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comment Enabling super speed on USB 3 ports
@Jeeva Cheap drive, no doubt, but the device manager lists the usb hubs as "high speed", not superspeed, even when no usb devices are plugged in, so I assume there is an issue with the USB ports as well.
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comment Enabling super speed on USB 3 ports
@Sathya: Yeah, I was under the impression that all USB3 devices were born equal. I am starting to get the idea that this isn't quite accurate. The handy drive isn't much of an issue, it's just a cheap thumb drive, but the USB ports performance of the laptop on the other end are a let down. Is there nothing that can be done?
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asked Enabling super speed on USB 3 ports
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comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
@Lie: But all this comes under the heading of properly setting up your computer. Let's not delude ourselves into thinking that it makes a meaningful difference in terms of costs saving, which is what the OP is talking about.
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comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
@Lie: Write a small app to record the time it is on and active (not in sleep mode) and you might be surprised by the result. I am also a major laptop user (I even sleep with the bloody thing next to my bed). Anyway, I have no intention to challenge your usage. It is what it is, but still doesn't look like a significant expense item.
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comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
@Lie Ryan: By default, reasonably savvy people adjust brightness to a comfortable level. You might like it darker than I do, but that's not the point. Going below that comfortable threshold causes trouble, whatever the threshold is for the individual. Lowering CPU speed = lowering both consumption and performance. If you didn't need the performance, it's no problem. If you do however... Using a smaller laptop also reduces usability and performance. Dual VGA card, cool. There goes another $3 per year. SSD of a decent size. Oups, all the cents you saved for the next 50 years are gone.
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comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
@Lie Ryan: 12 hours a day, 365 days a year? You are most likely overestimating badly the case, but even in this extreme situation, you are talking about $66 of electricity per year total your main work tool (same for me), and a potential saving of $21 per year on the laptop, less than $2 per month.
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comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
@Soren: I downvoted it because it is a terrible advice to the OP. Seriously, would you recommend to turn the brightness down to save about $1.50/year? Will this benefit the asker? Potentially hurting his eyes and causing headaches for $1.50? Terrible advices should be downvoted, even if they are technically correct. Another example: SSD. Seriously? The guy is trying to save money and you are going to suggest SSD? The difference between a regular hard disk and a SSD is more than the consumption of the device over 10 years! No external keyboard/mouse? $0.10 per year.
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comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
@Benedikt: of course, my comment was tongue in cheek, but the point remains. I have updated my answer to give you some realistic figures to think with. Tell me if you think it's really worth your time.
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revised How can I save energy when using a notebook?
Added some actual figures.
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comment How can I save energy when using a notebook?
@Benedikt: Well, have fun with that but as far as your electricity bill is concerned, you wouldn't notice the difference if you were to stop using your laptop completely. It looks like your concern is money. If that's the case, you should consider that spending hours of your time to save 15cts of electricity per year is possibly not the best way to improve your financial situation.