Dell discontinues Adamo laptop, leaving MacBook Air with one fewer competitor

Our sister site CNET is reporting that Dell is killing off its Adamo ultraportable laptop, a few weeks after it dropped prices on the MacBook Air rival.Ultraportable notebooks have taken it on the chin lately -- or at least PC versions.

Our sister site CNET is reporting that Dell is killing off its Adamo ultraportable laptop, a few weeks after it dropped prices on the MacBook Air rival.

Ultraportable notebooks have taken it on the chin lately -- or at least PC versions. HP also instituted price cuts on its Envy 13, though Samsung introduced its 9 Series laptop at CES, which presumably will compete with the MacBook Air. (Just not on price, as it will cost a few hundred dollars more.)

Ultraportables have no doubt suffered due to the success of netbooks, which are similarly svelte and cost far less. It also didn't help that they lacked faster processors that would make it easy for power users to choose them over a slightly bigger, but brawnier laptop. Though not productivity tools in the traditional sense, tablets may have stolen the sexiness cachet from ultraportable notebooks as well.