PCMark Battery Life and Applications benchmarks arriving on May 27

PCMark Battery Life and Applications benchmarks arriving on May 27 (Source: UL)
PCMark Battery Life and Applications benchmarks arriving on May 27 (Source: UL)
UL is promising that these new tools will produce more relevant and applicable results for users. The Battery Life benchmark will test a host of new scenarios individually while the Applications benchmark will focus on system performance when running Microsoft Office software.

UL is home to some of the most popular benchmarks reviewers and enthusiasts like to run. For better or worse, these benchmarks boil everything about the performance of a PC down to just a handful of objective and even arbitrary numbers for users to compare. Now, the company will be adding two new benchmark tools called Battery Life and Applications to its PCMark 10 suite.

The new Battery Life benchmark will differ from the old PCMark battery life benchmark by testing a range of scenarios to produce a range of scores instead of just a single scenario with a single score. These additional scenarios include "Modern office, "Applications", "Video", "Idle", and "Gaming" which should hopefully produce more valuable and relevant results for the end user. It's worth mentioning that Notebookcheck has its own set of independent benchmarks representing web browsing, video, idle, and gaming loads as well.

Next is the Applications benchmark that is wholly based on common Microsoft applications. It features performance tests involving Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Edge, and more.

Both of the above tests will also run on ARM-based Windows PCs with scores that will be comparable to the common x86-based PC.

The Battery Life and Applications benchmarks will launch on May 27 with demos scheduled for Computex 2019.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-05-16 (Update: 2019-05-16)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.