Thinking About Refreshing Clients? Take a Look at Energy Star 5

Offering enterprises energy smart solutions is nothing new for Dell. If you go back to November of last year when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star 5.0 specifications for client systems (desktops, laptops and workstations) were finalized, several of our existing products already met the new specifications.

Today, we are pleased to announce that nearly all of our OptiPlex desktops, Latitude laptops and Dell Precision workstations that we have launched within the past year are available in configurations that meet Energy Star 5.0. Those include:

  • Latitude 2100, E4200, E4300, E5400, E5500, E6400, E6400 ATG, XT2 and E6400 XFR
  • Dell Precision M2400, M4400, T3500, T5500, T7500, R5400
  • OptiPlex 760, 960, 360, 160 and FX160


All of these systems are relatively easy to configure as Energy Star 5.0 with a single click on our online stores. In addition, we offer EnergySmart power settings from the factory on OptiPlex desktops that allows customers to receive their systems pre-configured for better energy efficiency. It is clear that customers want energy efficient products and services from the desktop to the data center.

It is not just about energy, though, when talking about environmental responsibility. It also about recycling, materials used and responsible retirement of when systems reach the end of their useful life.

I hope this information is helpful and I would encourage customers that are waiting to refresh server or clients to take a look at how much you can save by putting in a newer, more energy efficient infrastructure. Especially with new Energy Star specifications that address servers for the first time. Dell announced our efforts with servers here. Also, during the past 4 years, OptiPlex customers could have potentially saved more the $3.5 billion and avoid more than 35 million tons of CO2 emissions, according to Dell’s Energy Smart Savings Calculator. That’s astounding.

Last year Dell worked with a small business called Robertson Homes that replaced their aging technology fleet, changed some of their “energy consuming” habits around the office and ultimately cut their electricity by half year-over-year. We supplied them with OptiPlex 960 desktops that consume more than 43 less power than the previous generation of OptiPlex desktops. It is also important to note that the 960 comes in packing that is 89 percent recyclable and contains at least 10 percent post-consumer recycled plastic.

About the Author: Jeremy Bolen