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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure: Dell embraces a circular economy

Sustainability is at the core of everything Dell does

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As consumers our top considerations when buying a new device are specs, performance, value for money, and design. We rarely think about the impact we and the technology we use have on the environment. The only time we probably ever do is when we need to dispose an irreparable phone or a dinosaur laptop. When that moment comes, we also don’t know exactly what to do or where to bring our old devices.

Fortunately there are companies like Dell that think ahead and consider the entire lifecycle of their products — from sourcing materials, to manufacturing, packaging, shipping, and recycling — and beyond. This approach is called a circular economy.

In a traditional, linear product cycle, recycling or refurbishing is thought of at the end of the product’s life, if at all. In Dell’s circular economy, the concept of waste is designed out of the system. This means sustainability is at the core of everything that they do. Here are some ways Dell is minimizing their footprint as a company while helping us consumers reduce ours as well:

Trade-in and recycling programs, not just for Dell products

Through Dell Reconnect, you can take that old computer sitting in your attic to a Goodwill store for recycling or refurbishing. The program also provides green jobs, and ensures that no environmentally sensitive materials are sent to landfills.

If you’re due for an upgrade, the company can also recycle your old laptop for you, no matter the brand. You may also trade in any eligible piece of electronics, including smartphones and consoles, to earn a gift card that you can use to buy yourself a shiny new Dell laptop.

Packaging made of bamboo, mushrooms, ocean-bound plastics

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To solve mountains of packaging problems we face after unboxing a new device — large fancy boxes, plastic, and foam — Dell has come up with the 3Cs packaging strategy, which stands for cube (size and shape), content (material choice), and curb (recyclability).

For Dell, wasted space inside any packaging is just that — wasted — so the company is continuously finding ways to minimize the amount of material needed to create packaging, as well as reduce box sizes so as to fit more products in storage and during shipping.

More importantly, Dell uses the best possible material to protect the product, and consider that which makes most sense for each region by using what’s locally available. In 2009, Dell was the first to use packaging made from bamboo. Not only is it a renewable alternative to petroleum-derived foams, the bamboo they used also grew near their manufacturing facilities.

In 2011, Dell developed cushion packaging made of mushroom, which has a smaller footprint compared to the usual protective foam, and is compostable. Recently, the company also started taking ocean-bound plastics back to the economy where they can be reused to make the trays found inside Dell boxes.

The company reuses boxes up to 7 times before they are recycled. So when you buy a new laptop and the box is not in its most perfect form, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In certain markets, Dell also rewards customers for returning packaging that can be refurbished and reused.

Ink made of smog

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Here’s an unexpected way Dell is putting waste back into the economy and using locally available materials at the same time. Traditionally seen as a pollutant, the company is using ink made from smog in India to print some of its packaging.

A startup called Chakr Innovations developed the device called Chakr Shield which captures 90% of particulate matter emissions from diesel generators. The captured soot is then turned into carbon black, which is used to make ink. Dell is the first to use the ink on a larger scale and it works just as well as regular ink.

Backpack made of recycled windshields

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Dell doesn’t just make computers and printers, they also make a whole array of accessories, and some of them are made with sustainability in mind. The Dell Pro Backpack 15 is made with a more environment-friendly solution-dyeing process. It’s also water-resistant, which is made possible by a layer of coating that’s made from reclaimed windshields.

Jewelry made of used computers

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In its effort to reduce waste dumped in landfills, Dell also reclaims gold from motherboards through its recycling programs, reuses them to make not only new motherboards, but jewelry as well. So that old laptop you’re going to trade in for a new one? Parts of it will end up on someone’s finger or ears at some point, not in a developing country that becomes a dumpsite for other companies and countries.

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Vivian Tai, Head of Global Environmental Affairs for the APJ region says the company is integrating sustainability efforts not for Dell’s benefit, but to provide better value for customers. She says sourcing and bringing what many consider “waste” back to life is challenging but is important to the company. Just this year, Dell already reached two of its 2020 goals: recover two billion pounds of used electronics and use 100 million pounds of recycled-content, plastic and other sustainable materials, one full year ahead of schedule.

Next time you need to buy a new laptop, take sustainability into consideration, too. Technology plays a big role in making our lives easier, and the good that it can do should not end at that but also extend beyond its usual lifecycle. It’s not just big companies who benefit from minimizing our ecological footprint — it’s also us, consumers, and the generations that come after us.

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Qualcomm is working on a 12-core ARM PC chip

Coming in 2024

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Though the company still stands at the forefront of smartphone processors, Qualcomm has some ways to go before making a significant impact on desktop processors. Of course, the company has already started making PC chips for a while now. However, other giants, like Intel and AMD, continue to dominate. According to a new report, Qualcomm is taking another crack at the market with an upcoming 12-core chipset.

Codenamed Hamoa, the upcoming chipset will reportedly feature eight performance cores and four efficiency cores. Additionally, it will support discrete GPUs.

In terms of architecture, the Hamoa will have a similar memory and cache configuration as Apple’s M1 chipset. That’s no coincidence, though. According to the report from developer Kuba Wojciechowski, the chip will be based on Nuvia’s Phoenix design. Nuvia is made up of Apple’s former engineers who worked on the existing lineup of ARM-based chips.

With a big name behind it, the Hamoa has the potential to make a big splash on the scene once it launches. While the PC market has its fair share of big names, Apple has similarly wowed users with the M1 and the M2 chipsets. Naturally, it’s a point of jealousy since Apple chipsets only work with Apple. With the Hamoa chip, Qualcomm could infuse the market with a similar chipset.

Wojciechowski expects the processor to launch in 2024.

SEE ALSO: Razer, Qualcomm tease gaming handheld device

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macOS Ventura now available

More efficiency, security

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The latest software update for Macs — macOS Ventura — is now available for free, bringing groundbreaking new capabilities to Apple’s computers.

Continuity Camera

The Continuity Camera will give users an entirely new webcam experience. When an iPhone is nearby, Mac can automatically recognize and use the camera on the iPhone. This gives users the option to work wirelessly easily.

Desk View, meanwhile, taps into the Ultra-Wide camera on iPhone to show the user’s face and a good view of what’s happening around, which will come in handy for presentations, instructional videos, and more.

Handoff also comes to FaceTime, which will enable users to transfer a call from one Apple device to another nearby seamlessly.

Stage Manager

Also available in the latest iPadOS update, the Stage Manager is more than just a tool for easy switching in between tasks or apps.

It actually automatically organizes apps and windows together. So, users can focus on what they need to, while still seeing everything in one glance.

Enabling Stage manager from Control Center also leads to the current window being displayed in the center with others appearing on the left.

Safari: Passkeys, collab features

When it comes to Safari, safe browsing is taken to a whole new level with the introduction of passkeys.

This sign-in method is easy to use, and generally more secure, replacing passwords. A unique digital key is created when a user creates a passkey, and it stays on the device.

Users may be able to sign using Touch ID or Face ID for verification. Passkeys are also synced with end-to-end encryption using iCloud Keychain to be available across other Apple devices.

Meanwhile, Shared Tab Groups allow friends, family, and colleagues to collaborate and share websites with others live.

Speaking of viewing things in real-time, the iCloud Shared Photo Library lets up to six individuals collaborate on a photo library where they can add, delete, edit, or favorite shared photos.

More efficiency for Mail, Messages

Similar to the iPadOS update, users will now be able to schedule messages. It can also cancel the delivery of a message before it reaches the inbox, and add links for better content previews.

Mail can also detect if items are missing so users can be reminded – especially when attaching files.

As for Messages, users will be able to edit or undo a recently sent message, recover accidentally deleted messages, or even mark a message as unread.

Gaming on Mac

Thanks to Apple silicon, every new Mac is also capable of running AAA games with ease. The new macOS Ventura brings technologies like Metal 3 that take full advantage of the incredible hardware in Mac. This results in more responsive gameplay, high frame rates, and beautiful visuals. 

New AAA game titles are coming to Mac later this year, including Capcom’s Resident Evil Village, which will launch on the Mac App Store on October 28, and will take full advantage of the power and performance of Apple silicon.

WATCH: macOS Ventura: Favorite New Features

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Razer Basilisk v3 Pro review: HyperSpeed, hyper responsive

Another great piece of colorful hardware

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When it comes to high quality gaming peripherals, Razer is surely one of the brands a lot of people have on their minds — and rightfully so. Specifically, the black and green brand’s lineup of gaming mice continuously brings that same level of quality and responsiveness across their newer iterations.

One such newer iteration is the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro, the wireless version of their latest Basilisk line of gaming mice. It’s part of their midweight gaming mice lineup. The Basilisk v3 Pro comes with the level of ergonomic comfort and customization suited for any gamer’s preference. All while this mouse provides the highest quality in performance and experience, ideally.

The question is: does the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro stand out as a gaming mouse for every type of gamer?

A bit on the hefty side yet easy to handle

The Razer Basilisk v3 Pro clocks in at around 112g, which feels a bit heavy initially. It’s something you will notice if you’ve been using lighter mice on your day-to-day gaming/work grind. Also, visually, it looks just a bit wider and longer than most of Razer’s gaming mice out there.

Even with some heft, this mouse still feels quite fluid to move on most surfaces. From most table tops to smooth mouse pads, the Basilisk v3 Pro’s surface tracking is pretty great. Although, there were times that the mouse was a bit too slippery on some surfaces, or the cursor wouldn’t move even while swinging the mouse.

Quite responsive, and makes your cursor go zoom

While on the topic of responsiveness, on all other aspects, the Basilisk v3 Pro is quite responsive. First up are the Razer Optical Mouse Switches attached to the left and right-click modules. Overall, the mouse picked up on almost all the clicks. And the Optical Mouse Switches feel sturdy to handle a ton of them. 

Also, this mouse comes with a polling rate of up to 8,000Hz, set to 1,000Hz as the default upon set-up. Higher polling rates allow the mouse to be as responsive as possible, which is quite crucial when playing competitive titles. To match the polling rate, you can also scale this mouse to up to 30,000 DPI — which is complete overkill to your system if you set it that high.

Basilisk v3 Pro

Finally, there’s the Razer HyperScroll Tilt Wheel which you can configure to be in Tactical or Free Spin mode. Depending on your usage for it, this is pretty standard across all their gaming mice, with just a slight adjustment to how fast you can scroll. When in Free Spin Mode, it literally feels like you’re zooming past walls of texts or rows of tweets with one motion. Do note that for all of these features, it’s better to download Razer Synapse to properly set up the Basilisk v3 Pro for optimal use.

Setting it up took some time

Basilisk v3 Pro

Speaking of setting things up, the set-up process for the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro took a while for a couple of reasons. See, the Basilisk v3 Pro comes with a HyperSpeed USB Dongle. It typically works the moment it’s plugged into any PC. However, we did experience slight hiccups trying to get this to work at the start.

Normally, when plugging the dongle in, the mouse would start working. It is recommended to download Razer Synapse after plugging it in. No matter what we did, after installing Razer Synapse, the PC didn’t pick up the mouse. We even tried connecting it via Bluetooth, which got the mouse working but it wasn’t picked up by Synapse.

The only other way we had was just to do a wired connection with the USB-C to USB-A braided cord that came with the mouse. Normally, you would use this when you need to charge the mouse back to full capacity. Of course, the other added benefit to this was that it allows you to access the 8,000Hz polling rate, but you will be dealing with a pesky wire during gameplay.

Best paired with something wireless

Basilisk v3 Pro

Although, there was another piece of hardware Razer has that also solves this little set-up hiccup: the Razer Mouse Dock Pro. In essence, the Mouse Dock Pro is an additional accessory that wirelessly connects to compatible Razer mice. Like the Basilisk v3 Pro, this is also compatible with Razer Synapse for optimal performance.

The Razer Mouse Dock Pro also comes with a Wireless Charging Puck, which magnetically connects compatible mice to the dock with ease. Not only that, as the name suggests, you can wirelessly charge your mice with this installed. If you’re not a total fan of wired charging, this is a must-have.

Basilisk v3 Pro

Also, both the Basilisk v3 Pro and Mouse Dock Pro come with Razer Chroma support. So, you can easily sync the lighting effects. Some of the lighting effects even give you an indication of the battery percentage of your mice while charging. It even comes in a form factor with an anti-slip base, so it doesn’t easily get knocked over when you decide to rage at it.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

At PhP 8,995, the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro is a solid gaming mouse fit for the competitive and casual gamer alike. It’s responsive and customizable enough to bring you the best experience possible when playing some of your favorite titles. Plus, it comes with all sets of hardware that make productive work feel like a breeze, literally.

Even with the initial set-up hiccups, this mouse still delivers as advertised. It is a bit on the heavy side of things. But you might not even feel it when you’re too engrossed in the game. Of course, for PhP 3,995, you can also get the Razer Mouse Dock Pro and truly have a full wireless experience with it.

Overall, the Razer Basilisk v3 Pro is one wireless mouse that meets the standard of intuitive and responsive gaming. Whether it’s for working hard or playing harder, it’s a great option to consider. That rings true if you’re looking for an upgrade or just a new gaming mouse to use.

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