The solid computer magazine Laptop recently took a stab at naming its four top choices for current green laptops. The consumer publication made its conclusions on its winners based upon some solid evaluation criteria, mostly centered around the idea of determining “how much power the laptops consumed during everyday activities.” Also considered were the already established ratings of EPAT on the specific laptops as well as how Greenpeace ranks the manufacturers according to environmental practices.
Winners in the four evaluated categories – including ultraportables, all-purpose laptops, desktop replacements and netbooks – were models from the likes of Toshiba, Lenovo and Sony. Two Apple laptops did make it into the top choices as well, but neither placed at the top of their categories. It was interesting to note, for example, that in the ultraportables category the MacBook Air scored last in total battery life and also took the longest time to recharge its battery. It did, however, get a high EPAT rating.