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Netbook Computer Power Savings

How much computer power is saved using netbooks? What are the considerations of using a netbook computer? What operations are not suitable for netbook computers? What are other efficient computer options?

Netbook Computer Advantages

  • Low power consumption
  • Light weight
  • More portable computing power
  • Less fan noise
  • Some models can perform a full business day on batteries alone
  • Lower purchase cost compared to desktop or laptop computers
  • Netbook can also be used to connect to cloud computing to extend capabilities
  • Netbook can work as a virtual computer client accessing much more processing power

Netbook Computer Power Usage Comparison

Sample Netbook and Notebook Computer Comparison

Screen Size 7 inches
netbook
9 inches
netbook
10 inches
netbook
12 inches
netbook
15 inch notebook
power supply
in watts
20 36 36 30 90
resolution 800 x 480 1024 x 600 1024 x 600 1280 x 800 1366 x 768
processor Celeron Atom Atom Atom Core 2 Duo
storage 8 GB Flash 160 GB 160 GB 80 GB 320 GB
memory 512 MB 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 4 GB
size mm 225 x 160 x 32 225 x 170 x 32 266 x 191 x 38 300 x 230 x 28 375 x 244 x 26
weight kg 0.92 1.13 1.45 1.25 2.64
Year power consumption at
50% load, 40 hours / week
21 kWh 38 kWh 38 kWh 32 kWh 94 kWh
Year electricity cost at $0.20/kWh $4.16 $7.50 $7.50 $6.24 $18.72

Power supply rating is a maximum. Expect actual average consumption to be less than 50% of power supply rating. Power rating partly relates to the size of the batteries in use.

Netbook Computer Considerations


Other Efficient Computer Power Options


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