I recently purchased a new computer for the craft room that will serve a few purposes. One, whenever I'm working on more graphics-heavy presentations, I think it'll be easier to work on a larger format computer. And for all my out-of-town guests, now they have a place to check their email at their leisure.
Doing a little bit of research, I found this new computer system from Dell called the Studio Hybrid. I loved how compact it was and (from some of the reviews I read online) how whisper quiet it was. Here's some info right off Dell's website:
Size and materials
Our smallest design is about 80% smaller than standard desktops, and it contains about 75% less printed documentation by weight when compared to typical tower desktops.
Uses about 70% less power than a typical desktop, and meets Energy Star® 4.0 standards with an 87% efficient power supply.
Studio Hybrid packaging is made from 95% recyclable materials. And the Studio Hybrid comes with a system-recycling kit, so you can help preserve and protect the environment
It also comes with the option of having the desktop hard drive wrapped in real bamboo instead of plastic. I was going to go for it until A: it would take an extra week to manufacture and B: it would cost about $100 more. I, like anyone else, am watching every dollar that goes out of my pocket. I figured this system was pretty green enough that the bamboo aspect wasn't that important.
Some of the recycled paper information sheets that came with the system. I loved the minimal amount of packaging that came with the system.
And here's something interesting that came with the system: a pre-paid mailing slip to send back your old computer for free recycling. Too bad I didn't have an old desktop to recycle. I am thinking of giving away this information so someone else can at least recycle their old PC.
(PS-I'm not a paid spokesperson for Dell nor did they give me the system or a discount. I paid for it fully just like anyone else. I'll report on how well it perfrorms a few weeks from now).