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Maxthon: Browser touts cloud-based features that work across different platforms

Nathan Alderman | Sept. 9, 2013
While it's still basically Google Chrome in a different chassis, nearly everything about Maxthon Cloud Browser (v4.1) works better than its predecessor.

On a MacBook Pro with a 2.9GHz Core i7 and 8GB RAM, Maxthon led the pack in only one test--and it shared that category with Chrome, the browser whose code it's largely built from.

Maxthon came in third out of five in HTML vector graphics; a very close fourth in HTML bitmap graphics; second in HTML text rendering; a distant fifth in the SunSpider Javascript benchmark; and fourth in Google's Octane benchmark, far behind the winning Chrome. Not unexpectedly, it tied with Chrome for the best score in HTML5 standards compliance.

Surprisingly, the latest version of Maxthon showed very little improvement from Maxthon 1 in HTML5 vector, bitmap, and text rendering tests, squeezing out a couple more frames per second at best. It did improve its SunSpider score by about 20 percent, and its Octane score by roughly 50 percent, though.

Benchmarks: Maxthon Cloud Browser

Browser

HTML5 Vector

HTML5 Bitmap

HTML5 Text

Octane

SunSpider

Acid3

HTML5 Compliance

Maxthon Cloud Browser

34.83

55.22

39.25

16609

202.9

100

463/13 bonus

Safari 6.0.5

56.68

56.96

41.81

10537

175.5

100

393/11 bonus

Chrome 29

35.96

55.35

38.74

21472

157.8

100

463/13 bonus

Firefox 23

7.94

29.14

35.82

17271

151.8

100

414/10 bonus

Opera 15

28.82

55.37

34.69

18839

165.7

100

423/9 bonus

Maxthon 1.0.2

32.26

55.34

37.25

11690

246.8

100

399/9 bonus

               

Best results in bold. Reference browsers are in italics. HTML5 Vector, Bitmap, and Text test results are in frames per second; higher is better. The Octane JavaScript test results are scores; higher is better. The SunSpider JavaScript results are in milliseconds; shorter times are better. The Acid3 result is a score out of 100. The HTML5 Compliance result is a score out of 500.

 

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