Sony’s been hard at work improving its netbook lineup and has come up with the new environmentally friendly Sony VAIO W Eco netbook, a new machine rocking a 10.1″, 1366 x 768 pixel LED screen.
The netbook is made of recycled materials. It has a white finish, green palm rest, and stylishly patterned trackpad. According to Sony, as much of 10% of the CO2 used to make most netbooks was eliminated from the manufacturing process.
The Sony VAIO W Series Eco netbook comes with a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, Intel GMA 3150 graphics, a GB of DDR2 memory (expandable to two gigs) and hefty 250 GB HDD. This machine can stay awake for as long as 8 hours.
The Sony Vaio W Eco comes with a camera, microphone, Wi-Fi, card reader, Express Card slot and Windows 7 for the price of $479.
As being “green” grows into the latest and greatest fashion, it’s worth taking a look at what environmentally-friendly options the netbook world has to offer.
Laptop Magazine, in its recent ranking of green netbooks, named the Sony Vaio P the top choice in mainly energy-related categories. While it has a rather short battery life, the Vaio P came in first in most other areas, including “Average Power While Idle” and “Average Power during Movie Playback.”
Epeat provides a comprehensive listing of green computers and displays, based on criteria such as energy conservation, environmentally-friendly packaging, and safer materials. Of note, the HP Mini 2140 earns a top ranking of Gold. It is already EnergyStar 5.0 compliant, and the Mini is at least 90% reusable/recyclable. The Asus EEE 1000HE and Samsung’s NC10 are in the Silver category, not far behind.
Don’t assume, though, that all netbooks are green. Treehugger offers a perspective on the positives and negatives of netbooks. Going green requires smart shopping, so do some research. It’ll pay off for you and the environment soon enough.
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