Wordclock won\'t make a very obvious difference to your sound quality, but it may help you out in situations where you are running several things in a digital chain and start to get drop outs, or clicks - or simply get a piece of gear which refuses to synchronize to the normal digital stream.
I don\'t understand why, these PCWorld tests couldn\'t include some real-time audio or video plug-in tests or multitasking a sequencer with a soft synth.
Basically, they open a picture file apply an effect and see how long it takes, then make the judgement...this computer is fast...this one is slow.
And a lot of the laptop computers built are basically for business people who run word docs, internet and maybe a DVD movie. The odd thing is that, we composers and musicians are business people as well, but with just different requirements needed for our business in music.