Today, computer manufacturer Dell announced its plans Concept Luna, A sustainable and repairable laptop. The company first started talking about this unnamed project last year, with the goal of designing more sustainable products.
Thanks to the support of President Biden and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the “right to repair” bill is becoming more and more popular in the United States. Hope we can see more companies join this trend. Microsoft is already working on repair rights for Xbox and Surface devices, so please go ahead.
Dell showed a proof-of-concept video of a laptop developed in cooperation with Intel. When it is opened, you can see a fairly modular internal structure, which looks like it can be replaced individually instead of throwing away the entire laptop. Dell also boasted that the overall design of the device has further efficiency advantages.
According to Dell, manufacturing motherboards requires considerable energy, so the size is reduced by about 75%, and fewer components are used. It is estimated that this will reduce the carbon footprint of manufacturing motherboards by about 50%, which is a good start. The way the chassis is manufactured is also marked as particularly suitable for waste.
Other considerations related to the internal structure layout are also being used to keep the machine cool without the need for fans. Fans can be annoying due to repairability or general issues with these moving parts, so it’s interesting to see them not showing up. However, laptops usually do their best to keep cool, so I’m not sure how much fans will be reduced, but if it helps, we can’t wait to see. It is hoped that these efficiencies will continue to improve, resulting in smaller and more efficient components.
Regardless of the result, modular design is a good idea, and I would love to see all laptops or all electronic products. Being able to replace and repair only what is needed, that’s why I built my own PC in the first place. Having the same power supply on a laptop sounds like a good idea, and I believe anyone who accidentally breaks the screen can prove it. One of them will definitely become my favorite laptop list, nothing more. Gaming laptops are not cheap, but a very attractive product that I can upgrade at any time.