Good news, laptop shoppers. Within the next couple of years, hunting around for notebooks with LED-backlit displays will get a whole lot easier—at least, as long as you browse Dell's online store. DigiTimes reports that the PC maker plans to use LED backlighting in all of its notebooks by 2010.
Dell sounds like it has an aggressive ramp-up plan laid out, too. DigiTimes says two thirds of the company's Latitude E-series notebooks—including the E4200, E4300, E6400, E6400 ATG, and E6500 models—will have LED backlighting by December 15. Precision M2400 and M4400 "mobile workstations" will receive the same treatment. Dell estimates that 80% of its notebooks will have LEDs sitting behind their LCD panels by the end of 2009, and that figure should finally hit 100% the following year.
As you might already know, putting LEDs instead of cold-cathode fluorescent lamps in monitors can make images brighter and reduce power consumption. DigiTimes says the switch can cut energy draw by a whopping 43% at the maximum brightness setting in Dell's 15" displays. Multiply that by a few million users and who-knows-how-many hours, and Dell anticipates that the transition could save consumers $20 million between 2010 and 2011.