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Lenovo ThinkCenter A61e: Green midget

Crave is all types of green, and so is this brand-new Lenovo PC -- the ickle ThinkCenter A61e burns very little energy and can even be powered by the sun

Crave loves Mother Nature. So much so we've hired our own environmental activist and started turning the taps off -- gas and water -- before we leave the house. So you can imagine our joy when the eco-friendly Lenovo ThinkCentre A61e arrived on our doorstep.

This frankly hideous-looking, phonebook-sized desktop PC is a hippy's dream. It's designed for businesses that want to cut their power bills or for individuals with a pathological desire to lower their carbon footprint.

The A61e (and its packaging) is made from 90 per cent reusable or recyclable materials. It uses a lowish voltage AMD Athlon X2 dual-core or Sempron single-core CPU, 1 GB of RAM, an ATI X1200 graphics card and an 85 per cent efficient power supply.

The whole shebang is so earnestly green it's earned EPEAT Gold and Energy Star 4.0 status. Plus, Lenovo says it'll release an optional solar panel to make it even greener, although we don't know how that'll work indoors. But stick it up your exhaust pipe anyway.

Prices start at a very low £365. We'll have a full review soon.

Update: A full review of the A61e is now available on the site. -Rory Reid