Though our reviews of the new iMacs and Mac Pros have all posted, the work in the Macworld Lab is not done. We’ve received and tested a number of build-to-order (BTO) systems (as well as the standard configuration Macs) and ran them through some high-resolution game tests.
We have benchmark results on the four new iMacs. The speed improvements over the iMacs released in April 2008 are significant, and there are also some interesting performance observations between the new iMac models.
The Mac mini, waiting patiently on the sidelines for the past 17 months, has finally been refreshed. Though the new systems appears identical to the previous Mac mini, there are some important changes internally—changes that have a positive impact to the tune of a 21 percent increase in overall system performance, according to our testing.
With a slightly faster processor than its predecessor, the new 17-inch unibody MacBook Pro outperformed the previous 17-inch MacBook Pro—but by a small percentage. Macworld's lab director James Galbraith analyzes the performance benchmarks from Apple's new mega-sized laptop.
Little attention has been paid to the extremes of Apple’s revamped laptops. We turn our attention to the 17-inch MacBook Pro to find out how this 2.5GHz portable fares in our battery of tests.
Apple typically offers customers options for customizing their Macs, and the newly-introduced line of MacBook Pros is no exception. We take a 2.8GHz MacBook Pro with 4GB of RAM and a 7,200-rpm drive and put it to the test against other systems to see how much performance bang you get for spending your optional bucks.
Macworld Lab tests the new top-of-the-line MacBook Air to see if its upgraded internals really make a difference when it comes to speed. Turns out it does—but how you view the results depends entirely on your perspective.
Our tests of Apple’s new laptop offerings continues, with MacBook Pro benchmarks, as we discover that the new 2.53GHz MacBook Pro is the fastest standard configuration Mac portable we’ve tested.
The verdict is in: The Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics chip makes the MacBook a capable and affordable action gaming laptop—finally. And the new Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT graphics chip in the MacBook Pro provides a substantial boost over the graphics chip in the previous MacBook Pro.
The performance gap between the fastest MacBook and the entry-level MacBook Pro has narrowed after the latest round of laptop updates. Macworld Lab has put the new MacBooks through their paces, and James Galbraith breaks down the results of our first benchmark tests.