Boston-based Tech Networks has a line of ultra energy-efficient PCs. Most of the adjustments look like they’re in the cooling systems and power supplies, which are notoriously inefficient in most desktop PCs.
The rigs themselves have that nice faux-Apple sheen all the kids are crazy about, and they claim their standard desktops will save you around 300 bucks a year in energy costs. And if that’s not enough, they’ll also recycle your old computer and make a donation to environmental groups if you make a purchase.
Only one of their current models uses the Intel Core Duo processor, which is significantly more energy-friendly than the Celeron or Pentium 4s on the lower end choices. A model from Dell comparable to Tech Networks’ “Super” costs almost $200 less (and they’ll plant a tree for you), so I’m not sure if the savings are all the company is cracking them up to be … oh, and you even have the option for greener AMD processors on the low-end Dells, too …
Actually, the more I look at this, the more I think you’d still be better off going with Dell if you were in the market for a green PC.
Still, Tech Networks’ heart is in the right place. Probably.