Web browsers that take full advantage of 64-bit Windows computers are few – and that’s a problem in the mind of the computer user. However, there’s one in particular that promises to deliver high performance, and that browser is called WaterFox. WaterFox is a web browser that is based on Firefox, and, for the most part, it is the same when it comes down to looks and features. The developer, who goes by the name, Alex Kontos, began work on the browser when he was 16-years-old, and the aim was to make it faster than other web browsers for 64-bit machines.
Waterfox browser review
The browser was built with Intel’s C++ compiler, which is one of the most powerful compilers out there. With that in mind, one would expect great things from Waterfox, but such is not the case.
In our testing, we did not come across any form of speed improvements, for everything felt the same in almost every way. We compared loading websites with Waterfox and Firefox and came away disappointed every time. Yes, we do know that there are folks on the web who will vouch for Waterfox, but we couldn’t pinpoint what the fuss was all about.
In fact, we came across more problems than anything good.
You see, playing videos can be an issue here since videos some time stutter and give off a feeling of possibly crashing the computer. Several times we had to stop streaming videos in fear of what might happen. We never had such problems in Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome.
If there’s one good thing we have to say about Waterfox, is the fact that Firefox plug-ins work well. Furthermore, when the browser is installed, it automatically imports all the plug-ins, history and settings from Firefox, so no need to make the same changes all over again.
All in all, Waterfox is a good browser, but not the speed king as the developer would want us to believe. Maybe it’s just us, maybe if we tested on a different 64-bit machine, things would have been different. For now though, we’d suggest giving it a spin before coming to a defining conclusion on whether to use Waterfox or not. Your experience might differ significantly from ours, but we do urge caution because that streaming video issue might cause for systems to crash unexpectedly.
Waterfox can be downloaded from the official website right now for free
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