Hewlett Packard (HP) is releasing what the company claims are the industry’s first business PCs configurable to meet the hardware standards of ENERGY STAR® 4.0 – the new, stringent energy-efficiency specification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). HP claims that it is the first major PC manufacturer to offer "80% efficient" power supplies, a key component of the ENERGY STAR 4.0 regulations that go into effect on July 20, 2007.
HP lab tests have found that configuring PCs with the optional 80% efficient power supplies along with the other ENERGY STAR 4.0 hardware requirements can reduce total system power consumption as much as 52%, translating into an average annual cost savings ranging from $6 to $58 per PC.
The HP Compaq dc5700, dc5750 and dc7700 desktop PCs are designed to meet business customers’ growing requirements for more efficient power management and cooling. Acording to the company, customers using PCs configured to meet the ENERGY STAR 4.0 requirements can benefit from increased system reliability, reduced system maintenance costs, as well as decreased air conditioning costs – all due to less heat generation, which can also greatly extend the life of the system. These technologies also make it easier for federal agencies to comply with Executive Order 13123, which requires them to strive to meet ENERGY STAR criteria to increase energy performance and environmental quality.
Select HP Compaq dc5700 and dc7700 business desktop PCs meeting the ENERGY STAR 4.0 hardware specifications are available now and feature Intel® Core 2™ Duo processors, Microsoft Windows® XP Pro, 80 GB hard drives, 1 GB of memory and DVD/CD-RW combo drives, starting at $899 and $959, respectively. ENERGY STAR 4.0 configurations are also available for the HP Compaq dc5750 business desktop with AMD Athlon™ processors, Microsoft Windows XP Pro, 80 GB hard drives, 512 MB of memory and DVD/CD-RW combo drives, starting at $609.