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I have *never* heard of anything like this happening before. No, that's not a normal smell. The only smell you might get is the faint wiff of solder the first time that you power it on - but nothing before that. I wonder if something is happening in Amazon's supply line. Get it replaced again and see what happens...
I had to take this one into use already so returning it is not an option
Ventilating the unit and the power adapter outdoors did not help. I booted the machine and as a test set the internal fan to max from the BIOS and just by smelling the exhaust air 10 inches / 30 centimeters away the smell is still pretty obvious. The smell did not change when powering on the unit which leads me to believe there has to be some pretty low level contamination going on.
By Googling around it seems there are two somewhat recent reports or more precisely reviews that mention the issue, though they are for a different model:
Regarding one of these reviews the comment about the throat and sinus did apply to the first unit I got, it was much much worse.