The EcoButton is a cool USB gadget that saves you money and fights global warming! I can practically hear your tuts of disbelief back at Zath HQ. But seriously this little eco-friendly gizmo will do exactly that and even has the balls to gloat about it too!
I am talking about the EcoButton. Essentially it is a large nicely lit button that plugs into a USB port and once clicked puts your machine into “Eco Mode”. This allows your computer to go into a standby mode that only uses 1.8 watts of power (apparently that is loads less then most normal standby modes). “who cares” and “nothing new” I thought when I first saw it, but I decided to look a little deeper.
The cleverest bit about this device is the software it comes installed with. Once you take your computer out of eco mode (happens almost instantly) it brings up the EcoButton display page. This is where it gloats about how many spondoollies (£) and how much CO2 emissions you have saved while you have been AFK (away from keyboard).
I am no eco-warrior and have never thought about what my carbon footprint may be stepping on, but I find this information very gratifying. Imagine how enjoyable it will be informing eco-friendly people about the exact amount of CO2 you have saved or the feeling of self gratification when the little gadget shows you have saved the amount it cost for you to buy it. Satisfaction at its finest…almost.
As an additional feature the EcoButton also has a password protect function built in. This means that every time the Eco mode is cancelled you will be prompted for a password before you session will be restored. This is handy if you have family or co workers who enjoy jumping in you seat before its cold.
So now maybe we are all thinking the same thing. I wonder what I look like in woman’s underwear?…Just me?…Ok…But seriously why is this cheap addition not part of all PC’s? Still you can join the fight against the evil global warming, save yourself a few bob and secure your computer at the click of a button. Not bad for such a small gadget with a small price tag.
In Short: The EcoButton is a small gadget with a small price tag that can make big changes to the environment and your bank balance!