James GalbraithMacworld

James is the director of Macworld Lab.

Lab Report: The fastest Macs money can buy 2010

Want more bang for your buck? Apple offers upgrades for each system that can increase performance -- and the price -- of a Mac. Using our new Speedmark 6.5 performance test suite, Macworld Lab looks at a number of different build-to-options and finds four customized models that are among the fastest Macs we've tested.

Mac benchmarks: Speedmark 6.5

Macworld Lab uses Speedmark 6.5 to test and compare each new Mac's ability to perform using popular applications.

Quad core and eight-core Mac Pros (Mid 2010)

These days, the consumer-oriented iMacs stand on their own against (and in some cases, surpass) the Mac Pro in day-to-day performance. Does that mean that the Mac Pro has lost its relevance in today’s work environment? Hardly.

Lab tests: New quad-core and eight-core Mac Pros

The new Mac Pros announced in July have finally arrived at Macworld Lab. And while we ran into some hiccups during our tests, we’re able to share our first results.

Lab tested: 27-inch Core i5 iMac/3.6GHz (BTO)

Several readers wanted us to test the new 3.6GHz Core i5 iMac, a built-to-order (BTO) option for the 3.2GHz Core i3 iMacs.We ordered a custom 27-inch iMac with the 3.6GHz Core i5 dual core processor with a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) to complement the 1TB 7200-rpm drive that comes standard. We tested the system and the results are intriguing.

AmpliTube for iPad

This beautifully designed guitar and bass amp modeling app for the iPad offers a wide range of effects, amplifiers, speakers and microphones, allowing you to customize your tone in infinite ways.

AmpliTube iRig and Guitar Connect Cable

IK Multimedia's $40 AmpliTube iRig and Griffin Technology's $30 GuitarConnect Cable let you connect your guitar to your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. James Galbraith tries them out to see how well they work.

Lab tested: 27-inch Core i5 iMac/2.8GHz Quad-Core benchmarks

Macworld Lab takes a look at the performance of the new Quad-Core 27-inch 2.8GHz Core i5 iMac.

Lab tested: DVD ripping on the new iMacs

The new iMacs use different SuperDrive models, which can affect performance when ripping DVD movies.

OWC provides a closer look at iMac's SSD slot

OWC took apart a new 27-inch iMac to see what the SSD bracket is all about.

Lab tested: 21.5- and 27-inch Core i3 iMacs/3.2GHz benchmarks

Straight from Macworld Lab: Benchmark results of two new iMacs, both of which sport Intel's 3.2GHz Core i3 processor.

Lab tested: 21.5-inch Core i3 iMac/3.06GHz benchmarks

Macworld Lab has tested the new entry-level iMac powered by the Core i3 processor; here's our test report.

First look: Apple 27-inch LED Cinema Display

With a new monitor on the way from Apple, James Galbraith takes a closer look at the 27-inch LED Cinema Display and where it fits in with comparable displays.

Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 256GB

Though the SiliconEdge Blue solid-state drive was fast and consistent over time, it wasn’t as fast (and it has a shorter warranty) as other SSDs we’ve tested.

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro RE 200GB SSD

The Mercury Extreme Pro RE SSD offers eye-popping speed, as well as the peace of mind of consistent performance over time and a five-year limited warranty.