Austin-based manufacturer Dell has finally unveiled the first laptop from its new Adamo luxury range which is undeniably targeting Apple's own Mac Book Air model and will be available in 24 countries worldwide.
Dell has already started taking pre-orders for the laptop which costs $1,999 in its cheaper version with a more expensive and powerful version available for $2,699; prospective buyers should receive the laptop by Saturday.
The first Adamo laptop comes in Onyx and Pearl colours and, like Apple's Mac Book Pro laptop, is made up using a single block of aluminium (ed: which means that Dell and Apple would probably share the same Original Equipment Manufacturer).
The base unit comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo U9300 UItra low voltage processor running at 1.2.GHz, 2GB memory and a 128GB solid state drive. Users will notice the 13.4-inch 16:9 edge-to-edge glass screen capable of displaying 1366x768 pixels.
Unlike many other similar proportioned portable computers, Adamo has three USB ports (one of which is a eSATA), GbE Ethernet, Bluetooth and a display port.
Battery life is expected to reach 5 hours and more thanks to a 8-cell battery and the laptop will come with the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium (ed : Windows Vista Ultimate or Business would have been better).
At 16.4mm thick, Adamo - which stands for falling in love - is even thinner than the Macbook Air with its 19.3mm profile but is heavier than Apple's model by around 400g and slightly bigger.
Apart from the Macbook Air, Adamo will have to compete with HP's Voodoo Envy 133 as well as Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300. The more powerful model will come with a 1.4GHz CPU and 4GB RAM.
Other peripheral options will be offered including an external optical drive (Blu-ray or DVD), Adamo cables, Adamo-inspired bags and Flash drives.
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Dell is trying to buck the trend when it comes to producing laptop models but one has to wonder whether this is the right laptop at the right time. Sure, Dell wants to corner the Macbook Air but with limited resources and a deeper than expected recession, one would have expected that Dell would dedicate time and money to smartphones instead. Our bet? Buy Palm for a billion dollars.
(Dell By Adamo)