Dell, one of the world’s largest PC manufacturers, is working to create more convenient repair options for its laptops. It teased us last year With an early version of the Concept Luna promising to use fewer screws and more durable materials in its construction. Now the construction of that concept goes to complete modularity.
The latest Luna device can be almost completely disassembled within a minute. only the screen and chassis remain when the layers are removed. Unlike similar DIY Frame notebookwhich announced a Chromebook version A few months ago, you didn’t need a screwdriver to take the Concept Luna apart. But it does include a crimping tool that serves as an opening mechanism. Dell also touted the robotic automation it has implemented for large-scale laptop disassembly and service, emphasizing that “nothing goes to waste.”
At least the Concept Luna offers more serviceable laptops from Dell, which the company says brings it “closer to a future where more devices are designed with modular designs.” For example, Luna’s individual parts modules all have QR codes for them, which in theory would allow a production version to more easily swap in new parts and go a la carte. This will also help Dell recycle discarded modules more easily.
Once a major brand like this embraces the modularity of its production, the hope is that the rest of the industry will feel pressure to follow suit. This is good news for consumers, especially those who prefer laptops because they save space and don’t like to feel like they are contributing to the permanent destruction of the planet. It’s also good news for the environment, because all we can do is slow the apparent onset climate changee is better than nothing.
I also can’t help but think back to my previous repair experiences with Dell. I bought an XPS 15 last year and it shipped without a working headphone jack. Dell sent someone to help me, but that revealed a faulty Bluetooth module, and I ended up having to send the laptop back to Dell to get it fixed. It was a nerve-wracking experience. I’d like to have access to something like the Framework laptop, which already allows you to scan QR codes on components inside the computer to bring up the help guide and solve the problem yourself.
Of course, the Framework laptop is also made for you to work on it yourself. Dell still makes solid unibody laptops like the XPS 15 that aren’t yet part of this revolution. Here’s hoping Dell moves quickly with the Concept Luna, so we can all stop having to send our laptops in for repairs.