A cool thing about competition is that is creates a whole lot of options from which consumers can choose, especially in the realm of electronics.
It seems the Dell Studio Hybrid has a bit of competition. PC World has announced the Advent Eco PC. This little PC does just thaaaaat much more than the Studio Hybrid, breeding some interesting competition and irresistible comparison. A Few Eco Feature Jabs
Two big green selling points of the Advent Eco PC are that it is made of 75% recycled material, and puts all the user manuals and documentation on the computer (rather than using up trees and ink for printing them out, when the consumer is just going to shove them in a drawer, eventually toss them out, and download again from the website anyway). The Studio Hybrid uses "only" 75% less printed documentation than standard towers.
Energy Savings Punches
Another big perk, and the part that one-ups the Studio Hybrid, is that the Advent Eco PC reportedly uses 78% less energy than comparable desktops. The Studio Hybrid claims a 70% energy savings. While the energy savings is often tied to the user and what the user does with the computer, an 8% difference is still fairly noticeable.
What is also noticeable is the price difference. Advent's desktop is priced at £600 — or about $1,200. The Studio Hybrid starts at $500. That energy efficiency difference doesn't seem like such a big difference anymore, does it? At that price difference, Dell customers can afford to throw in the little extra for a tree, especially when they're getting a waaaaay more stylish computer.
And the Winner Is....Consumers!
Either way, and either PC choice a consumer makes, the green competition is great for better computer options. And this smackdown, I'm sure, is just scratching the surface of great eco-friendly competitions to come.
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