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Sleipnir 4 has a different take on Web browsers

Nathan Alderman | April 10, 2013
The decidedly different Sleipnir 4 is a breath of fresh air in the world of Web browsers.

In benchmarking tests against the latest versions of Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, Sleipnir never ranked higher than the middle of the pack, and often wound up at the bottom. While testing its vector graphics capabilities, Sleipnir choked hard, obliging me to force quit.

Benchmarks: Sleipnir 4

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. HTML5 Compliance is a score out of 500.


Bottom line

I like the boldness of Sleipnir's thinking, and I hope that in future versions, the quality of its engineering catches up with its architecture. If you're looking for something different, and you don't need the fastest browser on the block, this dark-horse contender's definitely worth a try.

Editor's note: Updated at 7:30 a.m. PT with benchmark table.


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