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From a design and engineering standpoint, I’m totally wowed by Dell’s Adamo XPS. And after watching this Gotta Be Mobile inkshow of the device, I’m even more impressed. How did Dell cram an entire computer in such a thin product, I keep asking myself. It’s definitely […]

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From a design and engineering standpoint, I’m totally wowed by Dell’s Adamo XPS. And after watching this Gotta Be Mobile inkshow of the device, I’m even more impressed. How did Dell cram an entire computer in such a thin product, I keep asking myself. It’s definitely a “head-turner,” if that’s what you’re looking for. But once the novelty wears off, I question how useful the $1,799 device will be while mobile.

You can see in the video that the standard battery only has 20 Whr of power, which Dell estimates will offer 2.5 hours of use. The device design worries me as well — how will the unit work on a lap based on the unique hinge that props the keyboard up at an angle? At this price, it’s not likely I’ll ever know the answer to that question firsthand, so I may watch the video a second time. ;)

As a refresher, the base Adamo XPS offers the following specs:

  • 13.4” HD WLED 720p display powered by integrated Intel graphics
  • Intel Core 2 Duo ULV (1.4GHz)
  • 4GB DDR3‐800MHz
  • 128 GB Solid State Disk
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Ports: DisplayPort, 2xUSB 2.0, audio, Ethernet via dongle
  • Weight: 3.2lb (1.44kg with 20Whr battery)
  • dimensions: 340 x 273.9 x 9.99 mm
  • Windows 7 Premium 64‐bit

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  1. If you had a poll here asking if people would want one at the same price of a standard netbook – I bet on at least 50% would say no. I for sure. Looks too fragile. and i need to hold on something … this is just an example of an anorectic device. Too much either side is usually too bad.

    Tal

  2. How thin is thin enough?

  3. Not impressed with the way it opens. However, if this thing gets a gpu bump, it may be worth a better look.

  4. Thank you, Kevin, for pointing out the obvious. Uber-thin is nothing more than a novelty with a 13″ or bigger notebook. The battery life is below-average due to physical size constraints while the performance is dismal because of the lack of a proper thermal budget to handle a decent processor/GPU.

    You cannot change the laws of physics to fit the performance of a mainstream notebook into something under an inch thick. I don’t see battery technology getting ahead much. Maybe when Intel gets down to 22nm you’ll have your 8 hours, but by then performance will be at a different benchmark altogether.

  5. I keep thinking to myself, “what if Sony made the adamo?”
    I am sure It would be more attractive (smaller and lighter) but cost twice as much

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