We can finally share all the details of the Dell Adamo. It is a 4lbs, 0.65″ thick aluminum laptop. We’ve played with it briefly and we can say that the construction quality is very high. The keyboard also has slightly curved (backlit) keys. The power supply is smaller than the ones found on most laptop, and that’s quite a nice surprise. There’s not much point in having a super-thin laptop if you have to carry a big power supply with it. Finally, it has a 13.4″ 1280×720 display. So far, the only unimpressive point is the Core 2 Duo 1.2Ghz CPU. We have not played with it long enough to provide an educated opinion about its usability, but that might come later. Prices go from $2000 to $2700. The official site should update soon
The Adamo could have been the child of a Macbook Pro and a Voodoo Envy 133. I used an Envy 133 for some time, and I can tell right off the bat that the keyboard is much better. The Envy 133 has small keys that are slippery. The brushed aluminum seems “better” than the Macbook Pro’s and by “better” I mean that it looks more expensive. The aluminum body is not a fingerprint magnet – which is nice.
It is thin, in the photo gallery, you’ll see a shot of the Adamo body next to my Blackberry 8900 and you’ll see that it is just a little thinner there. In fact people might expect it to weigh less than 4lbs, which is a “normal” weight for a 13.3″ laptop.
Unlike many laptops, this one doesn’t come with a bunch of idiotic stickers on it, which is quite nice. Also, the speakers are right behind the screen (see the photo gallery) – this is something that Voodoo should have done with its Envy 133.
Update March 8 2009: the battery is not user replaceable
- Intel Core 2 Duo 1.2Ghz
- Intel 965 Express, Intel GMX4500 GPU
- 2GB DDR3 (4GB max)
- 13.4″, 16:9 display, 1280×720
- 128GB SSD
- Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi-N, Bluetooth
- Vista Home Premium 64 (SP1)
- 331x242x16.39mm, 4Lbs
- 5 hours of battery life