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Photos: Advent Eco PC uses less power than a lightbulb

Meet the Eco PC. It's about the size of a shoebox and has been engineered to use far less power than a traditional PC and is built from recycled components.

We're experiencing hard times at the moment. Our economy is in freefall, global warming is about to eat the world, and New Kids on the Block are threatening a comeback. The world needs a saviour.

An unlikely messiah might be found in the form of an Advent Eco PC. This tiny desktop is only the size of a shoebox, but it's been engineered to use far less power than a traditional PC and is built from recycled components. It could, in the long run, save you money and prolong the life of Mother Earth.

It uses an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T5250 running at 1.5GHz, 2GB of DDR2 667MHz RAM, a 160GB hard drive, dual-layer DVD rewriter drive, four USB ports and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. You also get DVI and D-Sub video outputs and surround-sound capability.

It costs a fairly hefty £600, but just think of the power savings. Advent says the Eco PC uses 25W during idle, 78 per cent less power than a standard desktop PC, which it says uses around 105W.

Going by these calculations, the Eco PC could save the consumer a whopping £8 per year -- based on four hours of use per day. Yes, friends, it could be paying for itself within 75 years.

We'll give it a thorough once-over this week and get back to you with a full review. In the meantime, have a look at the pics over the following pages. -Rory Reid

Round the back, you get a full range of inputs and outputs. These include DVI, S-Video and D-Sub video ports, four USB ports, six audio jacks, plus 802.11b/g Wi-Fi.

There are no fans inside the PC, so the entire chassis has to act as a heatsink. Those fins on the side aren't just for decoration, they help dissipate heat. If you're using it at home, make sure it gets decent ventilation.

The Eco PC comes with a wireless keyboard with integrated mouse trackpad (at the top right). You also get a pack of rechargeable NiMH batteries, which is terribly generous.