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Futuremark launches Powermark battery benchmark

Trying to find out just how long a battery will last on a PC laptop can sometimes be a guessing game. Today Futuremark, best known as the creators of the well known 3DMark PC graphics benchmark, have announced an all new software program called Powermark. This new software is designed specifically for Windows 7-based PCs.

Powermark has three basic tests that it runs to determine the battery life and power use of a PC, laptop, tablet or other device. One is the productivity test which runs simulations based on web browsing and word processing tasks. Another is the recreational test  that simulates how a PC might run if it was handling video and gaming applications.  The third test is called a balance test which simulates web browsing, word processing, video and gaming on a PC equally.

The software also allows the user to adjust settings for different situations such as, for example, the brightness of a laptop screen. Powermark is available now for enterprise users. Businesses can purchase 10 activations of Powermark for $200 ($20 per activation). There's no word if the software will be released for non-commercial customers nor if there are any plans to release a free demo of Powermark.

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