For many years, Apple insisted on focusing its marketing campaign around its rivalry with Microsoft. The PC vs. Mac commercials were a particular high point of these attempts to upset the status quo and remind consumers they had a choice other than a Windows-powered PC. But Macs can, of course, run Windows perfectly well. In fact, the MacBook Pro may just be about the best Windows PC on the market ... at least according to Soluto, purveyors of a cloud-based PC management service.
Real people, real conditions
In order to discover what the best-performing Windows PC is, Soluto collected data over the course of three months, which is much longer than most reviews manage. The result is a report which details the 10 most-reliable Windows laptops currently on the market.
The report is based on usage by "real people under real conditions." In total, the machines were booted up 1,346,000 times and spent 62,476 hours on boot. Problems encountered included 224,144 crashes, 250,791 hangs, and 84,251 blue screens of death.
MacBook Pro wins with Windows
The best performing Windows laptop is, according to the report, the mid-2012 MacBook Pro 13-inch from Apple, which, on an average week, suffered 0.01 BSoD, 0.88 crashes, and 1.06 hangs. Although these results are very impressive, two important points have to be taken into account.
Firstly, the MacBook Pro was afforded a clean Windows installation, whereas the competition would have been loaded with crapware by the manufacturers. Secondly, the MacBook Pro 13-inch is the most expensive laptop in the Top 10 with the exception of the MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina that came in at number six. At US$1,199 (without the additional cost of purchasing Windows), it's almost three times more expensive than the Acer Aspire that placed second.
Acer, Dell, Lenovo complete quartet
Acer had two laptops place in the top 10, while Dell managed an impressive five laptops. Lenovo sneaked in at the end with the Thinkpad X1 Carbon, meaning just four manufacturers make up the entire list.
While reliability isn't everything when it comes to laptops, it's a quality that will affect users on a day to day basis, so it shouldn't be ignored. Whether that's enough to prompt people to buy a MacBook Pro is unclear, especially with the premium prices Apple assigns to its hardware and the lack of a keyboard that isn't optimized for Windows, but the effects of having crapware installed on a computer are plain to see.