Check out this detailed test http://techlogg.com/content/view/360/31/
There’s no argument that on CRT monitors, Blackle does reduce the power consumption but it’s not by the 15-watts claimed. We tested the four CRT monitors we could get our hands on and found that only one unit, an older 22-inch Compaq, showed the 15-watts or more power differential.
But with the LCD monitor market penetration worldwide now beyond 75%, it’s the LCD monitor power consumption that’s just as, if not more, important.
The most interesting aspect we found was that of the LCD monitors we tested of size 22-inches or less, all showed an increase in power consumption using Blackle. Beyond the 22-inch mark however, five of the six models showed a fractional decrease in power consumption when using Blackle, except the ViewSonic VX2835wm, which showed a 2.2-watt increase.
For the five that dropped their power consumption, the average drop was 3.16-watts, again, not the 15-watts being suggested.
Just because you heard it on breakfast TV doesn't mean it's true!
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Comment by freitasm, on 17-Oct-2007 09:55
That's like the Greens asking to ban water... ROFL.
Comment by lugh, on 17-Oct-2007 13:06
Like anyone (except housewives and retired folk) takes anything on any of the breakfast shows seriously. Mind you, this could lead to interesting questions being asked of retail staff (e.g. @DSE)...
Q: "Are you sure the black pixels aren't using power?"
A: "Of course, the extra RAM I've sold you will take care of that."
(mmMm, Carly )
Comment by rscole86, on 17-Oct-2007 13:22
Did you not know that DSE use the latest in power saving RAM?
Comment by lugh, on 17-Oct-2007 13:38
They do have power-saving RAM? It must be true - it's on Geekzone! (watch for the article in the Herald)
Comment by rscole86, on 17-Oct-2007 13:44
It looks like I might be wrong, an unreliable source has just told that the RAM actually produces power! and feeds it back into the grid, therefore reducing your power bill.
Comment by lugh, on 17-Oct-2007 15:40
Power-producing RAM?? If I upgrade to 4GB, my computer could run itself! When are they coming out at DSE?
Comment by Mike, on 18-Aug-2008 04:29
There are around 16 different versions of "black google" online. The best one I've found is www.cleanblack.com. Cleanblack is the only version that allows you to change the text colors of the google search results. Try it yourself by going to www.cleanblack.com/theme/
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