PCMark 10 introduces a better way to test battery life

May 27, 2019

PCMark 10 benchmark

PCMark 10 is the complete benchmark for the modern office. It measures PC performance with tests based on real-world applications and everyday activities. This makes it an ideal benchmark for organizations that buy PCs in high volumes.

Today we're adding two new benchmark tests to PCMark 10 Professional Edition. The first is our eagerly awaited battery life test, which you can read about below. The second is a new benchmark based on Microsoft Office applications, which you can read about here.

  PCMark 10 Battery Life Profile

A new approach to battery life benchmarking

Battery life is one of the most important factors for choosing a laptop. But measuring and comparing battery life is hard because it depends on how you use the device. 

PCMark 10 introduces a new approach to battery life benchmarking — the PCMark 10 Battery Life Profile. Instead of producing a single number, the PCMark 10 Battery Life Profile provides a broad view of battery life across five common scenarios: modern office, applications, video, gaming, and idle time. 

PCMark 10 Battery Life Profile

Battery life scenarios

  • The Modern Office scenario measures battery life for typical work activities such as writing, web browsing, and video conferencing.
  • The Applications scenario measures battery life for work tasks using Microsoft Office applications.
  • The Video scenario measures battery life by playing a video continuously in full screen mode until the battery is empty.
  • The Gaming scenario is a constant, heavy load that produces the lower limit of the battery life profile.
  • The Idle scenario measures battery life for the inactive time between tasks to find the upper limit of the battery life profile.

Comparing battery life profiles will give you a better understanding of a device's relative strengths and help you find the models that best meet your needs.


The Modern Office, Video, Gaming, and Idle scenarios are compatible with Windows 7 SP1 64-bit or later. To run the PCMark 10 Applications scenario, you must have Windows 10 and Microsoft Office installed on the PC under test. The Applications scenario is compatible with Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Office 2016, Microsoft Office 2019, and Microsoft Office 365.

The Applications, Video and Idle scenarios are also compatible with the latest Always Connected PCs powered by Windows 10 on Arm, with results that are comparable with scores from traditional x86-based devices.

Available now

PCMark 10 Battery Life tests are available now as a free update for customers with a valid annual license for PCMark 10 Professional Edition. 

For new customers, PCMark 10 Professional Edition starts at USD $1495 per year for a single seat license. Please contact us to request a quote.