Since its inception in August 1992, the Test Center has supplied PC World with invaluable information, based on tests developed and conducted by analysts at our San Francisco facility. The Test Center provides the results and data analysis for all major hardware categories, including desktops, laptops, digital cameras, printers, monitors, televisions, and more. These results are reported in our reviews and are a critical part of the scoring that determines a product's rating.
PC World's test methodologies are also distributed worldwide to our partner PC World magazines in over 80 countries. These publications are free to use and modify our test plans and scripts to evaluate products available in their own markets.
The PC World Test Center also developed WorldBench 5, the independent, industry-leading applications-based PC performance benchmark.
How We Test
The PC World Test Center uses a variety of rigorous performance tests and tools to conduct a fair and impartial analysis of major product categories under review.
Reviews & Rankings
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A Guide to PC World Ratings
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Your Guide to the Top-Rated Products
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WorldBench 5 Links of Interest
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PC World's WorldBench 5: How It Works
Our industry-standard benchmarking application upgrades its choice of programs and adds more-rigorous testing.
How to Buy WorldBench 5
The tool that the PC World Test Center uses to benchmark desktop and notebook PCs is now available for purchase.
WorldBench 5: Frequently Asked Questions
We address the most common questions and issues concerning PC World's benchmarking tool.
Software Updates for WorldBench 5
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