may finally find a replacement for it in Quantum.
Want to try out Firefox Quantum for Windows PC? Download Here.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.