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Choosing a Greener Laptop

4 computers that will shock you with their eco-friendly benefits

You know all of that technology you own—the big screen television, the DVD player, the stereo receiver, the desktop, laptop, and tablet, and can’t forget the smart phone that you upgrade to the newest model every single year. That’s one heck of a lot of e-waste, or technology waste that is creating a toxic nightmare in our landfill sites because unlike most garbage, electronics contain dangerous substances like arsenic, lead and mercury that leach into the ground and drinking water of our communities if they are improperly disposed. So the next time you throw that old DVD player on the curb—think about the damage it’s doing to the environment.

However, there are ways that you can still enjoy electronics and do your part to save Mother Earth at the same time. Instead of chucking that used cell phone in the trash can, bring it to an e-recycling center. If you Google E-waste centers in your community, you will find a location. A second way to go green with technology is to only buy electronics from companies that are ecologically responsible. Take the following four green laptops for example…

1. Lenovo Thinkpad X301

I love my Lenovo Thinkpad so you bet I literally jumped up and down when I first saw the Lenovo Thinkpad X300, one of the best rated laptops with tons of eco-benefits. Not only is its design super slim for reduced plastics use, its LED display is completely mercury-free, and it boasts a low-voltage processor with extensive battery life. But Lenovo doesn’t stop there—even the packaging is 90% recyclable with zero cadmium, lead or arsenic that most electronics casing contains.

2. Apple MacBook Air

Dubbed the “ultimate everyday notebook, the slim designed Apple MacBook Pro Air even has an environmentally conscious name. This laptop carries a distinctive EnergyStar 4.0 certification due to the fact that the computer’s casing is completely arsenic and mercury free. In fact, it’s constructed completely from recycled aluminum so it’s ideal for a green user who has our air, water, and earth in mind.

3. Toshiba Portégé A600

Another laptop with the distinguished Energy Star 4.0 compliance as well as the Gold EPEAT stamp of approval, the Toshiba A600 packs an eco-whammy with its multiple green benefits—for example, it’s capacity to run on extremely low voltage, it’s LED backlit screen, it’s super thin 3.2-pound case, which means miniscule plastics were used it its manufacturing.

4. ASUS Eee PC 1000HE

And last, but most certainly not least, the ASUS Eee PC 1000HE not only sounds really cool when you say it out loud, it’s so green it’s actually a hybrid. Just like a hybrid vehicle, the 1000HE’s “Super Hybrid Engine” can automatically adjust the power needs of the computer’s components, voltage, and LCD brightness to maximize its eco-friendliness. And if that wasn’t enough to make you go hug a tree, the impressive 10-inch screen weighs in at a mere two pounds—which means it’s one of the most super-efficient laptops on the market.

Bio: Rebecca Keller is a graduate of the Arts and Technology program at the University of Texas. An admitted tech-junkie, freelance writing about Android devices for offers the perfect outlet for a tech geek like Rebecca. When she’s offline, which isn’t very often, Rebecca enjoys volunteering for her local animal shelter and off road mountain biking.

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