Thursday, October 18, 2007

Inside CNET Labs: PCMark matures into a robust benchmark suite with PCMark Vantage
Contrary to popular belief among the CNET Labs staff, benchmark tests just aren't that sexy to the vast majority of members of the tech-savvy world. Most folks don't want to be mired down with the minute details of how every aspect and subsystem of the product they are interested in performs...

Monday, October 15, 2007

Apple Mac Mini (1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo)
At $599, the 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo-based Apple Mac Mini is the least expensive Apple computer you can buy today. You'd be hard-pressed to find a Windows system this stylish and this small. If you're truly unconcerned with performance and instead aspire toward simply an attractive, untethered workspace, the baseline Mac Mini will deliver...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Apple iMac (24-inch, 2.8GHz Extreme Edition)
The 24-inch iMac's striking design and impressive performance compare favorably to its smaller 20-inch sibling. In addition to a larger screen size, the 24-inch model offers higher-end configuration options and, of course, a higher price tag. The 24-inch iMac comes in two standard configurations...
Inside CNET Labs: DisplayLink technology uses USB to display on monitors
It is an under-reported fact, but the majority of desktop systems sold today come with only a single display port--usually VGA or DVI. If your system falls into this camp and you want your system to use multiple, simultaneous displays, you might think you are out of luck...

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Inside CNET Labs: Windows virtual machine performance on the Mac
With VMware's official release of Fusion 1.0 less than two weeks ago, there are now no less than four different ways to run Windows applications on Intel-based Macs. Fusion, as well as SWsoft's Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac use virtualization technology...

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Inside CNET Labs: Yet another way to get Windows on your Mac
VMware announced today that its virtualization software for the Mac, VMware Fusion--which has been in beta since December 2006--will start shipping as of Monday, August 6. Fusion joins SWsoft's Parallels Desktop for Mac as available options to run additional, concurrent operating systems on Intel-based Macs as virtual machines...

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Inside CNET Labs: Lamenting DirectX 10
What came first, the chicken or the egg? For PC gamers, the answer is a no brainer...The advanced hardware comes first, and the game titles that can truly take advantage of that hardware come months, if not years, later...

Monday, March 5, 2007

Why performance testing and public relations don't mix
Performance testing might not be the first thing you think of when you read product reviews, but it often plays an important role in helping to evaluate how some products stand up against their competition. CNET Labs takes performance testing very seriously, and it's sometimes a lot more difficult than you might think...

Friday, March 2, 2007

Windows Vista Ultimate for $200
Have you been jonesing for the top-tier version of Microsoft's new operating system, Windows Vista Ultimate, but not willing to part with $400 of your hard-earned cash? Does spending half that amount make taking the plunge more palatable...

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Windows Vista performance: What to expect
Before you upgrade your Windows XP system to Windows Vista or replace it with a new Vista system, it would be helpful to know how your upgraded or new machine's performance will compare with that of your current XP-based model...