4 best browsers for reading text on Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Images, audio and video, and text. For some, reading text is the best way to digest information. Let's see which browser makes this easy.
  • The online reading tool is of such importance because it can offer you a wide range of features that can provide a better experience.
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  • For more great lists featuring the best tools, Check out our dedicated Software page.

Because of the fact that most of the reading we do in the 21st century is performed on a hand-held device, it is very important to choose the right device, but what browser you use, also matters.

The online reading tool is of such importance because it can offer you a wide range of features that can provide a better experience.

Because of the wide range of browsers available on the market today, it is a daunting task to find the perfect one for your needs. Some browser options offer better speeds, other software options are better at blocking ads.

Other options have a low impact on your system resources, and others just look good without any useful capabilities.

For these reasons, in this article we will explore some of the best browser software options available on the market in 2019 that allow you to have a beautiful and calm reading experience.

In order for a browser software to qualify for this list, it should offer you :

  • A fast and stable experience without getting pestered by ads
  • No pop-ups and other distracting elements
  • Good web-page loading times
  • Possibility to extend features

Top browsers for reading text on Windows 10

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Opera

Opera is a highly versatile browser that you can use for a wide variety of purposes, including reading text and online books.

If you prefer to read your news online, Opera has a very nifty feature called Personal News. This feature supports RSS feed and lets you personalize your news feed, choose your news sources, highlight particular news categories, and choose the language you want to display news in.

There are two view modes available: Timeline where you also get an estimated reading time and Magazine.

You found something interesting that you want to read later? Bookmark the respective page for later use. Use the Bookmark Manager to better organize your bookmarks.

If you need additional information on the content you’re reading, you don’t need to leave the website you’re on. Thanks to the Instant Search feature, you can look at something on the web within the active tab.

If you found an interesting piece of information, you can use the integrated messengers to share it with your friends.

As you can see, Opera has all the features you need for an amazing in-browser reading experience.

Opera

Opera

A constant pioneer, Opera offers multiple ways of reading text on websites. Definitely check it out.

UR Browser

 

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UR Browser is an incredibly powerful and reliable browser software that offers you a wide range of useful features, helping you read on your Windows device. Beyond this, you can customize and edit the way this software reacts, looks, and works, with just a few clicks.

This browser was built with privacy in mind, offering you one of the best privacy packages you could ever find. When using UR Browser you won’t have to install any third-party extensions to protect yourself from ads, malware, trackers, and even sites that collect cookies.

All of these protection elements come built into UR Browser. You also have the option of modifying the level of privacy you need, by being able to choose from low, medium, and high privacy settings.

If the latter option is selected, UR Browser will automatically start its powerful VPN (Virtual Private Network) service, to make sure your personal information is protected.

The impact UR Browser has on your system resources is barely noticeable, but that doesn’t mean the software developers cut any corners to achieve this. Our tests have proven that UR Browser clocks some of the best speeds when it comes to web page loading speeds.

All of the features mentioned above make choosing the best browser for reading on your Windows 10 device, a very easy decision to make. UR Browser is one of the best options for reading, but it trumps other browser capabilities in all other areas as well.

UR Browser

UR Browser

One of the browsers with rising popularity. Turn on Reader Mode in UR Browser

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is another great browser, offering you a very strict and efficient online security, privacy, and protection from ads and malware. Even though these features are good in their department, they can’t compare to the privacy and security features found in our top pick, UR Browser.

In our malware tests with default security settings for each of the browsers, Opera and UR Browser performed the best, with a second-place for Firefox, and a third for Google Chrome. Even though UR Browser is superior, Firefox can still offer you a good reading experience, by eliminating any possible distractions from pop-ups and ads.

Some of the downsides of Firefox is the fact that your access to your bookmarks is very complicated, the ‘Home screen’ is usually hard to understand and use, and it also contains a lot of ads and suggested links.

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Google Chrome

Google Chrome is one of the best-known browsers on the market, and it shouldn’t come with any surprise, considering the behemoth that runs this software.

Because of the databases that Google has, Google Chrome has a very powerful engine that runs its processes fast, but still can’t match the speeds that UR Browser clocked in our tests.

When it comes to privacy level, ad blocking, and malware security, Chrome falls short even when compared to Mozilla Firefox, and can’t even be compared with our top pick, UR Browser.

The architecture of Chrome is built in such a way, that every tab you open counts as another executable file running in your computer’s processes.

The high system impact this browser has, qualifies Google Chrome only for the fourth place in our top best browsers for reading. It can become very frustrating to wait for pages to load, and slowing down your computer even further doesn’t help either.

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In this article, we explored some of the best browser software options on the market that have the necessary speeds and features in order to help you read online. UR Browser is clearly the winner in this stage.

Please feel free to let us know what your experience with UR Browser was, by using the comment section below.


FAQ: Learn more about browsers

  • How can I make my browser read text out loud?

There are two main ways to make your browser read text out loud: you can either install a dedicated text-to-speech plugin or use the built-in read-aloud option if your browser supports it.

  • How do I make Google read aloud?

If you want Google to read text aloud, you need to install a text-to-speech extension. The best text-to-speech browser extensions for Chrome are the following: Read Aloud, Text to Speech and Natural Reader Text to Speech.

  • How do I disable images in Chrome?

Here’s how you can disable images in your browser so that you can focus only on reading the text:

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy and Security
  2. Locate Site Settings > click on Images
  3. Under the Block button, add the websites you want to disable images for.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2019 and was revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.