I recently purchased a new computer for the craft room that will serve a few purposes. One, whenever I'm working on more graphics-heavy presentations, I think it'll be easier to work on a larger format computer. And for all my out-of-town guests, now they have a place to check their email at their leisure.
Doing a little bit of research, I found this new computer system from Dell called the Studio Hybrid. I loved how compact it was and (from some of the reviews I read online) how whisper quiet it was. Here's some info right off Dell's website:
Size and materials
Our smallest design is about 80% smaller than standard desktops, and it contains about 75% less printed documentation by weight when compared to typical tower desktops.
Uses about 70% less power than a typical desktop, and meets Energy Star® 4.0 standards with an 87% efficient power supply.
Studio Hybrid packaging is made from 95% recyclable materials. And the Studio Hybrid comes with a system-recycling kit, so you can help preserve and protect the environment
It also comes with the option of having the desktop hard drive wrapped in real bamboo instead of plastic. I was going to go for it until A: it would take an extra week to manufacture and B: it would cost about $100 more. I, like anyone else, am watching every dollar that goes out of my pocket. I figured this system was pretty green enough that the bamboo aspect wasn't that important.
Some of the recycled paper information sheets that came with the system. I loved the minimal amount of packaging that came with the system.