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Lenovo unveils its smallest desktop PC yet

The PC manufacturer's smallest desktop PC to date is also its most environmentally friendly, it claims
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Lenovo has unveiled its smallest and most energy-efficient desktop yet.

The ThinkCentre A61e takes up 25 percent less space than previous Lenovo models, and is the manufacturer's first product to achieve the top-ranking gold status on the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) scale for its "green" credentials.

According to Lenovo, the A61e is made of "up to 90 percent reusable/recyclable materials, as well as 90 percent recyclable packaging" and can be powered by an optional solar panel.

"Lenovo is committed to providing an extensive menu of environmentally responsible, energy-efficient technology choices, and the ThinkCentre A61e desktop is our signature item," said the vice president and general manager of Lenovo's emerging products business unit, Peter Schrady, on Wednesday.

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The A61e can run on either the 45-watt AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor or the AMD Sempron single-core processor.

Lenovo claims that the desktop's power supply is "85 percent efficient" and performs better than demanded by the criteria for attaining the Energy Star 4.0 rating. The manufacturer suggests that the A61e can even provide up to 50 percent savings in energy costs when compared to previous models.

By Lenovo's calculations, one user of the A61e could save the equivalent of the carbon-dioxide emissions created by two round-trip plane flights from Boston to New York (totalling around 1,200km worth of travel) every year, while a large enterprise deployment of 50,000 desktops could save more than £500,000 in annual energy costs.

Estimated retail prices for the A61e begin at around £290.

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