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Over the years, I have used several internet browsers, and I must say, it keeps getting better each year. Everyone can find what they look for in a browser. For some, they just need something to do searches on Google, like: where to sell used laptops or something else. For some, it’s the speed that matters, while for others, their privacy is paramount. Whichever category you fall into, you’ll surely find what you are looking for in this list.

I’ve reviewed these browsers based on their functionality, not popularity. Because let’s face it, we have crappy popular browsers. Before we dive into these top 5 browsers, let me fill you in on a new discovery.

Apparently, there’s now a browser specially designed for gamers, the Opera GX. I don’t know if that makes your gaming experience better or gives you access to a big game library, but it’s worth checking out.

That said, let’s get into today’s article.

 

 

Vivaldi

 

At our number one is the underdog Vivaldi. Founded in 2016 by one of the co-founders of the more popular Opera, based on my experience with this browser, is unarguably the best out there.

Works on Mac, Windows, and Linux OS.

Vivaldi doesn’t track your browsing activity, has a wide range of customizable options, it’s fast and easy to use. To be honest, the features on this browser are so much that you might never get to use them all. It has a functional screenshot feature and has a tab for taking notes on the left side, this comes in handy for writer and researchers.

It’s built on Chromium, so you can get access to Chrome’s extensions on the browser. It has an array of beautiful themes and wallpapers to make your browsing experience more appalling.

 

Firefox

 

I like the Firefox design. It’s simple and user-friendly. I can say the is the second most popular browser in the world, and it has versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Firefox is better when it comes to privacy than Google Chrome and Opera. It has an ad-block feature and also blocks cryptocurrency mining from other sites. Its cross-platform support also comes in handy.

After Chrome, I’ll say Firefox has the next biggest library of add-ons for you to choose from.

Another feature where Firefox has no serious competition is its screenshot feature. It has the easiest screenshot feature unarguably ever. Just click the three-dotted icon at the top right corner and follow the simple instructions. In terms of speed, Firefox doesn’t disappoint as it loads pages fast and barely lags even on low RAM laptops.

 

Google Chrome

 

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they hear “web browser” is Chrome. I can say it’s the most popular and most used web browser, but it has certain pros security-conscious people don’t like about it.

Chrome tracks your search and uses them for ads. In fact, you aren’t in any secured if you’re using Chrome. Your browsing history is theirs for the taking, that’s why you keep getting ads for products you’ve searched for on the browser.

Google Chrome is also a resource-hub. This means it needs a big RAM capacity to function, as you can experience a bit of a lag when using laptops with 2GB RAM.

The good thing about Chrome is that it’s user-friendly and has the largest collections of extensions ever.

 

Brave

 

Brave is the most privacy and security conscious web browser I’ve come across so far. It blocks ads from a third-party site automatically, this setting can be changed if needed. It doesn’t share your browsing history, and it encrypts your connections. Everything about this browser defines top security.

It shows you the record of everything that’s happening, blocked sites, spam sites, etc. highly recommended for those who put security first before anything.

I also like the user-interface and customizability.

Brave offers a program call Brave Rewards that gives you tokens for viewing private ads. Isn’t that the dream of every web user? I’m sure it is.

 

Opera

 

The last but definitely not the list is the Opera browser. I used Opera for a long time before trying out other browsers. It’s just so easy to use, consumes less data and is super-fast.

I love the built-in messengers it has like WhatsApp and Facebook, which makes it easier to respond to messages when working on your laptop.

It also has an ad-block feature which comes in handy, and an acclaimed “free VPN service” which I do not recommend. The VPN is more like a proxy service rather than an actual VPN. Your IPS will still be able to see your location.

Another annoying thing about Opera is it automatically makes itself your default browser if you don’t change the settings before downloading. So, be careful when installing and make sure you change that beforehand.

 

There you go, the top 5 web browsers for laptops 2020. Enjoy!