Whenever I’m researching a product that I need, I always try to consider whether an eco-friendly option is available in the Clever Shop List. In the world of technology, “green” usually translates as “energy efficient.” I won’t discount that as an important feature, because devices like computers and televisions tend to be energy hogs, and efficiency is essential. But because so many gadgets out there are energy efficient, my next criteria is to find out what else is green about it. Computer Repairs Logan offers a lot of solutions for your computers in the most effective way. I am a person who values both technology and environment and this I try to make the best use of both.
In my preparation for BlogHer, I was seeking a sponsor for a laptop so that could blog and tweet the event in real time. HP came to my aid and offered me an opportunity to evaluate their DV2 laptop. I was thrilled, of course, but my first question was “Is it green?” They told me that it was ENERGY STAR qualified. So my reponse was, “Great. What else?”
Turns out that “what else” has to do with the computer’s packaging, which has been greatly reduced from previous HP laptops. The DV2 came in a small box, as you might expect from a laptop. However, unlike many machines that come packaged in styrofoam, the DV2’s packaging is 100% recyclable. It is composed of cardboard, corrugated paper and #4 plastic wrapping. I received the laptop after I had arrived in Chicago for BlogHer, and I was able to recycle every single piece of packaging via the business center at the Sheraton Chicago.
As computers go, I’d say this puts the DV2 in the light/medium green category. I do wish that the focus on sustainability went deeper, though, perhaps in the form of a case made of recycled plastic or a reduction in the amount of chemicals used. That said, check out home computer tech here! Along with my pros and cons for the DV2..
What I like:
- It has a sleek, glossy case: I absolutely love the look of the DV2. It screams great design, and I can literally see my reflection in the case.
- At just 12 inches, it fits comfortably in my purse, making it a great traveling companion.
- It has 4 GB of RAM, which is quite a bit more than many laptops at this price point will offer. But you are able to sell a computer processor if you still have your old one. In fact, that’s quite a bit more than many desktops offer too. This has resulted in pretty speedy performance.
- Typing on the keyboard is very quiet, which is a relief after tapping away at a noisy desktop all day.
- It comes with an external Blu-ray drive. I don’t have any movies to watch on it yet, but this is a huge bonus, and I can’t wait to see the difference in quality between Blu-ray and traditional DVDs.
- It comes with a built-in 5-in-1 memory card reader. I’m so used to plugging in my camera via USB that it was a welcome surprise to be able to slip my SD card directly into the card reader with no hassle. Since I take tons and tons of photos with my new Nikon D40, this is a really big plus for me.
What I don’t like:
- As much as I love that glossy finish, itâ€™s a magnet for fingerprints and smudges.Â In HP’s defense, the DV2 does come with a microfiber cleaning cloth. But is there any way to make the case both glossy AND fingerprint resistant? I know that may be asking a lot, but I hate having to wipe it down before and after every use.
- The DV2 gets very hot, very fast. I have to put it on a table or a pillow rather than directly on my lap. But I guess that’s why someone invented cooling pads for laptops, right?
- The speakers are on the bottom of the computer. This is especially annoying when I’m using it on top of a pillow, because the sound gets muffled.
Overall, I’m really enjoying the DV2, and I can’t wait to watch some Blu-ray movies! And while I wish that it had some greener features, I’ll try to maximize the already great energy efficiency of the DV2 by actually turning it off when I’m not using it, a habit HP is trying to encourage with their Power to Change initiative.
Why It’s Green:
- ENERGY STARÂ® qualified
- Packaging is 100% recyclable
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