Thanks for taking an interest Steve. My stint as a road warrior is over for the moment, and I have to say that after running on the docking station with the lid closed for 5 weeks perhaps I have cooked the smell out of my unit. I unhooked it and let it cool overnight, and this morning no more terrible smell!
I can assure you that this was not any sort of normal new electronic sort of smell. As hotecha mentioned above, I would have been embarrassed to open the lid near a client. It also persisted for approximately two months.
I am on my third laptop. The second one's speaker was faulty and the bio-metric device was unreliable. It also smelled awful. Now the third one interestingly enough seemed to smell better over out of the box, but it's getting worse. I think it's time to move to a different Ultra-book...
I am the technology coordinator at Washington DC public high school. We have about 300 Dell Latitude 6430u laptops. 60 have been issued to teachers for the school year. So far, two staffers have complained of the cat urine smell. Is this something I can expect to hear from everyone and what should my next steps be?