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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.