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Lenovo ThinkCentre A61e, the size of a phonebook  (Source: Lenovo)
New ThinkCentre A61e has solar panel option

Lenovo this week announced its latest ThinkCentre A61e ultra small form factor desktop with greater emphasis on green computing. The new ThinkCentre receives the Green Electronics Council’s EPEAT Gold status, for its energy efficiency and environmentally friendly materials. Lenovo’s new desktop features 90 percent recyclable material. The packaging is also 90 percent recyclable.

Lenovo packs the ThinkCentre A61e with energy-efficient 45-watt AMD processors. Single-core AMD Sempron and dual-core Athlon 64 X2 processors are available for the ultra small form factor system. Lenovo also offers an optional solar panel to power the ThinkCentre with sunlight, for the ultimate green experience.

"The importance of maximizing energy efficiency and being environmentally conscious is touching all aspects of our daily lives, from the light bulbs we use to light our homes to the hybrid cars we drive to the green technology we rely on to run our businesses," said, Peter Schrady, vice president and general manager, Emerging Products Business Unit, Lenovo. "Lenovo is committed to providing an extensive menu of environmentally-responsible, energy efficient technology choices, and the ThinkCentre A61e is our signature item. For the first time, a major PC vendor has combined small size and consistently quiet acoustics with a light weight, highly energy efficient desktop offering all at an affordable price."

Powering the ThinkCentre A61e system is an 85 percent efficient power supply. Lenovo claims the combination of energy-efficient processors and the 85 percent efficient power supply yields an average $20 a year savings in energy, per desktop.

Expect the ThinkCentre A61e to be available next month.

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By acer905 on 9/13/2007 2:07:34 PM , Rating: 4
The way i see it, a solar powered computer would be sweet... except during that pesky night time...

RE: Lol
By Terberculosis on 9/13/2007 2:11:40 PM , Rating: 3
I belive the article failed to mention the optional package which launches your solar pannel into space and places it in the Earth-Sun L-3. Continuous solar power, The ultimate Green computer.

RE: Lol
By acer905 on 9/13/2007 2:21:07 PM , Rating: 5
Oh, yes that would eliminate that night problem now wouldn't it... Though what happens if you are playing a game and suddenly there is this giant alien ship that blocks the light from your orbital solar cell just as you are about to beat the final boss... Seriously, how crappy would that be. Aliens show up for an invasion, and you can't even finish your game?

RE: Lol
By Spuke on 9/13/2007 3:47:16 PM , Rating: 3
Aliens show up for an invasion, and you can't even finish your game?
Yeah, that's bullshit!

RE: Lol
By timmiser on 9/13/2007 5:12:01 PM , Rating: 4
The only problem is that pesky power cord that ends up wrapping around the earth as it orbits causing it to get all tangled up!

RE: Lol
By Polynikes on 9/13/2007 5:42:10 PM , Rating: 2
Ahh you beat me to it. I was gonna say that. D:

RE: Lol
By MGSsancho on 9/13/2007 6:13:16 PM , Rating: 1
only problem is there arnt any cables strong enough... space elevator?

RE: Lol
By hadifa on 9/13/2007 10:35:24 PM , Rating: 2
No need for cable, you need a combination of big mirror/lenses/prism to reflect the light to where you are.

Just pray for a clear sky's.

If hardware components become very efficient, then the body heat might be enough to empower them.

One can only dream, ha?

RE: Lol
By Samus on 9/14/2007 4:16:18 AM , Rating: 4
You guys have smoked yourselves retarded.

RE: Lol
By Dianoda on 9/13/2007 2:14:54 PM , Rating: 3
How 'bout a solar powered laptop instead? You know, with a screen...

Might be ever so slightly more practical, no?

RE: Lol
By Ringold on 9/13/2007 2:29:48 PM , Rating: 4
If it were cheap, I wouldn't mind a stationary bicycle setup to charge a laptop.. Sort of like "No dessert until you finish your dinner", but "No playing Eve Online over lunch until you do your exercise!"

An optional AC output for the device would be nice, too. Next time a hurricane robs me of my power, I could charge my UPS sufficiently to play some strategy games in 15-30 minute spurts (or longer, depending on how many watts I could comfortably maintain) and get healthier while I'm at it.

Then again, it may collect a foot of dust in the garage. I'd pay perhaps $150 for such a device at least, if it werent proprietarily tied to particular hardware.

RE: Lol
By rcsinfo on 9/13/2007 2:56:49 PM , Rating: 2
Haven't seen a commercial pedal generator, but there are a lot of DIY ones out there.

RE: Lol
By Brandon Hill on 9/13/2007 2:30:49 PM , Rating: 2
I'd totally be down for that. Make the entire back LCD lid out of solar panels. You'd have to be extremely careful in transporting it though.

RE: Lol
By Captain Orgazmo on 9/13/2007 7:43:54 PM , Rating: 2

No worries, they can use Spheral Solar panels on roofs it's so durable.

Read about this
By Master Kenobi on 9/13/2007 2:29:56 PM , Rating: 2
I read about this over on TR earlier.... its a nice idea but I think the electricity saved by the grid using this PC would be fine in the first place. Gotta also remember though, Electricity is largely use or lose, there isnt very good reliably ways to store it long term.

RE: Read about this
By darkpuppet on 9/13/2007 2:31:46 PM , Rating: 2
this would be great for those of us who leave our machines running all day to pad our Folding@Home or World Community Grid numbers.

RE: Read about this
By Master Kenobi on 9/13/2007 2:54:28 PM , Rating: 2
Well if they are as power effecient as they say you could pickup a couple of these and throw em in a rack-like cabinet and fold all day.......

assuming that...
By darkpuppet on 9/13/07, Rating: 0
RE: assuming that...
By FITCamaro on 9/13/2007 2:44:58 PM , Rating: 2
What exactly were we supposed to see there?

RE: assuming that...
By TomZ on 9/13/2007 3:05:53 PM , Rating: 2
Just buy something and don't question it, okay? :o)

RE: assuming that...
By darkpuppet on 9/13/2007 3:33:37 PM , Rating: 2
Guess you guys never read penny-arcade, huh...

Guess I should have made it more obvious and pointed out the guy in the space suit on the beach...

Windows Home Server
By Blight AC on 9/14/2007 10:14:25 AM , Rating: 2
This would be perfect for a Windows Home Server! Then I wouldn't feel so bad about leaving it on 24/7. I wonder how much wall power it would use over a 24 hour period on an ideal day.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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