We saw Dell’s ultra-detachable laptop, and the concept is ingenious

Dell gave us a demonstration of its Concept Luna project, a laptop whose components can be changed very easily. The stated goal is to offer a more environmentally responsible product.

Model of Dell Concept Luna // Source: Frandroid

The VivaTech trade show in Paris was an opportunity for Dell France to make a fantastic demonstration: a separation of the rules of art. Do not imagine the slightest physical violence we are talking about here about dismantling a rather special laptop, Concept Luna. We do not know when the finished product will be released, but the model that was shown to us is honestly exciting.

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Remember that the Dell Concept Luna was unveiled last December, ahead of CES. The goal is to offer a laptop with a greatly reduced ecological impact. But according to the brand, 80% of the CO2 footprint generated by a conventional computer is due to production versus 20% caused by its use.

Reduce the CO2 footprint

This is where the Luna concept comes into the picture, which promises to generate less production and thus less pollution. In fact, this laptop is very easy to disassemble. All you need is a torx screwdriver. That’s all. Thus, if one of the components no longer works, do not replace the entire product, but simply order that part to replace it.

Model of the Dell Concept Luna format
Model of Dell Concept Luna // Source: Frandroid

This kind of approach is therefore the same approach as Fairphones in the world of the smartphone, or PC Framework to assemble yourself. On the concept, Luna shines especially by her promise of simplicity.

Great simplicity

There are four screws visible on the outer surface of the Concept Luna: two below, two more on the hinge. Once removed, the user will have access to the internal components. By removing the keyboard (which of course can be changed) you can replace the speakers, the battery and the electrical system. The motherboard hides behind the screen.

In total, there are only 38 screws on the Dell Concept Luna, which is 10 times smaller than the Latitude 7300 Anniversary Edition presented by Dell in 2019. However, this model was at the time the most environmentally responsible of the brand, therefore An effort had already been made compared to a conventional computer.

Note that the demonstration model was merely intended to show the concept. The device was useless, the motherboard was fake and there was not the slightest connection cable. Therefore, what was presented to us is really to be regarded as a proof of concept. Dell ensures that the necessary technology for this laptop is under development and that a commercial release is fully possible. We just do not know exactly when.

Good greenwashing and bad greenwashing?

Some might see this as a shameless attempt at greenwashing. As a reminder, this term refers to a misleading marketing process that aims to give a company a false environmental responsibility image. Unfortunately, this is something we often encounter in the tech world, where some brands give the impression of being more motivated by trendy promises than by genuine ecological beliefs.

Can the Luna concept be highlighted for this reason? Not quite. It is, of course, obvious that Dell is taking the opportunity to play an environmentally responsible card to promote its brand. But if the concept of this PC imposes on the market, there can be a really positive effect.

Model of Dell Concept Luna demolition
Model of Dell Concept Luna // Source: Frandroid

Especially since there is a reflection around the components themselves. The motherboard, for example, sees its total surface area greatly reduced (below 55580 mm²) to reduce its footprint. The circuit board is made of flax fiber to replace the usual plastic, and even the assembly is designed to optimize heat dissipation and battery conservation.

So yes, there are undoubtedly pieces of greenwahsing here and there in Concept Luna, but we are still very far from Razer’s fake green straw.

“It is not a by-product”

The concept model presented at VivaTech had the same dimensions as a classic Dell XPS 13. And besides, the brand seems determined not to make too many concessions compared to this type of device. ” It is not a by-product says one of the spokesmen.

In addition to this promise, Concept Luna and similar devices can constantly improve the products. One can even easily imagine an economical model where Dell would not release new models of Concept Luna, but simply better components so that everyone can make their market according to their exact needs. As on a fixed PC finally.

It remains to know the potential price of such a product. Hard to make predictions at the moment. On the other hand, we can already bet on a repairability index at the top.


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