Dell Inc., yesterday revealed an Energy Star 4.0 compliant desktop that helps consumers reduce their carbon footprint, in an effort to extend its commitment to becoming the greenest technology company in the world.

We are committed to providing consumers a choice that helps protect the environment without sacrificing the performance needed to maintain a rich, high-definition digital experience and consumers using this energy-efficient Inspiron 531 can reduce their carbon footprint while also reducing their electric bills, said Karen Plotkin, director of consumer desktop marketing.

Inspiron 531 is specially configured becoming Dell's first consumer PC to meet the Energy Star 4.0 requirements, and it is powered by an 80 percent efficient power supply enabling the system to switch to a low-power sleep state after 15 minutes of inactivity.

The Inspiron 531 is available on the market to US customers at $369.

Entry level configurations include an AMD AntlonTM 64X2 dual-core processor, 1GB DDR2 memory, 160GB3 hard drive, CDRW/DVD combination drive, NVIDIA integrated graphics, Windows Vista Home Basic and one year limited warranty with In-Home service and support.

Last month, Dell became the first major computer manufacturer to commit to neutralizing the carbon impact of its worldwide operations.