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Power draw of laptop features

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After some googling and a search here on OCN I haven't found an answer.

I like to disable hardware so I disabled the smart card reader and webcam in the BIOS on my ThinkPad. Now, I don't use these things so I don't see the point in leaving them on and perhaps using power, it's also a few drivers less for the OS to load.

But I do wonder, do things like an integrated webcam, card reader, fingerprint reader etc. draw power when they aren't used? And would disabling them in the BIOS stop them from using power if they do?
I kind of think so, a lot of electronics draw a little bit of power even when they aren't used... Hopefully someone can give me a definitive answer thumb.gif
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You are not gaining anything by sisabling these features on your laptop.

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Most laptops as said come 5400 RPM mechanical drives, though some random models come with models as slow as 4200 RPM, but I believe those aren't used anymore or are very rare. A cheap SanDisk 180-240 GB SSD will smoke out any mechanical drive.
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