Friday, January 30, 2009
EcoButton Energy Saver Gets Mixed Reviews
The EcoButton is a large backlight button which you plug into a computer via USB. Press the button and the computer is put in a low power suspended mode, press it again and the computer wakes up. This idea has got mixed reviews. On the one hand the device doesn't do any more than can be done with built in functions in the computer (my laptop has a suspend/resume button already or you can do the same thing with a few mouse clicks). The device will use extra resoruces to make and use. On the other hand having a dedicated on/off switch, by being simple and convenient, might be used by people who would otherwise leave their computer on. At least this is better for the environment than a USB cup warmer.