Speedmark 6.5 test results

Here are the results of our Speedmark 6.5 benchmark suite, used by Macworld Lab to gauge a Mac’s overall speed.

Speedmark 6.5 results: Current Mac lineup

Computer Speedmark
6.5 Score
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Mid 2010) 99
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 140
13" MacBook Pro 2.7GHz Core i7 dual-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 155
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core 4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Early 2011) 168
15" MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 175
15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 206
15" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (BTO, Early 2011) 212
17" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 210
11” MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 64GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010) 85
11” MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010) 84
11” MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo, 128GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO) 94
13” MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, 128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010) 108
13” MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, 256GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010) 108
13” MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo, 256GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO) 119
Mac mini 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB (Mid 2010) 100
21.5" iMac 2.5GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011) 215
21.5" iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011) 223
21.5" iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Mid 2011) 256
21.5" iMac 2.8GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011) 238
27" iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011) 222
27" iMac 3.1GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011) 227
27" iMac 3.4GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011) 252
Mac Pro 2.8GHz quad-core Xeon Nehalem 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 207
Mac Pro 2.4GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total) Xeon Westmere 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 216
Mac Pro 3.33GHz 6-core Xeon Westmere 3GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO) 263
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-core x2 (12 cores total) Xeon Westmere 12GB RAM (Mid 2010) 262
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-core x2 (12 cores total) Xeon Westmere 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 261

Higher scores are better. Best result in bold.

How we tested. Speedmark 6.5 scores are relative to those of a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini (Mid 2010) with 2GB of RAM, which is assigned a score of 100. All iMacs were tested with OS X 10.6.4 and standard shipping RAM configuration. We duplicated a 1GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then unzipped it. We converted 135 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. In iMovie ’09, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We ran a Timedemo at 1024-by-768 with 4X anti-aliasing on in Call of Duty 4. We imported 200 JPEGs into iPhoto ’09. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 23 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. For our multitasking test, we timed the Photoshop test again, but with the iTunes MP3 encoding and file compression tests running in the background. We used Handbrake to encode four chapters from a DVD previously ripped to the hard drive to H.264. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench and ran that application's OpenGL, frames per second test. We ran the Evaluate Notebook test in MathematicaMark 7. We ran the WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels 6 VM running Windows 7 Professional. We timed the import and processing time for 200 photos in Aperture.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, McKinley Noble, Gil Loyola, William Wang, and Mauricio Grijalva

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Speedmark 6.5 results: MacBooks

Computer Speedmark 6.5
Score
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Mid 2010) 99
MacBook aluminum 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Late 2008) 87
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Early 2008) N/A
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 140
13" MacBook Pro 2.7GHz Core i7 dual-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 155
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core 4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Early 2011) 168
15" MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 175
15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 206
15" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (BTO, Early 2011) 212
17" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 210
13" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 106
13" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 137
15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core i5 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 132
15" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 151
17" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Core i5 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 137
17" MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM (Mid 2009) 119
15" MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Early 2008) 89
11” MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo 64GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010) 85
11” MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo 128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010) 84
11” MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo 128GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO) 94
13” MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo 128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010) 108
13” MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo 256GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010) 108
13” MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo 256GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO) 119
MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Mid 2009) 54
MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Mid 2009) 63

Higher scores are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

Computer Duplicate
1GB File
Zip
2GB folder
Unzip
2GB folder
Pages '09
Open
Word Doc
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2010)
32 238 68 106
MacBook aluminum 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Late 2008)
42 243 88 112
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
46 265 96 117
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
29 181 65 83
13" MacBook Pro 2.7GHz Core i7 dual-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
27 158 59 76
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Early 2011)
13 153 28 67
15" MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
31 184 64 81
15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
23 159 51 77
15" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (BTO, Early 2011)
22 153 49 73
17" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
24 159 49 76
13" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
32 239 69 115
13" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
25 174 51 80
15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
32 211 68 82
15" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
29 190 65 80
17" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
28 198 60 74
17" MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2009)
31 214 66 92
15" MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
44 253 89 110
11" MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo
64GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
13 346 49 159
11" MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
13 346 49 165
11" MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO)
13 304 44 146
13" MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
13 261 39 117
13" MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
256GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
13 262 39 118
13" MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo
256GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO)
14 230 36 109
MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2009)
69 331 134 151
MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2009)
33 322 57 143

Results are in seconds. Lower results are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

ComputeriTunes 10
AAC to
MP3
Encode
Import
movie
archive to
iMovie '09
iMovie '09
Export to
iTunes 10
for iPhone
Call of
Duty 4
framerate
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2010)
255 108 120 33
MacBook aluminum 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Late 2008)
224 123 131 19
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
242 197 165 7
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
97 114 88 26
13" MacBook Pro 2.7GHz Core i7 dual-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
85 101 80 27
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Early 2011)
94 91 82 26
15" MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
94 77 67 51
15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
83 70 56 81
15" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (BTO, Early 2011)
80 70 53 81
17" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
82 69 54 81
13" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
226 103 121 33
13" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
132 99 85 34
15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
123 87 101 63
15" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
106 86 88 62
17" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
118 87 102 62
17" MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2009)
210 106 98 54
15" MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
238 221 221 41
11" MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo
64GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
331 134 174 37
11" MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
344 134 174 37
11" MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO)
290 119 157 37
13" MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
261 103 140 40
13" MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
256GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
259 103 139 40
13" MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo
256GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO)
231 90 127 40
MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2009)
338 228 209 13
MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2009)
351 191 218 12

Call of Duty 4 results are based on framerate; higher results are better. All other test results in the above chart are in seconds; lower results are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 results: Mac minis and iMacs

Speedmark 6.5 Score
Mac mini 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Mid 2010) 100
21.5-inch iMac 2.5GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
215
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011) 223
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Mid 2011) 256
21.5-inch iMac 2.8GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011) 238
27-inch iMac 2.7GHz  Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011) 222
27-inch iMac 3.1GHz  Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011) 227
27" iMac 3.4GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011) 252
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core i3 dual-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 174
21.5" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 179
27" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 177
27" iMac 2.8GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 196
27" iMac 2.93GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO) 225
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core 4GB RAM SSD (Mid 2010, BTO) 218
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO) 199
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM (Late 2009) 129
27" iMac 2.66GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Late 2009) 195
24" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Early 2008) 130
24" iMac 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Mid 2007) 105

Higher scores are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

Computer Duplicate
1GB File
Zip
2GB folder
Unzip
2GB folder
Pages '09
Open
Word Doc
Mac mini 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2010)
32 237 65 108
21.5-inch iMac 2.5GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
18 147 36 70
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
20 134 47 65
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Mid 2011)
13 124 25 54
21.5-inch iMac 2.8GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011)
20 130 45 65
27-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
20 133 45 65
27-inch iMac 3.1GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
20 144 48 70
27-inch iMac 3.4GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011)
20 130 45 63
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
19 166 42 77
21.5" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
19 160 42 67
27" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
20 161 43 76
27" iMac 2.8GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
21 170 44 76
27" iMac 2.93GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
17 157 36 71
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM SSD (Mid 2010, BTO)
14 131 24 56
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
17 140 36 65
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Late 2009)
20 177 40 85
27" iMac 2.66GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Late 2009)
22 179 43 76
24" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
29 190 58 86
24" iMac 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2007)
31 235 65 109

Results are in seconds. Lower results are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

ComputeriTunes 10
AAC to
MP3
Encode
Import
movie
archive to
iMovie '09
iMovie '09
Export to
iTunes 10
for iPhone
Call of
Duty 4
framerate
Mac mini 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2010)
212 106 124 35
21.5-inch iMac 2.5GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
83 76 55 86.3
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
74 71 49 87.6
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Mid 2011)
72 60 46 88.1
21.5-inch iMac 2.8GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011)
72 60 49 88.1
27-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
75 72 53 88.1
27-inch iMac 3.1GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
74 66 51 88.5
21.5-inch iMac 3.4GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011)
68 55 46 88.6
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
95 103 69 78
21.5" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
91 101 68 78
27" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
91 100 68 78
27" iMac 2.8GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
95 78 56 88
27" iMac 2.93GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
92 61 55 88
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM SSD (Mid 2010, BTO)
78 80 57 79
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
80 90 61 79
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Late 2009)
123 97 102 19
27" iMac 2.66GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Late 2009)
101 82 60 88
24" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
168 146 89 78
24" iMac 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2007)
150 188 110 45

Call of Duty 4 results are based on framerate; higher results are better. All other test results in the above chart are in seconds; lower results are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 results: MacPros

Computer Speedmark 6.5
Score
Mac Pro 2.8GHz quad-core Xeon Nehalem 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 207
Mac Pro 2.4GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total) Xeon Westmere 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 216
Mac Pro 3.33GHz 6-Core Xeon Westmere 3GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO) 263
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core x2 (12 cores total) Xeon Westmere 12GB RAM (Mid 2010) 262
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core x2 (12 cores total) Xeon Westmere 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 261
Mac Pro 2.66GHz quad-core Xeon Nehalem 3GB RAM (Early 2009) 184
Mac Pro 2.26GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total) Xeon Nehalem 6GB RAM (Early 2009) 195

Higher scores are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

Computer Duplicate
1GB File
Zip
2GB folder
Unzip
2GB folder
Pages '09
Open
Word Doc
Mac Pro 2.8GHz quad-core
Xeon Nehalem
3GB RAM (Mid 2010)
18 172 38 74
Mac Pro 2.4GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
6GB RAM (Mid 2010)
19 191 34 84
Mac Pro 3.33GHz 6-Core
Xeon Westmere
3GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
18 148 26 62
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core x2 (12 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
6GB RAM (Mid 2010)
18 169 32 75
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core x2 (12 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
12GB RAM (Mid 2010)
19 170 30 69
Mac Pro 2.66GHz quad-core
Xeon Nehalem
3GB RAM (Early 2009)
23 185 45 82
Mac Pro 2.26GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total)
Xeon Nehalem
6GB RAM (Early 2009)
22 206 38 93

Results are in seconds. Lower results are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

ComputeriTunes 10
AAC to
MP3
Encode
Import
movie
archive to
iMovie '09
iMovie '09
Export to
iTunes 10
for iPhone
Call of
Duty 4
framerate
Mac Pro 2.8GHz quad-core
Xeon Nehalem
3GB RAM (Mid 2010)
95 63 56 88
Mac Pro 2.4GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
6GB RAM (Mid 2010)
104 52 58 87
Mac Pro 3.33GHz 6-Core
Xeon Westmere
3GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
81 48 48 88
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core x2 (12 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
6GB RAM (Mid 2010)
91 45 50 88
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core x2 (12 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
12GB RAM (Mid 2010)
92 44 51 88
Mac Pro 2.66GHz quad-core
Xeon Nehalem
3GB RAM (Early 2009)
101 71 68 59
Mac Pro 2.26GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total)
Xeon Nehalem
6GB RAM (Early 2009)
114 58 70 58

Call of Duty 4 results are based on framerate; higher results are better. All other test results in the above chart are in seconds; lower results are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

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HP Photosmart e-All-in-One

The HP Photosmart e-All-in-One could be any low-end color inkjet multifunction printer saddled with limited features and pricey inks. Its solid performance and its access to a range of Web-based printing apps make it an acceptable choice for home users, however.

Its performance was very good overall. At default settings on plain paper, text pages printed at a middling 5.3 pages per minute on both the Mac and PC. Output looked crisp, and it improved (though pages came out more slowly) at the highest quality setting. Snapshot-size photos printed on the PC at a rate of 1.8 ppm and looked marvelous on either plain or photo paper, albeit slightly darker than the norm. On the Mac, a much larger and more complex image took over 3 minutes to print on photo paper; colors were vivid but reasonably realistic. Scan and copy samples also looked good overall.

For the price ($130 as of September 1, 2010), the Photosmart e-All-in-One's print/scan/copy feature set is a mix of interesting and underwhelming. On the interesting side of the ledger, the 2.36-inch color LCD is flanked by touch- and context-sensitive controls. This TouchSmart frame is fun to work with, though its left- and right-arrow navigation makes scrolling up or down awkward. Press the Apps icon, and you can select from a preloaded set of 16 Web-based applications for printing, say, paper crafts or news feeds or coupons. HP plans to provide additional apps that you can download directly to the printer. This model also works with HP's new ePrint platform, which lets you send a print job via e-mail (if the printer is connected to a wireless network). Wireless and USB are standard, as are media slots for MMC, MS, and SD media.

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Data Robotics offers new DroboPro FS

Data Robotics, the makers of Drobo, self-managing storage, has announced DroboPro FS. The news storage solution offers eight-bay capacity for 3.5-inch SATA I or SATA II hard drives, with no carriers required and the ability to mix and match capacities, disk brands and speeds.

Building on the success of the award-winning Drobo FS (introduced in April 2010), the DroboPro FS comes with a newly integrated Drobo Sync application, and is tailored to enable small businesses to deploy network storage and offsite backup without complexity insists the company.

Additionally, the DroboPro FS features what Data Robotics calls pay-as-you-grow storage capacity. Small businesses can add new SATA hard drives or by replacing the smallest drive with larger ones as the company grows and becomes more demanding on storage. The DroboPro FS comes with eight drive bays.

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Canon Pixma MG5220

Canon Pixma MG5220 color inkjet multifunction printer
The Canon Pixma MG5220 color inkjet multifunction (print/scan/copy) device offers strong speed and output quality, and it's competitively priced. It's a suitable match for families or home offices with light scanning needs.

The Pixma MG5220 is outstandingly simple to install, whether by USB or wireless. The Canon installation software even automatically adds the printer on a Mac—a rarity. The 2.4-inch color LCD flips up for easy viewing, the menus are simple to navigate, and the other controls are nicely laid out. Canon also provides a comprehensive software suite that takes advantage of all the unit's capabilities, from scanning to copying to producing outstanding photos.

Most home-oriented MFPs such as the MG5220 lack an automatic document feeder for scanning multipage documents. We miss it on this otherwise capable machine. That minor complaint aside, the MG5220's impressive paper handling includes automatic duplexing (two-sided printing) and two 150-sheet input trays: one undermounted drawer for plain paper, plus a vertical rear feed for thicker media. The scanner cover telescopes to accept thicker material. Memory card slots support CompactFlash, Memory Stick, SD Card, and XD-Picture Card.

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G-Technology G-Drive Mobile USB 500GB

G-Technology has a reputation for producing high-end, fast Mac-centric hard drives. The company also has a reputation for making similarly designed bulky aluminum drives that are about as aesthetically appealing as cinder blocks. With the G-Drive Mobile USB 500GB, G-Technology is changing its reputation by finally combining a consumer-friendly design with high-end performance. The Mobile USB portable drive is blazingly fast for its class, offering users a viable alternative to Iomega’s eGo ( ) and LaCie’s Rikiki ( ).

The G-Drive Mobile USB features a small, white case that can easily fit into your pants or jacket pocket. Its distinctive look is remarkably different than the usual bulky, heavy gunmetal steel drives G-Technology usually produces. Perhaps Hitachi’s purchase of the company has begun to reap rewards for the company. One of our editors even complimented the drive on its new “G” logo emblazoned on the white drive—comparing it to a superhero logo.

The drive is preformatted for the Mac and comes Time Machine ready right out of the box. Simply set the drive as your target for backups and you’re good to go.

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Canon Pixma MP495

The Canon Pixma MP495 color inkjet multifunction printer handles printing, copying, and scanning, and currently it costs just $10 more than its cousin, the Canon Pixma MP280. The Pixma MP495 adds wireless connectivity for easier sharing, and ditches the matte-black scanner lid for a shiny one. Otherwise, it has the same strengths and weaknesses as the MP280: extremely nice text and photos, but pricey black ink and minimal paper-handling options. For these reasons, it's best suited for light home or dorm use.

Aside from the integrated Wi-Fi connectivity (to complement the unit's USB capability), the Pixma MP495's features are spare. There's no automatic document feeder for the scanner. PC users get manual duplexing help, but Mac users are on their own. Paper input consists of a single rear, 100-sheet, vertical paper feed. Basic tasks are easy to perform via the top control panel, but the single-digit LED can be difficult to interpret. It shows the number of copies up to 9 clearly, then jumps to 20 by showing the letter F. Translating the obscure symbols and flash combinations that represent error codes and setup or maintenance functions requires a trip to the MFP's thorough and well-written HTML-based onscreen documentation.

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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.

The Mac Pro continues to be all about expandability and customization. There are literally billions of configuration combinations available, from four to 12 processing cores, from one to four hard drives or SSDs, up to 32GB of RAM, an Apple RAID card, multiple graphics cards, and more. Anyone who’s struggled to install anything more than RAM in the rest of Apple’s Mac lineup can appreciate how easily these components can be accessed, swapped and installed on the Mac Pro.

Another advantage the Mac Pro has is its use of multiple processors with multiple cores. Though programs that take full advantage of up to 24 virtual processing cores are scarce, for the people using Mathematica, Cinema 4D and other high-end software, the performance advantage is undeniable.

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