Tuesday, March 17, 2009

We are "to fall in love" with Dell's Adamo?

Yup, that is Dell's intention when the US-based computer manufacturer company finally starts selling its first thinnest laptop line-up: the 13.4-inch Adamo.

The name Adamo itself is derived from a Latin word: "adamare", which translates into "to fall in love".

But with price tag over $1,999 for taking Adamo home with you, it's really not a cheap love. So clearly Adamo is not for everyone, according to Dell's statement: Style-minded people who place a premium on precision craftsmanship and design can now add Adamo to their list of must-have items for 2009.

"Great design needs to be timeless and evoke emotion in people”, said Alex Gruzen, senior vice president of Dell’s consumer products. “While a premium computing experience was assumed for Adamo, the intent was for people to see, touch and explore Adamo and be rewarded by the select materials and craftsmanship you would expect in a fine watch.”

Dell is planning to make Adamo as the flagship in a line of products created to disrupt the personal computing space with the combination of new design, aesthetics, personalization choices and sought-after technologies. “The Adamo laptop is a showcase for this commitment and a flagship product that will draw buyers to the brand," said Rob Enderle, Principal Analyst, Enderle Group.

The Adamo thin body quickly draws comparison to the champion holder in the thinnest laptop category: the MacBook Air (MBA), and Dan Ackerman from CNet was lucky enough to get a hold of Adamo in first of the line and make a quick comparison with MBA. Here's his take based on the early comparison: "The tapered Air is thinner at its narrowest point, but slightly thicker at its widest point. In either case these are both very slim systems."

You can check the hands-on gallery at this CNet's gallery link, and also see the official pictures at Engadget link.

Adamo compared air
The $1,999 price tag will get you the base model of Adamo with these specifications:
  • Intel® 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo U9300
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 13.4-inch 16:9 HD display
  • 128GB SSD
  • integrated graphics (Intel GS45 with 256 MB)
  • Draft-Wireless N
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Mobile Broadband* option
  • Up to 5+ hours of battery life (preliminary)
  • 2 USB ports, 1 USB/eSATA combo port, Display Port, RJ-45 port
  • Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-bit
  • A chassis milled from a single piece of aluminum featuring precision detailing and a scalloped backlit keyboard
  • Striking high definition edge-to-edge glass display
  • Available in Onyx (black) and Pearl (silver-white) colors
While for a whooping $2700 price tag will get you a slightly higher model with 1.4 GHz SU9400 processor, 4 GB of memory and wireless HSPA broadband. This scenario sounds familiar, reminds me of the MacBook Air with 128GB SSD option eh? Meaning; still way too pricey for a cheap guy like me. ~LOL~

Available for pre-order today at www.adamobydell.com and shipping worldwide starting March 26, 2009, Adamo will be available online for purchase in 24 countries including 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 (yay! ;-D).

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