MacBook Pro is “the best Windows PC on the market”, according to report


Tired of constant crashes and blue-screens on your PCs? The answer to your problem might not be one you’d expect. The computer that would offer the most trouble-free operation wasn’t even designed to run Windows — Apple’s MacBook Pro.

Soluto, a PC remote management tool provider, has released their first PC purchasing guide for small businesses. In it, the 13-inch MacBook Pro ranks first among the “Best Performing Windows Laptops”:

The MacBook Pro is the most expensive PC among the top 3, but if you’re looking for top reliability – the data is clear. MacBook Pro is the best Windows PC on the market.

To come up with this rating, Soluto performed a study analyzing a significant amount of data — 1,346,000 boots, 62,476 hours spent on boot, 224,144 crashes, 250,791 hangs, and 84,251 blue-screens to be exact. After analyzing the data, they then used “frustration analytics” to determine the computer that was the most reliable.

Acer’s Aspire E1-571 came in second, while Dell’s XPS13 came in third. In fact, the top 9 spots are dominated by Apple, Dell, and Acer. Coming in at number at 10 is Lenovo’s Thinkpad X1 Carbon while HP, ASUS and Samsung don’t even crack the list.


While it might look like a no-brainer now to purchase a MacBook for your next laptop, it’s not without its issues. The first and most obvious being the price. The 13-inch MacBook Pro indeed topped the list, but that laptop starts at $1,199 and Acer’s Aspire E1-571 which came in second, is priced at an extremely more affordable $429. Soluto also admits that one of the advantages Apple computers have over the competition when running Windows is that it has clean installations as opposed to the ones shipped with most laptops, which carry bloatware from manufacturers.

So even if we haven’t answered the eternal question of whether PCs are better than Macs or vice versa, there’s one thing I can say for sure:

Bloatware, or crapware as some call it, is a problem. The fresh installs of Windows on Macs proves further that without it, every PC would be better off. So just stop it. Seriously.

What PC or laptop are you using? Let us know in the comments!

[via Soluto, The Telegraph, Slate] 

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  • Enrique

    [@mukhi] Yeah, it does look pretty heavy actually!

    Yup, and the fact that Apple’s next-generation of laptops have removed their disc drives, Blu-ray support will probably never arrive.

  • mukhi

    [@Enrique] well, fortunately/unfortunately, i am not a gamer. i use this as my mobile desktop (this beast is too heavy to carry around, IMO) one of the main jobs being watching 3D movies (audio output to a bose semi-portable wireless system although this laptop’s speakers are pretty amazing). i would probably never be able to buy a mac just because OSX does not support IE, blu-ray, 3D and so on.

  • Enrique

    [@mukhi] Nice gaming laptop you got there! :)

  • mukhi

    ASUS G73JW | Intel Core i7-740QM, 1.73GHz | 8GB DDR3 | Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M, 1.5GB | OCZ 120GB SSD + Seagate 500GB Hybrid 7200rpm | 17.3″ FHD/3D | Blu-ray Write | Win7Pro64

    clean install; no formatting, no viruses, no BSOD since its install (2 yrs).

    so i don’t give a crap to all these B$ reports.

  • DoktorThomas

    All laptops?
    Hmmm …

  • Zapped Sparky

    I’m running Vista on a Toshiba satellite that’ll be five years old in a few months, and the only serious issue I’ve had with it was cleaning the heatsink. That required pulling it apart completely (not anymore). What else… SP2 got stuck in a loop and a USB port has died. Other than that it’s been rock solid.

    Then again I did immediately remove all the bloatware, only have programs installed that I DO use, and run a regular maintenance schedule of virus/malware scans, ccleaner and the like.

  • Enrique

    [@MerleOne] That’s very true! I was constantly reformatting my old Windows laptops due to them slowing down over time or being infected with viruses.

    One thing I realized from all this is PC manufacturers have got to start using names that are more easily remembered!

  • MerleOne

    Hi all,
    I have an Asus Portable, can’t remember which model, running Win7, and I used it a lot last summer. Never a crash or any such thing. To me Win7 is quite reliable. Granted, one can degrade Windows pretty easily by installing the wrong software, the Mac is much more immune to such issues because of the way most apps are installed. Just my 2 cents…

  • Enrique

    [@Tom] Ho ho ho! Shots fired! :p

  • Tom

    The good news is that there is actually a use for a Mac apart from its ornamental value.

  • RealBull

    OMG! Claiming that “this computer is more reliable than that computer” is a load of BS. My first laptop was a Gateway with XP. Next my father bought me a Toshiba Satellite as a gift with Vista and I recently bought a Gateway again with Win7 64bit. I NEVER had a blue or black screen of death. A few times my Toshiba cut off because I had some buggy software installed, after uninstalling it, no more problems.
    IMO, a computer’s performance depends on the owner. If the owner does not know how to take care/maintain their computer, they will have loads of problems. My Gateway with XP is over 10 years old and it still runs smoothly.

  • Ashraf

    [@Ashraf] I also forgot to mention: if anyone runs a clean installation of Windows like most Macs have, they probably won’t as many issues, as Enrique points out in the article. Of course it can be argued why do most Windows machines come with so much crapware but that is something that is unlikely to change in the future.

    Thanks Enrique!

  • Ashraf

    Why the hell would anyone buy a MacBook to run Windows on it? I can consider sometimes running Windows due to compatability issues, but as their main OS? Blows my mind why someone would pay the Apple tax for Windows.

    You see MacBooks have no special hardware; ever since Apple switched to Intel CPUs, the internals of the MacBook are the same as Windows PCs. The difference is people tend to compare low-end Windows machines that are half the price of MacBooks to MacBooks. Of course a MacBook will run Windows better than a low-end Windows machine. Buy a comparably priced Windows laptop with similar specs as a MacBook and I would guess you see no difference.

    In any case, it is interesting to see an Acer as #2… a $429 one nonetheless.

  • Enrique

    [@naveed] I just searched for your computers online — nice setup.

    Really impressive screen on the M4400, especially since it came out years ago!

  • naveed

    The missing keys on the keyboard on the Macs and some Windows laptops is a serious problem for me. Also, except for the Air, the Mac laptops aren’t particularly light for the screen size.

    I do like that the Macs have stayed with the 16:10 screen aspect ratio and haven’t gone to the ridiculous 16:9 like the Windows ones. 16:9 is horrible for everything but watching videos.

    I currently use an older Dell Precision M4400 with a gorgeous RGB-LED screen which is why I’m still using it, as well as a T420s for portablility.