Rain Keeps Falling on LinusTechTips’ XPS Laptops

Last year when I saw the video where Linus Sebastian of LinusTechTips had accidently left his XPS 12 out in the rain, I thought to myself “that would be a cool Direct2Dell post.” But before I ever got around to actually writing it, Sebastian went and did it again! Except this time it was an XPS 13 – and this time it wasn’t an accident.

So I got even more curious about the man behind the watery videos that one YouTube commenter called “some sort of laptop necromancer.” I reached out to Sebastian to ask him if he’d always been driven to find out how things work and test their limits.

“My early attempts at disassembling things were mostly disastrous,” he told me when I asked if he could remember the first thing he took apart. “I once tried to put a PCI card in an ISA slot, which released the magic blue smoke that makes all electronics work. I remember taking apart a Sony Discman at some point, so let’s go with that (it stayed broken).”

Luckily for him, and us, most of his attempts to dry out and reassemble hardware have been more successful. Sebastian first began making videos for YouTube as a side to his job at NCIX, a Canadian online computer hardware and software retailer, but turned content creation into his full-time job in 2013 when he founded Linus Media Group. His LinusTechTips channel now has 1.6 million subscribers, and some of them were suspect that the XPS 12 video was staged or sponsored by Dell.

“It was a review unit, but not one that was provided by Dell,” Sebastian clarifies. “So it was my daily driver machine that I’d been using for over a year. I really, really, really didn’t want it to die.”

Watching the video, I didn’t either! And, that same dramatic tension was there when he attempted to re-create the scene with the XPS 13.

“Few reviewers keep me on the edge of my seat like you did,” Damon Muzny, manager of Dell’s media review program told Sebastian after watching the latest. “Next time I’m not going to send you a charger pack, but instead an umbrella as an accessory!” 

Screenshot of LinusTechTips video where he shows the porch his Dell XPS 12 was left on in the rain

Sebastian loves teaching, learning and playing with tech. He’s made around 3,000 videos and finds it hard to pick a favorite, but a recent series called Scrapyard Wars where he competed against his co-host to see who could build the best gaming machine for $300, comes to mind.

“I’m grateful every day that my job is to do something I love and share it with others,” he says.

At the risk of giving Muzny heart failure, I asked Sebastian if he had any outrageous ideas for future Dell product reviews:

“Of course,” he said. “The problem is that as far as I can tell your lawyers are dead from Cobra bites, so I don’t know who I’d consult about whether or not I’m able to DO the things I want to do with them…”

(Watch this video to get the joke.)

And just how is that original rain-soaked XPS doing?

“The good news is that the XPS 12 still works awesome to this day and actually accompanied Luke, my co-host to Taiwan for his trip to Computex,” reports Sebastian.

About the Author: Laura Pevehouse

Laura Pevehouse was profiled as one of five “social media mavens” in the March 2009 issue of Austin Woman Magazine and named an AdWeek’s TweetFreak Five to Follow. She has been part of the Dell organization for more than 15 years in various corporate communications, employee communications, public relations, community affairs, marketing, branding, social media and online communication roles. From 2014-2018, Laura was Chief Blogger/Editor-in-Chief for Direct2DellEMC and Direct2Dell, Dell’s official corporate blog that she help launch in 2007. She is now a member of the Dell Technologies Chairman Communications team. Earlier in her Dell career she focused on Global Commercial Channels and US Small and Medium Business public relations as part of the Global Communications team. Prior to that, she was responsible for global strategy in social media and community management, as well as marcom landing pages, as a member of Dell’s Global SMB Marketing, Brand and Creative team. When she was part of Dell’s Global Online group, Laura provided internal consulting that integrated online and social media opportunities with a focus on Corporate Communications and Investor Relations. She managed the home page of Dell.com, one of the top 500 global web sites in Alexa traffic rank, and first brought web feeds and podcasts to the ecommerce site. In her spare time she led Dell into the metaverse with the creation of Dell Island in the virtual world Second Life. Laura has earned the designation of Accredited Business Communicator from the International Association of Business Communicators, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Louisiana State University. Before joining Dell Financial Services in 2000, she worked at the Texas Workforce Commission and PepsiCo Food Systems Worldwide.