DELL ADAMO XPS:
What can one say? An engineering marvel? Absolutely impossibly thin? Yes it is, the Dell Adamo XPS is better than 'size zero' which will even make Jane Fonda blink. It's 9.9mm thin, skinnier than VAIOs, the Macs and the HP Envys. You must get over some shock initially which might lead one to ask "Where did the other things go, my dear?" Never mind everything is there at the right place in the look alike but even slimmer CD jewel case.
All credit goes to Dell for designing this wonderful though very expensive machine. I really don't regret my adverse comments in my last Dell review. I believe every product has to be weighed with proper perspectives and I am very happy to have access to such an amazing note book as Dell Adamo XPS. The price is astronomical but it is really special and deserves the price tag.
It looks like extra thin amazing looking silver or lush black metal tray which has all the hardware components of computer at the right location. Dell Adamo XPS is stylish to the hilt, smart and stunningly gorgeous. The Adamo is an excellent mix of technology and craftsmanship. If "first impression is last impression" is the watch word, Dell Adamo XPS would take seconds to create the right impression.
The color options available are lush black and silver. When it's folded one can hardly realize the cushion that exists. There are numerous pinpricks to allow enough ventilation. One of these tiny pores will light up to warn you whether it's on or in the sleeping mode.
The 13.4in screen with a 1,366x768 resolution looks splendid and nicely demarcated. Although it does look its price but never makes you uncomfortable with the thought of risk of it falling down and going into pieces. Dell has done a good job to imbued confidence making it look sturdy and solid. All the ports and connecting panels (two USB, a headphone jack, power connection, and mini DisplayPort)are conveniently located on the sides of the machine. The keyboard fits into a recess size of the 13.4-in display screen, which means that the hinges swings up to become the rear support, elevating the keyboard to make things comfortable.
SOME TECHNICAL DETAILS:
Dell has packed Adamo XPS with enough power so that Windows 7 runs as smoothly as you want it to. The low voltage energy efficient processor (1.4GHz Intel ULV), a 4GB RAM, 256 GB solid state hard disk with a bright 13.4-in HD display having an excellent 16:9 aspect ratio are neatly blended. The integrated graphic card guarantees movies and videos play to full satisfaction. But I think it will be advisable to a strict no as far as games are concerned.
The metal keyboard and the reasonably large touchpad give more comfort while typing than the usual ones. I think the Sony Vaio X is less heavy than Dell Adamo XPS which weighs 3.2 lbs.
The big Achilles Heel for Adamo is its battery life. It really depends on how one uses it. What I have found is that it lasts between 1.5 to a shade over 2 hours, which is a pity since most of the standard netbooks has 4hr+ battery life span. I would have argued in its favor to swap it out for a larger 40WHr battery, which is almost twice the current capacity had it not ruined the form factor which is very important for these kinds of machines.
* 500 GB external hard disk
* External DVD writer
There is no denying the fact that lightweight notebooks have their own special problems. The Adamo has great performance, two USB ports, enough RAM a fabulous solid state hard drive but there are some disconcerting problems like:
* It lacks a decent replicator.
* More often than not the battery access lock does not work..
It's pretty difficult to recommend these kinds of things to some one, but I would do it with the warning that although it's a superb machine yet hardly perfect.In case you are interested in a detailed technical specification, just visit: