After Lenovo Thinkpad X301, Sony VAIO VGN Z590, HP Voodoo Envy 133 here is another competitor to Apple MacBookAir in the Market. This time it comes from Dell who is better known for its bulkier-but-superior-performing laptops. Adamo - in Latin it means “to fall in love with” - really has the look to be appreciated by everyone. But does it have the incredible price-to-performance ratio like others? What are the fall in love aspects in it? Is it really an Apple MacBook Air killer? Find the answer to all these questions here in this review of Dell Adamo Laptop. In this review you’ll find :
The standard features of Adamo read as 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U9300 Processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD hard drive, Graphics processor is Intel GMA 4500MHD with Graphics RAM of 779 MB. Except the SSD the other components are only average and can be found on any standard laptop today. As for performance Adamo is perfectly fine for normal multitasking–Web surfing, working on office docs, and media playback. But at these sky high prices, the performance is not extraordinary or exceeding the mark. The processor touches the 100% mark even while loading a webpage or multitasking a few basic things as mentioned above.
It has a backlit keyboard with stylized, slightly curved keys. The keypress is a little softer than normal which gives the user an easy, excellent typing experience. There is also a couple of multimedia shortcut keys next to the power button. The only drawback is that making out some of the keys without the ambient backlighting turned on can be difficult.
The touchpad is on the average side. The sensitivity is good but the size of the touchpad felt a little small with respect to its dimensions. The buttons are firm and requires a good pressure to get a click. Adamo’s touchpad has tried to provide some additional multitouch facilities as well. But sometimes, the gestures are triggered when it was not intended. If you don’t feel alright, you can always disable the feature.
The display size is 13.4 inches and looks sharp and crisp behind a sheet of edge to edge glass. Display resolution is 1366X768 with 16:9 HD display. The display has a sleek look but is very susceptible to glare and reflections. The screen hinge is about an inch back from the rear of the system.
The dimension of the gadget is 331×242x16mm. We are only interested in the last figure. The thickness of only 0.65 inches is really really thin and is claimed to be the thinnest in the world snatching the title from MacBookAir.
The sides of the gadget run smoothly with the required USB and internet ports at the back. Only the headphone jack and the user-accessible SIM card slot is on the right side. There are two USB ports, a USB/eSATA port, and an Ethernet jack, plus a display port which can be connected to an external monitor or even a home theater system.
There is no Built-in Optical Drive in the system although there is a port which can support an external one.
The Adamo weighs 1.81 kgs or about 4 pounds which is of course lightweight but it was expected to be at least .4 kg lighter keeping in mind the thinness of the laptop.
The laptop has a complementary looking sleek charger that completes the skinny look of the Adamo. The laptop comes in two colors: metallic black and silver which they call onyx and pearl.
The price of Adamo is on the higher side of the luxury ultraportable ranges. It is sold at $1,999 which higher than even the MacBookAir which is priced at 1,799.
The Adamo is heavy compared to MacBookAir which is about a pound lighter than it.
Battery does not run as long as Dell specifies it. It runs about merely three hours on normal operation rather than specified 5+ hours by Dell.
Lack of Built-in DVD Drive.
Price is almost three times if compared to similar performing laptops.