Browserscope is a web service to profile the web browser used to access the website, and compare the results against web browsers from other users who have tested theirs on the site as well.
The service tests various functions that are divided into the categories security, rich text, selector apis, network, and acid 3. All of the categories except for Acid 3 test multiple features of the web browser.
Update: New tests have been added by the site operators in the meantime. You now get the following tests on the site: Ringmark, Security, Rich Text, Selectors Api, Network, Acid 3 and JSKB.
The profile creation takes some time but the individual tests complete very fast so that it becomes difficult to read test descriptions on the pages that are automatically loaded.
The profile of the web browser is then displayed next to the top browsers that have been used to complete the test before giving you a good idea on how that browser compares to others.
Browserscope displays the name of the web browser and its version, the number of tests performed with that web browser on the site, and the results for the individual modules that have been tested.
Green modules indicate passed tests while red ones failed tests. The overall score is displayed next to the name of the browser. Google Chrome 5 is for instance leading the security test with 12 out of 13 tests passed. Firefox 3.6 passed nine, Internet Explorer 8 eight and Opera 10.50 seven.
Google Chrome is also leading the rich text category, Opera the selectors category, Firefox the network tests and Google Chrome and Opera the Acid 3 test with a perfect score.
Visit Browserscope to test your web browser and see how it fares against the other browsers.
Update: You can run all tests in the web browser used to connect to the Browserscrope website or only select tests. It takes about 4 minutes to complete a full test run and I'd suggest you do so for best results.
While many users seem to use the series of tests in modern web browsers, what is being displayed for comparison is not necessarily the latest version of a browser.
At the time of writing, the top browser listing included Firefox 27 and Chrome 32, both not the most recent version by a mile.
This means that the comparison options are limited right now on Browserscape, but that does not mean that the benchmarking and testing of the browser is not useful anymore.Advertisement
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