Professional Inventors Alliance: Dell’s lack of engineering expertise to blame for exploding laptops

“The Professional Inventors Alliance has blasted Dell over the recent battery fiasco,” Nick Farrell reports for The Inquirer.

Farrell reports, “President Ronald Riley said that Dell systems failed to intall proper monitoring into laptops which could have spotted the failure and shut down the computer. ‘Dell does not in my opinion have the engineering expertise which other companies who actually advance the technology have,’ Riley said.”

Farrell reports, “He accused them of achieving low prices by cutting corners from both a design perspective and by specifying and buying product based on price.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Dell is just a commodity box assembler. There is no engineering expertise advancing technology at Dell. They are very efficient, but they company has even less to do with innovation than Microsoft. Sony made the batteries, so they should share the blame.

As we said in our original Take when the first Dell laptop blew up, “Almost always, this is an issue of shoddily-produced batteries. Virtually every PC company, including Apple, have not been immune to such issues in the past. Hopefully, this will never happen on a plane (or anywhere else again). Generally, we’re of the opinion that as PC companies race to the bottom in a desperate price race, we feel much safer with Apple’s quality vs. all others as Apple is not dependent on operating on razor-thin margins that might affect product quality.”

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others working on battery standard – August 23, 2006
Qantas first airline to restrict in-flight Dell laptop use due to fire-prone batteries – August 23, 2006
Dell and Sony knew about battery problems nearly a year ago, waited for catastrophic failures – August 21, 2006
Dell issues largest safety recall in history: 4.1 million laptop batteries due to fire threat – August 14, 2006
Another Dell laptop goes up in flames – July 28, 2006
Dell laptop fires may have been downplayed – July 22, 2006
NY Times: Dell’s exploding laptop and other image problems – July 10, 2006
Dell laptop explodes into flames at Japanese conference – June 21, 2006


  1. Thorin, the housefire story also mentions the laptop sitting on top of papers on the couch. Admittedly, a laptop should not be an ignition source, but tell me honestly that you think the victim’s house did not have at least a dozen other potential hazards from sloppiness or carelessness. Most people live the way they drive — looking no further ahead than the hood ornament. At least leave the laptop on the coffee table? (With the power cable strung across the room where people can trip on it.)

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