Dell checks all the right boxes for a laptop that’s not only environmentally friendly, but also potentially immortal.
Laptops have revolutionized the IT industry by making personal computing more portable, but it has also come at the cost of flexibility and durability. Unlike towering desktops, not everything inside a laptop can be easily upgraded, let alone replaced when it’s broken. Many laptop makers probably prefer this status quo, but Dell is boldly pushing an idea that could mean it will end up selling fewer laptops.
Today, you can upgrade or replace a laptop’s memory and storage, but that’s about it. You can’t upgrade the processor, add a graphics unit, or even easily replace the keyboard after years of wear and tear. That doesn’t even take into account the materials and processes used in making these devices, which involves a lot of plastics and components that end up being a lot of waste.
Dell’s Concept Luna laptop throws it all out the window, imagining a laptop that would appeal to almost anyone from the expert PC modder to the environmentally conscious consumer. The company is trying to apply several strategies through the pipeline to not only reduce the laptop’s carbon footprint, but ultimately make it as durable as any desktop that can be repaired. or upgraded bit by bit.
Dell’s ideas are quite interesting. In addition to using more recyclable materials, like flax fiber instead of plastic laminate, the company is also considering reducing the size or number of components like the motherboard to reduce the amount of energy used for them. to manufacture. Smarter placement of these components can also lead to better passive heat dissipation, thereby eliminating the need for plastic fans inside.
Then there is also the element of repairability, which is made easier by having only four screws to access internal components and not using any adhesive. The components can be easily removed and replaced, or maybe even upgraded with a newer part. Overall, the Concept Luna represents the holy grail of durable computers and is probably years away from becoming a reality.
Dell admits that the concept only touches on what’s possible, not what’s doable or, more importantly, profitable. A durable laptop would ultimately mean people will buy fewer new laptops if they could just upgrade or replace parts of the laptop they already own. Sure, Dell could build a business around selling parts or services, but that could still be less profitable than the status quo that does our environment a disservice.