According to HowStuffWorks, there are five great energy efficient computers on the market right now. The Dell Studio Hybrid uses about 70% less energy than standard computers and 95% of it’s packaging is made from recycled products. The Dell Optiplex is another good one with a 4.0 EnergyStar rating. The Lenovo Thinkcentre M58 is designed to reduce CO2 emissions by 575 lbs. annually. The MacBook Pro 17-inch is made without mercury, arsenic, PVC, and brominated flame retardants. Finally, the Toshiba Protege R600 was named the greenest laptop in 2009 by GreenPeace.
Currently, Dell is considered the leader in eco-friendly computers. Not only do they strive for efficiency, but they have stopped exporting electronic waste to developing countries. Apple also tends to produce relatively efficient computers, and their longer lifespan and lack of toxins also add to their value. In general, smaller, slower laptops tend to be the most efficient, while desktops and high-speed computers use significantly more power (though multicores apparently are better at conserving energy and boosting performance).
One of my personal favorites is the Macbook Pro laptop by Apple. It may not be the greenest laptop out there, but Apple has definitely made the effort to help the environment. I have had my laptop for over 6 years and haven’t had any issues with it yet. Being able to keep your computer for longer periods of time is another way to help the environment, since you won’t have to go out and buy a new one.
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