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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: What I take from this
By Motoman on 4/25/2013 11:19:40 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, I think this says it all:

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."

Here's the fundamental problem with OEM Windows machines: they're all freely interchangeable without penalty. A Windows computer is essentially a fungible commodity. That's also one of it's biggest strengths...and the reason why it makes no sense at all to say something like "Apple was the #1 seller of $1,000+ comptuers this quarter..." - HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, et al are really not individual sellers per se in the way the market behaves. Comparing Apple's sales against an individual Windows OEM is a flawed statistic - the only statistic that makes sense is to compare Apple sales vs. the sum total of all Windows machine sales.

The reason I went through that was to demonstrate why Windows machines have all that bloatware - it's really the only way that Windows OEMs can try to differentiate their products. They try to show more "value" by bundling in a whackload of extra programs that, to the uninitiated, make it look like they're getting a lot more for their money.

Of course anyone on DT knows that is false...especially granted that the vast majority of the things are only trials you'd have to pay for after month anyway, and/or BS little apps that serve no purpose but to load a bunch of crap at boot that you don't want and make your PC slower and unstable.

So yeah...comparing a clean Windows install in Boot Camp (which was obviously done by someone with a modicum of technical expertise) to the bloatware BS images that ship from the major OEMs isn't really a valid comparison. If you want to do that comparison, wipe all the OEM boxes and do clean installs on them too. Then let's see what happens.

For the record, I've been using a 17.3" Acer laptop for a couple years myself...naturally, having cleaned up the standard OEM mess immediately after purchase. It's got a tri-core processor, 4Gb of RAM, a Radeon 5650, and I stuck a SSD in it sometime last year for giggles.

I'm not sure why people like to rag on Acers...I've put a lot of them in the hands of my friends, family, and customers because they seem to really nail a sweet bang-for-the-buck combination of price and features. My laptop still plays all the games I want on pretty respectable settings - not all maxed out mind you, but medium-high on most stuff. And it's stable. And I want to say I paid something like $600 for it 2 years ago. It was a barn-burner of a deal.

So it's plastic - don't care. Every laptop I've ever had was plastic - and I've never had any problem related to that. So it doesn't have a mirror-white finish and an effeminate little light-up fruit symbol on the lid. It's matte-black, and it looks boring as f%ck. And it's simply soldiered on, doing whatever I've asked it to do, for 2 years now with nary a problem in sight.

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