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A low-energy desktop computer designed to cut school electricity bills and reduce noise in the classroom was launched this week.

The Ecoquiet PC uses a third less power than the standard computer and produces only 26 decibels of noise, according to RM, the educational computer company, which developed the device.

The basic package costs pound;654. The company says a suite of the computers could save a typical secondary more than pound;8,700 in electricity bills over five years.

Jonathan Robinson, Ecoquiet product manager, said: "This will hopefully mean that teachers experience less stress at work - spending all day raising your voice over noisy PCs is very wearing."

Other IT companies, including Viglen, are also developing quieter, more environmentally-friendly computer hardware for schools.

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