Why are Apple MacBooks so much more reliable?

“The Consumer Reports survey of 56,000 subscribers established, without a doubt, that MacBooks are more reliable than Windows machines,” Robin Harris reports for ZDNet. “Is it because MacBooks cost more? I asked Consumer Reports.”

“For me, and I suspect for most people who lug them around, notebooks are a tool. And when it doesn’t work it is a problem,” Harris reports. “That’s may be why at tech conferences I attend, MacBooks are way over-represented – typically 40-60 percent – among highly educated and sophisticated users. They are tools and they’re good ones.”

“James McQueen of CR noted in an email response that: ‘[W]e found that reliability isn’t necessarily related to how much money you spend on a laptop. HP’s premium ENVY line is near the bottom, with a 20 percent failure rate, while the company’s less-costly Pavilion line fares better, at 16 percent.’ Okay, so price ≠ reliability,” Harris reports. “Apple insists on quality [from their supply chain] and – this is key – they get it. The Mac’s growing sales in a declining PC market shows that customers do as well.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s so simple, you’d think that even Windows sufferers and Android settlers would be able to understand – heck, even toaster-testers like Consumer Reports get it:

You want an Apple logo on your computing devices, operating systems, and services.

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    1. Apparently you’ve never heard of Packard Bell. They were quite popular, cheap, Windozer boxes. They were unreliable, long story short, they were sued by the attorney general of 19 states for crappy warranty and business practices. Needless to say they’re no longer in business. 🖖😀⌚️

      1. chazz15, Trolling again? I thought we talked about that. !!

        Engineers deal with specs, supply chain deals with cost. Ps, Apple routinely spends BILLIONS of dollars to pre-buy hardware from vendors to get the best price.

        Just saying.

  1. It’s not surprising. Some premium cars are less reliable than cheaper ones. Just because something costs more, it isn’t automatically more reliable. For something to be reliable, it needs quality parts together with good design which doesn’t compromise the reliability.

    For instance, if a particular design makes parts run hotter, a different design that runs cooler is likely to be more reliable. Apple pays attention to details like that.

    1. “For instance, if a particular design makes parts run hotter, a different design that runs cooler is likely to be more reliable. Apple pays attention to details like that.”

      Which would also include operating systems and things like Flash.

      Although: I may not be as sure that Apple pays attention to details like that as well as they used to. They are better than other systems but now need to pay more attention to it on the software side.

  2. Because they are the real deal, where Hardware meets Software as a collaborative whole; in other words, the Apple Inc. hardware engineers work with the Apple Inc. software engineers, who both work as a cohesive whole with the singular objective of creating a preeminent experience for the user!

    As Jony Ive and Steve Jobs have famously re-iterated time and time again, Apple Inc. often spend inordinate amounts of time on the smallest of details to ensure the experience is stellar. This was probably stretching resources back in the late nineties when Steve Jobs returned to Apple Computer, but this is probably not a concern today with a ‘small’ buffer of $200 billion in the bank!!

    1. Now they need to STILL work as a team, instead of going the Microsoft direction with inattention to detail with the glitchy OS Mail app, etc. and expect the customer to report on errors for debugging.

      And I am beta tester.

    2. A great example of this is the way Apple created new battery tech for flat batteries. PC batteries were AA cells stacked and racked. A huge plastic bin held them. Apple spent the time to make a new tech where the batteries were full and flat and fit nicely inside precision machined bodies.

      Even the new Air uses a staggered / layered approach to add more battery inside the same outside case and the case is aluminum so it helps move heat away from the inside with out filling the case with air holes. Just saying.

  3. Even more astounding, I have seen from left to right in any coffee shops or random movies, people and the movie-stars using MacBook with the lighting Apple logo on it.

  4. Apple notebooks have their problems, too, but tend to have model-wide design problems rather than failing component problems.

    Original G4 powerbook hinges, iBook G3 logic boards, various models with screen issues, etc.

    I’ve gotten burned with various Apple models — including the powerbook hinge, the iBook logic board, the white iMac graphics card overheat and fry (both my wife and I both lost our iMacs to that).

    The there were the G5 iMacs with capacitor rot, that one being a supplier issue rather than a design issue. Luckily mine failed after Apple had a logic board replacement program — got mine replaced and put it on craigslist the next day.

  5. MacBooks are superior quality, no doubt about that. I am writing this on a seven year old MacBook. When I am done I will upgrade it to the latest version of the OS. The only upgrades were extra memory and a bigger HD.

    By the way, has anybody at MDN bought a toaster lately? If so, you know that most of them do not do a very good job. Any outfit that can test and rate toasters is doing us all a huge favor.

    One more thing, is MDN still using Flash? My browser just blocked it while on the MDN website.

  6. My mom’s 51 year-old GE clothes dryer just went on the fritz.

    Talk about reliability and durability!

    Oh, and we used our original Mac, and SE model, for 14 years, and it was still running fine when we passed it on to our grandkids.

  7. As soon as you open the MacBook Pro you can feel the quality build immediately. Open a Windows PC and you feel the cheapness immediately. One has a smooth solid feel. The other is creaky, lifts the machine up and you feel all sorts of stuff flexing around it from the stress. lol

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