The Best Windows Laptop is… Apple MacBook Pro!

Apple MacBook Pro is best windows laptop
Apple MacBook Pro is best windows laptop
Apple MacBook Pro is the best windows laptop

If you are looking for a best performance and reliability Windows laptop, you should consider Apple MacBook Pro. No joke!

Soluto, an online PC management service, released a report which awarded Apple MacBook Pro 13 (US$1,129.98) as the “Best Performing Windows Laptop” based on a combination of crashes, hangs, BSoDs, boot time and background processes.

The result certainly please Apple fanboys and become another reason/excuse to buy an Apple laptop.

According to Soluto that the reason MacBook Pro scored well is because every Windows installation on Apple laptop is a clean installation – no PC manufacturers’ crapware.

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch on Amazon.com

Interestingly, the MacBook Pro 15″ Retina scored worse (Ranked 6th) than MacBook Pro 13″, despite that the former has newer and better hardware and both use clean Windows installation.

Using Windows on MacBook has its disadvantages, such as setup BootCamp, buy & install Windows, driver issues, and keyboard not mapping for Windows.

How about non-Apple laptops?

Aspire E1-571

Acer 15.6″ Aspire E1-571 won the 2nd place in the list. The result has surprised Soluto team because the Acer E series laptop is entry-level notebook. Nevertheless, Aspire E1-571 is the 2nd most reliable Windows laptop. Price was not taken into account in the report.

You could buy almost 3 of those for the price of one MacBook Pro 13″3, so this is a superb option for budget-minded businesses who like big laptops (15″6).

In the top 10, Apple notebooks proudly gained 2 spots (1st and 6th). Acer got the 2nd and 5th (Aspire V3-771). Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon is the 10th.

I would say Dell is the biggest winner because Dell laptops won 5 out of 10 spots with Dell XPS13 at 3rd place.

By the way, some famous laptop brands did not make to the Top 10: ASUS, HP, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba are not in the list. I wonder what’s these brands standing in the Top 50 of Best Windows Laptop.

At Last, Twitter App Available for Windows 8 & Windows RT

Twitter for Windows 8
Twitter for Windows 8
Twitter for Windows 8

Twitter is one of the most popular social networking service and we ranted the lack of official Twitter app for Windows 8 when the new operating system launched last year.

Thanks for waiting.

At last, the official Twitter app is now available for Windows 8 on Windows Store. In addtion to familiar Twitter features like Home, Connect, Discover, and Me tabs, the app added new functions that takes advantage of Windows 8 features:

  • Snap view: You can snap Twitter into the left or right side of the screen and use other app on the same screen. You can adjust the app size to 1/3, 2/3, or full screen.
  • Photos: Twitter app uses landscape view to give you larger version of photos, you can also swipe horizontally to view photo gallery in the Discover tab or a user’s profile.
  • Share charm: Simply reveal the Windows 8 charm bar from the right edge and choose Share charm to share content (photo, article, etc) from any app to Twitter.
  • Search charm: Like Share charm, Search charm allows you to easily find an account or see a hashtag tweets.
  • Live Tiles and notifications: Twitter Live Tiles and notifications keep you updated on Windows 8 tiles screen.

Check out the Twitter for Windows 8 screenshots and video below:

 

Here is the Twitter for Windows 8 video:

 

Now you can download Twitter for Windows 8 on Windows Store. Available in 22 languages. Support Windows 8 and Windows RT.

8 Winning Apps of WOWZAPP Malaysia 2012 Software Development Marathon

Malaysia WOWZAPP 2012 winners

WOWZAPP 2012 banner

Microsoft WOWZAPP 2012 Hackathon for Windows was participated by 413 students and software developers. The event has been recognized by the Malaysia Book of Records for the “most number of participants in a software development marathon”.

In this article, you will learn about the 8 winning apps of WOWZAPP Malaysia 2012, including the developers behind them and their download pages on Windows Store.

WOWZAPP Malaysia 2012 was part of the WOWZAPP 2012 Worldwide Hackathon held simultaneously in more than 30 locations worldwide from 9–11 November 2012 for 32 hours straight.

Participants were provided with the resources to build their apps, such as Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 and a free Windows Store registration code, as well as guidance of developer experts and trainers from Microsoft.

At the end of the event, 94 teams had submit 94 apps for consideration for the Windows Store.

8 winning apps of WOWZAPP Malaysia 2012

Malaysia WOWZAPP 2012 winners
Group photo of Dinesh Nair, Director of Developer and Platform Evangelism for Microsoft Malaysia with the proud winners of the Malaysia WOWZAPP 2012 Hackathon for Windows.

1. Food with Friends

food with friends
food with friends

A social networking app for foodies. Login with Facebook, search a favorite place and share it out! When they comment on any of your post on facebook, you will be able to see them on the app and arrange a food gathering!

Award: Best Overall (Student)
Developer: Lim Shang Yi
Download: http://aka.ms/MYFoodWithFriends

2. Tap Tap Color

Tap Tap Color
Tap Tap Color

An addictive casual games app that challenges the gamers to get points by tapping onto colored tiles. It can run in single player or multi-player mode.

Award: Most Fun
Developers: Marvin Heng Hiang Meng, Tham Cheng Bin, Yap May Kee
Download: http://aka.ms/TapColor

3. English4Kids

English4Kids
English4Kids

English4Kids is a educational application that aims to teach kids names of animals and fruit in a fun and interesting way! Fun music and voice overs keep kids entertained.

Award: Most Innovative (Student)
Developers: Mohammed Omar, Zoheir Ahmed
Download: http://aka.ms/EN4Kids

4. Meme Rockband 2

Meme Rockband 2
Meme Rockband 2

One or two players can run their virtual band thru this entertainment app. Players can select the musical instrument of their choice.

Award: Best of Show (Professional)
Developers: John Joel Saguit, Hassan Mohamad Basri, Beng Lon Mok
Download: http://aka.ms/MemeRockband2

5. Al Jazeera Hub

Aj Jazeera Hub
Aj Jazeera Hub

Al Jazeera Hub was designed to fetch Al Jazeera’s official feed, Facebook feed, Twitter feed and Youtube feed all in one beautiful panorama. Also, you can easily share within your social networks.

Award: Best Overall Mobile
Developers: Mohammed Omar
Download: http://aka.ms/AlJazeera

6. My Health

My Health
My Health

A functional app for everyone. It is a BMI Calculator and recommends activities for users.

Award: Best Social Impact
Developers: Tan Xiang Zhi
Download: http://aka.ms/MYHealth

7. Secret Recipe

Secret Recipe
Secret Recipe

Details about the retail chain of the same name, includes menus, promotions and franchise.

Award: iPay88 Challenge
Developers: Kee Yong Zheng
Download: http://aka.ms/SecretRecipe

8. Deal Hunt

Deal Hunt
Deal Hunt

This is an app that aggregates multiple group buying websites in Malaysia. Updating new deals every daily, it lightens the load of shopaholics! Now you do not need to spend time looking for deals, it’s all there for you!

Award: iPay88 Challenge
Developers: Eric Lai Weng Lec, Dhurkesh A/L Puspanathan, Ch’ng You Chao
Download: http://aka.ms/DealHunt

What did developers say about WOWZAPP?

“This has been an amazing experience for me to be able to learn new skills, network and exchange ideas with other software developers. WOWZAPP has provided me with access to resources and knowledge that will certainly help me to innovate and explore the possibilities in software development today and in the future.” – Lim Shang Yi, developer of Food with Friends app.

“Developing on the Windows 8 platform was fairly easy compared to other platforms. The resources and assistance made available to us during the Hackathon really helped us.” – Tham Cheng Bin, developer of the Tap Tap Color app.

“This is the first time we developed an app for Windows 8 and we found the experience really easy. There was ever-ready support from the Microsoft team on the ground to help guide us.” – John Joel Saguit, developer of the Meme Rock Band 2 app.

“WOWZAPP 2012 is a great place to meet and brainstorm with students, startups and developers whilst providing an opportunity to combine technology with entrepreneurship.” – Kee Yong Zheng, developer of Secret Recipe app.

Buying a Cheap Windows 8 Touchscreen Notebook Under RM2000

Erin and her Acer Aspire V5

ACER Aspire V5
ACER Aspire V5

This is a true story. I helped my cousin-in-law to buy a Windows 8 touchscreen notebook under RM2000 budget.

My 21-year-old cousin-in-law, Erin, was looking for a new notebook after her ex-notebook’s AMD CPU burned. Knowing I am a tech blogger, she sought for my advice on buying a notebook.

What’s your notebook budget and usage?

When buying a computer, my advices are setting a budget, listing down your computer usage and the “good-to-have” features.

Erin’s budget is under RM2000 (~USD666). She will use the notebook for light tasks such as web surfing, listening music, watching video, plus some office works. A slim and lightweight notebook (Ultrabook) is preferable. Card reader and DVD drive are good to have. Touchscreen is a bonus.

Windows 8 tablet under RM2000

Erin was checking out Windows 8 tablet. Two Windows 8 tablets that’s under RM2000 in Malaysia are Dell Latitude 10(RM1980) and ACER Iconia W5 (RM1699, without keyboard dock).

I don’t recommend Windows 8 tablet to her because, according to her usage, a 13-inch notebook with faster CPU and more disk space is more value for money and more suitable to her.

RM2000 Windows 8 notebooks

We spent hours at Plaza Low Yat surveyed many notebook models of different brands (HP, DELL, ACER, ASUS, LENOVO, etc).

With RM2300, you can buy a decent Windows 8 notebook with Intel i5 CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard disk + 32GB SSD, and dedicated graphic processor.

That would be the basic of my ideal Windows notebook, but RM2300 has exceeded Erin’s budget. Passed.

There are quite a number of notebooks under RM2000 (Windows 8 and Windows 7) as well. Generally, they have cheaper CPU (AMD, Intel i3, Intel Pentium) and don’t have dedicated graphic processor.

ACER Aspire V5

In the end, Erin decided on ACER Aspire V5. I can felt that she fall in love to the notebook at the first sight. ;)

The notebook is in silver color, it is not metal but feel more tough than cheap notebook plastic body. The keyboard is backlit!

ACER Aspire V5 has a few models. The one I refer here is V5–471P–33214G50Mass (what da genius model name!). It is a slim profile 14-inch Windows 8 notebook powered by Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard disk. Complete with HDMI port, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 ports, VGA and network combo port. Weight about 2.1KG.

Despite the slim body, ACER Aspire V5 has build-in DVD drive! The real surprise is.. dang! dang! 10-points touchscreen! So far, this is the only notebook under RM2000 we checked comes with touchscreen.

You really like to have a touchscreen for Windows 8 user interface.

We bought ACER Aspire V5 (model: V5–471P–33214G50Mass) at RM1900. We also paid RM50 for Acer SuperCare 2-year Extended Warranty (total 3 years warranty for the notebook).

The extended warranty pack priced over RM100 but the shop sold to us at only RM50… That’s a steal!

LiewCF’s Two Cents

Since the Windows 8 release in November 2012, many Windows 8 devices are now available in the market, from budget to luxury.

I was wrong. Windows 8 notebook is not expensive at all.

In this example, the ACER Aspire V5 is basically perfect for students and home users. The touchscreen feature in a budget notebook really make the model stand out from the crowd. Thumb up for ACER!

For myself, I would spend RM300 more to get a higher specs notebook, even it does not have a touchscreen. Notebook with touchscreen is fun but it does not help to improve my productivity like the better hardware.

Have you buy a Windows 8 notebook? Which model and how much? Tell us in the comment.

Windows 8 Officially Released. Upgrade Now from $15

Windows 8 logo

Windows 8 logo

Microsoft Windows 8 was launched on Friday, October 26, 2012. The new operating system is designed for desktops, laptops, tablets, and home theater PCs. It has a new user interface with a grid of dynamically updating tiles to represent applications, build-in Internet Explorer 10, SkyDrive, and others.

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