The convergence of green and gadgets in the PC world has been a long time coming, but now it's here I think we're going to see a shift in how computers are powered. There's been a lot of talk lately about Google's plan to host their super-computers offshore (water and wave energy= green and cheap) so the fact that home PC's are now being equipped with energy saving devices is no surprise.
The Advent Eco not only runs on less energy- around 25 watts- it will save you money as well, which is what we're looking for in these credit crunch times. It features a fan-less cooling system, which is one of the areas a lot of electricity is wasted and 75% of the machine is made out of recycled materials.
It doesn't lack specs though, as packed into this budget PC is a T5250 core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB Ram and a 160GB HDD drive. Add to that Vista Premium, a Wi-Fi card and the manual preinstalled on the system (to save paper) and it's a highly desirable piece of kit. Cost wise, they've calculated that based on an energy output of 4 hours a day, the Eco would cost around £8 a year to run (in Energy Saving Mode) compared to £43 with a regular PC.
I use my computer significantly more than 4 hours a day, so the savings could only get bigger.
Go on, get your green on!
£599 for the base unit from PC World
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