Needs of Developing Countries Shed Light on Low-power PCs

Widespread computer use in developing countries runs right into power consumption and resource issues, so Vertatique follows developments in this area with keen interest. UK organization Computer Aid recently completed testing of low-power computers with ZDNet-UK and three African Universities.

The results placed the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC XO) and Asus Eee PC units at the top of the "power consumption" tests, while the Inveneo Computing Station and the Intel Classmate joined the Asus at the top of the "performance" tests. The Asus Eee PC was the "overall preferred solution"  by the three universities, which factored cost into their final analysis, as well as with ZDNet, which just looked at power/performance tradeoff.

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