Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Apr 2008 09:29 UTC, submitted by Hakime
Benchmarks PopularMechanics has performed three types of benchmarks on Apple and 'ordinary' PC machines, with the former running Mac OS X Leopard, and the latter Windows Vista. The first type of benchmark consisted of users giving ratings to things like design, ergonomics, web browsing experience, and so on. The second benchmark focused on real-world performance (launching applications, boot/shutdown times, and so on), while the third and final benchmark consisted of Geekbench and Cinebench runs. PM concludes: "The results gave us a clear winner in the performance categories, but the big surprise was how little difference we found in user preferences. Turns out, both platforms are capable and easy to use, but only one was the victor." Even before I got to the results, I noticed a whole set of problems with the benchmarks performed in this article, that would seriously skew the results.
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The test "is" fair
by protagonist on Mon 21st Apr 2008 17:03 UTC
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Come on people, get over it. I seriously doubt that there is one person in this forum that is a member of the target group of the article. We are not talking about Ars or Anand or wired. We are talking about Popular Mechanics.

The article is a good article for the intended readers and the perceived, yes I said perceived, bias is probably more just that than an actuality. I hate to be the one to break this to you, but you don't think like the typical computer user does.

I found the article to be interesting and I also found the comments here to be very illuminating. We can all cite cases to show that one OS is superior to another. Well, the fact is that the best OS to use is the one that gets the job done quickly and with the least amount of hassle. Anyway, for most people the OS is a tool and not a passion. Use the best tool for the job.

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