I was surprised to read that in a different thread, but tested it out later with the SP3 unplugged and only using IE. I definitely noticed a difference in battery consumption. I have been using Chrome exclusively up to this point, and frequently unplugged, so I do have a good baseline or "feeling" for how the battery is used. Definitely a difference for the better, when using IE.
It's a shame; Chrome syncs my tabs, my bookmarks, has millions of extensions, supports HTML5 for gaming... It's the leading browser in almost every aspect. There must be some way to hack this to display webpages small and sharp like IE11. Has anyone else tried?
Please check, and tell me if you also experience this phenomenon when you run Chrome Canary or Chrome Dev 64-bit vs. IE11 on your Surface, and if any of the fixes I mentioned in earlier posts work (they don't for me). Please write back, thanks...!
I just downloaded Canary and it doesn't render as well as IE 11 on my SP3. So I think you're out of luck right now. Welcome to the bleeding edge of technology. The SP3 is a completely brand new unit with a unique screen resolution. It will be eventually sorted out (hopefully) but I don't think anyone here can give you a timeline. If you read reviews about the SP3 many reviewers complained about how messy scaling is in Windows 8.1 The Mac world isn't much better since Apple just uniformly upscale everything 4x.
Sorry guys. The fix is completely trivial. Right click on the desktop > Screen Resolution > Make text and other items larger or smaller > slide the slider left. Fixed. Chrome webpages are small, sharp, and high resolution, just the way I like it. Works in the Stable Release and on the new 64 bit Chrome Canary version as well.