Checking how good your internet connection is shouldn’t be that hard or complicated. That’s why there’s a new Chrome extension by the folks who run speedtest.net that you need to check out on the Chrome Web Store. It works on both Mac and Windows.
It works right where you are so you don’t need to leave whatever you were doing to open a new tab and such like stuff.
The only reason I’d prefer it over just going to speedtest.net is the ads! If you visit speedtest.net often then you definitely know that the ads over there are just too much. Well, you can circumvent that using an ad blocker but let me not start a war I won’t win.
For some reason I can’t fathom, the results of the speed tests done with the Chrome extension vary when compared with those from the site itself. Also, it being an extension meant to get you results on the fly, you won’t have much in terms of options - like choosing the ping servers and stuff.