Mac Format - - RATED -

Hand­brake video en­cod­ing test

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

Bat­man: Arkham City run­ning at 1080p

We as­sess a Mac’s graph­ics pro­ces­sor us­ing the frame rate test built into a re­cent video game, run­ning at 1920x1080 pix­els. A higher rate (in frames per sec­ond) is bet­ter.

Bat­tery life test

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

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