Most people will go through their lives using Google Chrome as their browser without ever batting an eye. But I decided to give Opera a chance and I have been pleasantly surprised with its smooth performance, wealth of features and timely updates. So much so that I am willing to claim that Opera is the best browser currently and here’s why.
Firstly, Opera does support all available Chrome extensions and Google account syncing so all ecosystem hiccups can be put to rest. On the performance side of things, Opera uses less battery and less CPU, something which Chrome is notorious for eating through.
Chrome is also infamous for chugging on middling PCs and laptops, something which Opera does not struggle with. Opera not only uses fewer resources which results in better battery and CPU usage but with Opera’s Turbo Mode turned on, it will use less bandwidth.
Opera’s UI is another big selling factor. The side bar to the left houses a Messenger and Whatsapp icon for quick access to your IMs. Opera’s browser customisation options sit in the top left of the screen, which is where Chrome’s usual settings button is located. You can select themes, switch to Dark Mode and even block ads without needing Ad Blocker.
The list of Opera’s features go on and on honestly. The left side bar which not only houses your IMs also has a quick search option so you can search Google while you’re on a different page, a Speed Dial option for quick access to sites, and a Personal News option for getting your news on the fly.
Opera is a much better experience than using Chrome and with different versions of Opera coming out every so often, the browser will cater to any and all needs.