WA-based Edsys Computers has designed the 'greenest' PC in Australia, according to a results of a national competition.
'Build a Green PC' attracted entries from all over Australia with 10 companies listed as finalists including Leader, Optima and Scorpion. The competition was sponsored by Intel, Gigabyte and Western Digital.
The competition, which launched in May invited systems builders to create an energy efficient PC. For its efforts, Edsys won an environmentally friendly Toyota Prius hybrid car.
Edsys computers general manager, Greg McDougall, said the winning model fit with company's regular approach to PC building.
"When the competition opened we were selling something similar to the build that won. We decided to do the competition properly, so we're trying to coordinate the release of the PC with the announcement of this prize," he said.
McDougall said the extra cost involved in producing energy efficient computers was minimal.
"All up I'd say it would be less than $50 difference per machine. The power supply component is the principle difference, and green packaging is more expensive. We're also partnering with Carbon Neutral for the past four months, who have estimated it takes two trees to offset each PC," he said.
McDougall said the whitebox market was going well but admitted he was "shattered" by the demise of Optima. "The tier ones are going to be the big winners out of all this," he said.
[Subhead] The contenders
CDM Computers (WA) Edsys Computers (WA) Enspire Digital (NSW) Leader Computers (SA) Optima Technology Solutions (NSW) PLE Computers (WA) Plus Corporation (NSW) RTV Computers (WA) Scorpion Technology Computer (VIC) Yukon IT & Technology (VIC)