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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:
 
224,144 crashes
250,791 hangs
84,251 BSoDs
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 (mid-2012 model) 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.
 
ZDNET's 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.

Sources: Soluto, ZDNet



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RE: uh, what?
By hartleyb on 4/25/2013 10:04:55 AM , Rating: 2
It's hilarious to me to listen a bunch of fan boys from both sides of the issue fight over which OS is best, when in todays world it's easy to run almost any OS, or multiple OS's on one device. Why limit yourself to one piece of software. There are huge advantages and disadvantages to any OS depending on how it is used, and the platform it is loaded on. For example I have an old computer that will run Windows8, through it will be slower then molasses, but if I load Ubuntu on it does all the basic functions just as fast as new machine running Windows 8. Does Linux have everything I need? No, but neither does Windows. I use my Apple for Video and Graphics editing because there is nothing close in comparison and performance in the Windows environment, but I use Windows for just about everything else. I use Linux and Apache for my website, because you can’t beat it for cost and performance. There will never be a one OS or platform solution for the computer / communications world, and if you believe there is, you are not only fooling yourself, but you are wasting a lot of money on a one size fits all solution that most likely doesn’t really work as promised.


RE: uh, what?
By Pirks on 4/25/2013 2:09:20 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
if I load Ubuntu on it does all the basic functions just as fast as new machine running Windows 8
And if you load PC-DOS 1.0 on it, it will be like 1000% faster than Ubuntu, so why don't you use PC-DOS instead huh?


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