The Best Laptop To Run Windows On Is A Mac

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How crappy are Windows PCs these days? The most reliable, best performing, highly rated laptop for running Windows on is a frickin’ Mac: specifically, a mid-2012 MacBook Pro 13. That’s the conclusion of a new report released by Soluto, purveyors of a cloud-based PC monitoring and management software suite, sampling data gathered for the first three months of 2013 from 150,000 portable PCs, and awarding them a score according to how many times programs on average crashed or hung, how long it took to boot up, how many background processes were running, and how many times it BSODed (or completely crashed).

As ZDNet’s Ed Bott points out, the laptops that were determined to be most reliable were the ones that ran clean installs of Windows, instead of bloatware-infected OEM installs. And surprise, every Mac running Boot Camp must use a clean install of Windows, making it the king.

Jeez, PC makers. This is just sad.

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  • Mollan86

    Seriously, a 1200$ Mac is better than a 430$ PC? Wow, that sounds like a victory you can be proud of…

  • ElVox

    Seriously, a 1200$ Mac is better than a 430$ PC? Wow, that sounds like a victory you can be proud of…

    Yes, because that $430 PC is better than *every single PC* you can buy, every single one, no matter how expensive…that $2000 alienware? didn’t make the list…that $2400 Vaio? Not on the list either…that $1400 HP Elitebook? nop, not there either….all of those were obliterated by that $430 PC…which was not as good as the $1200 Mac.

  • Mollan86
    Seriously, a 1200$ Mac is better than a 430$ PC? Wow, that sounds like a victory you can be proud of…

    Yes, because that $430 PC is better than *every single PC* you can buy, every single one, no matter how expensive…that $2000 alienware? didn’t make the list…that $2400 Vaio? Not on the list either…that $1400 HP Elitebook? nop, not there either….all of those were obliterated by that $430 PC…which was not as good as the $1200 Mac.

    I don’t understand how it can be even possible. Of course here we all have a Mac and we consider it far better than the competitors but honestly, to consider that a 430$ notebook is better than any other PC is a big mistake. There are out there tons of laptops with an identical hardware of the Aspire and even the same OS and maybe drivers. I think that with such small variances between competitors, what really makes the difference is, as always, the user and the software (crapware, malware, etc) installed by him. :)

  • daov2a

    I stopped using a Mac for Windows a while ago as the drivers and software support were getting too out of date and yes, they were slower, especially when booting. Any IT professional still getting BSODs has bigger problems. I have used and use and support a number of these exact same machines and they have yet to crash or BSOD.

    A Macbook Pro 13?? Really? I question this on all fronts. Working in IT, I can say that Macs are not less or more reliable in our environment and I manage both plus Linux.

    Plus, this is absurd. Windows is NEVER installed by default on a Mac, which means an IT pro sat and created an image for it: a special image and not an OEM factory image at all. That makes a big difference.

    Plus, the environment where these machines are deployed is very important. A computer with tons of special software and/or drivers will crash more often. I would guess the folks using Macs with Windows are mainly web developers, programmers or graphic designers.

    Plus, who is Soluto? This screams more of a company trying to garner some attention.

    If I were to grab anything from this garbage article, it would be that Dell is heavily represented here and Apple made only one appearance despite having the rMacPros, the iMac and the Mac Mini: all of which are extremely nice machines. Just shows that this report is completely absurd. The author did not even both to put a link to the actual report: https://www.soluto.com/reports.

  • LTMP

    I would guess the folks using Macs with Windows are mainly web developers, programmers or graphic designers.

    I can’t really speak to much of what you said (I’m just a user with no real knowledge of why it works), but I can tell you that many business people use a Mac and have Windows installed. I personally prefer OSX, so I have a Mac, but I occasionally need to run Windows.

    When flying, I see Windows running on Macs almost as often as OSX.

    If one of the Mac’s advantages is having a clean install, well, why would that be an advantage on a new PC?

  • daov2a

    I work in an environment that supports basic users and power users and that number is nearly 1500. That is a pretty good sample. The power users never run Windows on a Mac or if they do, they are foreign students with a requirement for Windows and we build and deploy our own images for our power users. There are relatively few of the basic users running Windows.

    I can tell you right now the model we see most often in our shop from the basic users, who we don’t build and deploy images for (students), is the MacBook Pro 13. It is the cheapest model available from Apple so it tends to be the model most often bought by the basic user. This is no doubt why it topped the list as most basic users will buy the base model. The MacBook Pro 13 2012 more often than not develops hard drive issues and logic board issues. I would state that is another reason I question this article. If you look at the details of the report, the metrics seem fishy and the results do not add up to me.

    It is very rare for me to see basic users with any of the OEM models stop by. I just do not believe this report digs enough into the underlying causes or principles causing any of the system hiccups it mentions. Nor does it give any sort of breakdown of the percentages of each machine in the sampling. It is not a very good report and should not be taken at face value. Cult of Mac should have and should more often, show both sides of the argument and not just say, “Look, this is cool and I agree with it but am not going actually analyze it!”

  • RobGcf

    On the rare occasion I need Windows, I bring up a virtualized copy under VirtualBox. Otherwise I stick with OSX. And the only time I need Windows is to test something in Internet Fucking Explorer, the worst web browser ever created.

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