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The Fastest Vista Laptop? A Macbook Pro.

Now I literally cannot think of a single reason why my next computer won’t be a Mac.

Fanboys on both sides can yell all they want, but the fact of the matter is that operating systems are tools meant to facilitate accomplishing tasks. There are things I want to do that Macs do better (running anything Adobe, resource/window management), and there are things that I want to do that Windows does better (like computer games, wider variety of random apps). (Tangent: There are probably things I want to do that Linux also does comparably well, but in all honesty I don’t think I could deal with Linux because I am a very lazy person.)

With things like Parallels for the lighter apps and Boot Camp for the more intensive things like gaming, it’s seemed to me for a long time that Macs had the upper hand in terms of versatility (that is, Macs can do Windows but not the other way around). One thing I always wondered about, though, was whether I’d be sacrificing any performance by booting to Windows on a Mac, rather than having a high performance laptop designed for Windows in the first place.

Well, it looks like PC World has answered my question. They tested a slew of laptops from the most popular manufacturers, including Gateway, Dell, Alienware, etc. Ironically, the Macbook Pro outdid all of them in terms of performance in Windows Vista.

From the article:

The fastest Windows Vista notebook we’ve tested this year is a Mac. Try that again: The fastest Windows Vista notebook we’ve tested this year–or for that matter, ever–is a Mac. Not a Dell, not a Toshiba, not even an Alienware. The $2419 (plus the price of a copy of Windows Vista, of course) MacBook Pro’s PC WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 88 beats Gateway’s E-265M by a single point, but the MacBook’s score is far more impressive simply because Apple couldn’t care less whether you run Windows.


October 30, 2007 - Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Mac, Windows


  1. Haha, that’s funny. I’ve been running Windows on my new MacBook, and it’s not bad at all. Now if only they’d include a FRIGGIN SECOND MOUSE BUTTON…

    Comment by Joe | October 31, 2007

  2. I’m with you 100% on that point Joe. I absolutely love everything about the current Mac hardware, the style, the durability, hot-swappable everything, but at this point the single mouse button on Macbooks and Macbook Pros just feels like they’re doing it out of pride. Give in, give us right-click!

    Comment by agalcid | November 1, 2007

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