Round Rock (TX) – Dell has begun selling its slim notebook Adamo, which follows a trend set originally by Apple with its Macbook Air and has brought us computers such as Lenovo’s X300 series. You can fall in love with Dell’s new notebook, if you have at least $2000 to spend.
Dell’s Adamo is undoubtedly the most serious effort by any PC vendor so far to challenge Apple in its design department. However, if you like the simplicity of Apple’s computers, you may perceive the Adamo as overdone, as the 13.4” system comes in either silver with an etched aluminum casing or in black with brushed aluminum finish. The overall casing is slightly thinner than that of the Macbook Air – 0.65” versus 0.76”.
There are two versions, which cannot be further configured as far as their hardware components are concerned. The base model comes with a 1.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300 processor, 2 GB of DDR3 memory, a 128 GB SSD, Windows Vista 64-bit and integrated graphics (Intel GS45 with 256 MB). $2700 will buy a 1.4 GHz SU9400 processor, 4 GB of memory and wireless HSPA broadband.
The Adamo, whose name is derived from the Latin “adamare” and translates into “I admire” or “I fall in love with”, is not cheap by any stretch. Even when compared to the Macbook Air, the pricing seems to be confident. The Macbook Air starts at $1800 with a 120 GB hard drive, but costs $2500 with a 128 GB SSD (and a more power-hungry 1.86 GHz processor).
While design is always a matter of taste, Dell’s Adamo is certainly one of the more unique and stylish Windows notebooks available today. And if you are willing to tell your seat neighbors in an airplane that you are in love with your notebook, then it might be worth a look.