Mac mini Reigns Big On ‘Green’ Computer List

On November 28, 2009, in Industry News, by J.R. Bookwalter

Mac mini

Apple has been making a big push in recent years to show how “green” its computers are in regards to the environment, and now the diminutive Mac mini has landed a top spot as one of the greenest.

In fact, the Mac mini reigns over the top four spots, thanks to Apple offering two models with two different configurations for each. According to, the website hosts the chart, which breaks down energy use rankings for thousands of home appliances, entertainment devices and personal computers.

Taking the crown at top spot is the 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mac mini, which slurps up a mere .94W when powered off, 1.71W in sleep mode and only 12.6W when powered on but idle. The energy cost per year (sans monitor) is only $5.51 US. Of course, this model is no longer produced by Apple, but the newer 2.26 GHz Mac mini is even more energy efficient, according to Apple. The refreshed model uses only .80W when off and 1.39W in sleep mode, but 13.4W when in idle mode.

The Mac minis are Apple’s only showing in the top 40 for desktop computers, but definitely not on the whole chart. Several models of Mac Pros are ranked between 87 and 111, and the various MacBook models chart high amongst laptop computers (10 in the top 20), with the 1.86 GHz MacBook Air ranking No. 2 (barely!) and the 2.13 GHz version at No. 3. In the all-in-one computer category, the top iMac falls at No. 6 behind eMachines, Acer, Asus and MSI. is a good place to start if your carbon footprint matters, and with the energy costs charted by day and by year, you could save a bundle on appliances, televisions, entertainment devices and computers, even if the initial cost of purchase is a bit higher than normal.

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