And Chrome downright embarrassed the competition in HTML5Test.com's check of standards compliance. Its score of 431 (plus 13 bonus points) out of 500 exceeded its nearest rival, Opera 12, by 41 points, with the rest of the pack trailing considerably farther behind.
However, when it came to actual HTML horsepower, Chrome fell surprisingly short. Its score in an HTML5 vector graphics test beat Firefox's handily, but still totaled less than half Safari's mark. It ran about 19 percent slower than the leading scores in HTML5 bitmap graphics, and placed fourth after Safari, Opera, and Firefox in HTML5 text handling--albeit by a narrower gap.
In regular use, Chrome felt generally fast, responsive, and fun to use, on par with its latest competitors.
Nathan Alderman is a writer, editor, and occasional Top Gear viewer in Alexandria, Va.
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