New Electronics Smell

April 11, 2011

Now it’s time for some reader email:

Q: My colleague and I would like you to weigh in on a debate we were having. Out of nowhere, my colleague voiced that he really enjoyed the smell of new electronics. I feel that there is no real difference between the smell of plastic and the smell of new electronics. So theoretically he could get the same fix if he opened a McDonalds Happy Meal toy. It’s an amusing debate and we are looking for a ruling.

A: Luckily for both of you I have a brand new iPad 1 that I can open up and do some smell testing with.  It’s a gift for my Mom and I’ll need to get it setup anyway. Stand by…
Ok, I’m back now. I have to say that the iPad has very slight new electronics scent compared to other gear I’ve bought and that makes me sad. But, it’s still a good smell. I stripped off the plastic, smelled it separately and it did not have any smell. Experience has taught me that the new electronics smell comes from the device and not the plastic. Sorry to disappoint you loyal reader, but facts are facts. You cannot get the same satisfaction from plain plastic wrap as you can from new electronics. However, you may get the same happy feeling from a Happy Meal but it’s not from the plastic wrapping. Hold on, I just got a message that you won’t get that feeling from Happy Meals for long since the government is taking steps to ban the toys. Mind you, they have no problem with your kids eating the unhealthy food in Happy Meals.
So, in conclusion, electronics smell = good, plastic = null. We’ll see if we can do some comparative smell tests on electronics in a future post.

Tags: Apple

4 Responses to New Electronics Smell

  1. Peter Murray on June 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Plastics come in many different forms and do have different scents, but the "new electronics smell" is mostly a composite of the adhesives and materials that make up the circuit boards.

  2. Daniel on January 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I recently bought a new LCD TV and it gives off a strong, new electronics smell. I find the smell disgusting and I light a vanilla scented candle to cover it up. (That works by the way.) However, if the smell doesn’t go away in 30 days, I’m returning the TV. I talked to the guys at BestBuy about it and they seemed to have no idea what I was talking about. So I googled New Electronics Smell and that’s how I ended up here reading your 8 month old post. :)

    • Gabe Gagliano on January 18, 2012 at 10:27 am

      What brand TV is it? You may have to keep it on for a while for the smell to go away.

  3. on May 5, 2015 at 12:06 pm

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