Dell today announced the launch of its Sandy bridge-powered XPS 15z ultra-thin laptop. Touting the now defunct Adamo’s spiritual successor as the thinnest 15-inch PC in the world, the company announced that the XPS 15z is the “first in a series of new thin, ultra-powerful laptops from Dell this year.” Let’s hope that the new series does not share the same fate as the Adamo. And on that optimistic note, let’s just hit the jump and see what the specs have to say.
When Dell killed off the Adamo back in February, many were somewhat puzzled by the move considering they didn’t have much in the way of a direct replacement. The Macbook Air has clearly proven there is a demand for capable thin and light computers in the consumer space, but the Adamo it seems was just too underpowered to compete. According to CNET’s however, Dell may finally be ready to re-engage the competition, and this time they are pulling out all the stops.
A CNET report on Tuesday revealed that a spiritual successor to the now discontinued Dell Adamo ultra-thin laptop is in the works and fast approaching its retail debut. The first pictures of that rumored Adamo successor, supposedly called XPS 15z, seem to have already found their way to the Internet. Those pictures of the XPS 15z and other details are waiting for you across the jump.
The Dell Adamo was the closest thing the PC world had to a Macbook Air competitor, but after almost two years of lackluster sales, the company has finally announced it is officially retiring the Adamo brand in favor of a not yet announced replacement. Two years ago when the Adamo first hit the market, the ultra-portable landscape was very different place. Netbooks were only just starting to catch on, and the original Macbook Air was way more under-powered and over-priced than it is today. Hit the jump to learn more.
Dell did what it could to keep its Adamo line alive and well -- a price cut here, and price cut there -- but ultimately decided to pull the plug and discontinue the Adamo series and brand name, CNet reports. The Adamo was Dell's answer to the MacBook Air, and a good one at that. The aluminum casing looked sexy and measured just 0.65 inches thin (the Adamo XPS measured just 0.39 inches), it didn't weigh much (a little under 4 pounds), and it boasted a respectable spec sheet.
Dell's slim and sexy Adamo laptop is now selling for $799 on the OEM's website. That's $200 less than before, and cheaper than even Apple's 11-inch MacBook Air models. We bring up the MacBook Air because Dell clearly took aim at Apple's ultraportable when it launched the Adamo back in 2009.
The price isn't the only thing that's lower on the current Adamo. Dell's decided to downgrade the processor from an Intel Core 2 Duo SL9500 (2.1GHz) to the SU9400 (1.4GHz), and cut the RAM from 4GB of DDR3-800 to 2GB of DDR3-800. Otherwise everything else looks the same. We're okay with that for people who want to pay less, but it doesn't appear Dell is offering any upgrade options -- boo, hiss!
It looks like Windows PC makers are starting to gang up on Apple's MacBook Air. Earlier this week we pointed out that Dell dropped the price on its ultra-think Adamo by a pair of Benjamins, and now Hewlett-Packard is following suit with a price cut of its own.
You can now pick up HP's 13-inch Envy for $1,000 courtesy of a $450 instant rebate. That's a savings of about 31 percent and drops the Envy 13 below that of a 13-inch Macbook Air.
The $1,000 configuration ships with an Intel Core 2 Duo SL9300 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 3GB of DDR3 memory, 250GB (5400RPM) hard drive, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 graphics, 8X DVD burner, "Beats Audio," 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, and an all metal chassis measuring 12.59 (W) x 8.46 (D) x 0.8 (H) inches and weighing 3.68 pounds.
Just because the holidays are coming to a close doesn't mean vendors are finished cutting prices. Enter Dell's Adamo ultra-thin laptop, formerly a $1,100 notebook that now sells for $900.
For that you get an Intel Core 2 Duo processor clocked at 2.13GHz rather than the 1.4GHz chip that previously shipped with the $1,000 configuration. Other specs include 4GB of DDR3 memory, Intel GS45 graphics, 128GB SSD, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a 13.4-inch LED display all wrapped in a slender frame measuring a scant 0.65 inches and weighing less than 4 pounds.
The Adamo is Dell's answer to Apple's MacBook Air, which starts at $1,300 for the 13-inch model and includes a slower processor (1.86GHz) but faster graphics (GeForce 320M).
Give Dell a few more months and it will ensure that its Adamo ultraportable range is ultra-inexpensive too. It has already affected two price cuts in the 10 months following the Adamo's launch. The latest price cut means that the Adamo is now treading irresistible waters.
Perhaps in the future, all notebooks will measure a mere 9.99 mm thick, rendering today's laptops laughably obese by comparison. And if we're to take Dell's upcoming Adamo XPS as a representative of things to come, you can kiss the "open" button goodbye.
According to a report in BusinessWeek, Dell's super-slim notebook will feature a "heat-sensing strip on the lip that, when swiped with a finger, glows white and automatically opens the aluminum lid."
The article wasn't focused on the Adamo, however, and unfortunately no other details were given, so we still don't know what kind of hardware Dell plans to cram inside the skinny frame.