How much Power does an Apple TV use?

While the Apple TV is not sleeping (the light is on) it uses 1.8 watts. If the device is sleeping it uses .8 watts. This power requirement is because the device is still connected to WiFi and allowing all iOS devices on the network to know that it is available for playing back content. As soon as the apple TV is selected to play back content it springs to life.

Apple TV

The lower power usage of < 2 watts is a great achievement from apple, unfortunately the result is poor performance. As we all look to have more efficient computers, tv’s and vehicles we have to ask ourselves “is it worth it?”. When we look at the performance of netbooks & now the apple TV and the safety of smart cars. Is the energy savings worth it?


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