The OptiPlex Energy Smart 745 and 740 include power settings, more efficient power supplies, and flat-panel monitors that contribute to a 77% reduction in energy consumption, when compared to previous generation systems, Dell said. Both models meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star 4.0 specifications. Computer makers meeting the standards, which go into effect July 20, can display the Energy Star logo on compliant machines.
Dell plans to complete it Energy Star compliance work across multiple systems within its commercial desktop, notebook, and workstation product lines before the July deadline. Dell is set to release in the coming weeks energy-efficient configurations for Dell Precision workstations. The company previously released Energy Star-compliant Latitude notebooks, including the D830, D630, and D531.
Hardware vendors have been moving aggressively into more energy-efficient computing to meet customers' demand for products that can help reduce power costs. Dell rival Hewlett-Packard, for example, introduced in March three Compaq business desktops that were Energy Star compliant.