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Tiny Bamboo Notebook is More than Just Pretty

Ah! A beautiful bamboo notebook that isn’t calling itself green just because it is how to get cialis made of some sustainable wood product. Asus has finally launched their Bamboo Series notebooks, featuring 12.1” and 11.1” models.

The company has taken eco-friendliness to heart, especially with this model. The series uses energy-efficient Super Hybrid Engine technology, that can extend battery life by 35-70% of other similar notebooks that don’t utilize the technology. Users can choose what level of performance they need at the time, saving battery power or boosting performance by as much as 23%. If a user doesn’t want to only here viagra cheap manually set a power option, the system can intelligently monitor what the user is doing, and adjust power levels accordingly. ASUS states that this technology can reduce yearly CO2 emissions by 12.3kg each notebook, and with the company shipping about 6 million notebooks a year, that’s a significant CO2 savings.

While bamboo-covered efficient desktops and hard drives abound, it’s about time a company made a notebook that combines a gorgeous earthy look with efficient power usage. It is tough to find that combination. And at just about 12”, you can practically put it in your pocket!

Via GoodCleanTech


Shuttle's Teensy Tiny PC Uses Eensy Weensy Wattage

Desktop PCs are getting tiny, but Shuttle is putting out one of the what is cialis smallest I’ve seen around. Just 10” long x 7” wide x less than 3” tall, the X27 mini-PC uses a proportionately tiny amount of energy. It consumes just 36 watts when active and 23 when idle, compared to the 70-250 watts regular-sized desktops use. So it is like having a laptop without the keyboard, mouse, or monitor. It will use Intel’s Atom low-power chip, and runs nearly inaudibly.

The new model will be shown off at the consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin, which starts Friday, and we might hear word about pricing after that. This could be competition with Dell’s (way, way cooler looking) new Studio Hybrid, though we don’t know the EPEAT status on the Shuttle X27 yet.

Via GoodCleanTech


Faster Computers Won’t Need Extra Power

Intel Developer Forum was held last week, and featured cool new details about Nehalem, a more power-efficient chip architecture from the company.

Intel has been working on a design that will be able to help servers, laptops and desktops run far faster without requiring more energy to keep up the pace. One of the features that make the chip work more power-efficiently is a power-saving control unit on click here mexico levitra no prescription the chip that keeps tabs on the workload of the chips’ data-processing units. Inactive units are shut down until needed, helping to save energy. In addition, transistors shut off when not in use, an obvious but difficult step to make in design.

All of this is good news for gamers, since the higher-end desktops will be able to render 3-D animation twice as fast as what is possible today, and it is good news for everyone in general since it will help alleviate bottleneck issues around bandwidth -- and most importantly, it will be energy efficient.

There's a podcast up about the Nehalem, or you can read the whitepaper, view the keynote speeches, etc.

It’ll be great to generic levitra 40 mg soon have faster computers that don’t suck up tons of energy to do all the cool stuff we want them to do.

Via technologyreview


Dell’s Studio Hybrid Gets EPEAT Gold

Dell’s new Studio Hybrid has received EPEAT Gold, which means the desktop meets all 23 required criteria, plus at least 75% of the optional criteria listed by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool. The Studio Hybrid is a cool, tiny desktop – about 80% smaller than standard desktops – and it uses about 70% less energy. What little energy it does use is levitra buying used efficiently, meeting Energy Star 4.0 with its 87% efficient power supply. That adds up to some great savings on electricity over time.

The greenness goes beyond the desktop itself, since the packaging uses 95% recyclable materials, and you can send the machine back to Dell for free recycling using a kit that comes with the system. It’s great to see manufacturers making it so easy for users to complete the loop on their electronics.

And to top it all off, the Studio Hybrid just looks cool – certainly better than the HP or Lenovo Gold-winning desktop PCs. So sleek, you get to pick your favorite color, and it doesn’t take up much space at all. You can pair it up with Lenovo’s EPEAT Gold-winning monitor. Plus it has up to 4 GB RAM and up to 320 GB hard drive. Nice. The downside? One word: Vista.


Dell Beats its Goal for Carbon Neutrality

Dell seems to be doing the most of any mainstream computer company to get greener. And I'm not just saying that because their CTO said some very nice things about EcoGeek in an interview yesterday.

They've bee focusing on efficiency, on RoHS, on hitting epeat standards, and on neutralizing the carbon the company produces.

Less than a year ago, they said that they would be completely carbon neutral and today (according to Dell) they are. They've done it though a variety of means. Most importantly, they cut power use at home. Then, for the power they still consume, they've been buying only wind and solar energy where possible. This kind of commitment increases the demand for (and cost of) renewable energy, and thus increases the likelihood that energy companies will continue investing in it.

Lastly, and most lamely, they bought carbon credits to make up the final difference.

The process of buying carbon credits is complicated and debate rages over whether they're affective. But possibly the most important part of the process is figuring out how many credits you need to buy. Once this is done, a company has a system in place to understand and be able to quantify it's footprint.

Of course, we wish that Dell simply got all its energy from green sources, and didn't have to resort to viagra now offsets. The good news is, that's exactly what they're doing.

Dell already gets about 116 million kWh of their electricity from wind and solar. But they're looking to increasing that number, with investments in the U.S., China and India, to over 600 million kWh. The press release, conveniently, doesn't give any numbers for Dell's global power consumption, but I expect that it's more than 10 times this number.

Still, these kinds of massive investments in clean energy technology is just what power companies need to see in order to justify building them even before they reach grid parity.

Full press release below.

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