Gallery: IS IT GREEN?: The New Macbook


Apple recently rolled out its new family of Macbooks with a bold claim: The World’s Greenest Family of Notebooks. The new Macbooks are lighter, less toxic, and more energy efficient than previous generations, but are they really the greenest laptops in the world?

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  1. bigfatduck February 23, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    what Yaggo said, but i’d like to add that quality built laptops such as this (obvious to anyone who has used one or seen one taken apart in person) last much longer than your average pc, and that includes the XO.

  2. Yaggo February 21, 2009 at 7:41 am

    What really reduces the carbon footprint of Mac computers during their lifetime (assuming the user has not been subscribed for wind electricity, which is higly recommended anyway, btw!), is that fact that power saving features actually works in Macs and are enabled by default: Mac goes to sleep if not used, also a desktop mac. This is not true for PC computers (wheter they run Windows or Linux) in many cases, especially with desktop computers.

  3. SC February 20, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Great story to raise awareness. I am still a strong believer that going green, should be the normal way of doing things and not done simply for publicity. The simple fact that Apply has voluntarily chosen to go green is great news. I am sure most people purchasing their computers don’t even care about sustainability – design is seems to be the big seller. I have to agree with the first commenter, it a good start. With that said, there does need to be some monitoring of companies going green.

  4. gason February 20, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Jleigh: The handcrank is a separate accesory:

  5. JLeigh February 19, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Actually the XO doesn’t have a hand-crank. That feature was present on one of the prototypes but never made it into production.

  6. raskil1 February 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you for the report it is great to see the details of such claims. I would however like to mention that on the Apple site they have indeed claimed to be “Green Notebooks” and that the the Macbook is “The greenest family of notebooks” not as you have said “the greenest laptop”.

    While these are just words I still feel they can be commended for finally taking steps toward using less chemicals and reducing footprints. More to come I hope.

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