5 Energy Saving Laptops

by Rob on October 27, 2009

If you want to make sure you’re buying a product that meets the latest Energy Star specs, look for the Energy Star logo. When you save energy you also save money. Below are five laptops we found that rank high in the energy saving department. All are Energy Star qualified which means they meet the standards set by the government as an energy saving device.

Acer Aspire Timeline


  • 320 GB hard drive
  • 3072MB DDR3 1066MHz Memory
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
  • Crystal Eye webcam
  • Thermal-efficient cooling innovation

The Acer Aspire Timeline AS5810TZ-4274 15.6-Inch Laptop is thin and light weight. It is less than one-inch thin at its slimmest point and just over an inch at its thickest. It weighs in at only 5.3 pounds. The notebook prides itself on saving energy by saving 33 percent more energy than traditional notebook screens. It is one of the first notebooks to feature the new ultra-low voltage Intel Pentium SU2700 processor, which uses just 10 watts of power while providing high=end computing resources. Additionally, the Timeline 5810 includes an 8x Super Multi optical drive with dual-layer burn support.

The design of the notebook allows for the internal components to stay cool by directing the airflow of the device through the parallel layers located on the front of the notebook. Acer has incorporated Intel’s Laminar Wall Jet technology for the first time. The system is lead and mercury free which makes all components available for recycle. The device is easy on the environment and will help save money with the low energy consumption.

Gateway NV5213u


  • 2.1GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 QL-64 Dual-Core Processor
  • 4096MB Dual-Channel DDR2 667MHz SDRAM
  • 320GB SATA Hard Drive
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (SP1), 3+ Hours of Battery Life (6-Cell 4400 mAh)
  • 15.6″ HD Ultrabright LED-backlit Display, ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics

The Gateway NV5213u 15.6-Inch Laptop helps save energy by with its one touch PowerSave Button that will put your PC into power-saving mode. This will help extend the life of you battery and reduce the amount of energy used which translates into dollars saved. The laptop has earned the Energy Star rating and so has the power adapter. The Gateway® NV Series laptop features a sleek honeycomb case design with color-accented surround and keyboard, rounded edges, and subtle hinge placement of the power button.

The ATI Radeon™ HD 3200, equipped with 40 stream processors and an advanced 3D engine, provides support for hybrid graphics when paired with this system’s Windows Vista®. The AMD 780 Series is for casual gamers and multimedia enthusiasts as the core of quiet and energy-efficient PC designs. When paired with an AMD Phenom quad-core processor or Athlon™ 64 X2 dual-core processor, the AMD 780 Series delivers enhancements in gaming and HD experiences for mainstream PC customers.

Apple MacBook


  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive with the following write speeds: 8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW
  • Mini-DVI port for video output (VGA adapter and mini-DVI to DVI adapter sold separately)
  • Built-in stereo speakers and omnidirectional microphone
  • Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in
  • Combined optical digital audio output/headphone out

The Apple MacBook 13.3-Inch Laptop has a stylish design and a slim profile. It is only 1.08 inches thin and weighing in at only 5.0 pounds. The outer casing of the notebook is made of a polycarbonate shell for durability and has a magnetic latch to keep the screen closed. This MacBook line is pre-loaded with Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system, this over 300 new features including easy backup of your most important data via Time Machine, an updated desktop to eliminate clutter, and a new version of the fast-loading Safari web browser. It also comes with the iLife ’08 suite of applications, including iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, and iTunes. The Macbook is Energy Star rated.

HP Pavilion

hp notebook

  • 12.1-inch LCD screen
  • 1.6 GHz AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor
  • 320 GB hard drive
  • 4 GB RAM (maximum)
  • Dual-layer DVDR drive

The HP Pavilion DV2-1030US 12.1-Inch Laptop measures in just under 1-inch thick and weighs just under 4 pounds. The HP Pavilion dv2-1030us has a 12.1-inch LED BrightView display and a nearly full-size keyboard. The outside casing is a magnesium-aluminum alloy material and is complemented by color-matched HP Imprint finish on the inside in Espresso black. The notebook is powered by a specially designed new AMD Athlon Neo Processor-based platform that’s designed specifically for small, ultra-portable notebooks. The energy-efficient 1.6 GHz AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 gives you the full PC experience and a longer battery life (of up to 3.5 hours).

The LED display is mercury free and the notebook comes packaged in all recyclable materials. The notebook is Energy Star qualified and EPEAT Silver registered. The device is includes an HP advanced power management feature and a default power setting to reduce energy consumption. HP also offers free and safe recycling for you old HP and Compaq computing hardware.



  • 15.5-inch XBRITE-ECO display with 1366 x 768-pixel high-def resolution (Learn more)
  • 2.10 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500 processor with 2 MB L2 cache and 800 MHz front side bus (FSB)
  • 320 GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
  • 4 GB of installed RAM (800 MHz; 8 GB maximum)
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 with 512 MB discrete graphics for up to 2280 MB of dynamically shared memory allocated by the system

  • The Sony VAIO VGN-NW160J/S 15.5-Inch Laptop is Energy Star certified and is RoHS-compliant, effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances. The VAIO NW offers powerful computing resources with an Intel Core 2 Duo and a high-definition 15.5-inch widescreen XBRITE-ECO display will work well for multitasking as well as watching movies and TV shows.

    One great feature of the VAIO is the extra-wide, 15.5-inch display that uses Sony’s XBRITE-ECO LCD technology so you can see deeper blacks, brighter whites, true-to-life color and razor-sharp detail from almost any angle. With the notebook also make your own using the dual-layer DVD & RW drive (with CD burning capabilities) and included Sony Movie Story software. With the HDMI A/V output, you can connect the VAIO NW to a compatible HDTV to display your creations to a larger audience.

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