Samsung Announces First TCO Certified Netbook - Mercury Free, Ultra Energy-efficient and Ergonomically Designed

Friday, July 31, 2009
STOCKHOLM, July 31 /PRNewswire-Asia/ --

The Samsung N120 ultralight netbook is today announced as the first in the world to achieve the leading environmental and usability standard, TCO Certified. Free from mercury and other hazardous materials, offering outstanding energy efficiency and ergonomically designed keyboard and display -- the N120 now adds the world's toughest environmental and usability certifications -- TCO Certified -- to its list of features.

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A TCO certified netbook is completely mercury free and offers an LED backlit display, making it significantly more energy efficient than other portable computers. This particular netbook has met the toughest energy standards on the market today and has been fully tested by Nemko, an independent test laboratory, comments Helena Nordin Product Manager, Notebooks at TCO. Nordin continues, "Now users can choose a netbook that meets the TCO requirements -- thatís a really positive development for consumers looking to make a product choice that offers high performance with minimal impact on the climate and natural environment. TCO Certified is really more than an eco-label. We go beyond green by combining features such as good picture quality and ergonomic design with the toughest environmental requirements on the market today."

Netbooks - small, thin, lightweight and energy efficient portable computers have experienced explosive growth among consumers, students and even business users looking for an easy to use, mobile and cost effective alternative to a full size notebook computer. Its smaller size is also a green advantage, as less energy is used in the manufacture and use phases of the product life.

"We are proud that the N120 is the first netbook achieving TCO certification which leads consumers to regard Samsung computers as safe and user friendly products. Samsungís commitment to the environment is one of our top values and we are constantly trying to develop our products to be qualified for TCO standards," comments Kyu Uhm, Vice President of Samsung Computer Systems Division.

About TCO Certified

TCO Certified is a third party certification for high performance ICT products that are also designed for minimal environmental impact. Since 1992 the TCO certification program has had a significant influence on improved image quality and ergonomics for displays and PCs, as well as the reduction of electromagnetic emissions from ICT products. Energy Efficiency and reduced usage of hazardous substances are also key aspects of TCO Certified. Computer users and purchasers use TCO Certified as a tool to select products that meet their green objectives while at the same time ensuring the performance they demand.

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2007 consolidated sales of US$105 billion. Employing approximately 150,000 people in 134 offices in 62 countries, the company consists of four main business units: Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business, and Telecommunication Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs.

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SOURCE TCO Development