The Most Reliable Windows Notebook is… a MacBook Pro?
April 24, 2013 1:05 PM
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New study shows that Apple's 13" MacBook Pro running Boot Camp is the most reliable Windows notebook
Apple vs. Microsoft, OS X vs. Windows -- these are comparisons that pit fanboys from each side against each other with little middle ground. The two sides have bickered for years with Windows fans bragging about lower prices and larger market share, while OS X backers cite high quality, reliable machines and the lack of significant malware penetration.
Today, however, an Israeli PC management firm has added a slight twist in the age-old Mac vs. PC debate. Between January 1st, 2013 and April 1st, 2013, Soluto monitored 150,000 notebook computers running Windows and analyzed the data from:
1,346,000 boot cycles
62,476 hours spent on boot
After analyzing the above data and giving each machine a "Soluto Score", the results of the study were quite surprising. The results showed that the most reliable "PC" was the
13" MacBook Pro
running Boot Camp
Soluto attributes this victory to the fact that a MacBook Pro running a copy of Windows via Boot Camp is free of the typical bloatware that comes with a brand new Windows machine. To this point, Soluto opines, "PC makers should look at this data and aspire to ship PCs that perform just as well as a cleanly installed MacBook Pro."
To those that say that a clean install of Windows on a MacBook Pro isn't a fair comparison, Soluto offers this consolation, "One could argue that we should not compare a cleanly installed MacBook Pro with an OEM-imaged PC from Acer or Dell… But – for this first report we simply compared the real PCs in the field, some with original images and some reinstalled by their users. We believe it’s more representative of reality."
Rounding out the top five entries were the Acer Aspire E1-571, Dell XPS 13, Dell Vostro 3560, and the Acer Aspire V3-771. The 15” Retina MacBook Pro, three more Dells, and a single Lenovo entry fleshed out the top 10. Notebooks from ASUS, Samsung, Toshiba, and Samsung were nowhere to be found on the list.
Ed Bott reckons that the reason for the strong showings by Acer and Dell in the study is the companies’ relatively bloat-free installs, with very few third-party utilities to muck with users' computers. On the other hand, Samsung, which didn't make the list, is notorious for filling machines with needless third-party software junk.
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RE: uh, what?
4/25/2013 1:07:32 AM
As someone who also uses multiple operating systems, I totally agree with this post. You're in physical science but what you said about development mostly applies to many of my friends in software development as well. OS X + Win7 in a VM is their preferred work environment. As for UI, OS X is so good for juggling workspaces and applications. What they introduced in 10.4 really made me move my main work desktop from Windows to OS X. Still love Windows for games though.
RE: uh, what?
4/25/2013 9:41:06 AM
As for UI, OS X is so good for juggling workspaces and applications.
Agreed. Out of the box OSX is much better at this than Windows/Linux. Programs like VirtuaWin (Windows) and Gnome 3's Overview mode (Linux) can close the gap with respect functionality, but OSX is still a smother experience as it was a design consideration up front and not an add on. In my particular work environment, Linux + Win7 VM is the necessary work environment, but I can definitely see why OSX + Win7 would be popular if your work flow didn't require Linux.
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