Originally Posted by PR-Imagery
That report was laughable at best and full of flawed data... it would've been accurate if they compared clean Windows installations to clean Windows installations, and even then it is completely subjective to what individual users run on their machines.
Can't even find that report, remember when it came out months ago; was quite amusing. Soluto themselves even admitted the data wasn't completely accurate.
This...the source itself says:
The MacBook Pro 13 was rated the best-performing Windows laptop. One of the biggest reasons: 'every Windows installation on it is clean.'
Which directly implies that most of the "competitors" didn't have a clean installation.
Plus it doesn't even make sure your are comparing apples with apples (i.e. at least the same CPU / RAM speed etc, lets leave GPU out).
That said, I think the 13" rMBP is a sweat looking machine, tho I would not pay this kind of money for a IGP only laptop...sorry.
If I would consider getting an apple laptop, would probably be a MBA, and not a MBP, which lately tries to be more of a MBA kind of machine, than a performance oriented machine, not that I would "buy" that the MBP was ever that much faster than equally speced PC with a clean windows installation.
Had my share of heavy and fast laptops (in my experience, my machines happend to be more stable than MBPs in with Adobe suite and 500+ MB PS CS4/5 x64 files, large CS4/5 ID books, and just as bad with 32bit AI , but guess its just my word against "the facts" when everybody claims the opposite - I know that I could open files MBPs generated, but at some point would not open again without crashing on either OSX or Win). Was the MBP "faster" ? In some ways it should be: having a sub $1200 PC with a GTX card, something has to "give" vs. <$2,500 MBPs that had i7s 2-300MHz faster (was before the rMBP, were still just as expensive).
Once you get out of school can you don't need to haul your "workstation" around, sticking with desktops for work, getting a big and heavy laptop is counter-productive.
A MBA is perfect for people on the go. Same "fashion statement" as the rMBP 13, cheaper, same built quality, just as fast for general computing and interwebs, doubt you will "miss" the retina, most likely you will enjoy the even higher portability, battery life, cooler running components (metal laptops are a beach to work with under heavy loads regardless of manufacturer).
Also, perceivable built quality =/= with reliability. We need an updated 3rd party survey, but back in the days of that "Square Trade" Survey release, Apple with almost exclusively <$1000 units was not more reliable (% wise based on 3rd party insurance claims) on average than Acer, a manufacturer that sells millions over millions of cheap laptops and netbooks.