According to PC management services company Soluto, “in the field” testing has revealed an Apple-built laptop to be the number one performing Windows machine as of April 2013, despite not being optimized for the operating system.
In its first ever report, Soluto looked at long term analysis of a “huge number” of PCs, gleaning data from application crashes, freezes, long boot-ups and other general computing slow-downs in what it called “frustration analytics,” and found Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro to be the best Windows laptop available.
Along with taking the top spot, another Apple machine, the 15-inch Retina display MacBook Pro, came in at number six, behind PCs from Acer and Dell. Acer’s $429 Aspire E1-571 came in second, while Dell’s sub-$1000 XPS13 followed in third place.
From Soluto’s report:
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.
The report notes that comparing a Windows install on a MacBook Pro with one from Acer or Dell is a bit unfair, as Apple’s version is “clean,” or devoid of bloatware usually pre-loaded by PC OEMs. The company points out that a future analysis will take this discrepancy into account, but for now the “frustration” data looks to highlight real life use, not lab testing.