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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 JPForums on 4/25/2013 10:21:43 AM , Rating: 2
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OS X or Linux are nowhere close to comfort and universalism of Windows.
True. Windows tries to be all things for all people and does a reasonably good job of it.
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They [OSX/Linux] are much more narrow minded systems
Another word for this would be focused. The implication here is that there are specifics that these platforms are designed to do better than Windows. Windows isn't as good as OSX at task management out of the box due in large part to the lack of multi-desktop support. VirtuaWin can address this, but I'd estimate that most people who need it don't know about it. Further, while many tools (Matlab, Xilinx ISE/Plan Ahead, etc.) work better in Windows, there are also tools (I.E. Cadence and Mentor graphics ASIC design tools) that work better in Linux. I would be remiss if I didn't again call attention to the suitability of *nix operating systems in a server environment.
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I was able to write my thesis while running the best version of Matlab, shooting some imps in Doom 3 once in a while, running other fancy games when I felt like it, watching any video, any rip I got form torrents, plus my huge industrial music collection etc etc etc. Everything existing out there at my fingertips, no lack of software like on Macs or Linux ;)
Perfect example of how Windows is suitable for a diversified role. It doesn't necessarily do everything the best, but it does have the greatest chance of doing everything you want at least reasonably well.


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