Greenpeace takes to CES to implore companies to manufacture greener electronics.
While CES attendees clamored to check out the latest in cosumer electronics, Greenpeace was on hand to share their third Green Electronics Survey. Simply put, the survey grades consumer electronic companies according to four criteria: use of hazardous chemical substances, power consumption, product lifecycle, and innovation and marketing and issues awards in a series of categories. The winners were the HP Compaq 6005 Pro Ultra-Slim desktop computer, Asus UL30A notebook, the Acer TM8172 netbook, the Asus VM-247H-HF monitor, the Samsung GT-S7550 (Blur Earth) mobile phone, the Sharp LC-52SE1 television and the Sony Ericcson Aspen smartphone.
In addition to awarding companies for their green efforts, Greenpeace also uses CES to champion other causes related to consumer electronics. High on Greenpeace's list of priorities is getting consumer electronics companies to stop using two hazardous chemicals in electronics manufacturing, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFR). To this end their studies show that each year more companies stop using these chemicals.
Going forward, Greenpeace wants global, free and convenient e-waste programs as well as a complete ban on e-waste exports. According to Greenpeace, 40 billion tons of e-waste are produced every year and Greenpeace hopes to increase take-back programs where manufacturers take back used electronics free of charge to consumers. As it stands Dell and Nokia have the most extensive take-back programs.
For the survey, Greenpeace invited 20 companies to participate and 18 chose to participate. Apple and Philips declined to participate. Furthermore, they've recently added gaming consoles to the survey as well.
If there's two things we love here at Maximum PC, it's hard drives and guns. Well, and other stuff, but we're trying to make a point. So when ioSafe told us they had forged the toughest portable hard drive in the market, we had to test it to be sure.
So Senior Associate Editor Nathan Edwards, in conjunction with Robbie Baldwin from our sister publication Mac|Life, decided to strap themselves up with shotguns (and a hammer) and have at it. The results are pretty shocking, but don't let us try and convince you, check the video below and see for yourself!
PC vendors at CES have been busy unveiling new products built around Intel’s latest generation of Core processors (Sandy Bridge). Unwilling to be left behind, Toshiba too announced a Sandy Bridge-inspired overhaul of its Qosmio and Satellite family of laptops. According to the company, it will begin rolling out new premium and mainstream laptop models with the latest Intel processors later this month.
The high-end Qosmio X505 is among the notebooks that will shortly be receiving new models. Starting at $1,299.99, the new Qosmio X505 laptops feature an 18.4-inch diagonal HD TruBrite widescreen display, the new Core i7 or Core i5 processors, 8GB DDR3 memory, GeForce GTX 460M graphics with up to 1.5GB of discrete DDR5 graphics memory, and a hard drive that spins at 7200 RPM.
The Satellite A660, M640, L650, and E305 notebooks will also be available in completely fresh flavors. However, while Core i7-toting Qosmios and Satellites will be available in January, new Satellite models with the new Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors will only become available in February 2010.
Fresh from the CES showfloor, Online Features Editor Amber Bouman checks out ViewSonic's lineup of three new All-In-One PCs. With options including a 22 inch multi-touch screen, and a Core i3 processor, these All-In-Ones are definitely worth a look. Check out the full video below:
After playing with the Xoom, we got to spend some hands-on time with Motorola’s new Atrix 4G smartphone. It’s an interesting device because you can plug it directly into an ultra-thin laptop chassis and maintain complete control over your phone with a keyboard and mouse. It also is capable of docking directly into a big-screen TV with a second dock. It looks a little clunky, but in our mind, this is a nice step forward for smartphone-desktop integration.
Editorial Director Jon Phillips catches a quick look at some of Sharp's new Quattron displays, including a behemoth 60" panel, straight from the show floor of CES. Sharp promises better colors for their new lineup, though we're always skeptical of such claims before we get a chance to do some of our own testing.
New news emerges from the tablet-fiasco that is CES, as Motorola took some time out of their day to give our Editorial Director Jon Phillips a first look at their new 10.1' Android tablet.
The sleek device, which was designed using the new Honeycomb OS (Android 3.0), will feature a Tegra 2 SOC dual core processor, and will be HTML 5 and Adobe Flash 10.2 ready right out of the box. The Xoom will also feature a 2MP camera up front (for video chatting, no doubt) and a 5MP rear camera with a dual LED flash built in. Don't take our word for it though, take a look at the video straight off the CES showroom below.
Fresh from the floor at CES 2011, here's a first look at two of Lenovo's most original new products at the show this year. First up, Editorial Director Jon Phillips takes a look at the IdeaPad U1, a notebook that's more than meets the eye. With the flick of a switch, the U1 changes from a full-featured Windows 7 laptop to a touchy-feely Android device. To complete the transformation, you can remove the U1's 1280 x 800-resolution display and use it as a completely independent Android tablet. Plug it back into the laptop body, and you can switch back to Windows 7.
Second, we check out the Slate, Lenovo's new Windows 7 tablet PC. Even though it doesn't combine (Voltron-style) with any other hardware, the Slate still has our attention, thanks to its generous screen real estate, USB connectivity, and stylus-emphasizing interface.
Both products are tentatively scheduled for Spring 2011--price is TBD. Hit the jump for a full-sized video.
Back in the summer of 2010, we awarded OCZ's Vertex 2 100GB SSD a 9-verdict and our coveted "Kick Ass!" award because of its "blazing fast" performance. We hope to see more of the same from OCZ's newly announced Vertex 3 pro SSD being showed off at CES.
OCZ says its latest MLC-based Vertex variant is built around the next generation enterprise SandForce controller. The result? Staggering performance numbers to the tune of 80,000 IOPS and 550MB/s transfer rates, according to OCZ.
OCZ also has a handful of other products on display, including the follow-up Z-Drive "R3' PCI-Express SSD, which is OCZ's first SandForce-driven PCI-E SSD for Tier-0/1 data applications, as well as the new ZX Series of power supplies with 80-Plus Gold certification. These PSUs will be available in 850W, 1KW, and 1.2KW configurations.