Smartphones, PCs Go Green for Earth Day 2010

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Smartphones, PCs Go Green for Earth Day 2010

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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Lenovo claims that its ThinkCentre M90p, with its combination of Energy Star compliance, ThinkVantage Power Manager feature and 42 percent post-consumer materials, is a particularly eco-friendly desktop.

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Hewlett-Packards All-In-One PCs are energy-efficient and composed of 90 percent recyclable materials.

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A solar-paneled phone charger. A variety of manufacturers are working on phone chargers that either comply with energy-efficient standards, or attempt to harness a renewable resource like solar power.

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The Samsung Reclaim is made from 80 percent recyclable materials, and a portion of the proceeds goes to The Nature Conservancys Adopt an Acre program. It includes a sliding QWERTY keyboard, Sprint Navigation with Search, and expandable memory storage up to 32GB.

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The Samsung Reclaims outer casing is crafted from 40 percent "bio-plastic material" made from corn. It also features a 2-megapixel camera with 3x digital zoom and camcorder.

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The LG Remarq includes a full sliding QWERTY keyboard, 1.3-megapixel camera and MP3 player with microSD card slot. The outer casing is 19 percent post-consumer recycled plastic and the handset is 87 percent recyclable.

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Powerhouse Dynamics offers a system for monitoring a houses energy consumption via a PC dashboard and an "eMonitor" device, including individual appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers. It sends alerts if those appliances require maintenance.

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Toshibas Satellite M505 laptops utilize the companys eco utility, which monitors power usage over time, and can engage in power-saving mode.

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Sony has taken steps to make its laptops more eco-friendly, such as its Vaio W Series which feature a reprocessed plastic frame.

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The HP Pavilion All-in-One 200-5020 PC and HP Compaq 6005 Pro Series have been built with energy efficiency in mind.

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