This just in – smaller computers operating at the same level of operating system and memory usage as traditional desktop computer sizes use less of Earth’s resources. Well…this statement may not hold exactly true in all cases, though usually you’ll at least use less materials in building a smaller computer. That is something computer company ViewSonic is hoping to point out, among other eco-factors, in its recently announced VOT132 PC mini.
Now we won’t argue with the fact that it is possible smaller form factor computers potentially can use as much energy as their big brothers, but ViewSonic goes out of its way to point out the VOT132 uses up to 80 percent less energy. This is reportedly done through a combination of the lower power Intel Atom 330 processor with 2GB of RAM built-in as well as the “centric compact design” – the latter of which is said to draw down less power compared to full size towers.
ViewSonic further argues its eco-friendly claim on the VOT132 via, again related to the smaller form factor, usage of up to 45 percent less plastic in the body. The company is targeting consumers seeking a more green, home computing device in this machine, saying it can be used as a media hub for accessing music and video files to display on an associated display. This computer is so small, in fact, it is designed to attach to the back of a monitor with an included VESA mount for those who want a cleaner look in their home media room.
Technical aspects of the VOT132 include the previously mentioned Intel Atom processor, six total USB 2.0 ports on the front and back for connecting devices like a digital camera, NVIDIA ION GPU for graphics playback, Windows 7, a 320 GB hard drive and integrated 802.11b/g/n wireless Internet. One can also purchase optionally and attach to the mini computer via magnets a VDD100 Super Multi drive which offers read/write abilities for DVDs and CDs.
Pricing for the VOT132, available now, is around $500, while the VDD100 will be available in November for around $100.