|SOYO 26-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor DYLM26E6|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Monitor | HDTV|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 29 June 2008|
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SOYO Pearl Power Consumption
Whether you do your part to conserve energy as an effort to heal our planet, or just want to save expenses on the energy bill, power consumption is a heavy concern for consumers. There are a lot of reasons to make energy efficiency a cornerstone to the consumer decision-making experience, since the energy costs directly effect the total cost of ownership (TCoA). Choosing a model that is not efficient just to save a few dollars at the time of purchase could equal the difference in cost of a much higher-cost model when TCoA is compared a year later.
To measure power consumption I used the Kill A Watt EZ (model P4460) made by P3 International and tested each unit during two different power states. The tests began after a full ten minutes of white-screen display to generate a "warm" reading. Next, the system was allowed to place the monitor into a "standby" mode, and minutes later the cold reading results were recorded. The results are displayed below:
The difference in power draw during normal working conditions is relatively minimal among the different products... at least up until the SOYO MT-NI-DYLM26E6. I was suspicious at first, since the large 26" widescreen LCD panel was expected to consume more energy than the others, so I went back and re-tested the Honeywell MT-NI-DYLM26E6 and Samsung 204B monitors. Sure enough, after a series of re-tests all of these monitors produced exactly identical power consumption results.
So what does this mean? Well, I believe that almost everyone cares about conserving energy. Whether they want to save the planet, or save money on their electricity bill, nobody is quick to waste energy anymore. I know someone who used to leave his computers running all the time, even if he was gone for the weekend; but not anymore. It seems unfortunate that people couldn't adjust their habits without the stimulus of high utility expenses, but now it looks like manufacturers are starting to compensate.
Either way you look at it, the SOYO Pearl series seems to offer an excellent example of how a company can dramatically change their position on power consumption compared to their own previously inefficient designs. Now I don't feel so guilty using a 26" widescreen monitor, especially since it uses less power than a few 19" displays we've tested.
Unless you manually turn off the monitor, or switch off power from a surge protector or similar power tap, your monitor will likely switch into a lower-power "standby" mode. As you can see from the chart above, there's more than one reading to recognize for the SOYO MT-NI-DYLM26E6. You see, when the monitor is in standby mode there's a blue LED that flashes on and off. I know, it's only an LCD, but apparently there's a lot more overhead associated with it than you might expect.
As I recorded the standby power consumption, the 26" Pearl series widescreen monitor would bounce between two distinct power consumption levels. Even at the highest level recorded, standby power consumption is really on-par with the rest of the products. However, it would be my suggestion to SOYO to find a way to have that flashing go away after a few minutes for a complete power down.
Please continue to the next section, where I share my personal opinion of large-resolution monitors and deliver my conclusion for the SOYO MT-NI-DYLM26E6.