As I sit at my desk typing this blog, I have 15 Chrome tabs consuming 790MB of memory. I also have 17 Microsoft Edge tabs open, which take up 535MB of memory. Other than those two extra tabs on Edge, I have the same webpages open, but Chrome is hogging more memory. Complaints about the resource-hogging Google Chrome browser are nothing new, especially for those who use it on a Mac. Now, a company has a new approach to make Chrome run faster: put it on in the cloud.
Mighty is a new Chromium-based browser for macOS that lives in the cloud instead of on your computer. Backed by a server with dual Intel Xeon processors and Nvidia GPUs, plus 16GB of dedicated memory for the cloud browser itself, Mighty claims to use 10 times less memory than Google Chrome on the Mac thanks to its technical specifications.
Sounds good if you’re stuck with an older Mac with just 8GB of memory to share across the entire operating system, plus all the other apps you need to run at the same time. Mighty even looks like Chrome, right down to the extensions and the profile icon in the top right corner.
Like any other cloud-based application, its proper functioning will depend on your internet connection. Mighty claims your internet speed is “over 1 Gbit / s ”when using the cloud-based browser, but this claim is wrongfirst. Your Internet speed is linked to the plan through your ISP and depending on whether you connect via a wired or wireless connection. Mighty may load faster than Chrome itself, but if you haven’t already have fast internet, we are skeptical of gigabit speeds.
To be clear, no cloud app can magically increase your internet speed. But if you are used to a slow browser on a slow computer, then using a cloud browser on a good internet connection will likely be Feel as if you get 1 Gbps.
Mighty doesn’t clearly state the minimum download speed that users will need, but in a recent blog he mentions someone with 100 Mbps of bandwidth “will rarely notice a lag when using Mighty.” It follows. If cloud gaming can work seamlessly at this speed, surfing the internet will be a snap. But unlike the free browsers we’re used to, Mighty costs money – $ 30 per month has been launched, although no pricing has yet been announced..
Get more than 8GB of RAM in a new MacBook usually adds $ 200 to the base price. Of course, this doesn’t help those who already have an aging computer, but you can Create your own memory upgrade without going to the Apple Store—If you have an Intel MacBook. Either way, for $ 30 per month, that extra RAM will pay off in about seven months. After that, you pay for a service to use on your computer when you would have saved money in the long run just by upgrading.
Then there’s the security issue: Information that you enter into Chrome through Mighty is then routed to Mighty’s servers before being relayed to Chrome, which could be a privacy nightmare.
All this aside, eThe idea of running a cloud browser when you can use one for free on your operating system is a bit banana. There are many other options besides Chrome that use less resources like Safari, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Opera, and Vivaldi. Mac and Windows users can both benefit from switching to a different browser if immediate upgrade is not an option.
If you’re still not sure how switching to Edge would benefit you (other than not being a resource chore), we’ve got a nice guide to just what Edge can do better than Chrome. There are also some simple tips to make Chrome run faster on your computer, too, like reducing the number of open tabs. Some people might not want to deal with Edge, the good thing is. I would choose Edge or Vivaldi over Chrome these days, personally, but there is definitely better options than paying $ 30 per month to use a browser.