Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Apple’s Mac Mini Goes Environmentally Green

The Mac Mini may not be Apple’s most powerful computer but it’s the cheapest Mac you can buy; without seeking out refurbished or used units. It may surprise you to learn that the Mac Mini is also a green desktop, meaning safe for the environment and power efficient.

The Mac Mini shined on power efficiency tests and about 90% of the unit can be safely recycled. While not the "greenest" desktop in the tests, it was a good compromise between being "green" and processing power; such as it is.

The Mac Mini consumed 20W of power while idle; 2W in both sleep mode and off; when pushed to maximum performance it used between 42W and 43W.

Unfortunately, the Mini had to take second seat in the "green" rating to the Zonbu Desktop Mini which used a scant 10W at idle, 6W at sleep and 1W when turned off. Rating for it were not available in the maximum performance category.

There you have it, if you want a Mac but also want to feel good about going “green” then the Mac Mini will fit the bill.

Of course, this doesn’t take into account the display being used with the desktop. LCDs contain trace amounts of mercury and other chemicals that are not necessarily good for the environment. At least you can feel good about the computer you are using.