Magnesium Alloy and Anodized Aluminum Make for Laptop Gold

by Lisa Reisman on June 13, 2008

Style:    Category: Commodities, Green, Product Developments

Anodized aluminum casings and a magnesium alloy cover can make a drastic difference in laptop care–and disposal, given the recyclability of the materials. This week, HP introduced the latest HP EliteBook 6930p, a small-sized laptop with abilities that read like an all-terrain vehicle. Whether you’re working in extreme conditions or checking e-mail in the kitchen, this military-grade laptop passes the MIL-STD 810F for high temperature, altitude, humidity, dust and vibration, CrunchGear shares.

The notebook’s HP DuraCast has an inner magnesium shell, and the anodized aluminum surface includes HP DuraFinish, a scratch-resistant coating that can withstand almost anything. Want to clean your laptop with steel wool? Go for it!

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Photo Credit: HP.

In addition to being six-times more resilient against scratches than notebooks in the past, HP explains that these easily-recycled models are designed with the “environment in mind.” Consumers can opt for an energy-efficient mercury-free Illumi-Lite LED display.

Green and lean are obvious trends in the computer world, because it’s not just the HP EliteBook. MacBook Air is another aluminum-cased laptop that has recently been touted as environmentally-friendly.

According to the Apple website, MacBook Air embodies Apple’s continuing environmental progress. It consumes the least amount of power of any Mac and is also designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:
–Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure
–Mercury-free LCD display with arsenic-free glass
–PVC-free internal cables
–Largely recyclable, low-volume packaging
–Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
–MacBook Air received a Silver rating from EPEAT

Any other eco-friendly metals gadgets that recently caught your eye? Share them with us! We would love to hear from you.

–Amy Edwards

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