Dell Insists There's No Cat Pee in the Latitude 6420u Laptop

Dell has responded to complaints from users regarding a weird smell coming from a specific model of notebooks it manufactures. Engadget points to the Dell Support forums where numerous users have posted about their Latitude 6430u notebook smelling like cat pee. One post claimed his laptop smelled like it had been assembled near a tomcat's litter box, while another wrote that they thought that one of their cats had sprayed the laptop. Folks were complaining that it was embarrassing to have their computer out at work, in front of clients, at class, and the smell was lingering on hands and fingers. Gross.

Reports said the smell was emanating from the keyboard of the computer, and though Dell initially advised customers clean keyboard and fans with compressed air, the company has since said the smell originates from the palm rest. So, of course, compressed air didn't do much to fix the smell, which several users described as a 'stench' and said it was so bad, they couldn't use their laptop. Dell updated the thread at the end of August to say "biological contamination was not suspected" and updated again earlier this month to say it definitely wasn't pee. Of any kind.

"What we do know at this time is that this smell is absolutely not urine or any other type of biological material," a Dell representative said. "The parts have been tested and we have confirmed this 100%. The smell is caused by a manufacturing process which has now been changed and we are confident that the issue is resolved for all new E6430u currently shipping."

Dell hasn't yet offered details on what it plans to do for those who currently have smelly laptops, but a rep said today that it is currently finalizing plans for a 'full resolution' for people with an affected unit.

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  • jscynder
    Makes you winder how they missed that smell at the manufacturing plant or during quality assurance.
  • ingtar33
    Dell Insists There's No Cat Pee in the Latitude 6420u Laptop~However, they remain quiet on whether it contains cat poop.
  • wysir
    Ahahaha! This made my day.

    Dude it's a Dell! (and it smells like one too)
  • Brian Schonewille
    I would tell them to replace my laptop right meow...
  • Conlan
    That's just nasty... They can't do cat!
  • razor512
    Cat pee is part of dell's new cost cutting method. Often when injection molding a plastic object, you need a way to quickly separate it from the mold (in addition to cooling it for the next production step.

    Cat pee turns out to be very cheap and works quite well with injection molding. It also helps your laptop to turn heads where when you take the laptop out in the coffee shop, everyone says, oooh if that cat pee?
  • southernshark
    Apple invented the cat pee palm rest.
  • lp231
    Maybe we should ask Jupi if there is cat pee in Dell Latitude 6420u laptop
  • nevilence
    all those customers must feel very comfortable now that all the new ones dont have the smell....
  • QEFX
    Dell customers get all pissy about their new laptops.