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Evaluation of software and hardware

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Benchmark tests

These are standard tests to assess how well particular types of software [software: a general term used to describe an application or a program ] or hardware [hardware: the physical components of a computer ] work. They are used to evaluate new software and hardware releases using a series of scored tests. Many computer magazines publish the test results. A typical test for a printer might be how long it takes to print a page of text.

Advantage

It's a good way of getting cheap advice on the suitability of one product when compared to what else is available.

Disadvantage

Benchmark tests may not include a feature that is really important to a particular end user. In fact they may be based on features the user may not be interested in at all.

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