Oh goody, another eco-label that we get to suss out and assess for relevance! Seriously, though, I just got word that the Dell OptiPlex 908 has been blessed with the TCO Certified designation, which focuses on environmental and high-performance design. This is a label recognized worldwide.
TCO Certified, spearheaded by an organization that hails out of Stockholm, Sweden, actually takes both environmental factors and ergonomic factors into effect. It reaches all the way back to 1992, when the organization started focusing on image quality and ergonomics of displays, as well as reducing electromagnetic emissions. Last year, the label was tweaked in order to account for energy efficiency as well as materials factors.
Dell's systems is apparently the first system to earn the TCO Certified Desktops 3.0 label, which in addition to environmental concerns takes account the noise that is created by a given piece of equipment. The OptiPlex 980 is actually designed to reduce noise by about 50 percent compared with similar systems; the design also keeps the computer running cooler, according to Dell.