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Do you have to switch off to save money?

Do you have to switch off to save money?

Energy conservation and cost are high on the agenda of almost all businesses. We all know we need to save cash – and the environment at the same time – but how many of us are guilty of leaving our computers and monitors on standby while we’re away from them?

Indeed, some computers and peripherals that are switched off can still draw a tiny trickle of current if they are connected to the mains.

Screens and PCs that remain on standby use between 1-5 watts per hour depending on make and model. That doesn’t seem like much for one machine, but when you consider that it’s likely to be on standby for close to two thirds of the day, and then you multiply that by the number of PCs in use across the country, and across the globe – suddenly the tiny trickle to your darkened monitor looks like part of a veritable torrent of power being totally wasted.

Feel guilty no longer! At last, real solutions to the problem of ‘stand-by’ power usage are being offered.

Habits, including leaving your PCs on overnight, can be very difficult to change – so it’s great to see some innovations being made that deal with the issue at the root. Fujitsu are blazing the trail when it comes to monitors and PCs that use zero power when in hibernation and off mode.

Fujitsu were the first company to produce a zero-watt PC at CeBIT 2009 in Hanover. The ESPRIMO range “does not consume any power in off-mode or hibernating while still remaining administrable”.

Couple them with the excellent quality ECO displays and you have a truly ‘green’ setup in your office. The ECO monitors also consume zero power when switched off or in standby mode, and have the additional environmental benefit of auto brightness controls and an ECO button that can adjust your monitor to reduce power consumption by up to 50% during working hours.

It does all this without compromising your working capability, and retaining excellent colour reproduction. They also offer numerous connector options and an ultra-wide viewing angle through IPS panel (In Plane Switching).

Saving the planet while saving money? Sounds good to us.

If you are interested in the Fujitsu ECO display range, or the ESPRIMO Zero-Watt PCs, please do give GTI Computers a call for more information.

01 Dec

Windows 7 – Some Technologies Can Change your Life

Author: GTI Computers
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Windows 7 has arrived and so far the feedback we’re getting is all good!

Our clients are pleased with the speed and performance, and the new features are going down a storm.

Our latest advertising says about Windows 7, that ‘some technologies can change your world’. What do we mean about Windows 7 and your computing world?

Everything about Windows 7 has been designed to make using your computer a much faster, and more intuitive, experience, at a price point that makes sense for you.

There are three levels of Windows 7 upgrade available. The first is the Home Premium, which features all the standard new improvements and increased performance.

• Utilities like Pin and Jump Lists will give you quicker access to all your files and programs but letting you put them where you will find them easily.

• You can resize and rearrange your open windows more easily, so you can compare and work in two windows at once.

• The improved Windows Search will let you find what you’re looking for in just seconds.

• Sharing files and printers between PCs has been streamlined.

• Connecting to wireless networks is now possible in as little as three clicks.

• The ‘sleep’ and ‘resume’ functions have been speeded up, making your PC or laptop much more responsive when you need to stop and start work.

• If you have a touch-sensitive screen, then the touch and tap functions in Windows 7 can be easier and more intuitive to use than the traditional point and click of a mouse.

• Devices, such as cameras, phones and printers are much simpler to hook up and use.

• Whether for business or pleasure purposes, the improved Windows Media Centre and movie creation facilities are fantastic.

Each one of the above features will make working on your PC or laptop a faster, more efficient and profitable experience – and that can be key to changing your business world!

For the serious business user, Windows 7 Professional features the ability to run in Windows XP mode, so that you don’t have to upgrade all your software. It also features enhanced security and backup/restore features.

Windows 7 Ultimate has advanced antitheft software, called BitLocker, which protects your PC or laptop, and any portable storage devices you use. If your data is confidential or sensitive, this might be the ideal package for you. Ultimate also allows you to work in any one of 35 languages.

Subtle changes to the tools you use can make big differences to your results – Windows 7 is a major leap forward in making your computing a faster, easier and more profitable part of your business and your life.

There’s lots of information available about the different features Windows 7 offers at the Microsoft website, or call GTI and speak to us about upgrading your system.