HP raises the ecobar with energy-efficient desktop system designed for long life and easy recycling
Sowing the seeds for a new crop of green desktops, HP announced this week the first PC on the market to achieve EPEAT (Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool) gold status.
http://www.epeat.net/Criteria.aspx ">EPEAT-registered products are designated as "bronze," "silver," or "gold," depending on the number of environmental features they possess, such as reduced levels of hazardous materials, improved energy efficiency, and ease of upgrade and recycle.
Aimed at general business users in industries such as retail, health care, banking, manufacturing, and distribution, the HP's rp5700 Business Desktop PC packs some nifty ecofriendly features.
Among them, it comes with a standard 80 percent efficient power supply; most PCs on the market settle on 65 percent. That extra efficiency means lower electrical usage as well as less heat, all of which contributes to cost savings. (I hope vendors start making them standard elements in their systems -- not just the ones designed or marketed as green.)
Another cost saver: The hardened systems have a five-year lifecycle, compared to the standard 12- to 18-month lifecycle of typical PCs, according to HP. That means less turnover as well as fewer administrative headaches. "Companies can have 10 to 12 different software configurations they're trying to manage, based on different chip sets. The longer they can hold onto a product, the greater the TCO is for them," says Lesley Fagg, worldwide product marketing manager at HP.
Interestingly, the rp5700 is built on HP's rp5000 PoS (point of sales) systems, which were originally aimed at the retail market. However, they garnered interest in other verticals, which is what inspired HP to create this business desktop version.
The systems are for organizations that "do not have complex computing environments. The assumption is that they are using these PCs more for tasks that are repetitive in nature. They don't need latest and greatest technology; they need something that will last a long time. They care about about longevity and stability," says Fagg.
Built on the Intel Q963 Express chipset, the system supports legacy Windows 2000 as well as XP Pro and Windows Business Vista 32-bit, so companies that are content with an older iteration of Windows can stick with it.