Benchmarks | TESTING PERFORMANCE
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.