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12-core Mac Pro (Mid 2010)

The 12-core Mac Pro is certainly not for everyone. It is expensive and unimpressive when performing everyday computing tasks. However, for anyone who makes a living working on high-end applications that can use and abuse the 24 virtual cores, the amount of time saved on processor-intensive tasks results in the 12-core Mac Pro being a bargain.

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.

21.5- and 27-inch iMacs (Mid 2010)

The iMac's new Core i3 and Core i5 processors provide small boost over its predecessors.

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.

Mac mini (Mid 2010)

Thanks to HDMI output, a sturdy and easier-to-upgrade design, improved graphics performance, and lower power usage, the newest Mac mini is Apple's most versatile Mac. But its price of entry has increased, as well.

What to buy: the dream home office

Here's one home-office setup—including a top-rated desktop Mac, multifunction printer, high-capacity backup drive, and speakers—that can crank out professional-looking work for you from 9 to 5, then serve as your family's multitasking, multimedia, multi-user machine after hours.

Kerio Mail Server 6.7

Kerio Mail Serveris an e-mail, calendaring, contact, and to-do server that runs on three versions of the Mac OS.

27-inch Core i5 iMac (with Core i7 option)

The wait is over: The 27-inch Core i5 (and Core i7) iMacs have arrived. We've tested the new quad core iMacs, and it was worth the wait.

Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server

The new $999 Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server is a fantastic product for workgroups, small businesses, and even schools to use.

Speedmark 6

The Macworld Lab has been hard at work tweaking Speedmark, our overall system performance testing tool, to better accommodate Snow Leopard and to test the Macs on which it runs.

21.5- and 27-inch iMacs (Late 2009)

The Late 2009 iMacs are really about the new displays—and the displays are impressive.

21.5-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/3.06GHz (Nvidia graphics)

The physical changes to the iMac line -- a 21.5-inch screen with a 16.9 aspect ratio that makes the desktop more suited to widescreen HD video -- are the most dramatic since the introduction of the aluminum iMac. Inside, you'll find a 3.06GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, and -- on this model -- Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics that share RAM with the system memory.

27-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/3.06GHz

Apple increased the screen size of all its iMacs, but this model features the biggest screen -- a 27-inch flat-panel. Otherwise, it has the same specs as the $1499 21.5-inch Mac, including the same 3.06GHz processor, 1TB hard drive, and ATI graphics with dedicated memory.