Dell claims green PCs cost less to produce and buy

Dell today said it pays to be green, claiming its new recyclable corporate OptiPlex PCs are cheaper to produce and buy than the previous line.

"The price of the OptiPlex range is down by up to 16 per cent," said David Matthews, Dell's OptiPlex product manager. An entry-level OptiPlex Gs 5133, based on an Intel 133MHz Pentium processor with 16Mb RAM, 1Gb hard drive and 15-inch monitor is £1,180 + VAT. At the high-end, an OptiPlex Gxi 5166, based on an Intel 166MHz Pentium chip, with 32Mb RAM, 1Gb hard drive, 15-inch monitor and two USB ports costs £1,570 + VAT.

"The new chassis is helping in terms of cost reduction," said Matthews. "Because of the easily-removed casing, manufacturing time is down. Also, it's very important to corporates that they have a low cost of ownership and that the PCs are easy to upgrade and service."

"[Future European legislation on] disposal is a key decision behind bringing out recyclable systems," he added. "We wanted to create a situation where the cost of being environmentally friendly is down. Over time, inevitably consumer PCs and other devices will follow a similar route."

Dell can be contacted by telephone on 01344-720000.

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