The thought of throwing away an old computer after we’ve spent a significant amount of money on it once upon a time, often leads us to simply leave it in its designated spot, dormant and gathering dust.
If your old technology is cluttering up your room or office, there are better ways of disposing your old computers or computer parts than simply leaving them to gather dust under a bed, in a closet or on a desk.
If you’ve made the decision that you will never need the computer or any of its parts in the near future then it’s time to make the decision on how and where to get rid of them.
Sell, sell, sell
There are numerous ways to sell your computers or parts. Some of the better places include garage sales, local second hand markets or websites such as ebay, gumtree and quicksales online classifieds. Even if your computer won’t turn on, there are many individuals out there who specialise in buying ‘dead’ computers and fixing them up for resell to make a profit.
If you want to dispose of these items quickly and without any hassle, the easiest way to do this is to simply chuck it in the bin.
This is definitely the most environmentally-friendly way to dispose of your old computers if you no longer need them. According to the Environment Protection and Heritage Council in Australia, only 10% of computers which are thrown away are recycled; the rest end up in landfill. These computers which end up in landfill contain hazardous toxins which then seep into the ground. So you want to do the right thing but are unsure of how to recycle your computer? There are many companies such as ewaste who will collect your old computers and deliver them to a recycling facility.
Make a donation
This is a great way to get rid of your old laptops or desktops and help out an organisation in need at the same time! Some places which often need this kind of equipment are schools, not-for-profit organisations, charities, opp shops and local libraries. You will more than likely have to drop it off at their location, but the upsides are that you may be able to claim your donation as a tax deductible, plus you’ll get that warm fuzzy feeling of helping out someone in need.
While most people couldn’t ever give up the portability of their laptops, they could leave behind the neck problems from the less than ergonomic screen. Thankfully, someone has addressed this issue with this new concept design. This is a design for a new Ergonomic Laptop Display and it looks like it could help laptop users with sore necks immensely. It allows the screen to be raised and angled to the users liking and even featured a kickstand at the bottom to tilt the keyboard towards you just a bit. [UberGizmo]
Notion Ink’s new Tablet PC that goes by the name of Adam has been highly anticipated for a long time now by tech fans but unfortunately its release has been pushed back until November. When it does hit the market it will feature 10.1-inch slate that will use Pixel Qi’s 3qi display technology to make it great for both indoor and outdoor use. It will also support 1080p HD video as well as an extraordinarily long battery life. [CrunchGear]
Fujitsu comes back with their latest high performance laptop in the form of the LifeBook LH520. Available in matte red or matte black, this 14-inch laptop features a 2.1GHz AMD Athlon II P320 dual-core processor and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430 graphics that supports DirectX 11. The LifeBook LH520 also has a SuperFine HD LED-backlit display screen, an AMD RS880M + SB820M chipset, a 2GB DDR3 1066MHz RAM with option for up to 8GB DDR3 1066MHz, a 320GB or 500GB of storage capacity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, a DVD Writer, a spill-resistant keyboard and a built-in 1.3MP webcam. What’s more, its 6-cell battery provides up to 3,5-hour of operation time. [Softpedia via Laptop Notebook News]
The Sony VAIO W series Billabong netbook is now available for pre-order in the US. Priced at $499.99 each, the Sony VAIO W Series Billabong Netbook features a 1.83GHz Intel Atom processor, a 10.1-inch LED backlit LCD (1366 x 768), a 1GB RAM, a 250GB HDD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a webcam. Its innovative design features an eye-catching blend of rich beach-side colors, from ocean blue to tropical green hues. This special edition netbook uses Microsoft Windows 7 Starter Edition as its operating system. [SonyStyle via Laptop Notebook News]
HP has finally released the HP Envy 17 laptop with the ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology that allows you to connect up to three external displays. The laptop is currently available in the base and recommended configurations. Priced at $1,400, the base configuration features a 2.26GHz Intel Core i5 CPU with a 4GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD, a 17-inch (1600 x 900) LCD display and an ATI Radion HD 5850 graphics. HP’s recommended configuration of Envy 17 boasts a more powerful 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 CPU, a 6GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and a 17-inch (1920 x 1080) LCD display. The recommended configuration retails for $2,150. Both models come equipped with an HP TrueVision HD webcam and a 6-cell Lithium-Ion battery that provides enough juice for up to 2.5-hour. You can also upgrade to a 9-cell battery that provides up to 3.75-hour of operation time. [Electronista via Laptop and Notebook News]
Designed for bloggers, gamers, and multimedia enthusiasts, the new BenQ Joybook R48 comes jam packed with an Intel Core i3 processor, a 14-inch (1366 x 768) display screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450 graphics card. What makes the Joybook R48 more interesting is that it comes packaged with the SRS CS headphone. This multimedia laptop also supports up to 4GB DDR3 RAM and up to 500GB HDD. Additional features include a couple of 2-Watt speakers, an HDMI port, Wi-Fi, a 1.3MP webcam and an eSATA slot. BenQ will launch the Joybook R48 in China and Asia Pacific very soon. [FarEastGizmos via Laptop And Notebook News]
The new Dell Inspiron M501R is powered by AMD’s new Phenom II X4 mobile processor, codenamed Champlain. FYI, the Phenom II X4 is a Quad Core chip with a clock speed of up to 2.3GHz. This laptop comes with either a 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics or ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v graphics, a 15.6-inch 720p HD-capable display, a standard DVD burner and an optional Blu-ray drive. Other features include an integrated 1,3MP webcam, a couple of speakers, 802.11n WiFi, optional Bluetooth, Ethernet LAN, three USB ports, an eSATA/USB port, optional 7-in-1 media card reader, VGA and HDMI outputs, and a full-size keyboard with numeric pad. Weighing 5.83 pounds, the Dell Inspiron M501R comes equipped with a standard 6-cell battery. The Dell Inspiron M501R will be available later this summer in the U.S. [Laptoping via Laptop Notebook News]
Samsung is ready to launch the new Samsung P580, which is a new addition to its highly successful P-Series of professional laptops. Designed for busy professionals, the 15.6-inch laptop comes jam packed with an anti-glare LED-lit display screen with a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution, up to 4GB of RAM, an Intel Core i3 or i5 CPU, an nVidia GeForce GT 330M (1GB GDDR3) graphics, Trusted Platform Module security, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and a keyboard with numeric keypad. Additional specs include four chargeable USB 2.0 ports (one of which is also eSATA). No info on pricing so far. [Engadget via Laptop Notebook News]
Hewlett-Packard will launch the new HP Pavilion dv6 in May 19th, 2010. The new laptop comes equipped with the company’s MediaSmart and TouchSmart softwares that provide seamless integration with entertainment apps including Hulu, Twitter, and much more. The HP Pavilion dv6 is powered by Quad Core processors, up to 1TB of storage, a 15.6-inch touchscreen display, a Dolby advanced audio system with Altec Lansing speakers, VGA, eSATA and HDMI ports. Available in a brushed aluminum finish or HP Imprint finishes in black cherry, champagne and sonoma red, the HP Pavilion dv6 is priced at $529.99 for the AMD-powered version and $649.99 for the Intel-powered version. [Press Release via Upcoming Cell Phones]