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Dell unveils eco-friendly compact bamboo PC

updated 09:45 pm EDT, Tue April 22, 2008

Dell bamboo PC

Dell today unveiled a "never before seen" environmentally conscious computer clad in bamboo, which occupies 81 percent of the space typically taken by a traditional PC tower. While specifications were sparse, Earth2Tech reveals that the computer is made of 70 percent recycled materials, such as old bottles, milk jugs, and detergent cases, and that it would be available later this year for between $500 and $700.

The eco-friendly computer comes after Dell yesterday announcing plans to hold on to Windows XP distribution rights until approximately 2012 on its mid- to high-end business systems.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Haroscarfel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hate to admit it

    as a recent green adopter, I think this is a very cool idea. Its sad that apple hasnt already done this. i will not buy a duh-el under any circumstances, but i do wish apple would do something like this.

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple is starting to suck

    we can either buy the grossly overpowered MacPro or the expansion-less imac and mac mini. PC's are starting to become more appealing.... Yeah I know they don't run OSX, dag!

  1. CreepDogg

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That's the first original, interesting idea I've ever seen come out of Dell. EVER. Hats off to ya, Mike.

    Does it run OS X?

  1. johncarync

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Historically, PC manufacturers have either designed ugly boxes or Apple knockoffs. This is something new, different, and appealing. Congratulations to Dell!

  1. syzygi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Some peoples kids...

    Making uninformed comments seems to be more the rule than the exception now on macnn. The facts are that Apple has often lead the way with environmental designs and packaging.

    Fact 1: In the early 90's Apple stopped shipping there products in the traditional white boxes and shipped in the natural brown with organic black ink. Apple returned to the traditional white boxes only after environmentally friendly inks became economically available.

    Fact 2: The aluminum body parts of the MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini and MacPro are almost 100% reusable. You can't say the same for the materials in the earth2tech. Wood fiber and plastic recycling are only about 70-85% efficient.

    Fact 3: A comparable Dell compared to a MacPro is several hundred bucks less than a MacPro. Go check for yourself. Further more, a MacPro is easier to modify, requires less service and holds its value much longer.

  1. Haroscarfel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    i agree that macs are better, they last longer (2 working g3's and a Ti book in my house), and the definitely hold their value. I just think that the bamboo element and RECYCLED elements are a nice touch. Mac absolutely has the most sensible packaging. Look at the MBA.

    Al can be recycled, yes, however you cant grow Al, you can continuously grow hard, fire resistant grasses like bamboo. im the first to knock Duh-el, but kudos for using recycled parts.

    technically this isn't an original idea from Duh-el, another company introduced the idea of bamboo.

    No matter how cool or small, i still choose my mac mini when it comes to computers of this caliber.

    This posted written on a Mac Pro Quad core.

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