The holiday shopping season
is right around the corner, and choosing the right tech gift can be a daunting
task. If you’re considering new phones, tablets, Chromebooks, laptops, or desktops
as gifts this year, and are unsure where to get reliable device information, the
XPRTs can help!
The XPRTs provide
objective, reliable measures of a device’s performance that can help cut
through competing marketing claims. For example, instead of guessing whether the
performance of a new phone justifies its price, you can use its WebXPRT performance score to see how it stacks up against both older
models and competitors while tackling everyday tasks.
A good place to start looking
for device scores is our XPRT results browser, which lets you access our database of more than 3,500 test results
from over 165 sources, including major tech review publications around the
world, OEMs, and independent testers. You can find a wealth of current and
historical performance data across all the XPRT benchmarks and hundreds of
devices. Learn how to use the results browser here.
If you’re considering
a popular device, chances are good that a recent tech review includes an XPRT
score for it. Go to your favorite tech review site and search for “XPRT,” or enter
the name of the device and the appropriate XPRT (e.g., “Pixel” and “WebXPRT”)
in a search engine. Here are a few recent tech reviews that used the XPRTs to
evaluate popular devices:
The XPRTs can help
consumers make better-informed and more confident tech purchases this holiday
season, and we hope you’ll find the data you need on our site or in an
XPRT-related tech review. If you have any questions about the XPRTs, XPRT
scores, or the results database please feel free to ask!
followed the XPRT blog for a while, you know that we occasionally update the
community on some of the reach metrics we track by publishing a new version of the
around the world” infographic. The metrics we track include completed test
runs, benchmark downloads, and mentions of the XPRTs in advertisements, articles,
and tech reviews. Gathering this information gives us insight into how many people
are using the XPRT tools, and updating the infographic helps readers and
community members see the impact the XPRTs are having around the world.
This week, we
published a new infographic, which includes the following highlights:
The XPRTs have been mentioned more than 19,500 times on over 4,000 unique sites.
Those mentions include more than 12,300 articles and reviews.
Users have tested gear with the XPRTs in over 924 cities located in 81 countries on six continents. New cities of note include Dhaka, Bangladesh; Zagreb, Croatia; Hamilton, New Zealand; and Medina, Saudi Arabia.
In addition to the reach metrics we mention above, the XPRTs have now delivered more than 1,330,000 real-world results! We’re grateful for everyone who’s helped us get this far. Your participation is vital to our achieving our goal: to provide benchmark tools that are reliable, relevant, and easy to use.
We’ve designed each of the XPRT benchmarks to assess the performance of specific types of devices in scenarios that mirror the ways consumers typically use those devices. While most XPRT benchmark users are interested in producing official overall scores, some members of the tech press have been using the XPRTs in unconventional, creative ways.
One example is the use
by Tweakers, a popular tech
review site based in The Netherlands. (The site is in Dutch, so the Google
Translate extension in Chrome was helpful for me.) As Tweakers uses WebXPRT to
evaluate all kinds of consumer hardware, they also measure the sound output of each
device. Tweakers then publishes the LAeq metric for each device,
giving readers a sense of how loud a system may be, on average, while it
performs common browser tasks.
Other labs and tech
publications have also used the XPRTs in unusual ways such as automating the
benchmarks to run during screen burn-in tests or custom battery-life rundowns. If
you’ve used any of the XPRT benchmarks in creative ways, please let us know!
We are interested in learning more about your tests, and your experiences may
provide helpful information that we can share with other XPRT users.
Each month, we send a newsletter to members of the BenchmarkXPRT Development Community. In the newsletter, we recap the latest updates from the XPRT world and provide a summary of the previous month’s XPRT-related activity, including uses or mentions of the XPRTs in the tech press. More people read the weekly XPRT blog than receive the monthly newsletter, so we realized that some blog readers may be unaware of the wide variety of tech outlets that regularly use or mention the XPRTs.
So for today’s blog, we want to give readers a sampling of the XPRT press usage we see on a weekly basis. Recent mentions include:
Tom’s Guide used HDXPRT 4 to compare the performance of the Geekom Mini IT8 and Dell OptiPlex 7090 Ultra small-form-factor PCs.
Intel used WebXPRT 4 test data in promotional material for their line of 12th Gen) Intel Core processors(Alder Lake). Hundreds of press outlets then republished the presentation.
AnandTech used WebXPRT 4 to evaluate the Cincoze DS-1300 Industrial PC.
PCWorld used CrXPRT 2 to provide data for an article listing their top Chromebook recommendations.
TechPowerUp used WebXPRT 3 to compare the browser performance of Intel Core i9-12900KS processor-based systems and other Intel- and AMD processor-based systems.
Other outlets that have published articles, ads, or reviews mentioning the experts in the last few months include: Android Authority, ASUS, BenchLife, Gadgets 360, Good Gear Guide, Hardware.info, Hot Hardware, ITHardware (Poland), ITMedia (Japan), Itndaily (Russia), Mobile01.com (China), Notebookcheck, PCMag, ProClockers, Sohu.com (China), Tom’s Hardware, and Tweakers.
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announcements such as patch notifications or new benchmark releases.
We’re excited to have recently passed an important milestone: one million XPRT runs and downloads! Most importantly, that huge number does not just reflect past successes. As the chart below illustrates, XPRT use has grown steadily over the years. In 2021, we record, on average, more XPRT runs in one month (23,395) than we recorded in the entire first year we started tracking these stats (17,051).
We reached one million
runs and downloads in about seven and a half years. At the current rate, we’ll
reach two million in roughly three and a half more years. With WebXPRT 4 on the way, there’s a good chance we can reach that mark even sooner!
As always, we’re grateful for all the testers that have helped us reach this milestone. If you have any questions or comments about using any of the XPRTs to test your gear, let us know!
Today, we published the Introduction to CloudXPRT white paper. The paper provides an overview of our latest benchmark and consolidates CloudXPRT-related information that we’ve published in the XPRT blog over the past several months. It describes the CloudXPRT workloads, choosing and downloading installation packages, submitting CloudXPRT results for publication, and possibilities for additional development in the coming months.
CloudXPRT is one of
the most complex tools in the XPRT family, and there are more CloudXPRT-related
topics to discuss than we could fit in this first paper. In future white papers,
we will discuss in greater detail each of the benchmark workloads, the range of
test configuration options, results reporting, and methods for analysis.
We hope that Introduction
to CloudXPRT will provide testers who are interested in CloudXPRT with
a solid foundation of understanding on which they can build. Moving forward, we
will provide links to the paper in the Helpful Info box on CloudXPRT.com and the CloudXPRT section of our XPRT white papers page.
If you have any questions about CloudXPRT, please let us know!