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Why Windows 11 Isn't Ready for Antivirus Software Tests

Updating our security testbeds is a massive undertaking. We explain what goes into the decision of making the move to Windows 11 for our hands-on testing of antivirus apps.

By Neil J. Rubenking

How We Test SSDs

Our benchmark suite puts internal and external solid-state drives to the ultimate test. Here's how PC Labs runs and reports its SSD benchmarks, and what they mean to you.

By Tony Hoffman  & John Burek

How We Test Password Managers

We test and rate password managers annually to determine the best value for keeping your credentials safe. Here we share our methodology and criteria.

By Kim Key

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How We Test Phones

We use a stringent set of repeatable tests to analyze the mobile phones we review, taking into account battery life, call quality, multimedia capabilities, reception, and more.

By Sascha Segan

How We Test TVs

Shopping for a new television? Reading our TV reviews is the best way to be sure you're making the right buying decision. Here's an in-depth look at how our industry-certified home theater expert tests TVs in PC Labs.

By Will Greenwald

How We Test VR Headsets

Curious about virtual reality? From PC-tethered systems to standalone headsets, this is how we test VR tech in the PCMag Labs.

By Will Greenwald

How We Test Headphones

Here's how we test earphones and headphones to help you find the perfect pair.

By Will Greenwald

How We Test Speakers

Sure, sound is subjective, but we still put all of the speakers we review through a defined set of tests. Check out our audio testing regimen.

By Will Greenwald

How We Test Cellular Modems and Hotspots

With widespread network coverage and fast data speeds, mobile cellular modems and hotspots are connecting more people than ever. Here's how we test the modems and hotspots we review.

By Sascha Segan

How We Test Tablets

We test dozens of tablets in PC Labs. Here's how we put them through their paces to determine the top performers.

By Sascha Segan

How We Test Drones

We do a lot of product testing in the friendly confines of PC Labs, but drones call for wide open spaces, so we take them out in the real world for test flights. Here's what we look for.

By Jim Fisher

How We Test Smart Home Devices

We install and test more than 100 smart devices in our own homes each year to determine their ease of use, reliability, and performance to help you choose the best ones for your budget.

By John R. Delaney

How We Test Bluetooth Headsets

We've developed many tests to make sure Bluetooth headsets stand up to real-world conditions. These include analyzing call quality, connectivity, range, and battery life.

By Tim Gideon

How We Test Digital Cameras and Lenses

Learn about the speed, image quality, and general performance tests we run on every digital camera and lens we review.

By Jim Fisher

How We Collect Malware for Hands-On Antivirus Testing

We wouldn't recommend a car without first getting behind the wheel, and we can't rate antivirus software without testing it. Here's how we get the malware we need to do our real-world tests.

By Neil J. Rubenking

How We Test Smart Fitness Equipment

From stationary bikes and treadmills to rowing machines and workout mirrors, we put all the equipment we review through a series of lengthy and rigorous tests to help you choose the best smart fitness tech for your goals.

By Angela Moscaritolo

How We Test Smart Displays

Do-it-all countertop screens are deceptively simple, but highly convenient. Here's how our reviews help you determine the best smart display for your money.

By Will Greenwald

How We Test Robot Vacuums

Here at PCMag, we subject every robot vacuum (and mop) we review to a demanding and consistent series of tests to determine which models are worth your money.

By Angela Moscaritolo

How We Test Fitness Trackers

If you want to get healthy, a fitness tracker can help. At PCMag, we put them through rigorous testing to see which ones are up to the challenge. Here's how we do it.

By Angela Moscaritolo