Toy Box: And now for the PC PC

Here's the ultimate desktop computer: the PC PC. NEC Solutions in the US has launched the PowerMate eco, a fanless, ecologically sensitive desktop computer.

Here’s the ultimate desktop computer: the PC PC. NEC Solutions in the US has launched the PowerMate eco, a fanless, ecologically sensitive desktop computer.

Some of the environmentally friendly computing features include the absence of boron in the CRT monitor and a motherboard made of lead-free solder, which is important in reclamation of PCs.

The company claims the eco’s plastic casing is 100% recyclable. It’s made of NuCycle, a polycarbonate resin mixed with flame-retardant silicone, officials say.

If all of that isn’t politicially correct enough, it has another feature calculated to appeal to anyone with a chip on their shoulder about processor market leader and corporate giant Intel. The eco has a 900MHz Crusoe Processor from Transmeta, better known for its energy-efficient mobile processors. It also has a 15in LCD display, 256MB of memory, a 20GB hard drive, CD-ROM and uses either Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional.

Local availability of the eco isn’t known at this stage. But the price, if the US one is anything to go by, will stretch your environmental friendliness: it’s going on sale there for $US1600 for a standard configuration.

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