April 25, 2013
Apple MacBook Pro Hailed ‘Best Performing Windows Laptop’
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Longtime Mac users have known this to be true for years; those who have a legitimate need to use Windows programs have been running Microsoft´s OS on Macs with relative ease. Though Apple takes the number one and six spots on the top ten list, they´re also the most expensive, in some cases priced $500 and $600 more than the competition.
In their report, Soluto said they decided to test the PCs based on real world experience, taking into account boot times, crashes and hangs. Based on these metrics, the 13-inch MacBook Pro outperformed the rest, booting up in 151 seconds, crashing less than once per week, and averaging 1.06 hangs per week. The Mac excelled in these areas, but the number two contender isn´t far behind. According to Soluto, a main reason the Mac rose to the top is also one of the selling points Apple used during their Switch campaigns: No bloatware.
“A main factor in this machine´s metrics is the fact that every Windows installation on it is clean,” reads the report. “With PC manufacturers loading so much crapware on new laptops, this is a bit of an unfair competition. But on the other hand, PC makers should look at this data and aspire to ship PCs that perform just as well as a cleanly installed MacBook Pro.”
Soluto further emphasized that this report is meant to be true to real world experience, and in the real world PC makers load their machines down with software which many simply delete as soon as they boot up for the first time.
The much more difficult to pronounce (much less remembered) Acer Aspire E1-571 scored the second spot in the top ten list, performing nearly as well as the MacBook Pro. For instance, this entry level Acer also crashed less than once a week, took just four-seconds longer than the Mac to boot, and logged only 0.4 hangs per week. The budget conscious will also appreciate the Acer´s price tag. The Aspire E1-571 comes with a larger screen (15.6-inches) and comparable innards for more than $700 less than the Mac, priced at $429.
The Dell XPS 13 is priced more like the Mac at $979 and comes in third place in the Soluto report with 1.46 crashes and 1.38 hangs each week, but a speedy 67 second boot time.
Apple´s 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display also makes an appearance on the list at the number six slot. It beats the other solid state drive laptops on the list in terms of boot speed (57 seconds), but curiously averaged more than 2 crashes a week with less than one hang. Customers turned off by the 13-inch MacBook Pro´s price tag will guffaw at the Retina Display version MacBook Pro´s $2,199 sticker.
Only four PC makers were honored in this list, with other Acer and Dell machines filling out the list and one lone entry for Lenovo coming in dead last.
Though Windows on a Mac is considered a “clean” install, it certainly isn´t the easiest. These users must first buy and download BootCamp or a similar application before installing Microsoft-branded operating system. Then there´s the tiny fact that a Windows license isn´t included and therefore must be purchased separately from the $1199 to $2199 MacBook Pro. Once these steps are complete, however, you´ll be up and running with fewer crashes and a better looking laptop.
Soluto also mentions one more pro to buying a Mac in their parting thoughts: “And some people think Mac users look smarter. So if you´ve ever looked for an excuse to buy a MacBook — now you have it.”