It's not often a company trying improve its green credentials also leads to an improvement in its system offerings from a technology perspective. Dell's plans to have its laptops 100 per cent mercury-free in 12 months, though, is set to lead to such an occurrence because it's the CCFLs used as the laptops' backlighting that contain that mercury so they're being replaced with LEDs instead.
Dell reckons that by December this year two thirds of its Latitude range (the Latitude E4200, E4300, E6400, E6400 ATG and E6500 to be precise) will have LED-backlighting as standard, as well as the Precision M2400 and M4400. By the end of next year 80 per cent of Dell's entire range should be LED-backlit, with that final 20 per cent being converted by 2010.
As well as improving Dell's green credentials this use of LED-backlighting will also lead to power savings for consumers. According to Dell an average 15in notebook's screen will consume some 43 per cent less power at its maximum brightness with an LED-backlight unit rather than CCFL one.
Most of us will likely be more interested in the better performance of LED-backlit displays (i.e. they look nicer) than their environmental friendliness. Still, it's good news all around really. Hopefully other manufacturers will follow suit. Cole cathode's are so last year!