How we test
How we test products
CNET Labs' testing methods are the result of years of experience and research, employing the expertise of CNET's Labs staff and editors, as well as feedback from the manufacturers whose products we review, and also feedback from users. As technologies advance and new product categories are conceived, CNET Labs continually evaluates new ways to improve our tests and make them more relevant. Our objective, precise, and repeatable testing methods--which use tests developed by CNET Labs, as well as industry-accepted benchmarks--provide the comparative data and quantitative results that feed the technical analysis of our product reviews. This, combined with the qualitative analysis from the hands-on evaluations of our expert editors, gives our users everything they need to know to make informed buying decisions.
More in-depth information about our specific testing methods is available using the links below, where you'll discover how we test various product categories.