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Published on September 5th, 2008 | by Courtney Carlisle Bolton

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Dude, It's a Dell Hybrid

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September 5th, 2008 by  

I cannot believe that I am actually lusting over a Dell desktop computer – albeit, this is no standard computer.

Dell’s Studio Hybrid taps an energy-efficient Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo Mobile Processors to use 70% less power and is Dell’s most environmentally savvy desktop computer to date.

It’s compact size (it’s 81% smaller than a standard desktop tower according to the company) and 6 jewel-toned cases make it perfect for prominent display in your eco-office, but I have to say, the bamboo sleeve is definitely hot.

With the launch of Dell’s smallest computer, the company reduced packing materials by 30% (in comparison with the packing materials for other tower PC’s) and created the packaging from 95% recycled materials. Don’t let it’s small size fool you though – the specs aren’t too shabby. It gets up to 4GB of RAM and comes with up to 320GB serial ATA hard drive memory. The 5 USB 2.0 slots are pretty handy too.

This Energy Star 4.0 compliant computer starts at $499.

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About the Author

When she isn't writing or in the library, this tech savvy ecophile can usually be found glued to her mobile or macbook ogling the latest gadgets, scouting the newest designs, traveling or out enjoying the Colorado terrain. Courtney holds two masters degrees in Psychology and Communications and received her BA from Vanderbilt University in Psychology and English. She recently relocated from Los Angeles to Denver, CO where she is pursuing her PhD in Family and Child Psychology.



  • Casey

    Really drooling over this as a replacement to my currently bulky FTP/Media Center/File Server. Swap my 1TB Greenpower hard drive into this thing and let it rip. It would probably pay for itself from my current always on server.

  • Casey

    Really drooling over this as a replacement to my currently bulky FTP/Media Center/File Server. Swap my 1TB Greenpower hard drive into this thing and let it rip. It would probably pay for itself from my current always on server.

  • Tippy Hedren

    Brian, geeks have been suggesting we leave our PCs on all the time since PCs were invented — start ups and shut downs are when the machine gets the most wear and tear, and use the most power. Aside from the monitor, most PCs use very little power just sitting there.

  • Tippy Hedren

    Brian, geeks have been suggesting we leave our PCs on all the time since PCs were invented — start ups and shut downs are when the machine gets the most wear and tear, and use the most power. Aside from the monitor, most PCs use very little power just sitting there.

  • http://www.renewable-future.com NKJ

    I want a bamboo iPhone… But I guess I should really just wish for an Apple product that works how it’s supposed to after the year warranty is up. Oh, aren’t they working on new laptops with solar panels embedded in the outer shell?

  • http://www.renewable-future.com NKJ

    I want a bamboo iPhone… But I guess I should really just wish for an Apple product that works how it’s supposed to after the year warranty is up. Oh, aren’t they working on new laptops with solar panels embedded in the outer shell?

  • Stuart B

    If it’s 81% smaller than a standard tower, shouldn’t the reduction in packing materials be better than 30% (in comparison to other towers)?

    Just askin’

  • Stuart B

    If it’s 81% smaller than a standard tower, shouldn’t the reduction in packing materials be better than 30% (in comparison to other towers)?

    Just askin’

  • http://writertotheworld.com Brian

    That’s an important development. I can’t remember where I read it, but the majority of the younger generation leave their computers on all day even when they’re not in use.

    That’s a terrible waste of energy, but if the people won’t take the matter seriously, at least the technology can.

  • http://writertotheworld.com Brian

    That’s an important development. I can’t remember where I read it, but the majority of the younger generation leave their computers on all day even when they’re not in use.

    That’s a terrible waste of energy, but if the people won’t take the matter seriously, at least the technology can.

  • No Name

    I work for HP, and I have to admit, I’m lusting over the Dell Studio Hybrid too!

  • No Name

    I work for HP, and I have to admit, I’m lusting over the Dell Studio Hybrid too!

  • http://islandinthenet.com Khürt Williams

    I want it with Ubuntu Linux instead of Vista. Dell won’t sell it without Vista and won’t refund me the cost of the Vista license. Sad.

  • http://islandinthenet.com Khürt Williams

    I want it with Ubuntu Linux instead of Vista. Dell won’t sell it without Vista and won’t refund me the cost of the Vista license. Sad.

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