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Lab tested: DVD ripping on the new iMacs

The new iMacs use different SuperDrive models, which can affect performance when ripping DVD movies.

Lab tested: 21.5- and 27-inch Core i3 iMacs/3.2GHz benchmarks

Straight from Macworld Lab: Benchmark results of two new iMacs, both of which sport Intel's 3.2GHz Core i3 processor.

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.

Test results: iPhone 4 battery life

Just how much longer does the iPhone 4's battery last over its predecessor? Macworld Lab put the phone to the test, and Lab Director James Galbraith has the results.

Benchmarks: New 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini

Though the biggest changes to the new Mac mini may be external, there are a few under-the-hood improvements that helped boost the system’s performance in our Speedmark 6 test suite.

Benchmarks: Safari 5 shows JavaScript boost

When Safari 5 was released last Monday, Apple claimed that the "world's fastest" Web browser is now faster. Macworld Lab performed a performance test on the new Safari, and our results didn't exactly match those claimed by Apple, we did find a boost in performance.

MacBook/2.4GHz (Mid 2010)

With its faster processor, improved graphics and longer battery life, the MacBook makes an attractive option for budget conscious laptop shoppers. Performance-wise, the MacBook isn’t different from the 13-inch 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro.

Benchmarks: New built-to-order MacBook Pros

We were able to get our hands on a few built-to-order laptops: a 15-inch MacBook Pro with twice the standard RAM and a faster spinning hard drive; and a 17-inch model with an optional i7 processor. We put them though their paces and found that these optional upgrades, not surprisingly, improved overall performance. Whether they’re worth the additional cost is debatable.

Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro/2.53GHz (Core i5, Spring 2010)

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro offers better performance, a little more battery life, and costs $200 less than the system it replaces. If you're in the market for a laptop with a larger screen, Apple has definitely improved upon past offerings with this configuration.

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (Spring 2010)

The new 15-inch MacBook Pros leave little to complain about. offering better application performance, better battery life and very similar pricing.