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I'm using Windows 7. The font in Chromium-based browsers (Chromium itself, Chrome, Vivaldi, Brave) on most (but not all) sites has a light-grey, washed-out look that is harder to read compared to Firefox's nice, dark, crisp, easy to read look.

I've actually had this problem for years but I've mostly been using Firefox so it hasn't been that big a deal. Recently however I've been wanting to use Vivaldi more, but this font issue is just too annoying. Here's a sample of the some of the things I've tried (both recently and years before when I tried to fix this):

- Fresh installs of all affected browsers.
- Various chrome://flags settings such as "Use hardware acceleration when available" and "Disable DirectWrite."
- ClearType on/off.
- Installing/reinstalling/uninstalling various fonts in Windows, and changing various Windows font settings.
- Changing font settings in-browser.
- Target field settings such as "/high-dpi-support=1 /force-device-scale-factor=1"
- Text Size / page zoom at different levels

Note that I have no other font/display issues anywhere else; only Chromium-based browsers.

To me it almost seems as if a light/thin version of one or more fonts is being used instead of the regular (as was suggested at https://stackoverflow.com/questions/30246091/chromes-fonts-are-too-light-to-read), however no amount of uninstalling/reinstalling various fonts or changing font setting either in-browser or in Windows itself has had any effect at all.

I can't get screenshots to upload here, so here's two from when I posted about this issue on the Chrome subreddit (note that for some reason the screenshots make the difference look less severe than it really is):

Chromium: https://i.redd.it/qp1k7pwwzj731.png
Firefox: https://i.redd.it/1nk4aafyzj731.png
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