Originally Posted by Squawks
Really good info - first time I saw such stats.
They show that Macbooks running off of Mac OS suck compared to Windows XP - that say anything? It's hilarious how Macbooks running off of Windows XP kills the Mac OS in nearly every aspect. So why not just go with a Windows laptop to begin with - I would.
I like Macbooks and their design/feel/looks but there are some pretty strong rivals (which don't include Acer and most of HP's lines of laptops) which give Macbooks a run for their money.
EDIT: Oh, vlad - the Macbook running off of Windows XP only performed 66% as good as the Acer laptop.
you can't just bluntly say it performs only 66% as good as the Acer because that is simply not true. there are different aspects they were benchmarking those laptops on and you can clearly see that the Macbook is leading almost all of them. so i completely disagree.
now, when talking about the fact that most apps run faster on Windows than they do under Mac OS X you're forgetting the fact that they run much slower on OS X because they're emulated. give it a year or so and you'll see everything running a lot faster on OS X. it's like, if MS decided to port Windows to PowerPC platform. of course no applications would run at native speed from the beginning because they wouldn't be simply compiled for that particular hardware.
there are just too many factors that you need to look at when comparing performance. the beauty of Windows running on Intel Macs right now is that you can and are not limited to run applications in full speed, if you need to, until the transition of all OS X apps to Intel platform is complete. I would never use Windows as my primary OS. why is a completely different issue...