How will Dell's Adamo laptop measure up?

How will Dell's Adamo laptop measure up?

Summary: If the rumors are accurate, Dell will soon launch a new laptop to compete with ultra-thin models from Apple, Lenovo and others. So just how thin would this new "Adamo" laptop need to be to lure some of those premium buyers over to Dell?

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If the rumors are accurate, Dell will soon launch a new laptop to compete with ultra-thin models from Apple, Lenovo and others. So just how thin would this new "Adamo" laptop need to be to lure some of those premium buyers over to Dell? Here's how the competition measures up:

Late last week, a New York Times blog reported that Dell was on the verge of releasing a new notebook that would be "even thinner and lighter than Apple." Among the evidence: a mysterious adamobydell.com site that reads "coming soon." Michael Tatelman, Dell's VP of consumer sales and marketing, also told The Times that company needed some "iconic products" to shake up its image.

Based on the competition, the Adamo will almost certainly measure 0.7 inches or less. But perhaps Dell will really try to shake things up with an aggressively tapered design like that of the MacBook Air. The problem with this approach is that while the MacBook Air doesn't have an internal DVD drive, several of the Windows competitors do. So it will be interesting to see just how radical Dell is willing to get with this new model.

My guess is that Dell will give it a decent set of features (13.3-inch LED-backlit display, internal DVD) but skip the more esoteric stuff such as SSDs and instead come in at a lower price. Most likely we'll get the answer at the Consumer Electronics Show in a couple of weeks.

Dell Adamo

Topics: Laptops, Apple, Dell, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Who Cares?

    Same junk in a smaller package.

    Burned (almost literally) through 7 dell laptops at work. That
    was just me, other employees had about the same luck.

    I'll never buy anything by Dell again.
    middle of nowhere
    • Be truthful!

      I worked in large IT shop and D610 has not failed me since day one and I am still using it (I had newer one to replace the D610, but I kept both). Our fail rate is less than 10%, you must have a rough environment. I owned Inspiron and XPS personally and they have not failed me also.
      FromThe80s
      • Glad you're happy, but not everyone has your luck.

        We had an acceptable failure rate with Dell PCs, probably no better or worse than HP. But we quit buying Dell because the support was definitely worse. Inaccurate technical help, delays and runarounds on repairs, and the worst attitude I had even encountered. Even when the HP people were telling me that warranty had expired and I had to pay for repairs, they didn't make it sound like I had tried to steal their wallet.

        I had a Dell rep basically accuse me of fraud once, because I asked him to double-check their records which did not agree with mine. When I faxed the original purchase order and delivery invoice to him, he refused to talk to me and I had to escalate to get the system repaired under warranty.

        Couldn't even blame that one on India, it was a US-based call center and good ole American rudeness that caused me to drop Dell. Not looking at going back either.
        terry flores
  • Junk like everyting Dell

    Dell Makes JUNK. UTTER GARBAGE IN ALL DELL DOES.

    Who cares is right!
    itguy08
    • Dell monitors are great

      And good value as well.
      Patanjali
  • Looking forward to this!!

    It will give Windows uses a cheaper alternative to the AIR, hell load Ubuntu on and your laughing!!

    I've also owned several dells & none have failed on me, especially through several years of basing around when moving between School/University & home. The only reason I replace them is because I need something faster & so they are passed onto someone else. Never heard any complaints from them either...
    DevJonny
  • RE: How will Dell's Adamo laptop measure up?

    Rumors on this for a while, but it could be worth waiting for and it would be good if better than the air. The key is not about weight, but the size has to be 13" for most needs.
    zabaroptik