It provides a window into a more advanced, modular era.
Last year, Dell piqued our interest with Concept Luna, an effort to create a sustainable laptop with fewer screws and easier-to-upgrade and-recycle components. Comparing it to ultraportable computers that sacrifice repairability for thinness seemed like a breath of fresh air. Dell is making the idea even more of a priority this year. With just a push-pin tool and a little elbow grease, the most recent Luna device can be completely dismantled in just 30 seconds. No need to be concerned about cables or screws.
How does Dell perform this sorcery? by creating a fully modular structure that allows each part to be easily snapped into position. It’s not just marketing speak either, as you can see in the following video, which shows how easily a Dell representative can skillfully disassemble a Luna gadget. He removed a thin motherboard, two speaker units, the battery, and a CPU fan after using a pin tool to release the keyboard. After unlocking the laptop’s middle bezel, it was simple to remove the display as well.
The new Concept Luna resembles a 13-inch laptop from Dell after everything is put together (more a Latitude than a slim XPS, to be clear). You would be completely unaware that a true revolution was taking on behind the scenes. This time, Dell’s sustainability strategy is much clearer. A typical user could easily access the internals of a fully modular laptop like this, whereas the prior model still required some technical manoeuvring. Similar to how difficult it is to remove a SIM card
In order to accommodate more potent processors, the new Luna laptop features space for a CPU fan as well. As part of the development of Luna, Dell also collaborated with a micro-factory, which enabled the business to automate the laborious process of putting Luna devices together and disassembling them. Since some parts of a computer are likely to get far greater use than others, that process also entails testing individual components. Your laptop’s built-in keyboard likely has a lot of life left if you utilise it primarily at a desk with an external keyboard.
According to Glen Robson, CTO of Dell Technologies’ Client Solutions Group, “we’ve created something with the potential to ignite a seismic shift in the industry and achieve circularity at scale” by combining Luna’s sustainable design with sophisticated telemetry and robotic automation. “A single sustainable item is one thing, but the real opportunity is the potential influence on millions of electronic products sold every year, and optimising the materials in those devices for future reuse, refurbishment, or recycling.”
Even though it’s unlikely that we’ll see a Luna-like consumer laptop anytime soon, its very presence might have an impact on how Dell builds upcoming products. Additionally, the corporation is promoting its sustainability goals in a number of other ways, such as by drastically decreasing packaging waste and by looking into recycled materials for some PC cases. Dell already faces competition from Framework in terms of genuine do-it-yourself repairability (which just unveiled a DIY Chromebook). It’s nevertheless encouraging to see one of the top PC manufacturers in the world taking sustainability seriously.