Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dell Launches Super-Small 'Green' Desktop PC Line

Dell has announced a new line of mini desktop PCs that are 80 per cent smaller than the average desktop computer, and they consume about 70 per cent less energy. The "Green" mini PC also features some beautiful design features.

Digital Journal -- It's Dell's smallest and most environmentally friendly consumer PC on the market. The Dell Studio Hybrid was announced today and the units show off impressive features and refined design. Gone are the days of clunky, grey desktop towers.
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“The design and craftsmanship of the Studio Hybrid alone are enough to cause you to do a double take,” Phil Bryant said Dell's vice president and general manager, Americas Consumer Sales, in a news release. “Combine that with the performance of this little beauty and its environmentally smart DNA, and you’ve got something truly unique.”

Dell's new Studio Hybrid allowed the company to reduce packing materials 30 per cent by weight; packing materials are also 95 per cent recyclable; and printed documentation was reduced 75 per cent by weight.

The PC boasts an Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo processor and runs on Windows Vista. You can also get up to 4GB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM.

Green PC, DellSummer is traditionally a quiet period for tech companies, when few major products are announced to the industry. But with the Green movement in full swing, Dell is cashing in on the trend and the upcoming back-to-school surge.

The Studio Hybrid is about the size of a "collegiate dictionary," according to the company's news release. A "collegiate" dictionary? Could they not have found a better comparison? For those of you wondering, it is bigger than Apple's Mac Mini.

The PC can be set up both vertically or horizontally and comes in seven colours (Bamboo, Emerald, Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Slate, and Topaz).

Dell Green ComputerThe new PC starts at $529 CAN ($499 USD), and Dell's launch of this new line is in step with its aggressive pursuit of HP. Dell trails HP in the desktop PC market at number two.

The PC also comes with optional Wi-Fi networking capabilities, Blu-ray, and a TV tuner.

"Our goal was to design a desktop that fits in the office or in the living room, or anywhere space is at a premium,” said Bill Tyrrell, consumer product marketing, Dell Canada. “We’ve created a desktop PC category that combines style, performance and a high degree of energy efficiency.”


Geoff said...

Launch of integrated PC that uses less energy than a 60 Watt light bulb
Using just 55W in normal use LoCO2PC is the ultimate eco-friendly computer. It is the first 3GHz integrated PC to qualify under Europe’s stringent Energy Star 4.0 benchmark.

In August 2008 Akhter Computers plc launched a unique energy-efficient, integrated PC utilising the new low energy high power Intel® 45nm Intel Core™2 Duo processor range running at up to 3.0 GHz. The LoCO2PC can potentially reduce power bills to around one third that of the existing desktop PCs, that LoCO2PC is set to replace. Built as a single unit the LoCO2PC includes performance computer, stereo speakers, DVD writer and 19 inch monitor.

Akhter Computers is the first British Company to launch an integrated computer, which has achieved the Energy Star 4.0 qualification. Energy Star 4.0 is an upgraded environmental standard recently mandated across the EU for all public procurement. Although numerous brands claim to be eco-friendly, the true measure is to have an Energy Star 4.0 certificate, which sets stringent energy efficiency targets. The LoCO2PC’s achievement is more outstanding in that it passes the Energy Star 4.0 tests consuming just 55W in normal use (less than a conventional light bulb for the total PC system including the built-in LCD screen. In sleep mode it consumes just 3W of power, an advantage where machines are left on overnight. LoCO2PC is the first Energy Star 4.0 approved Integrated PC to run the powerful Intel Core™2 Duo processor at 3.0 GHz, for demanding PC applications.

Organisations that select LoCO2PCs can expect to gain substantial payback through savings on their power bills, estimated at £225 per PC per year where PCs are regularly left on overnight.

“Akhter is committed long-term to developing genuine energy efficient products. As corporate social responsibility is higher than ever on organisational agendas, we have seen an unprecedented demand for the LoCO2PC that has exceeded our highest expectations”.
Humayun Mughal – CEO Akhter Computers plc

The Akhter LoCO2PC All-in-One is engineered for performance. The All-in-One computer is based on Intel’s G31 Express Chipset, supporting current 65nm processors, plus an upgrade path to accommodate low energy 45nm processors. Most competing products run at just 1GHz or 2GHz.

Secondary benefits of the LoCO2PC include lower heat, lower noise, low energy consumption, fewer plugs and leads. Permanently connected external ports are located on the underside of the unit, to make them less accessible and minimise any scope for user interference or accidental dislodging.

The neat slim-line profile All-in-One has few external cables keeping the visual appearance of a room tidy, and creating a safer working environment for all. The concept means that less workspace is occupied than with desktop PCs or tower PCs comprising separate parts. To minimise any risk of damage the LoCO2PC is supplied with hard glass of 8H quality as standard in the high resolution 19 inch monitor (1280 x 1024 resolution). “All-in-One” is just 85mm in depth, so has a minimal impact on desk surface space, without restricting the leg room under the desk.

The LoCO2PC has an integral stand and VESA mount (75mm/100mm) enabling the LoCO2PC to held off the desk. Security mounting on a VESA monitor arm improves the security where used in vulnerable areas. A built-in Kensington Lock provides added security against theft.

The LoCO2PC also supports external video output to external monitors including DVI and HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) at up to 1920x1200.

The LoCO2PC’s energy efficient integrated design generates less heat, and only minimal fan effort is used to disperse heat. The easily replaced external power supply does not require a fan. The cpu is cooled by a silent proprietary copper pipe heat exchange system. The power management ensures that while the system is in sleep mode, the power consumption is reduced to just 3W.

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Akhter Computers is one of the UK’s longest established PC manufacturers operating since 1979.

Contact: Geoff Pick
Tel: +44 1279 821218
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