Does Anyone Know How Many Watts The Average NetBook Uses?

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  1. rs14smith macrumors regular

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    I tried searching Google about this but didn't have much luck, but I'm looking to buy one soon to backup my data on my website to a local PC (netbook) if it uses less wattage than my macbook, which it should. :)
     
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    My netbook's (Asus 1008ha) power brick says 40W output.
     
  3. rs14smith thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah most do have the 40W output brick, but I was hoping some of you guys who already have one did a basic test with say a Kill A Watt meter to see how many watts it's pulling when it's idle, or doing basic web browsing, or playing games or watching videos.
    :)
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Probably not any difference from a MacBook. My netbook is basically just like the older rev MacBook. GMA950 graphics, 2.5" hd, bluetooth, wifi, camera. The only real diff is the screen (10" LED vs 13.3" CFL) and processor (1.66GHz Atom vs 2GHz C2D). Given the ability of the C2D to downclock and the fact that new MacBooks also have LED lit screens and even less power hungry graphics (9400m) I would call it a draw.
     
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    Yeah I would still think a netbook would use less power than the most typical macbook. My macbook I believe uses around 20-30Watts maybe less when idle.

    What dell model is that that uses a 30 watt power adapter?
     
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    Here is a review of the Dell mini 9. http://www.thetechlounge.com/article/609-3/Dell-Inspiron-Mini-9-Netbook-Computer/

    Power Consumption Mac Windows XP
    Idle 11W 9W
    CPU 100% Load (2 threads) 14W 14W
    Max Bright. Idle 11W 9W
    Min Bright. Idle 10W 7W
    Sleep 1W 1W

    Transferring files over WLAN 13W 11W
    VLC H.264 (iPhone) 13W 11W
    VLC H.264 (DVD) 13W 12W
    VLC H.264 (720p) 14W Unplayable

    YouTube 14W 12W
    General Internet Browsing (FF open w/ 4 tabs) 12W 10W


    Not sure how that compares to a MacBook. Interesting how the OS makes a diff.
     
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  9. rs14smith thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yep, I can finally confirm this :)
     

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