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17-inch MacBook Pro benchmarks

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.

Customized MacBook Pro benchmarks

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.

MacBook Air 1.86GHz test results

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.

MacBook Pro benchmarks

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.

Benchmarks: The new MacBook and games

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.

MacBook benchmarks

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.

iMac performance evolves through the years

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the iMac’s release, Macworld Lab digs some older machines out of storage to see how well they perform compared to the current models.

Welcome to the Macworld Lab

Associate Editor Brian Chen welcomes you to Macworld's newest blog, From the Lab.

From the Lab: Comparing new iMacs to older models

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.

How Psystar’s computer measures up to a Mac

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.