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?
4/26/2013 12:38:59 PM
Whilst I build my own pc's, I have to say that if you use an iPad and an iPhone or work issued you with them, it makes life a lot simpler to use a Mac as well because of the way iCloud/iMessage/Facetime etc. all work together seamlessly.
I bought a Macbook Pro relatively recently and rarely use my PC now, partially as I've installed Windows 8 and find it hard work. The way the track pad and gestures work perfectly and reliably on a MBP changes the way I use the machine 1000% and has absolutely made me far more productive. Simply using gesture and finger combos, you can scroll, drag, lookup, show/hide launchpad, check notifications, scroll between full-screen apps etc, I don't know why PC manufacturers are still stuck in the dark ages. Whenever I have to use a pc laptop, even on modern machines on sale now, I am still shocked that the track pads don't seem to have been properly planned out and gestures added as a barely working afterthought. The fact that the build quality of the mac itself is incredible is also important, there is no flex in the materials and features like the magnetic power lead are genius.
I can remote into my work environments or my VM dev environment or Visual Studio/SharePoint on the pc for Windows and it work fine, but still have all the benefits and fun of OSX and the avenue of iOS development to explore. I do view OSX as marginally more secure (despite having Java on it) as anything which could cause issues requires elevation and for one to type the admin password, which takes time when you can consider whether you should be doing it! When they tried this in Windows Vista, users were up in arms at the interruption to their work and now you have a far less secure "click to elevate" as standard.
"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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