Test Environment

When we were choosing computer models, we set out to choose not the fastest models, but ones that would be a good representation of what most people may have—common machines with a variety of drive types and processing power. For anyone that may be purchasing machines, this will give you an idea of how you can maximize performance for your users.

Specifically, these are the machines that we used with basic specs, pricing and CPU mark to give you a better idea on the model and it’s inherent performance.

  • 13″ MacBook Pro, entry level w/5400 rpm HD, 4GB RAM, 2.5GHz i5 processor
    This machine retails for $1100, and scores a 3799 CPU Mark
  • 13″ MacBook Air, performance model, SSD, 8GB RAM, 1.7 GHz i7
    This machine retails for $1450, and scores a 4178 CPU Mark.
  • 15″ MacBook Pro, integrated graphics model, SSD, 16GB RAM, 2.5 GHz i7
    This machine retails for $2100, and scores a 9433 CPU Mark.
  • iMac 27″ 5K, performance model, Fusion Drive, 8GB RAM, 4.0 GHz Core i7
    This machine retails for $2750, and scores a 11289 CPU Mark.

The test bench included configurations of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, with Office for Mac 2011, and Outlook 2016 for Mac version 15.8 installed, each with the most up-to-date patches. All installations were completely clean installations of both OS X and Microsoft Office.