Monday, January 17th 2011

New Value 13-inch Dell Adamo Variant Surfaces

After giving its price-performance ratio a huge boost in late December, Dell introduced an even newer value variant of the Adamo ultra-slim ultra-portable notebook. The company's latest offer includes a 13.4-inch Adamo priced at US $799 ($100 less than the performance variant introduced last month), and driven by Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 (clocked at 1.40 GHz), and 2 GB of memory. The 13.4-inch screen offers 1366 x 768 pixels resolution, and the chipset embeds Intel GMA X4500 graphics. Storage is care of a 128 GB SSD. Connectivity includes WiFi and Bluetooth. Other features include a 1.3 megapixel webcam. Windows 7 Home Premium x64 comes preinstalled.
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12 Comments on New Value 13-inch Dell Adamo Variant Surfaces

#1
TheLaughingMan
The tech in this thing is dated and pathetic. It's too big to be a netbook and too weak to be a laptop.

This IMO manages to fall right in the nitch market of completely pointless tech.
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#2
Atom_Anti
I would like to have it with AMD E-350 APU or with Intel Sandy Bridge i5-2537M - i7-2657M. The SU9400 is weight too old and gives only CPU power.
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pr0n Inspector
by: TheLaughingMan
The tech in this thing is dated and pathetic. It's too big to be a netbook and too weak to be a laptop.

This IMO manages to fall right in the nitch market of completely pointless tech.
at least it's not a retarded dual video card brick claiming to be a portable computer.
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#4
ToTTenTranz
IMHO it's a great-looking laptop, very small and light, with a probably huge battery life and the SSD gives it great performance for every business-oriented application there is (e-mail, office, videoconference, etc).
Given the big-ish SSD, I'd say the price is just right for what it does. The Macbook Air 13" costs almost twice as much, which is a lot to pay for a decent IGP, an almost equal CPU and a couple more pixels in the display.


Yeah the fashion nowadays is to have some hardware (fusion, ion, sandybridge, etc) that will allow you to enjoy 1080p videos and moderate 3D games, but for pure productivity this is just enough.

I do my everyday work in my Ferrari One, which has a Neo L310 (Athlon I 64 X2 downlocked to 1.2GHz + HD3200 IGP) and I feel no lag whatsoever working with Access databases, web browsing (+/- 10 tabs at a time) and listening to lossless music at the same time.
The SSD and the better CPU should make this a lot faster than my system, for the tasks

Sure, the IGP allows me to watch 720p videos from youtube, but it's not like I need to have that during work.


Nowadays, a Fusion would have made more sense, but laptops with the the APU are still not for sale, and this one is.

Maybe the specs+price reduction are just a way to remove the current stock and introduce a sandybridge or fusion model, anyways.
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#5
pr0n Inspector
I just went to the Dell site and tried to customize an Adamo but there are no upgrade options at all! I repeat, you cannot customize the spec in any way.
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ToTTenTranz
by: pr0n Inspector
I just went to the Dell site and tried to customize an Adamo but there are no upgrade options at all! I repeat, you cannot customize the spec in any way.
Yap, it really sounds like they're just trying to get rid of the current stock, in order to introduce an update further down the road.
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#7
Red_Machine
They started doing that several years ago. I remember browsing the Dell website in my early-mid teens and having usually at least 4 options to customise each piece of hardware, including OS and GPU. Nowadays you're lucky if they even give you a choice.
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TheLaughingMan
by: pr0n Inspector
at least it's not a retarded dual video card brick claiming to be a portable computer.
Those don't claim to be portable. They claim to be desktop replacements. People lug them around because it is a self contained unit and easier to travel with than an entire desktop array.

I am glad to see that while Bulldozer desktop offerings are still up in the air about what we will get, the buzz and love for the new APU's is good. They were never an option for this as this was in R & D for at least a year most likely. Decisions about its construction were most likely finalize sometime last year. I guess Q3. And even if I am right, their were better options for this at that time as well that would have fit into this things obviously small thermal window with better performance.

To me, this lappy just screams, "We cut corners to save money so we could drop the price below the Macbook Air." Well congrads, it is cheaper than the Air, weaker than the Air, doesn't have a smaller cousin like the Air, and not as stylish as the original Adamo. But damn good move squeezing in that SSD to make it appear more powerful. That will help this setup a lot. Too bad the SSD's performance is most like bottom tier, and yet still wasted in a system that will do little more than web browse and play Angry Birds.
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#10
AsRock
TPU addict
This is how the Inspirons should of looked :P. Sick of this shiny plastic rounded melted crap were as this one i think looks really nice just a shame about the contents but if the price is right who knows.

Main thing that does bother me is the look of the keys.
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#11
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
wow DELL released a 4 year old sony!
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#12
Baum
wtf? why the hell no proper onboard gpu with own memmory?

just use some metal/al shell to build a proper 13" inch portable that can withstand traveling!
13" 720p No Gloss screen
Nvidia 4200 GPU ala ION
and 60-120GB SSD in a metal shell-> then i am sold!
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