I have all of the main browsers installed: IE (by default of course), Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera. I personally use Opera as my main browser, as it seems to take up the least system resources which is important for gaming. All of the other browsers with the exception of IE are ones I use for specific tasks (for example i use chrome for school/work). I have found that using several different browsers can actually be good for origination.
IE, I feel, is mostly a cliché among many people using computers for more than just to check their emails once a day. In the past IE was horrid to try and use, taking long amounts of time to load pages compared to other browsers. While perhaps the browser is no longer so bad, most people who have problems with it will not give it another try.
Once I stopped using IE, I used Firefox for a while. This was a long time ago, and I feel Firefox was better back then compared to now, though less advanced. When people get past IE (safari on mac), they often choose Firefox or, Google Chrome, The next browser I tried.
At this point, I still used Firefox once in a a while when I got annoyed with Chrome but that was rare….. until I started playing PC games again. Due to having an xbox 360, I gave up most PC gaming for a while. Chrome is extremely resource intensive, so if I wanted to play PC games I would have to close Chrome. I keep lots of tabs open, so you can see this is a problem.
This is when I found the golden browser after lots of research…. Opera. Opera is in my experience the least resource-intensive of the browsers. It has a simple but extremely effective layout. The combination of all these things made me instantly choose it. However, one other thing does stand out about Opera as well.
When you download something it may decide to ( though often giving you the option not to) do something like change your default search engine in a certain group of browsers. I have never seen Opera on a list of browsers effected, so I never have to worry about fixing these things.
Now, I do not have a mac. Then why do I have safari? I downloaded safari as a background browser to have when I was bookmarking all the parts I built my newest computer with, so I could make a video later. Safari at it’s core is not a bad browser, however for me personally it would need a lot of polishing if I ever used it more than just once in a while.