Pictures of Dell's Eco Bamboo Computer

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We just listened in on Dell CEO Michael Dell’s speech at the Fortune Green conference, during which he showed off a “never before seen” eco-inspired computer with a bamboo casing. Dell said the computer is 81 percent smaller than a standard desktop, uses 70 percent less power and is filled with recycled materials like old bottles, milk jugs and detergent cases. While Dell wouldn’t give the name of the bamboo box, he said the product would come out later this year and would likely range in price betwen $500 and $700. Check out our pictures of the ecoputer.

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Ray

Amazing… green this, green that. Any numbers on the carbon footprint of a regular Dell vs. this model? A comparison would be helpful. Not a very practical approach to cutting CO2.

We as a species will be extinct long before the environment and climate.

Ruthie Bright

You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

Purba

Personally, I think this is a wonderful start.
I hope Dell, ASUS and others research their bamboo sources well- as many Chinese manufacturers use toxic chemicals such as Urea Formaldehyde in the bonding process for bamboo laminates.
Furthermore pollution, wages and worker health and safety in China are disgraceful in many factories.
It would be shameful indeed if this green revolution is not merely marketing hype and at the expense of oppressed Chinese labour.

Polywood

I see the bamboo casing for sale online (Sam’s Club
) but not the entire computer. When and where can we buy it, shouldn’t it be out now? I’m always looking for a way to shave my electricity bill and go more green and this computer looks like it could do it.

Alex

That’s a great thing, all green looking and all. But you know what I’d really like? To have the keys work on my Latitude D610, or who knows, maybe not have dead pixels and the monitor half falling off.

I’ll never own another Dell, no matter how “green” it goes.

cezca

ha ha interesting…
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San Francisco Modern

Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like any of these bamboo veneer PCs are making it to market. I understand the ASUS EcoBook has just been delayed again (or possibly discontinued?).

Hopefully someone will find a way to make this happen since I really do like the bamboo skin and possible eco-friendly nature of these PCs.

brian

when are designers going to relive that everything eco does not have to be ugly. if you really want to be eco friendly save the three hundred extra bucks and ride your bike three times a week to work.

Barbara Miller

Hope its not as crappy & noisy as the the XPS 200. I would never buy a Dell again.

J.

Although the concept is cool, the sad thing is that you’re stuck with windows. Well, that is if you want any entertainment with out having to tweak one of those free OS systems. I hope apple comes out with something similar. Meh….

cfive

BUt think about it, this means they would need to cut some bamboo for each computer. I think synthetics would be the way to go on this one

3l1t3

Too bad it is a DELL, it will end up as landfill within two years. Junk ass pc builders! So no, not eco-friendly.

rainbow

I like it. The design just doesn´t seem practical, but at least they are doing something for the environment.

Pedro

Very nice.

Hopefully efforts like these will drive home the notion that the average PC user doesn’t need a massive, plastic clad tower to surf, e-mail and trawl Facebook/MySpace :)

Dankoozy

Where are the specs? does it have a VIA processor? every ‘eco’ PC should have a VIA processor and run Linux.

skeptic

It probably has a larger carbon footprint to make this thing out of non-streamlined parts.

jon

David B. wacko? you must be kidding? using sustainable materials does not need a rocket scientist explanation. really feel sorry for you.

David B.

Man I thought dell was a good company and not run by wackos. i guess I will have to shift to a company that doesnt bow to political pressure.

ShimyPlastic

I applaud companies that really do try to limit their consumption of non-renewable resources but I wonder how many of the current crop of companies releasing “green” products are just doing it for the marketing buzz and how many really try to reduce energy use and waste in their own production facilities and offices.

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