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Lab Report: New 27-inch Core i5 iMac/3.1GHz speed results

Macworld Lab has all four standard configuration models, and the results for the $1999 27-inch iMac are in. The results do not disappoint, with the new iMac besting the previous generation of iMacs, including a couple of build-to-order (BTO) configurations.

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How an SSD affects the 13-inch 2.3GHz Core i5 MacBook Pro's performance

Macworld Lab tests the 13-inch 2.3GHz Core i5 MacBook Pro with an SSD instead of a hard drive. How much of a performance gain does the SSD provide?

OS X update and the MacBook Air's 3D graphics performance

Macworld Lab stumbled across a problem introduced by an OS X update on the mid-2010 MacBook Airs. While it may be a minor issue affecting a small number of users, we decided to share our findings.

Lab Report: iPad 2 battery life tests and GarageBand speed

In our battery tests, the iPad 2 showed a slight improvement over the battery life of the original iPad. And the mobile version of GarageBand runs faster on the new tablet as well.

MacBook Pros (Early 2011)

It’s been nearly a year since Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro line. That’s a longer-than-usual gap between updates, but the new MacBook Pros sport several changes under the hood, including new processors, new graphics processors, and a new peripheral connector. It all translates into performance jumps worth the wait.

Lab report: 2011 MacBook Pro benchmark results

Macworld Lab has all five standard configurations of the new 2011 MacBook Pro, and the benchmark results are in -- and they’re impressive, with Speedmark scores between 13 and 53 percent faster than the systems they replace. Lab Director James Galbraith has the details.

MacBook Air flash storage torture tests

Macworld Lab performed torture tests on the flash storage in the MacBook Air, as well as on the SSD option for the iMac. Are these flash-based storage device susceptible to performance degradation over time?

Lab report: Mac vs. Windows graphics performance

The Mac has come a long way as a gaming system, so it's a good time to explore the graphics performance differences between Mac and Windows, with so many games now common across both platforms.

2010 MacBook Air: ultimate-edition lab tests

Macworld Lab takes a look at two build-to-order MacBook Airs: the 11-inch 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Air, and the 13-inch 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Air.