Mac Format - - KIT RATED -

Hand­brake video en­cod­ing test

We use this free video con­ver­sion soft­ware to transcode a 30-minute video file (of qual­ity com­pa­ra­ble to a Blu-ray movie) into the H.264 for­mat, for play­back on Ap­ple de­vices, us­ing a built-in pre­set. A lower time to com­ple­tion is bet­ter.

Bat­man: Arkham City run­ning at 1080p

This test as­sesses a Mac’s graph­ics pro­ces­sor by run­ning the built-in frame rate test in a re­cent game, with the res­o­lu­tion set to 1920x1080. A higher score is bet­ter.

Bat­tery life test

With the Mac­Book us­ing a Wi-Fi con­nec­tion to get on­line, we con­tin­u­ously stream con­tent from BBC iPlayer un­til a Mac­Book’s bat­tery is de­pleted. The dis­play’s bright­ness is set to 50%. Higher val­ues are bet­ter.

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