Dell’s Concept Luna: Recycling, Downcycling, and Upgrading Your Laptop With Modular Parts

Aiming to meet green goals, Dell showed us a concept laptop that can be broken down to a few swappable components for easy repairs, recycling, and more. is your ultimate destination for tech reviews and news.

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– Hi, I’m Matthew Buzzi from PCMag. And as the debate over
right to repair grows And discussions around sustainability, Companies are having to
reassess their objectives And their plans sort of
a long-term overview. And we’re here with Drew from Dell To discuss their plans
and their goals long-term Moving as far into 2030, I understand Some objectives they like to hit. And this is Concept Luna, Which is a project sort of aiming To sort of achieve these
goals by that timeframe, A holistic approach as well as
a individual concrete laptop That we can show you The kind of progress they’ve made so far. So Drew show us what this is And sort of what Dell’s
goals are long-term. – Yeah, so obviously in
order to reach our 2030 goals For sustainability, we
really had to reconsider The entire PC and how we built it. That’s both architecturally how it’s done, The materials and sustainability
aspects we put into it. We’ve already been doing a
lot of sustainable materials And packaging, but we
really needed to reconsider The entire architecture. So the biggest differences
as you described, Right to repair, We drove towards right
to repair opportunities. Look for how we can make this as easy To disassemble as possible so
that we can harvest back parts And reuse those parts in other products As well as make it easier to recycle If that’s the case at the end of its life. So Concept Luna does that through,

In essence, four screws remove The ability for us to
take out two keystones. These two keystones allow
us to, when they’re removed To take out the keyboard. This keyboard just lifts out very simply. This keyboard obviously
is one of the struggles Is its life because it’ll
probably go through one use. So we designed it very much for recycling. Gives us direct access to
the battery and IO board. And you’ll also notice there’s
no motherboard in the base. We’ve moved the mother
board to the hinge up In order to allow for better thermals And in essence no ingress, So it’s passive, that
allows for a longer life. And then as well, When I remove the
keystone for the display, This allows me to simply
slide up the display. I’m going to use a suction cup. When I slide this out, I can now expose that the
motherboard is mounted on the back As well as the heat sink. This makes it very easy
to serve as a motherboard As well as serve as the display. We want our customers To be able to repair these
things simply themselves So that the life will
continue as long as possible As well as allow us to
harvest back these parts In the simplest version. We’ve designed it to have standard mounts So that we know that we could
install it in another system And we can take it back by harvesting it, We can certify it, check
that it’s actually warning, Working with Intel to understand Maybe it started as like i7 level

And now it’s, you know, at an i5 level And we can then take that,
reuse it in a new product, Sell it to a new customer Who’s excited to get
something that they know Is a sustainable option And as well as still
comes with a you know, A warranty from Dell And has all those proof of purchase. – So some of you out there May not have seen the interior of laptops As much as I have through demos like this. You should know that that is very much Not what they normally look like. Dell has done a lot of work here. And again, this is a concept, That’s not a product that
will be as is for sale. But a lot of work here
conceptually and design wise Should make a laptop that can come apart, Can be repaired with individual pieces. Some will age faster than others. You mentioned before,
the keyboard obviously Is something that’s going
to take a physical beating Compared to some of
the internal components Which can be swapped pretty easily. A panel sometimes goes
removing that as you saw. So these are sort of the sort
of bigger picture and concept Yeah, problems that
that need to be solved. We’ve seen some full product
efforts on the market, Like the framework laptop, Which is our favorite
sort of pick for a DIY And a upgradable swappable
component modular design. And this has some of the same elements. Obviously this is even more piece by piece And from a big manufacturer like Dell,

It’s really promising to see. But 2030 – a long way off, These are hard things to do To make both a design
that can incorporate these And a program that can actually service And repair and fix and offer
sustainability and recycling. So a lot of longterm goals, Anything else you’d like
to say about Concept Luna? – No, I’m excited. I think you’ll start to slowly see these In the next generations of our products. – Cool, thank you so much for watching. Tune into the rest of our
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