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New laptop smell

2013-03-21, 12:46 PM

I just opened my new thinkpad T430 and was met by a strong smell.

It doesn't smell good, and it smells just like horses smell. Or rather what comes out of them.


I had to distance myself from the laptop and started unpacking some accessories, and they smell more or less the same, not as strong, but still the same smell.


It is a bit disappointing and it feels like i just got a product which was made in a stable and it currently prevents me from using it.


It would be helpful to avoid this smell with future products, and any advice on how to reduce it in my laptop is very welcome.


Otherwise, I'm very happy with my laptop.


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Re: New laptop smell

2013-03-21, 15:47 PM

That is most unusual.  Is it possible that the parcel delivery service used a vehicle that hauled bags of fertilizer?


The good news is that it should disappear in time.  Speaking from experience as a horseman, when one works in a stable, one no longer notices the smell of manure. :)


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Re: New laptop smell

2013-03-22, 19:52 PM


Well it should indeed not smell of horses! 
Mine smellt a bit toxic the first couple of weeks, but that is normal with new electronics. Try to do some heavy tasks on it to stimulate "long use".
If you feel the smell is more than ordinary and if you get headache or feel like to puke - Send it back with no hesitation


kind regards


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Re: New laptop smell

2013-03-23, 22:07 PM

Mine had some bad smells also but it disappeared in a few weeks. Probably the chemicals used to produce the cover; plastic bags have a similar smell. It caused me no diseases or problems but I agree it's not a good experience.


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Re: New laptop smell

2013-05-29, 21:26 PM
Yes, I also had the toxic smell on my last 3 W520's.
My solution was to put it in the attic and de-tox it in by running the diagnostic tests in "Stress" mode for about 24 hours.
W520 4270CTO i7-2820QM Quadro2000M 1920x1080 Display 16GB RAM 2x240GB Intel 510 SSDs (RAID 0) - BIOS 1.42 - PCMark7:4,568
Samsung Series 9 15-inch NP900X4C-A03US - PCMark7: 4674
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