Associate Editor Brian Chen welcomes you to Macworld's newest blog, From the Lab.
When Apple releases new hardware, it’s usually not owners of the previous models that are looking to upgrade—rather, it’s people who own older systems. With that in mind, Macworld Lab compares the test results for the latest iMacs to some older models, including a Core Duo-based iMac and an iMac G5.
The Open Computer, an Intel-based machine capable of running OS X, can outperform a Mac mini. But it lagged behind the entry-level iMac as well as a home-built system in our benchmark testing.
Macworld Lab has begun testing the new iMacs released Monday, and we’ve got results for the entry-level 2.4GHz model as well as the build-to-order 3.06GHz machine.
Macworld Lab gauges the performance of Rob Griffiths's hand-built Mac clone.
The current Mac Pro may be the most customizable machine to ever come out of Cupertino. But what do each of those options add in terms of performance? Macworld Lab has configured a Mac Pro to test tweaks to memory, the hard drive, and the graphics card to figure out what effect each upgrade has on the Mac Pro’s speed.
We’ve seen what Intel’s next-generation of Penryn chips can do to the performance of both MacBook Pros and MacBooks. But that testing focused on standard configurations rather than build-to-order configurations. And now we’ve gotten our hands on such a system, a customized MacBook Pro, to see how optimizing the hardware translates to performance gains.
If you've been waiting to buy a new Apple laptop, or you've been hesitating about upgrading from your G4 PowerBook, wait no longer. While the 2.4GHz model is a fine value for the money, the higher-end 15-inch and 17-inch models are outstanding top-of-the-line models for any professional, artistic, scientific, or scholastic application.
Like their high-end counterparts, the MacBook Pro, the MacBook also has seen its processor replaced with a next-generation version of the Core 2 Duo chip. And that’s meant performance gains for the MacBook when compared to the most recent version of the laptop as well as older Core 2 Duo-powered models. What’s more, the high-end 2.4GHz MacBook compares favorably to the 2.4GHz MacBook Pro.
Macworld Lab has run its preliminary tests of the latest MacBook Pros, powered by the next-generation of Core 2 Duo chips code-named Penryn. The new laptops scored noticeable performance gains over the last-generation of MacBook Pros. And the revamped portables are decidedly faster than the Core Duo-powered models from two years ago.