A commonly overlooked factor when choosing a computer is its energy efficiency. Most tend to spend a lot of time comparing screen sizes, processors and prices. But, it’s also important to look at how much energy is being consumed by a laptop or desktop. If you don’t do your research, you may end up using more electricity because of an energy-inefficient computer.
A laptop uses around 80 percent less energy than a desktop computer. A laptop can operate with as little as one-fifth or one-third the energy required for a desktop. Also, on average, laptops peak at 60 watts for a maximum draw while desktop computers might peak at around 175 watts. Laptops are designed to be more energy efficient than desktops, so they almost always use less power than desktop computers. Laptops have low-voltage processors, energy-efficient LED screens, and other components that help reduce their energy use.
For both laptops and desktops, the better performing models come with higher price tags. Unfortunately, laptop prices are relatively higher than desktop computers for the same specs like processor, memory, graphics and storage space. This is because of laptops’ smaller size and portability. They require extra engineering and design, as well as more costly components for high speeds, large storage space, and better graphics while keeping their smaller size.
Depending on how you are going to use your computer will also determine if you need a laptop or a desktop. If you are only going to use it to check emails, browse the web, play music, watch videos and create documents, then a laptop is a perfect fit. A laptop is practical and can handle most things that a person does on a daily basis. The only time you may want to consider getting a desktop is if you’re going to be playing games, creating high-quality videos or 3D models or processing a lot of data with different programs. There are high-processing laptops available that could do just that, but a desktop may be a better (and more cost-effective) choice given how much power and processing capabilities that you’ll need from the computer.
Whether you have a laptop or a desktop, these energy saving tips will allow you to save electricity and your bills:
These energy-efficiency tips for your computer will add up to make a difference in your annual energy bill. Consider getting a laptop for more energy-efficiency, and don’t forget to check the Energy Star label. Learn more about the different power modes for home electronics.