Dell Adamo – Sexy, But Overpriced

Dell Adamo

Dell created a hype a few months back when news came out that they were coming up with a computer that would rival the Macbook Air. Back then, all we knew about it was that it was gonna be called the Dell Adamo. No photos or specifications, just a website.

We first saw a glimpse of the Adamo when Dell unveiled it at the 2009 CES in Las Vegas early this year and then a couple days back we saw more photos of it in display at the recent SXSW 2009. A few hours later the retail price and photos of Dell Adamo were leaked, Dell ended the hype when they officially released the Dell Adamo.

The Dell Adamo comes in two colors – Onyx and Pearl and starts at $1,999 for the basic configuration. Specs below:

  • 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with Centrino technology
  • Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Service Pack 1 64-Bit
  • 2GB 800MHz DDR3 dual-channel memory3
  • 128GB3 solid state drive

And if you want more computing power, you can have the following specs for $2,699.

  • 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with Centrino technology
  • Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Service Pack 1 64-Bit
  • 4GB 800MHz DDR3 dual-channel memory3
  • 128GB3 solid state drive
  • Mobile Broadband2

Shared Features:

  • Super-thin 13.4-inch 16:9 (High Definition; 720p) WLED display
  • Full-size keyboard with back-lighting and scalloped, metallic key cap design
  • Integrated 1.3 megapixel camera and integrated digital microphone
  • IO: Display Port, USBx3 (1 eSATA combination), Audio Out and integrated RJ-45 port
  • Communications: Gigabit LOM, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n (3×3)
  • 5+ hr battery life using Li-Polymer cells; 40 Whr
  • Compact power adapter
  • Dimensions: (w x d x h) 13.03 x 9.5 x 0.65 in (331 x 242 x 16.39 mm)
  • Weight: 1.81 kg (4.0 lb)
  • 90 Days of Adamo Premium Service (US Only) (Select Configurations)
  • Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Service Pack 1 64-Bit

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The Dell Adamo is a thing of beauty. Weighing only 4 lbs, it weighs a pound more than the Macbook Air, has a slightly bigger screen at 13.4 inches and measures only .65 inches in height which makes it a very slim notebook. I especially like the design on the Pearl edition. Unfortunately, the only thing impressive about the Dell Adamo is its design and falls short when it comes to other important features like the processor and graphics card. Like the Macbook Air, the Dell Adamo doesn’t have a built-in optical drive so you’ll have to purchase an external DVD-RW.

Like my initial impression, all I can say is that the Dell Adamo is sexy, but overpriced. If Dell wanted to compete with the Macbook Air, they should have considered a lower retail price. One of the reasons why many users prefer Windows-powered machines over Macs is because they’re cheaper. The good looks and design just doesn’t justify the hefty price tag. Good design doesn’t have to be expensive, right?

The Adamo by Dell is now available for pre-order online and can be bought online from the following countries: U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, U.K. France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, ANZ, China, Honk Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia/Singapore, Japan, and Indonesia. Worldwide shipping starts on March 26th, 2009.

If you want to find out more about this product, visit the official Adamo by Dell website.

Anyways, what do you think of Dell’s latest product, the Dell Adamo? Do you think the price is justified by its nice design? With this price and specs, would you rather buy a Macbook Air? Please share your thoughts via the comments section.

[via Crunch Gear]

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16 Comments

  1. @Greg – Yes it is, although it is a very innovative and refreshing design for your regular Windows-powered notebooks. I’m thinking that it gives us a glimpse of the future for notebooks.

  2. @French – Very true. That’s why I can’t understand why Dell came up with such a hefty price tag. They really need to change the price or come up with better specs if they want to compete with the Macbook Air.

  3. @joie – Yes, I’d get a Macbook..if I had the money. Hehe I guess the price is quite expensive because it just came out. If you really like it, just wait a few months and the price will definitely be cheaper. :)

  4. @jan – Hahaha..good think you have back up power. Yeah, the hefty price can cause some people a heart attack..although it really is a thing of beauty. But with the current state of the economy and the plan of competiting with the Macbook Air, Dell really should’ve thought about it and made it cheaper.

  5. I have no thoughts about it. The price tag – all $1999 of it – caused my brain to stop functioning. I’m now operating on safe mode and/or backup power.

  6. @jhay – Me too. But I was really expecting Dell to release the Adamo at a slightly lower price than the Macbook Air. Maybe they’ll change their mind and lower the price a couple months after its released. :D

  7. For that price I’d get a MacBook instead! With the recession still in full swing who would buy such a thing when the MacBook Air would be the obvious choice if one had the money to throw away, I mean spend.

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