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HP Envy 16
“The HP Envy 16 is beautiful, powerful, and surprisingly affordable laptop for content creators.”
Excellent overall performance
Spectacular 4K+ OLED display
Solid and attractive build
Good keyboard and touch display
Webcam is crisp and clear
Touchpad is too small
Gaming performance is erratic
HP’s Envy line lands in a unique space. These are premium laptops through and through, and often have the performance to back that up for content creators.
However, they aren’t as expensive as machines like the MSI Creator Z16P or the 16-inch MacBook Pro. A case in point is the new HP Envy 16, the replacement for the Envy 15, a laptop that’s been on our list of best 15-inch laptops and best video-editing laptops. Given its strong performance and solid build quality, the Envy 16 is an even more compelling entry than its predecessor.
2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 1 x HDMI 2.1 1 x 3.5mm audio jack 1 x microSD card reader
Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2
5MP with infrared camera for Windows 11 Hello
Fastest when it matters
Performance is the name of the game with the Envy 16. The keyboard, display, and clean design will have been for nothing if the Envy 16 didn’t live up to its promise of excellent performance. Fortunately, it does.
My loaded $2,600 review unit came with the 45-watt 14-core/20-thread Core i9-12900H CPU, 32GB of DDR5 RAM, fast 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD (with two 1TB SSDs running in RAID 0 as an even faster option), and an RTX 3060 GPU.
On paper, the Envy 16 is a speedy mainstream laptop, especially given a thicker chassis and an upgraded thermal design with dual fans and a liquid vapor chamber. Note that the $1,180 entry-level configuration includes an Intel Arc A370M GPU rather than the RTX 3060, so choose wisely if GPU performance is important.
Interestingly, in our benchmarks, the Envy 16 was much faster at single-core tasks than at multi-core tasks. This extended to both Geekbench 5 and Cinebench R23, where the Envy 16 led the pack in single-core results while falling behind in multi-core. The HP Command Center utility, used to switch thermal profiles, had little impact. I’ve reported balanced and performance mode scores, but only minor differences exist with the Envy 16.
Creative applications tend to be heavily multi-threaded, meaning creators won’t benefit as much from the Envy 16’s fast single-core performance. Our Handbrake test that encodes a 420MB video as H.265 is a prime example, with the Envy 16 being slower than all but the MacBook Pro 16. And that includes laptops running the lesser Core i7-12700H.
At the same time, the Envy 16 performed well in the PugetBench Premiere Pro benchmark, which runs a live version of Adobe Premiere Pro and makes copious use of both the CPU and the GPU. It was the fastest Windows laptop in our comparison group in balanced mode. While it fell behind laptops like the Asus ZenBook Pro 16X and MSI Creator Z16P in performance mode, it was within spitting distance of the much more expensive Apple MacBook Pro 16 with its Apple M1 Pro CPU.
Synthetic benchmarks aside, the Envy 16 appears to be a strong performer in the kind of real-world applications that matter most to creators. It can also handle the most demanding productivity workflows with ease.
Geekbench (single / multi)
Cinebench R23 (single / multi)
Pugetbench Premiere Pro
HP Envy 16 (Core i9-12900H)
Bal: 1,839 / 11,187 Perf: 1,811 / 11,387
Bal: 83 Perf: 84
Bal: 1,919 / 12,538 Perf: 1922 / 12,525
Bal: 814 Perf: 932
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X (Core i7-12700H)
Bal: 1,628 / 12,227 Perf: 1,629 / 12,526
Bal: 78 Perf: 70
Bal: 1,655 / 11,983 Perf: 1,657 / 15,621
Bal: 771 Perf: 1034
MSI Creator Z16P (Core i9-12900H)
Bal: 1,769 / 14,034 Perf: 1,835 / 14,051
Bal: 71 Perf: 69
Bal: 1,844 / 15,047 Perf: 1,837 / 16,084
Bal: 717 Perf: 1,042
Dell XPS 15 9520 (Core i7-12700H)
Bal: 1,470 / 9,952 Perf: 1,714 / 11,053
Bal: 100 Perf: 77
Bal: 1,509 / 11,578 Perf: 1,806 / 13,313
Bal: 760 Perf: 729
Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Apple M1 Pro)
Bal: 1,773 / 12,605 Perf: N/A
Bal: 95 Perf: N/A
Bal: 1,531 / 12,343 Perf: N/A
Bal: 977 Perf: N/A
With a fast CPU and an RTX 3060, it’s natural to play some games on the Envy 16. I expected solid gaming performance given the high single-core performance, but the Env7 16 had mixed results. Its 3DMark Time Spy score was strong for an RTX 3060, but that didn’t translate across all our gaming tests.
Specifically, the Envy 16 was fast in Civilization VI and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but it fell behind in Cyberpunk 2077 and Fortnite. It’s probably safest to assume that you can run modern titles at 1080p and high graphics and then be happy when you find games that will run well at 1440p.
The Envy 16 focuses on performance and display size, not on the size of its chassis. In fact, HP deliberately extended the chassis to allow room for better airflow, and the migration to a 16:10 display adds some depth. Compared to its competition, though, it’s not overly large — for example, it’s slightly smaller than the MSI Creator Z16P.
It’s quite a bit larger than the Dell XPS 15, but the Dell has a slightly smaller display and tiny display bezels. At 0.78 inches thick and 5.12 pounds, the Envy 16 is thicker than the Creator Z16P and a bit lighter, and it’s thicker and heavier than the XPS 15. Overall, it’s not huge, but it’s still not a laptop you’ll want to haul around to the coffee shop.
Some extra weight comes from the all-aluminum chassis, which is quite sturdy and resists most bending, flexing, and twisting. Only a little keyboard flex differentiates the Envy 16 from the best, such as the MacBook Pro 16 and the Dell XPS 15. Aesthetically, the Envy 16 is conservatively designed, with just the right angles in the right place and no bling to distract from its minimalist good looks.
Of course, the primary appeal of a 16-inch laptop is its large display, which provides plenty of room to work. HP offers two displays for the Envy 16 at 16-inches and 16:10. I reviewed the 4K+ OLED panel, which is sharp and stunning.
By every metric but brightness, the display is perfect for the creators HP is targeting. Even though the brightness is a bit low, the colors are wide and accurate, and the contrast provides the typical inky blacks we expect from the best OLED laptops. Productivity users and media consumers will also love this display.
Accuracy DeltaE (lower is better)
HP Envy 16 (OLED)
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X (OLED)
MSI Creator Z16P (IPS)
Dell XPS 17 9720 (IPS)
Dell XPS 15 9520 (OLED)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 (XDR)
Quad speakers provide great-sounding audio, with clear mids and highs and more bass than usual. The only problem is volume — the Envy 16 doesn’t get very loud. It’s great sound for watching Netflix by yourself, but if you want to entertain a group, then you’ll want some Bluetooth speakers. Music sounds good, but again the volume gets in the way. If you like to crank your tunes, you’ll want a good pair of headphones. The Dell XPS 15 provides equally good audio that gets a lot louder.
The large chassis offers another advantage, specifically a spacious keyboard with large keycaps even though it’s flanked on each side by a speaker grille. That’s also a result of HP excluding a numeric keypad, which most buyers likely won’t miss. The keyboard switch mechanism wasn’t quite as precise as on the Spectre lineup, with plenty of travel and a light touch but not as snappy a bottoming action. It’s a comfortable keyboard that’s just one step behind the best.
The touchpad is disappointing in that it seems like there would have been room for a larger version. It was reliable in supporting Windows 11’s multitouch gestures and its click was confident and quiet, but HP could have squeezed in a considerably larger touchpad. The OLED display comes with multitouch support, and that was welcome.
Finally, the Envy 16 supports all the connectivity that most people need. I would have preferred to see a full-size SD card reader rather than microSD, and some people would benefit from an Ethernet port. But even so, connectivity is a strength, thanks to Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 support.
The small touches
It might seem wrong to call battery life an “incidental” aspect, but a machine meant to churn through demanding creative and productivity workflows is likely to be plugged in most of the time. And no fast performer will last long on a charge when the CPU and GPU are fully engaged.
Even so, the Envy 16 did reasonably well in our battery tests. Its 83 watt-hour battery, which isn’t a lot for this class of machine, managed to keep it running for almost 8.5 hours on our web-browsing test and nearly 13 hours in our video test.
It fell behind in the PCMark 10 Applications battery test at just 7.5 hours, but these are decent numbers for a fast laptop with a high-res OLED display.
You won’t find many 16-inch class laptops that last much longer, although the Dell XPS 15 was stronger and the MacBook Pro 16 was in another universe entirely. But if you’re doing less demanding work, you might get most of a day out of the Envy 16.
PCMark 10 Applications
HP Envy 16 (Core i9-12900H)
8 hours, 24 minutes
12 hours, 45 minutes
7 hours, 38 minutes
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X (Core i7-12700H)
4 hours, 54 minutes
7 hours, 58 minutes
5 hours, 28 minutes
MSI Creator Z16P (Core i9-12900H)
4 hours, 42 minutes
5 hours, 24 minutes
5 hours, 37 minutes
Dell XPS 15 9520 (Core i7-12700H)
9 hours, 38 minutes
12 hours, 40 minutes
11 hours, 14 minutes
MSI Creator Z17 (Core i7-12700H)
4 hours, 23 minutes
4 hours, 32 minutes
Apple MacBook Pro 16 (Apple M1 Pro)
18 hours, 35 minutes
23 hours, 11 minutes
With such a large, high-res display, you’d expect the Envy 16 to be an excellent machine for videoconferencing. And you’d be right, thanks to the 5MP webcam with Auto Frame capabilities. The image quality was excellent during my testing.
There’s also an infrared camera for Windows 11 Hello passwordless login support and a physical webcam shutter for privacy controlled by a function key. HP omitted any user presence detection functionality that’s been showing up on more exact laptops, so there are no automatic sleep and wake capabilities.
A solid addition to the 16-inch class
We liked the performance and build quality of the Envy 15, and the Envy 16 improves on both. While it’s certainly a premium laptop, it’s less expensive than competitors like the MSI Creator Z16P and MacBook Pro 16 and faster than similarly priced laptops like the Dell XPS 15.
If you’re looking for a powerful creative workstation that won’t break the bank, then the Envy 16 is a solid option.
Upon opening the box you definitely get the feeling that this is more Timex than Rolex: It’s a mass-market device aimed at everyday consumers who don’t necessarily need (or even want) a premium laptop. It’s quite plasticy with a bit of flex to it. It sounds hollow when you tap it. The bezel (the border that frames the display itself) is pretty big compared with higher-end laptops. It’s covered in stickers.
All of the above are signs of a laptop that was designed to hit a low price. But you know what? When you’re actually using the laptop, it isn’t half bad.
In terms of specs, it has an Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of solid-state storage. On paper, you’d be forgiven for thinking the laptop would be somewhat underwhelming.
Guess again. Browsing around the web, even on today’s ad-laden websites, proceeds smoothly. Watching HD video on YouTube is more or less identical to the experience you’d get on a much more powerful PC (such as the gaming PC this review is being written on), although you can really hear the laptop’s fans whirring while doing so.
Switching between different apps like Edge, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and Word either using the keyboard shortcut alt-tab or by clicking the Windows Task Bar? No problems there, showing that despite being a lower-priced laptop, its everyday performance is more than adequate.
If you’re the type of person who immediately downloads a tool like GeekBench or Prime95 to see how fast your computer actually is, well, none of this may be too impressive. But if you’re not that person (and most of us aren’t), then it’s hard to find much fault here.
Fri, 07 Oct 2022 05:07:00 -0500en-UStext/htmlhttps://www.consumerreports.org/electronics-computers/laptops-chromebooks/hp-14-laptop-review-a2506971195/Killexams : The HP Victus 15 Brings Solid Gaming Performance to the Masses
The gaming laptops we cover here are often on the expensive end, thanks to having the latest high-end chips and graphics inside. But from students to people who care more about having access to new games than fidelity, there’s a whole market of gaming laptops that cost less than $1000. Enter the HP Victus 15, which has several variants that cost under $1000 without sacrificing display quality or refresh rate. It does have to make some other compromises to do that, though, so is it worth it?
HP has a confusing set of Victus 15 configurations on the market. Intel models officially start at $850 for a model with the Intel Core i5-12450H, which is paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 and packs 8 GB of RAM combined with 256 GB of SSD storage. However, there are cheaper starting prices at resellers like Amazon.
If you prefer Team Red, you can also opt for the AMD Ryzen 5 5600H variant for an official $800, with all other specifications remaining the same. There is also an option to swap the GPU to an AMD Radeon RX 6500M for no additional cost. HP offers other CPU and GPU options, too, with an RTX 3050 AMD model at an $880 base price and an RTX 3050 Ti AMD model at a base price of $930. AMD chips can range up to a Ryzen 7 5800H, which costs $160 extra, while Intel chips top out at a Core i7-12700H for $170 more.
All of the variants mentioned here have a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 250 nits brightness.
The one I reviewed is powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H paired with an RTX 3050 Ti, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage. While writing this review, I found it for $1,209 at Amazon. You could also opt for an Intel Core i7-12700H CPU with an RTX 3050 GPU, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage for $1,299. For an extra $60, these models can upgrade to an RTX 3050 Ti. Other upgrades include an improved screen with 300 nits brightness and low blue light for an additional $30.
Cheaping out on design
The HP Victus 15 has a smooth chassis with a ‘V’ logo in the middle, which is big and reflective. You’ll also see Victus spelled out in between the hinges, in case the V didn’t make the branding clear. The underside houses the vents in a large cutout beneath some grates. Despite its price, It looks like any other mainstream laptop, with rounded edges and thin bezels on the sides of the display. The top bezels are a little on the larger end, but that helps them house the webcam.
The device is available in three color options: Mica Silver (fancy name for dark gray), Performance Blue and Ceramic White. It offers a plastic build, which is evident as soon as you open the lid. While it is quite bendable without breaking, it wobbles. For instance, if you type with full force on the keyboard, the lid will shake with each key press. You probably won’t use this on your lap given its weight, but the wobbling also makes it near unusable that way if you’re stubborn enough to try it.
The HP Victus 15 weighs 5.06 pounds, which is on the (comparatively) lighter side when you take the 5.3 pound Lenovo Legion 5 into consideration. But there are lighter budget gaming laptops out there – the Acer Nitro 5 being one of them at 4.85 pounds. The HP gaming laptop isn’t the heaviest or thickest, nor is it the lightest or thinnest. It seems like out-designing the competition wasn’t one of HP’s priorities with the Victus 15.
As for connectivity, you get two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 port, a full-size HDMI 2.1 port, an Ethernet port and a 3.5mm audio jack. But the HP Victus 15 misses out on Thunderbolt 4, even on the Intel versions. Wireless connectivity, depending on the configuration, is Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 or Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2. I had no trouble connecting my Bluetooth earbuds to the laptop or connecting the device to my home Wi-Fi.
All-in on performance
I tested the HP Victus 15 with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H CPU, an RTX 3050 Ti GPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage. I was happy with the laptop’s overall productivity and gaming performance.
On Geekbench 5.4’s CPU performance test, the HP Victus 15 scored 1,455 on single-core tests and 7,439 multi-core points, which is a decent score when compared to other budget laptops we’ve reviewed like the Samsung Galaxy Book and Microsoft Surface Laptop 4. It was able to transcode a 4K video to 1080p in 7 minutes and 39 seconds on Handbrake, which isn’t the fastest in the segment but is still a respectable number. For reference, the Galaxy Book did the same in 6:05.
Moreover, I ran Blender BMW tests, in which the program renders a 3D model of a BMW car. This resulted in average numbers of 3 minutes 21 seconds on CPU render, and 3:22 seconds on GPU render.
My laptop usage usually includes a lot of web stuff alongside calls. I was able to run multiple desktops with 15+ Chrome tabs, Teams, and Slack in background without any slowdown. Adding random Zoom calls or GMeet invites and YouTube videos on Chrome also didn’t introduce any hiccups. The device offers solid performance for the price, especially my unit, which costs $1209.
Coming to the gaming performance, I tested Far Cry 5 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s built-in benchmarks on high settings. The Victus 15 averaged 74 fps at 1080p on the former and 96fps at 1080p on the latter. Anecdotally, it can play games at the highest settings with only occasional minor frame drops during a 30 minute session. My gameplay was smooth and the laptop also didn’t heat up enough to be hot to the touch.
That being said, the Victus 15 comes pre-installed with plenty of bloatware, both from HP and partner companies. Several of these apps send pop-ups when you’re in the middle of a productive workload. For instance, McAfee Personal Security kept popping up in the right bottom corner while I was writing this review, distracting me from what I was doing. Other bloat apps include Simple Solitaire and Solitaire Collection, which seems excessive.
The inputs have room for improvement
I couldn’t get used to the keyboard on the Victus 15, but that is likely on me, since I’m used to the MacBook Air keyboard. The keys have snappy feedback with a spacious setup. I was only able to get a mediocre 52 words-per-minute score on the Monkeytype test, which is lower than my usual of 70 words-per-minute, but that’s also probably on me for being an Apple fan.
As for how the keyboard looks, the font is perfectly readable, but the backlighting is a simple one-zone LED rather than being the full per-key RGB you might get on a more expensive model like the Alienware x15.
The touchpad is big enough at 4.9 x 3.1 inches. But palm rejection could be better, as my gestures for two-finger scrolling often registered as three-finger scrolling. Apart from that, the touchpad was responsive and smooth.
Bang & Olufsen handled the audio on this laptop. The speakers lacked bass but were loud enough for me to watch a movie with while munching popcorn. I also wish they were louder, but the dialogue was, at least, clear. As for the webcam, its images are what you expect from a 720p camera – pixelated with poor lighting and color reproduction.
Display has deep blacks but it could be brighter
My HP Victus 15 unit has a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate. It covers 45% of DCI-P3 color gamut and 64% of sRGB gamut.
The anti-glare coating makes it appealing if you watch films that have a lot of dark scenes. For instance, in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I wasn’t left staring at my own face when the screen darkened. Glare from the keyboard’s backlight was reflected onto the screen, but at least you can turn the keyboard backlight off.
The picture quality was good enough for a 1080p screen. The blacks were captured well but there were times when scenes were overexposed in series like Sherlock. Colors also weren’t as saturated as I’d prefer. However, playing Far Cry 5 on the highest settings looked amazing. It was responsive, with vivid colors.
The 250 nits brightness was satisfactory for indoor usage and gaming sessions, but you wouldn’t want to take it to a cafe or park to work on. It’ll appear too dim in a brightly lit environment or under direct sunlight.
Lasts a while
As a gaming laptop, you are likely to stay near a socket with the HP Victus 15. However, when you are away from power, it’ll last you for around four hours of productive usage. It lasted for 7 hours and 5 minutes on our battery test, which consists of video playback with the screen brightness set to 200 nits. It is less than the 9 hour and 21 minute mark of the Asus Zephyrus G14, but good enough for the price.
Should I buy the HP Victus 15?
At a $800 starting price, which goes down to $600 during sales, the HP Victus 15 presents a strong case for itself. If your priority is performance and you are a budget conscious gamer, the Victus 15 won’t disappoint you at that price point.
However, as you go up the ladder and start adding maxed-out options, it goes into the $1200 territory. The Acer Nitro 5, TUF Gaming F17 and Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 are some alternatives that become enticing in that price point. However, even at $1200, the Victus 15 is a good option if you want a 15-inch laptop and don’t mind a somewhat boring design. You’ll have to make tradeoffs with the average build, display and sound, but will otherwise be able to keep up.
Prakhar is a freelance tech journalist based out of India. Apart from Gizmodo, he is currently contributing to CNET and Digital Trends.
Mon, 26 Sep 2022 03:29:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://gizmodo.com/hp-victus-15-budget-gaming-laptop-review-1080p-amd-inte-1849574820Killexams : HP Envy 16 ReviewMon, 10 Oct 2022 02:32:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://www.pcmag.com/reviews/hp-envy-16Killexams : How can a well-defined corporate purpose be a force for good?
Have you ever been printing an important document, only to find the ink getting lighter and lighter? And then comes the dreaded message from your printer: Low ink supply.
In July this year, tech company HP launched an ink subscription service that not only solves this problem, but does so sustainably as well. The service allows one’s printer to notify HP when the ink cartridge is running low. New ink cartridges will then be delivered to one’s doorstep, with a prepaid envelope for the used cartridge to be sent back to the company to be recycled. In this way, HP offers a convenient service to the consumer while doing its part for the planet.
This is just one of several recycling initiatives by HP, which has set out to be “the most just and sustainable technology company by 2030”. In 2021, it announced one of the most comprehensive environmental and social impact agendas in the tech industry — with aggressive goals focused on climate action, human rights and digital equity.
It aims to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and to be a fully circular company powered by sustainable service models and designs. One of their schemes is the Planet Partners Program, a return and recycling programme for computer equipment and printing supplies that is available in more than 50 countries and territories worldwide.
HP provides a compelling example of how having a corporate purpose can create business value for a company while benefitting society and the environment.
The company estimates that the socially and environmentally-minded initiatives under its Sustainable Impact plan have helped the company win more than US$3.5 billion in new sales in 2021, which is a three-fold increase over the previous year.
Purposeful business is not at odds with generating business value, says Vivian Chua, managing director of HP Singapore. The presumption that any non-profit focused actions have little to no value has shifted to an understanding that “success goes beyond profitability, growth rate and brand recognition. Customers, employees and stakeholders judge a company by how its activities impact the community, economy, and environment at large”, she says.
HP aims to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and to be a fully circular company powered by sustainable service models and designs. Photo: HP
Corporate purpose has become a buzzword in the business community in exact years. The previously dominant belief that the sole purpose of companies is to maximise profits at all costs is replaced by a more responsible approach of redefining profit around that purpose of an organisation.
Colin Mayer, a professor of management at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School put it powerfully in an article written for the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2020: “The purpose of the business is to produce profitable solutions to the problems of people and planet, not profiting from producing problems.”
This idea is gaining momentum. In a world emerging from the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic, more companies are reviewing their business models to reevaluate their purpose beyond profit-making and to consider their responsibilities to people and the planet. One way of doing so is by defining their corporate purpose.
“The purpose of the business is to produce profitable solutions to the problems of people and planet, not profiting from producing problems.”
Colin Mayer, a professor of management at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School
The corporate purpose of a company is its reason for existing. It guides all that a company does, from business model and strategy, down to operations, policies and company culture. Previously, a company’s primary goal was centred around making profits for shareholders at all costs. But this has proven to be environmentally unstable and harmful to communities.
Now, more companies are redefining their corporate purpose to prioritise more social and environmental commitments.
In Singapore, the Alliance for Action on Corporate Purpose(AfA-CP) is one of the driving forces behind the corporate purpose agenda. To date, more than 40 members representing various stakeholders in Singapore’s corporate ecosystem have been participating in it.
Spearheaded by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre’s Company of Good, the AfA-CP has been designing and developing Corporate Purpose: A Framework and Blueprint for Businesses inSingapore, which will be launched in January 2023. The proposed framework will provide clarity and consensus regarding the key principles, practices and indicators pertaining to corporate purpose, while the blueprint will serve as a roadmap for companies to implement and track their progress as purpose-driven organisations.
Alongside HP, another company that is part of the Alliance is Olam, a major food and agri-business company headquartered in Singapore. Its purpose, which has been conceived more than a decade ago, is:“Re-imagine Global Agriculture and Food Systems”.
Joydeep Bose, group chief human resource officer at Olam International, tells Eco-Business that the company, which sources crops like nuts, coffee, rice, cotton and palm from a buying network of about 5 million farmers around the world, had acknowledged the impact of climate change on the agricultural industry more than 10 years ago. It also recognised that large sections of the world’s population were not getting enough nutrition.
“Zero Hunger is the second of the 17 SDGs. Unfortunately, a third of the food produced globally is wasted. Clearly it is a broken system. We in our position as a global food and agri-producer believe we must make a difference to this very complex problem,” he says.
One of their key solutions is AtSource, a digital platform that provides detailed information about the environmental and social footprint of its supply chains. The data offers customers more transparency and traceability in the products that they buy. Currently, the platform provides metrics to over 30 Olam products across 30 territories.
Zero Hunger is the second of the 17 SDGs. Unfortunately, a third of the food produced globally is wasted. Clearly it is a broken system.
Joydeep Bose, group chief human resource officer, at Olam International
AtSource is divided into three tiers of data — AtSource, AtSource+ and AtSource∞ (Infinity) — with the different levels providing increasing information granularity and sustainability ambition. Currently, Bose says that there are “several hundreds” of individual subscribers to the platform.
Olam sources crops like nuts, coffee, rice, cotton and palm from a buying network of about 5 million farmers around the world. Photo: Olam
Olam also hopes to support farmers from which these ingredients are sourced. Olam Direct is an app that Olam has built to allow farmers to get prices and transact directly with the company rather than going through intermediaries, which yields higher prices for farmers. The platform currently has 130,000 farmers across 13 countries, and operates in local languages.
For companies starting out on their journey towards corporate purpose, HP and Olam both agree that this decision should involve all stakeholders of a company, including employees and employers at managerial and operational levels. It is important that the identified cause speaks strongly to the people at the company, so that they feel motivated to work towards it.
Chua emphasises the need for a “strong internal team to facilitate and push through with this cause”. Once this cause has been established and put into practice, companies should set in place review processes to measure their performance and public perception on these issues over time, she adds.
This is consistent with Bose’s belief that “any business irrespective of scale will have opportunities to make long-term, positive impact in the ecosystem in which it operates”.
He adds that the company’s purpose should have “a close link to its area of operations”. “Furthermore, key to the successful execution of purpose is the process adopted,” he says. “A co-created process with the involvement of a large section of employees will ensure strong alignment across the organisation”.
Mr Seah Chin Siong, the co-chair of AfA-CP and chairman of NVPC, says: “There is urgency for Singapore firms to rethink existing business practices. We cannot continue to operate in the same manner – not at the expense of our environment, social cohesion and personal well-being. Businesses must commit to creating positive impact on our society and in all aspects for their stakeholders.”
Tue, 04 Oct 2022 13:06:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://www.eco-business.com/news/how-can-a-well-defined-corporate-purpose-be-a-force-for-good/Killexams : HP Elite Dragonfly G3 ReviewWed, 21 Sep 2022 00:28:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://www.pcmag.com/reviews/hp-elite-dragonfly-g3Killexams : The 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance Is a 671-HP Four-Cylinder Hybrid
At the core of this new C63 is the 2.0-liter M139 four-cylinder shared with the AMG A45, but with serious upgrades to its exhaust-side hardware. It features an enlarged turbocharger with a 400-volt electric motor on its shaft, providing F1-style electric anti-lag. This allows the engine to generate 469 horsepower and 402 pound-feet of torque on its own, further raising the bar for what was already the world's punchiest production four-banger.
2024 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance. Mercedes-AMG
A powerful plug-in hybrid drive unit mounted on the rear axle augments its power, the two being joined by an all-wheel-drive system and a nine-speed, multi-clutch automatic transmission. This AMG-exclusive rear end couples a limited-slip differential with a 150-kilowatt electric motor, equipped with a two-speed reduction gearset for performance across a wider range of speeds (much like the Porsche Taycan's rear end). Drawing from a 6.1-kilowatt-hour battery, it can propel the car on its own at speeds of up to 77 mph, or for a distance of up to eight miles, and offer an EV-style one-pedal driving mode to boot.
That's a hell of a feat for a sedan that's also heavier than a Charger Hellcat, at 4,654 pounds. About 52 percent of the weight is concentrated in the rear, though, so it's easily carried by the car's combo of air suspension, active damping, and standard four-wheel steering. (Available forged wheels may even take a couple of pounds off that if you care.) Drift mode further enlivens what's already far from a boring car, while six-piston front calipers and one-piston rears—remember, there's regen back there—can bring things back in line before the police show up. Not bad for a car that's estimated to get 34 miles per gallon.
2024 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance interior. Mercedes-AMG
The 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance sedan will absolutely overflow your bowl of alphabet soup when it hits the market in 2023. It also may eventually be offered in other body styles, as AMG's Chief Technology Officer Jochen Hermann hinted "maybe there's more to come" when asked about a coupe or convertible. Or, while we're dreaming, a wagon, though a lifted crossover wouldn't be bad as compromises go.
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Sun, 16 Oct 2022 09:38:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://www.thedrive.com/news/the-2024-mercedes-amg-c63-s-e-performance-is-a-671-hp-four-cylinder-hybridKillexams : Ford Performance Gives EcoBoost Broncos A 30 HP Increase For $825
Bronco owners wishing for a little extra power have gotten their wish granted by Ford Performance.
In exchange for $825, customers can get a “performance calibration” for 2021 and 2022 Broncos equipped with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.
When installed, the tune boosts the engine’s output to 330 hp (246 kW / 335 PS) and 385 lb-ft (521 Nm) of torque. That’s 30 hp (22 kW / 30 PS) and 60 lb-ft (81 Nm) more than the standard engine running on premium fuel. That brings us to the bad news as the performance tune requires premium gasoline, which currently costs an extra $0.77 per gallon compared to regular.
On the bright side, the tune makes the four-cylinder almost as powerful as the Bronco’s optional 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. That particular engine produces 330 hp (246 kW / 335 PS) and 415 lb-ft (563 Nm) of torque on premium.
Besides the increased performance, Ford says the tune improves “throttle response throughout [the] RPM range” and boasts an optimized shift schedule for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. DIY enthusiasts haven’t been left out in the cold either as manual models get down-shift rev matching.
The tune comes with a ProCal 4 tool, which is used to save the stock calibration as well as upload the performance tune. This appears relatively straightforward as owners obtain the performance calibration, connect the ProCal 4 tool to the vehicle’s OBDII port, and then install it.
Mon, 03 Oct 2022 21:11:00 -0500en-UStext/htmlhttps://www.carscoops.com/2022/10/ford-performance-gives-ecoboost-broncos-a-30-hp-increase-for-825/Killexams : Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance Ride Review: 670 HP, Just 4 Cylinders!mercedes-benz c-class Full Overview
Compact car plus V-8 engine: It's been a surefire formula for performance since the original Pontiac GTO. Maybe that's why Americans have long had a soft spot for AMG's C63. With its rumbling V-8s ready to brew up a storm, the nuggety C63―in sedan or coupe flavors―has always felt right at home in the land that invented the muscle car.
There's no shortage of muscle under the skin of the 2023 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance sedan. It packs a thumping 670 horsepower and 752 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful C63 sedan in history, capable of slingshotting from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds according to AMG, and hitting 174 mph on the autobahn. But it only has four cylinders under the hood.
Sacrilege? Heresy? An abrogation of all that is holy at Affalterbach?
Not at all, smiles AMG chief technical officer Jochen Hermann as he drives a camo'd C63 S E Performance prototype onto the 2.5-mile racetrack buried in the heart of the sprawling Mercedes-Benz proving ground outside Immendingen, 80 miles south of Stuttgart. It's more like moving with the times.
"We could have just done another V-8 C63," Hermann said. "But we would have been stuck in the past."
We're in Race mode and Hermann punches the gas. There's a deep baritone snarl from up front and neck-snapping acceleration as all four tires claw at the tarmac, the AMG Speedshift transmission jackhammering through a lightning-quick series of upshifts. No, this new C63 doesn't quite sound like the old ones we've come to know and love. It doesn't quite go like them, either. It's much harder, more instant, more urgent, more intense.
V-8? Who needs a V-8? That's, like, so yesterday, man…
A Powertrain Born in Hell
Ask Hermann what the AMG One hypercar program has been like, and you'll get a succinct reply: "A nightmare!"
The AMG One, of course, started life as the Project One concept unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show by F1 ace Lewis Hamilton and then Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche. Project One was nothing if not audacious in its ambition: a 1,000-plus-horsepower, all-wheel-drive, roadgoing hypercar that borrowed key elements of its hybrid powertrain concept―right down to the screaming 1.6-liter V-6 engine at its core―from the 2016 Mercedes-AMG F1 racer.
Trying to get the little V-6, which in F1 trim idles at 5,000 rpm and revs to 15,000 rpm, to be street-drivable and meet emissions and play nice with the car's four electric motors―one coupled to the crankshaft, one coupled to the turbocharger, and one driving each of the front wheels―has been one of the project's major headaches. But Hermann says the main reason the program has run so late (production is now finally underway, and the first of 275 buyers will take delivery of their cars in a few months) is because "we had to learn all the software stuff" to make it work.
However, the nightmare has had a happy ending. Hermann says that a lot of the learnings from trying to tame the AMG One have gone into executing the new C63's hybrid powertrain.
As we mentioned in our first look story, the C63 S E Performance is a plug-in hybrid, but it's nothing like a Toyota Prius. For a start, under the hood is a 469-hp version of AMG's M139 electrically turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, and there's a 201-hp e-motor mounted at the rear axle. It's how these two powerplants work together that's the secret to the new C63's explosive performance.
The little four-banger drives all four wheels through the AMG Speedshift multi-clutch nine-speed automated transmission. The e-motor drives the rear wheels through its own automated two-speed transmission, which shifts to high gear at 87 mph, and an integrated electronically controlled limited-slip differential. The motor can also send drive forward via a separate propeller shaft to a clutch unit at the rear of the nine-speed transmission, from which it can be distributed to the front wheels, as well.
Having each powerplant independently supply its power and torque outputs to the drivetrain means each can play to its strengths. If the ICE and the e-motor shared the same output shaft, as is the usual practice with many hybrids, the system could not deliver maximum power because the power peaks of both occur at different revs, says AMG development engineer Peter Szalay.
It all sounds entirely logical in principle. However, making it work in practice has required the use of F1-level powertrain management techniques and technologies.
Key to the powertrain concept's operation is an AMG-developed, 400-volt electrical architecture and a high-performance 6.1-kWh battery mounted at the rear of the car. The 196-pound battery can be recharged via a plug and will drive the C63 S E Performance up to 8 miles on pure electric power at speeds of up to 80 mph.
But that's not what it's primarily designed to do. "We don't care about range," says Hermann. "The battery is there for performance."
Indeed, the battery has been engineered to deliver rapid bursts of energy when required by the e-motor and to be able to be replenished rapidly, either by the engine, or via recuperation rates of more than 120 kilowatts under heavy braking or in the highest of the four available regen settings.
To cope with the stress, the battery pack features a cooling system that circulates a high-tech coolant directly around each of its 580 cells to ensure it's always at the optimal temperature to deliver maximum performance. As a result, a kickdown function ensures the full 201 hp of the e-motor is available on demand in any of the C63's eight drive modes.
Does the C63 S E Performance Feel Fast?
Even from the passenger seat, the new C63 S E Performance feels like a next-level AMG performance car. You can set it up to do smokey drifts if you want, but with its serious race-face on, this four-door punches more aggressively away from a standing start and harder out of corners than any C63 in history.
There's no letup in the relentless surge of thrust from the powertrain, either. Where a high-performance turbocharged internal combustion engine might feel a little doughy at the bottom end, and a pure EV slightly strangled at the top end, the C63 S E Performance's powertrain just delivers weapons-grade grunt all the way through the powerband. And you're never aware of which part of the powertrain is doing what to make it all happen. It's that seamless.
All-wheel drive with sophisticated control systems means none of the C63 S E Performance's immense power and torque is wasted. The standard rear-wheel steering, which turns the rear wheels up to 2.5 degrees in the opposite direction to the fronts at lower speeds, helps the C63 dive cleanly into tighter corners. The wider front track and the staggered tire setup―our car was rolling on 265/35 ZR20 fronts and 275/35 ZR20 rears―made it feel resolutely planted through fast sweepers.
At a manufacturer-claimed 4,654 pounds all in, the new C63 S E Performance ain't exactly a featherweight (the previous-generation car tipped the scales at 3,936 pounds). But the extra mass is located toward the rear axle, giving it a perfect 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution compared with the previous model's 54/46 front-to-rear weight bias.
Driven in pure EV mode on the access roads around the proving ground, the C63 S oozed smoothly and quietly along, the ride feeling surprisingly supple. In its highest setting, the variable regen will allow one-pedal driving, something most hybrids can't do because they don't have the battery cooling.
A High-Tech C63, and a Real AMG
"Everything we learned from the AMG One we put into this car," says Hermann of the C63 S E Performance. "It is so much more than just a new C63. I think we made it more grown up as a car."
Does it sound like the V-8? No. Does it matter? No. Real performance has nothing to do with noise. And this car has plenty of real performance.
We'll reserve final judgment until we get behind the wheel ourselves later this year, but on first acquaintance the C63 S E Performance is an impressive piece of work. It's brutally fast yet stunningly sophisticated―an AMG car for the modern era.
Looks good! More details?Wed, 05 Oct 2022 13:43:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://www.motortrend.com/reviews/mercedes-amg-c63-s-e-performance-first-ride-review/Killexams : 2024 Mercedes C 63 S E Performance Gets AWD and 671 HP From a Hybrid Four-Cylinder
The rumors are true: Mercedes has dropped the V-8 from the C 63 for 2024. But just because the venerable eight-cylinder is gone doesn't mean this M3 fighter has lost its edge. It's more potent than ever, with 671 hp and 752 lb-ft of torque.
The 2024 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance has been given a substantial powertrain overhaul to future-proof it for years to come. At its heart sits the company's incredible M139 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which here uses electric turbocharging to eliminate lag, Improve efficiency, and generate more power. For the C 63, it gets a larger turbocharger, resulting in a claimed output of 476 hp at 6750 rpm and 402 lb-ft of torque between 5000 and 5500 rpm. This makes it the most powerful four-cylinder ever put into production. It connects to standard 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system via a nine-speed multi-clutch automatic transmission.
The engine is only half the story, though, as the C 63 has gone hybrid too. A 400-volt electrical system with an AMG-designed 6.1-kWh battery powers a permanently excited synchronous electric motor integrated into the rear axle with its own two-speed transmission and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. The motor delivers instant torque to the rear wheels, and spins at up to 13,500 rpm, with peak outputs of 204 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. According to Mercedes-AMG CTO Jochen Hermann, the battery tech is a copy/paste design from the company's Formula 1 cars. The two-speed gearbox allows "the spread from high wheel torque for agile starting to safe continuous output at higher speeds," according to Mercedes. It doesn't engage second gear until 87 mph for optimal acceleration.
The combined output of the new C 63 S E Performance dwarfs every other AMG on sale, save the GT Black Series. This, in a C-Class! And as a reminder, the old C 63 offered "just" 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes quotes a 0-62 mph time of 3.4 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, or 174 mph if you check the right option boxes. Pretty good considering a claimed curb weight of 4654 pounds.
Even more amazing than the C 63 S E Performance's acceleration is its ability to distribute torque. If the car senses a loss of grip at the rear, the electric motor can actually send torque back through the AWD system to the front wheels, even in EV mode. There's also a drift mode that sends all the torque to the rear rubber for pure sideways enjoyment. Other chassis improvements come from standard rear-wheel steering and standard composite brakes with six-piston calipers up front.
Mercedes has yet to release pricing or availability for the C 63 S E Performance, though we expect it to arrive in the second half of next year.
Brian SilvestroRoad & Track staff writer with a taste for high-mileage, rusted-out projects and amateur endurance racing.