- Computer memory is extremely important as part of the processing speed depends on the amount of free memory left.
- You really don't have to buy a new computer is you've been experiencing high memory usage issues lately. Instead, you can optimize the processes running on your machine .
- If you own a low-specs computer and you're looking for a memory-friendly browser, we've got three suggestions for you. We'll list them in this guide.
- This guide is part of our hub dedicated to browsers. For additional guides, feel free to visit it.
Browsing the Internet is one of the favorite activities of people across the globe. The thing is, things get tougher when you have limited RAM at your disposal.
And the best browser with low memory usage might be something you were looking for.
Matter-of-factly, the most important difference between the available browsers is the impact they have on your system resources.
Depending on your PC’s configuration, you might experience lagging, or complete system crashes. The amount of resources each browser needs to work properly varies across the board.
For these reasons, in this article, we will explore some of the best browser options that allow you to get the full online experience, without the need to upgrade your PC in order to do so.
We will also observe other aspects of each of the browsers presented here, but our main focus will be on the browsers that have a low system impact.
What's the best browser that goes easy on your resources?
When it comes down to web-page loading speeds, Opera comes in on the 1st place in our top 3. This browser puts the least strain on your computer resources.
Even though the speeds registered by Opera in our tests are close to the ones registered by UR Browser, a little is a lot depending on the PC you’re using.
For this reason, Opera lands the first place as the browser that uses the least amount of PC memory while UR takes the second place. Just a few MB less of system resources used can have a big impact.
The security features found in Opera are better compared to other browsers like Chrome, or Firefox, offering excellent protection against malware, phishing attempts, and other cyber threats.
Here are some of the best features found in Opera:
- Can customize the toolbars by pinning icons
- One-click bookmarking
- Mouse gestures
- Tab-stacks features – allows you to stack tabs on top of each other
- Security settings for malware and phishing that need configuration to work
- Compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and mobile devices
OperaWhen it comes to having limited computer resources, Opera is the best choice for faster browsing.
UR Browser is our second pick in the list of browser options that allow you to have the full online experience, without needing to use a high-end PC.
Thanks to its sophisticated programming, UR Browser goes really easy on your system resources. The memory consumption is a lot lower than on Chrome, right there at the top with Firefox.
This browser was designed so that it requires as little resources as possible to run, and still offers you access to a wide range of features that are unprecedented in the market.
Here are some of the best features found in UR Browser:
- Very fast web-page loading speeds
- Very low impact of system resources
- Built-in VPN service
- Malware blocker
- 3 levels of privacy to choose from (Low, Medium, and High)
Besides all the features we mentioned above, UR Browser has a very useful Home Screen that will automatically be populated with news and updates, tailored to your interests.
This software also doesn’t allow any cookies or trackers based on your settings, no matter what site you visit.
Customization options come in numbers, and you’ll be happy to apply all the little tweaks this Chromium-based browser offers.
The best way to get hold of it and see whether you like it or not is to download it and see for yourself.
UR BrowserWith fast web-page loading speeds and decent ad-blocker, UR Browser promises low memory usage.
Mozilla Firefox is, by all means, the biggest opposition to Google’s Chrome. Over the years, users who decided to ditch Chrome for the resource-usage betterment usually went to Mozilla Firefox.
And they were immediately greeted with improvements, followed by the addition of nifty features. Firefox is stuck to that close second spot in the browser market for ages.
When Mozilla decided to revamp the platform, things got even better.
Mozilla Firefox Quantum works rather well and goes easy on the resources, despite being a tad slower and more demanding with extensions installed.
UR Browser deals with security and privacy threats without relying on extensions which is always a plus.
Some distinctive features of Mozilla Firefox are as follows:
- Very intuitive interface
- Extremely well-optimized resource usage
- Private browsing
- Faster page loading
- A large number of extensions to customize or improve Firefox
Switching from Chrome to Mozilla is a rather easy procedure.
And if your low-end PC can’t keep up with the Chrome demands, Opera, UR Browser, and Mozilla are much better choices.
In this article, we explored some of the best browser software options on the market that work perfectly fine without having a high impact on your system’s resources.
Opera is by far the best option, giving you access to top of the range online privacy and security features, great customization power, built-in VPN service, incredibly fast speeds, and also low system requirements to do so.
Please feel free to let us know what software option you chose from this list and what you experience was when using it, by using the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.