Text Editor Latency

Text Editor Latency

The following article is a simplified benchmark of the editor latency in multiple applications available for macos. You can run the same tests in other operating systems using Typometer a cross-platform tool to measure and analyze visual latency of text / code editors.

Editor latency is the delay between an input event and a corresponding screen update, in particular case - the delay between keystroke and character appearance. While there are many kinds of delays (caret movement, line editing, etc), typing latency is a major predictor of editor usability.


TextEdit 1.12

CotEditor 3.2.0

SublimeText b3141

Visual Studio Code 1.14.1

Atom 1.8.0

Xcode 8.3.3

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