Buyers of Dell's Latitude 6430u Ultrabook have noticed a very unpleasant bug: a strong odour resembling cat urine.
News of the 6430u's fragrant emissions appear in this thread in Dell's support forums. Complaints started in June 2013 when a user named “three west” wrote “So a few weeks ago I got a new Lattitude 6430u for work. The machine is great, but it smells as if it was assembled near a tomcats litter box. It is truly awful!”
To Dell's credit, the company's staff kept posting and seem to have tried to get to the bottom of the matter. Posts quickly ruled out “biological contamination” and by October 14th a “Senior Technical Consultant” named “Dell-SteveB” said the problem had been resolved and offered this explanation:
The smell was related to a manufacturing process that has now been changed
The smell is not in any way related to biological contamination
The smell is not at all health hazard
If you order an E6430u now, it will not have the issue
Dell-SteveB does not explain which “manufacturing process” was the culprit, but as most complaints pin the smell down to the keyboard or palm rest it seems something went wrong in there. Perhaps an imperfect polymer was pressed into service?
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/30 ... ly_stinks/