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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.

Benchmarks: New 13-inch MacBook Pros

While Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pros have faster processors, the performance boost over its predecessors is subtle.

Benchmarks: 15-inch 2.4GHz Core i5 MacBook Pro

We have benchmarks on the new $1799 entry-level 15-inch model with a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor, and our test results show a dramatic improvement over the $1699 Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro it replaces.

Meet the MacBook Pro's Core i5 and i7 chips

The new Core processors used inside the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros could possibly usher in a new standard in Mac laptop performance.

Mac Pro Audio Update cuts performance lag

Last week, Apple rolled out an update for recent Mac Pro models that tackles a performance issue for users running multiple applications in Mac OS X 10.6.2. Our tests found that Mac Pro Audio Update 1.0 effectively removes the performance lag you might see if you're trying to perform a task while also playing a song in iTunes.

Virtualization: Performance testing

We put the latest version of Parallels Desktop 5, VMware Fusion 3, and Sun's VirtualBox through a series of tests to determine real world performance.

Speedmark 6

The Macworld Lab has been hard at work tweaking Speedmark, our overall system performance testing tool, to better accommodate Snow Leopard and to test the Macs on which it runs.