Monitors get the green treatment

This year, the Web site in question is ours. Today CNET launches its new Green Electronics Guide. There you can check out our top green products, from cars to desktops as well as power efficiency guides on laptops, desktops, TVs, and monitors.

The DEll G2410 impresses with its power efficiency and performance. CBS Interactive

Earth Day brings with it many things: temporary environmental consciousness, plenty of green and white design motifs, and sometimes a new green-focused section of a Web site.

This year, the Web site in question is ours. Today CNET launches its new Green Electronics Guide. There you can check out our top green products, from cars to desktops, as well as power efficiency guides on laptops, desktops, TVs, and monitors.

In the monitor guide you'll see the power efficiency of 21 different monitors compared, and you'll discover ways to cut down on your current power consumption. Today also marks the launch of a new CNET rating, Power Saver. Check out how CNET tests monitors for power efficiency to see how a monitor can earn the Power Saver seal.

Not surprisingly, Dell's green-focused monitors, the 22-inch G2210 and the 24-inch G2410, easily earned the seal. As did the Lenovo ThinkVision 1940p , a 19-inch monitor, that, thanks mostly to its relatively low size and resolution, doesn't require much power to function.

The G2210 and the G2410 aren't just here to please all of us hybrid driving San Franciscans, either. They were actually two of the best overall performers we've yet seen, thanks in part to their LED backlights. The backlights allow the monitors to efficiently control the amount of light coming though their screens. This in turn gives the monitors a low black level, making movies, especially HD movies, look stellar. Check out the G2210 and the G2410 reviews to see what we thought overall.

About the author

Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.

 

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