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.
The 3.04-pound notebook features a 12.5-inch HD display, Core i3/i5 ULV processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320 GB HDD, two USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, VGA and HDMI output. You will have to fork out $899 for what is Lenovo’s “first single piece design made of magnesium-aluminum alloy materials."
MSI has begun shipping its revamped Wind12 U230, a shrunken down version of the original 12.1-inch model with the same model number. So how do you tell them apart? For starters, the new 11.6-inch Wind12 U230 is being described as a "light notebook," while the original version was dubbed a "netbook."
Don't try wrapping your head around that one, you'll just end up with a headache like we did. Much easier to fathom is the spec sheet, which includes an AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 4-in-1 card reader, 1.3MP webcam, three USB 2.0 ports, a 6-cell battery, and other netbooky "light notebooky" specs.
"The Wind12 U230 Light is another extension of our very successful ultra slim U Series notebook line," said Andy Tung, vice president of sales and marketing for MSI North America. "It's a special combination of solid processing performance, HD display, and a full sized keyboard for the feel of a notebook, yet it's packaged in an ultra slim design with remarkable battery life and stylish good looks, which has proven to be very popular with consumers."
The redesigned U230 Light is available now for $400.
Measuring about an inch thick and weighing a mere three pounds, Toshiba claims its Portégé R700 is the world's lightest 13.3-inch full-performance ultraportable equipped with an integrated DVD drive.
"Portégé ultraportable laptops are not only a demonstration of Toshiba's superior engineering and craftsmanship, but our ability to innovate to meet the demands of businesses," said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "The Portégé R700 delivers the ultimate mobile experience at breakthrough prices that businesses have been waiting for, providing both performance and battery life within an extremely thin and light, yet durable form factor without compromising key features such as an integrated DVD drive."
Aimed at the business user, pricing starts out at $890 and includes a Core i3 350M processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, DVD burner, two dedicated USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA/USB combo port, memory card reader, Intel HD graphics, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Several upgrade options abound, including Core i5 and Core i7 processors, and solid state drive options.
Building a thin and light ultraportable notebook means making a few concessions, and in some cases, that includes removing the optical drive. Not so with Gateway's new EC series, the company's first ultraportable to sport an integrated DVD drive. Kicking off the new series is the 11.6-inch EC14D01h.
"Customers understand how convenient it is to have a notebook PC that is portable enough to take nearly anywhere to stay connected and have fun -- and the new EC14D01h brings a new element of entertainment to customers with the ability to watch DVD movies, play games on CD and DVD and more," said Chris Chiang, product manager for Gateway Canada. "The integrated DVD drive in such a compact device will be a huge benefit for customers who want the flexibility to enjoy and share different movies, music, photos, and more stored on a DVD or CD."
Other hardware consists of an Intel Peniu. SU4100 ULV processor (1.3GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 800MHz frontside bus), integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics, 4GB of DDR2-667 memory (upgradeable to 8GB), 320GB hard drive, memory card reader, Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and S/PDIF, multi-gesture touchpad, 6-cell battery,a nd Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Gateway said it will begin shipping the EC14D01h later this month in Canada for 580 moose bucks ($574 USD). No word on when, or if, Gateway plans on shipping this one south of the border.
Jumping on the CULV bandwagon, LG is gearing up to release its XNote Ultralight notebook, and it's one of the sexiest we've ever seen.
LG's 11.6-inch ultraportable runs on a CULV battery but gives buyers the option of bumping the processor up to a Core 2 Duo chip. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, 320GB or 500GB hard drive, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and other odds and ends. It also ships with Windows 7.
There are a couple of downers, however. First is the approximate $1,000 price tag, at least in Korea. And secondly, it's only available overseas, with no word yet on when, or even if, LG plans to bring this one Stateside.
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.
One item not often found on compact notebooks is an integrated DVD drive, so you can bet Gateway's going to trumpet this stand-out feature in its new EC14D ultraportable notebook.
"Customers understand how convenient it is to have a notebook PC that is portable enough to take nearly anywhere to stay connected and have fun -- and the new EC14 brings a new element of entertainment to customers with the ability to watch DVD movies, play games on CD and DVD, and more," said John Nguyen, product marketing manager for Acer America. "The integrated DVD drive in such a compact device will be a huge benefit for customers who want the flexibility to enjoy and share different movies, music, photos, and more stored on a DVD or CD."
In addition to the 8X Super Multi dual-layer DVD drive, the 11.6-inch EC14 will come in a variety of configurations. One such configuration (EC14D07u) will include an Intel Pentium ULV SU4100 processor, Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics, 4GB of DDR2-667 memory (upgradeable to 8GB), a 320GB hard drive spinning at 5400RPM, multi-card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, multi-gesture touchpad, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Gateway says you can expect to the see the EC14xxx later this month with a starting price of $630.
Are netbooks evolving into ultrathin form factors right before our very eyes? It's too early to tell, but clearly there's a market for super thin notebooks, or so it would seem, given the attention manufacturers are putting into the segment. The latest is LG, whose ultrathin XNote LGX30 now appears in the FCC's database.
Not to be confused with the Ion-based X30, the XNote LGX30 is an 11.6-inch netbook sporting a 1366 x 768 resolution. It comes with an Intel Atom processor inside (no mention of which one), along with a solid state drive, Intel GMA 500 graphics, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a built-in webcam. Windows 7 ties it all together, and though you can't see it very well from the pictures, the LGX30 does have a trackpad, which boasts support for multitouch gestures.
A 3-cell battery rounds out the package, bringing the total weight to just 1.74 pounds. No mention on when it will be released, but don't be surprised to see this one turn up at CES next month.
Ultra-thin notebooks tend to be sleek, sexy, and expensive. By our count, that's two out three desirable qualities, which leaves the door wide open for an OEM to ship an ultra-thin that doesn't put the hurt on the wallet. Would you have guessed Dell would be the one to step through?
Dell, the same OEM responsible for the $1,500+ Adamo, is making headlines once again for an ultra-thin notebook, only this time the price will be in reach of the mainstream audience. Enter the Vostro V13, a 3.5-pound ultraportable measuring a scant 0.65-inches thick, the same as the Adamo. But at only $449, the Vostro V13 is the third of the price of the least expensive Adamo.
It gets even better. At $450, you're probably expecting an Intel Atom processor inside, but that isn't the case. Geared towards business travelers, the 13.3-inch V13 will sport an ultra-low voltage (ULV) Core 2 processor along with 4GB of DDR3 memory. Details remain sparse, but according to reports, it will also ship with Bluetooth and 802.11g/n support, as well as an integrated webcam and microphone.