Dell introduced a new design idea for a laptop that is long-lasting, easy to disassemble and repair, and has a lower environmental impact on Tuesday.
It’s a collection of ideas that, depending on if and how Dell decides to apply them, might go a long way toward making the tech giant’s products more sustainable.
The proof-of-concept laptop created by Dell’s design team, dubbed “Concept Luna,” boasts a variety of odd characteristics aimed at making repair and maintenance easier.
To dislodge a damaged keyboard or peel off a cracked screen, no screwdrivers or glue solvents are required;
Both components easily pop free when a pair of keystones holding them in place are removed.
The device has much less screws than a standard Dell laptop, which cuts down on the time it takes to change components.
You’ll also never have to worry about having to replace a faulty fan.
Luna is a “front end idea,” according to Dell design strategist Drew Tosh, that aims to “address some of the broader challenges
We’re trying to get ahead of in the future,” such as e-waste and climate change.
A laptop that is simple to repair and upgrade is less likely to be replaced with a new one that consumes additional energy and resources.
When the computer ultimately stops operating, the pieces may be harvested and reused in other devices, rather than ending up in landfills as harmful waste.
Tosh told The Verge, “We’re particularly focused on reuse and recycling.” “In reality, we should reuse, reuse, reuse, and discard only when absolutely necessary.”
There are just a few prototype models of this laptop available right now.
However, the design Dell is demonstrating is as elegant and portable as any of the company’s existing laptops.
If a modern-looking laptop with these qualities can be mass manufactured,
it will be considerably more difficult for other major consumer electronics companies to maintain that reparability and design are inherently incompatible.
According to Taylor Dixon, a teardown engineer at the iFixit repair guide site,
Dell laptops are “pretty repairable” in comparison to competitors like MacBooks.
Dixon has worked on recent XPS 13 and 15 models that include Phillips head screws, batteries that are held in place rather than glued down, and screens that are pretty straightforward to remove.
In contrast to Apple, Dell provides service manuals for its laptops on a regular basis on its website.to.”