Do you have a fast Internet connection? A good, steady Internet connection paves the way for using just about any web browser. If you have a slower connection, however, Google Chrome and Opera are probably your best bets. (Internet Explorer also performs well in some tests.)
How important is customization? Firefox leads the field in the number of available add-ons, plug-ins and other enhancements, according to reviewers. Users who value utter simplicity will find Chrome and Opera their browsers of choice.
How old is your computer? If you have an older computer or you haven't updated your operating system in a while, you may find it difficult running the latest versions of any browser. Reviews recommend Opera (using its "Off-Road" mode) if you have a slow connection or a shortage of memory. This is a better option than running an outdated version of a browser like Firefox or Chrome, as you could run into problems loading some web pages, streaming videos or running other applications. You'll also miss out on security updates.
How much web surfing do you do? If you only use your computer to check email, shop on Amazon.com and socialize on Facebook, you may not notice much difference between browsers. Speed and overall performance are crucial if you use run web-based software, stream video or visit Flash-heavy sites. For example, Opera's Off-Road mode, which compresses images and text, isn't compatible with some sites and some mobile browsers might not support Flash.