The race for the ‘thinnest’ laptop has slowed down considerably recently: probably due to the fact that manufacturers realised that you can only get the thickness down to a certain point before it just gets stupid. It also may have something to do with the fact that Apple has a pretty good model which you would be hard pushed to beat…
But Dell, not especially known for their innovation, have rekindled the trend and have brought out the Dell Adamo, which gives the main rivals (i.e. the MacBook Air and the Voodoo’s Envy 113) a run for their money in both size and specs.
Firstly, and most importantly, the thickness: Apple made a big song-and-dance about their release, but the Adamo manages to beat the Air’s 0.76-inch thickness and the Envy’s 0.7 inches with an impressively small thickness of 0.65 inches. Having said that it does look thicker than both of them due to the fact that the Air is curved, and the Adamo has a bit of a lump at the end which gives the illusion of height.
Not that you will be able to tell the difference, but it is nice to know! However, at 4 pounds it is heavier than the Air and Envy by 1 and 0.6 pounds respectively. But regardless of how it compares, it is still a very portable laptop and one that will definitely catch eyes.
On to specifications we see that it’s not all that bad considering its size: The basic (or ‘Admire’) model has a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo Processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 128GB SSD — which should easily be enough for your mobile needs. It also runs Windows Vista Home Premium, and since you asked it is 64 bit, probably so that it can fully support the hardware in the next model.
For a little extra (£500 to be precise) you can get an extra 0.2GHz processing power and extra 2GB of RAM and Mobile broadband. However, as you might have guessed these are pretty expensive: the base model comes in at £1,450 and, for those who don’t want to do the maths, the ‘Desire’ model will put you back £1950.
It also has the usual assortment of ports and uses GMX4500 integrated graphics to support the 720p HD 13.4-inch widescreen display. It also has a 1.3-megapixel integrated camera and microphone, and a Li-Polymer battery offering over 5 hours of better life making it the choice for the more mobile of you as its 25% more than the Air.
So Dell has offered you a good thin notebook, but will it be able to beat the Air? Well as with most things it depends on what your priorities are: for one the Apple product is cheaper, and its basic model is better equipped than the Admire, but for the higher spec notebooks the Desire comes out on top.
Pre-orders are starting today for the Dell Adamo release on March 26th, and it will be available in 24 countries including the UK. But how popular will it be? Will people prefer it’s specifications to the Air’s looks? Or have people gone off the gimmick of thin laptops altogether given the rise of the netbooks? We’ll see!