What are the best lightweight browsers for Windows PC?

asked by Rahul Dessai
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9 solutions
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    #1Torch

    Torch

    Torch is a free Chrome-based internet browser compatible with Windows operated systems. It was developed by Torch Medi Inc. and the company first made it to the public in June 2012. Torch allows faster and safer browsing experience.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Christian Davis
    Written on January 29, 2019
    "It's designed to be very friendly to those who like to consume media online such as streaming music and videos. Its features help manage and play media sources easily with its built-in youtube streaming service called torch music to name one."
  2. 14

    #2Vivaldi

    Vivaldi

    Vivaldi is a free web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies for Windows PC, macOS, and Linux computers. It features tab management, custom keyboard shortcuts, and a secure private browsing.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    John Chang
    Written on January 29, 2019
    "This is not just one of the best lightweight browser available for Windows PCs but it is also one of the best browsers in general. It uses Google Chrome's engine but uses fewer system resources than that browser as well as the extensive customization options of Mozilla Firefox. Definitely worth checking out."
  3. 13

    #3SeaMonkey

    SeaMonkey

    SeaMonkey is a free web browser compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS devices. It is an all-in-one software that allows users to unify their internet browser, e-mail platform, and more.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Douglas Watkins
    Written on January 29, 2019
    "A fast and lightweight browser for Windows that has its own built-in email client and some light web page development with its built-in editor. The speed and features are there. One thing that could a bit more improvement is with the design to be better in line with modern UX standards."

DID YOU KNOW?

The first ever web browser was born back in 1990? W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee invented it and called it " WorldWideWeb". It caused too much confusion with the World Wide Web as the time. It was thus renamed to "Nexus" instead. It was not until 5 years later that Microsoft's Internet Explorer. It was the most popular choice during that the time. This was when web browsers were starting to gain mainstream appeal and recognition. Apple released their own web browser made for their Mac computers called Safari in 2003. Mozilla Firefox released a year later, replacing the outgoing Netscape Navigator. 2008 marked a great milestone for web browsers with the release of Google's Chrome. It went on to become one of the best lightweight browsers in the market for its speed and clean UI. The coming years saw the development of web browsers for different needs. There were lightweight browsers for the fastest experience possible. There were feature-rich ones for the best customization options.

This was the time when smart mobile devices market was growing. Smartphones and tablets became popular with spec improvement year by year. It soon replaced PC and laptops for simple web browsing needs due to the portability factor. It was not long after that mobile web browsers were being developed to meet this new need. Plenty of options came out for Android devices as well as iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads.

  1. 11

    #4Midori

    Midori

    Midori is a free open-source web browser compatible with Windows, and other Linux-based operating systems. It is a lightweight browser that features a bookmark, RSS, and spell checking options. Midori also has an integrated adblocker.

    Software

    Windows, Linux

    Free

    Deng Qian
    Written on January 29, 2019
    "One of the best lightweight browser for Windows and it doesn't hurt that it looks nice and clean as well. It features modern browser features but in more lighter file size and does it a bit faster too. "
  2. 7

    #5Maxthon

    Maxthon

    Maxthon Browser is a free web browser released in 2005 for Windows, Mac, and more. It features built-in note-taking took, password manager, email addresses manager, ad blocker, night mode, multi-tab management, and so on.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Marilyn Hunter
    Written on January 29, 2019
    "A few stand out features that this browser has apart from being fast and lightweight is that it already has a good built-in ad-blocker as well as its own cloud service to sync user data among devices."
  3. 6

    #6Comodo IceDragon

    Comodo IceDragon

    Comodo IceDragon is a free and Firefox-based internet browser designed with fast loading option and lightweight size for PCs.  It easily scans through websites for malware to keep your computer safe and secured.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Thomas Garrett
    Written on January 29, 2019
    "Comodo is known as a security company and it shows in this surprisingly good browser. It has a very similar feature set to the more popular Mozilla Firefox but with an obvious emphasis on security with the use of its own DNS servers for browsing the web."
  4. 4

    #7Lunascape

    Lunascape

    Lunascape is a free web browser compatible with macOS, iOS, Windows, and Android devices. It features high-speed browsing and it was created with a triple engine in one browser - Trident, Gecko, WebKit.

    Software

    iOS, Android, Mac, Windows

    Free

    Austin Wood
    Written on January 29, 2019
    "This browser feature 3 engines (Trident, Gecko, Webkit) and switching among them on the fly. It's nice to be flexible in terms of compatibility but your system can take a bit of a performance hit if it's not powerful enough to run it."
  5. 2

    #8Lynx

    Lynx

    Lynx is a free text-based web browser compatible with Unix-like, DOS, and Windows. It was first released in 1992 and today, it is considered as the oldest web browser ever developed. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Liu Ma
    Written on January 29, 2019
    "It is one of the oldest browsers out there and is based on MS-DOS (or terminal if you prefer). If you're a coder or you're familiar with some terminal-based Linux distributions, then, you won't have too many issues with using this browser. It definitely caters to a very specific group of users."
  6. 0

    #9Brave Browser

    Brave Browser
    Brave Web Browser is a free web browser focused on ad blocking, security protection, data optimization and an enhanced battery experience for the user. It is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android devices.
    Software

    Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux

    Free

    Lawrence Dean
    Written on January 29, 2019
    "This browser has definitely attracted some unique attention with that controversial Brave Rewards system. As far as using it as a normal browser, it fast and stable. Its ad and tracker-blocking features work well and as it should. Only time will tell if its ad system will stick."

Summary

Best What are the best lightweight browsers for Windows PC
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1TorchSoftware 21 Free
2VivaldiSoftware 14 Free
3SeaMonkeySoftware 13 Free
4MidoriSoftware 11 Free
5MaxthonSoftware 7 Free
6Comodo IceDragonSoftware 6 Free
7LunascapeSoftware 4 Free
8LynxSoftware 2 Free
9Brave BrowserSoftware 0 Free
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