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.

On Systems running Microsoft Windows, the Procyon office productivity benchmark produces two scores: an “MP Score” allowing comparison between systems running Windows and macOS, and a Windows-only score that is also compatible with scores from Procyon office productivity versions 1.0 and 1.1. These two scores are not compatible with each other. 

Office Productivity Benchmark MP scoring (systems running Windows and macOS)

Running the office productivity benchmark on macOS will only generate an MP score. Running the office productivity benchmark on Windows will generate two scores, one of which is an MP score. The Office Productivity MP score is a geometric mean of the scores from each workload.  

Office Productivity MP score =  

floor_to_thousands(geometric mean(Excel MP score, Word MP score, PowerPoint MP score))  

Office Productivity Benchmark scoring (only systems running Microsoft Windows)

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(
    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.

UL Procyon benchmarks use real applications whenever possible. Updates to those applications can affect your benchmark score. When comparing two or more systems, be sure to use the same version of each application on every system you test.