Power usage

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by drunifex, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. drunifex macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2008
    has anyone measured power usage on these yet ?
  2. grahamrb macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2009
  3. drunifex thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2008
    That is probably peak but doesn't give u an idea of standby which is more important.
  4. BoulderBum macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    You gave me an excuse to use my Kill-A-Watt replacement, the Belkin Conserve energy monitor.

    Here's my results with some quick tests:

    On but doing nothing: 1.7W
    Streaming a movie (SD): 2.3W (iTunes)
    Streaming a movie (HD): 2.3W (iTunes)
    Streaming music: 1.7W (iTunes)
    YouTube: 1.9W
    Netflix: 1.8-2.1W
    Sleep: 0.9W

    Very nice overall!

    The old Apple TV used to constantly draw around 22W if I remember correctly (I can check if anyone cares), so we're talking about a VAST improvement!
  5. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2007
    Beach, FL
    I don't know much about watts and how electricity works, but that seems GREAT in comparison to my 55 LED using 178 watts. (Not that I'd expect it to be anywhere near that of a television set.)
  6. BoulderBum macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    The Apple TV is phenomenal in this regard (even though LED backlit TV's are the most efficient out there).

    In fact, I've seen standby wattage of devices that's higher than the Apple TV's operating wattage.

    For comparison a PS3 uses 70-170W to play a Blu Ray (depending on which generation of PS3), while a Samsung Blu Ray player uses 32W for Blu Ray (24W to stream Netflix)!
  7. ugp macrumors 65816


    Jan 7, 2008
    Inverness, Florida
    The power usage is amazing and quite an energy saver over using my XBOX 360 to stream Netflix and movies from my iMac.

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