Several elements can cause laptops to take a greater toll on the environment than desktop computers. Especially since the laptop computers with small power consumption has convinced many that laptops are “greener”, compared to desktop computers.
But looking at the total impact on the environment, it’s not so certain that a laptop is actually greener than a desktop, according to Version2.dk.
Steen Green Beck, product and marketing manager from Fujitsu Denmark, has done some calculations and says: “There is, for example, less room for cooling in a laptop, meaning that more chemicals and flame retardants are used in laptops. Also the old LCD panels used to be used in laptops, was difficult to recycle.”
However, there’s still an obvious environmental benefit of a laptop, if it means that an employee both can use it in the office and at home, thereby reducing the total number of computers.
A few of the downsides are the fact that laptops are usually replaced more quickly and often difficult to recycle the materials used in them. Also if the laptop is actually used as a desktop, with a connected external monitor, keyboard, mouse and maybe even an external hard drive, it’s total power consumption may very well be equivalent to a desktop PC.
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