MSI is the latest manufacturer to become green by deleting a feature that has been included with its products for a long time: paper materials. For the time being, the move only affects its motherboards and covers manuals, leaflets, catalogs, and reward programs.
As most people are aware, PC hardware frequently comes with a slew of paperwork, ranging from competitions and membership programs to product registration cards and pamphlets for associated products. Because most of it is discarded, MSI has opted to eliminate all of this material from its motherboard boxes to conserve energy, reduce carbon emissions, and “protect forests.”
MSI says on its website that it is “dedicated to reducing the environmental implications of its business activities through green production and supply chain management.” “In response to the threat of climate change, we have made significant investments in optimizing energy consumption, waste reduction, and chemical substance control.”
The manuals will undoubtedly be the most visible absence—but will they be that noticeable, especially when most of these volumes are made up of identical instructions in several languages?
When a customer needs to review the handbook, MSI directs them to the company’s website to search for the contents. According to the manufacturers, a QR code on the motherboard box will lead to a digital version of the handbook.
Some point out that the savings MSI would gain by removing the paper materials are unlikely to be passed on to the user, as was the case with Apple and Samsung when they eliminated the included chargers from their phones for environmental reasons.
Don’t be shocked if MSI’s other goods, including graphics cards, begin shipping without manuals as well. Other hardware firms are likely to follow suit and go paperless as well.