The UL Procyon Office Productivity Benchmark is designed around common tasks from a typical day at the office. The benchmark opens Excel sheets, PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Outlook emails. These applications are running simultaneously as the focus moves from one task to another. For example, the benchmark copies a chart from Excel and adds it to a PowerPoint slide. It takes text from one Word document and adds it to another.

The benchmark focuses on measuring aspects of performance that directly affect the user experience, such as providing smooth interactions and processing large tasks quickly.

The UL Procyon Office Productivity Benchmark produces an Office Productivity score. A higher score indicates better performance. The Office Productivity score is a geometric mean of the results from the Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook tests with weights applied—double weight is indicated by including a score twice in the score formula.

Office Productivity score = geometric mean of 

Excel score
Excel score
Word score
Word score
PowerPoint score
PowerPoint score
Outlook score

The test score formulas are calibrated to produce an Office Productivity score of 5000 on the reference PC, which is a laptop computer with an 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 2400 MHz processor.

Benchmark scores

Each benchmark run produces a high-level benchmark score, mid-level test scores, and low-level workload metrics.

The precision of UL Procyon benchmark scores is usually better than 3% when following the steps outlined in this guide. This means that running the benchmark repeatedly on a consistently performing system in a controlled environment will produce scores that fall within a 3% range.

A score may occasionally fall outside the margin of error since there are factors in modern, multitasking operating systems that cannot be controlled completely. There are also devices that simply do not offer consistent performance due to their design. In these cases, you should run the benchmark multiple times, and take an average or a mode of the results.