|Velocity Micro Edge Z30
||Average watts per hour
|Off (60 percent)
|Sleep (10 percent)
|Idle (25 percent)
|Load (5 percent)
|Annual energy cost
Annual power consumption cost
The Velocity Micro's power consumption lands where we expected it would. It scales almost exactly with its performance compared with that of its competition. With fast CPUs and graphics cards, none of these midrange gaming desktops count as environmentally-friendly, but neither are any of them inordinately power hungry. You'll pay around $5 a month or so to keep the Edge Z30 in electricity.
We're relatively pleased with this PC, but we can't say we're enamored with the changes Velocity Micro has made to its service policies. Its weekday service operates from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Pacific time, but it no longer offers Saturday phone support hours. That means West Coast customers in particular have a fairly inconvenient phone support window. You still get one-year parts and labor coverage, lifetime business hour phone support, as well as discretionary onsite support. We understand that running a support operation can be costly for vendors, but given the more-convenient policies from Velocity Micro's competition, it is certainly possible to be more generous.
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