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Dell Adamo

Specifications

Dell AdamoNotebook: Dell Adamo (Adamo Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.4kg
Price: 1900 euro
Average Score: 75.72% - good
Average of 25 scores (from 38 reviews)
price: 52%, performance: 53%, features: 73%, display: 60% mobility: 65%, workmanship: 92%, ergonomy: 82%, emissions: 82%

Reviews for the Dell Adamo

80% Dell Adamo 13 review
Source: Techradar English
The beautifully crafted chassis makes the Adamo 13 one of the most attractive laptops we've ever seen. Packing some impressive features, including the sharp and vibrant screen and excellent keyboard, this is a truly stunning bargain.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/16/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Dell Adamo 13: CULV Goes Upscale
Source: AnandTech English
Now we reach the end of the review of what is, in my opinion, one of the best looking laptops of all time. The sheer level of detail in the industrial design of the Adamo is astounding. Dell has put design above anything and everything else about this computer. The single-mindedness with which this computer was designed is almost Apple-esque.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/06/2010
Rating: price: 40%
75% Dell Adamo XPS review
Source: CNet English
For a brand known for mainstream, middle-of-the-road laptops (and now inexpensive netbooks), Dell has put a surprising amount of effort into creating high-end products. The company acquired gaming PC leader Alienware, launched the XPS and Studio lines, and created the Adamo, its ultra high-end laptop. Dell's high-concept Adamo XPS deserves credit for taking some serious design risks. It's a cool conversation piece, but poor battery life keeps it from being terribly useful.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/21/2010
Rating: Total score: 75%
75% Dell Adamo XPS
Source: CNet English
For a brand known for mainstream middle-of-the-road laptops (and now inexpensive Netbooks), Dell has put a surprising amount of effort into creating high-end products. The company acquired gaming PC leader Alienware, launched the XPS and Studio lines, and created the Adamo, its ultra high-end laptop. Dell's high-concept Adamo XPS deserves credit for taking some serious design risks. It's a cool conversation piece, but poor battery life keeps it from being terribly useful.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/25/2010
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 70% features: 80% mobility: 50%
50% Dell Adamo XPS: We preview the world's thinnest laptop
Source: PC Authority English
Gorgeous, refined and instantly iconic, the amazing design masks the few flaws and a high price. There's no question that its appeal takes a hit when you see the price tag, but somehow, and almost inexplicably so, the Dell Adamo XPS is still likely to inspire passion in the coldest of hearts. It isn't entirely practical or affordable, but that doesn't stop us desperately wanting one.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/12/2010
Rating: Total score: 50%
70% Dell Adamo XPS
Source: Laptop Mag English
The thinnest notebook ever made is also one of the most stylish, but it has more to offer than just great looks. Just as supermodels can’t eat cheeseburgers, some sacrifices had to be made in order to keep the Adamo XPS as thin as it is. Its battery life is subpar for such a thin and light notebook, and its performance is equal to systems that cost half as much.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/06/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Dell Adamo XPS
Source: PC Mag English
The Adamo XPS, now only available at Best Buy, is creativity at its leading-edge best, an engaging design that separates it from the merely functional. Wrapped completely in aluminum metals, the system measures just 0.4 inches throughout. The Adamo XPS is the world's thinnest laptop and sports a design that trumps all others, but you will have to make some serious performance and feature tradeoffs.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Dell Adamo XPS review
Source: T3 English
Dell Adamo XPS has its sights set on the MacBook Air but is the latest super slim notebook set to be a style icon? Dell’s Adamo XPS makes a major style statement, but it’s a solid performer too. The keyboard and screen are particularly fine, and the processor’s good for anything that’s not too data intensive. Even with the premium feel, the £1,750 price tag is a bit much, though.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/04/2010
Rating: price: 50% performance: 80% display: 80%
Dell Adamo XPS
Source: PC Pro English
It’s not often that the mere sight of a laptop draws gasps, but the early tantalising glimpses of a 9.99mm-thin, MacBook Air rival from Dell a few months back had us salivating in sceptical expectation. Now, taking aim at the luxury ultraportable market so dominated by Apple and Sony, the Dell Adamo XPS slithers into the Labs for an exclusive preview. Gorgeous, refined and instantly iconic, the amazing design masks the few flaws and a high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/22/2009
Rating: price: 40%
Move over Apple, Dell's Adamo is irresistible value for a luxury laptop.
Source: PC Authority English
Dell may not emanate the instant cool that comes with each new Apple launch, but it's doing its best to change that. Months of drip-fed information, brief hands-on previews and a luxurious website have whipped up expectation, and now it's here we can confidently say the Adamo has been worth the wait. It's light, slim and as gorgeous as a slab of black aluminium has any right to be, so it takes a deserved place as our A-List ultraportable of choice.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/10/2009
Rating: mobility: 80%
83% Dell Adamo laptop review
Source: It Pro English
Months of drip-fed information, a few brief hands-on previews and a luxurious official website whipped up expectation, but fortunately we can confidently say the Adamo has been worth every second of the wait. A stunning piece of design to rival any Apple offering, and the price is surprisingly reasonable

Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 83%
83% Dell Adamo
Source: PC Pro English
If you’re after a stunning machine that’s been designed from the ground up to make a statement, few will outdo the Adamo, a blissful marriage of superb ergonomics and striking design. It may not be as instantly cool as its Apple equivalent, but Dell has proven it's capable of coming up with a laptop that’s every bit as stylish and desirable. While the Dell Adamo may not pack the punch of the Sony Z31, given its vastly lower price it's a much more realistic purchase for most consumers. It's light, slim and as gorgeous as a slab of black aluminium has any right to be, so it takes a deserved place as our A List ultraportable of choice.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 67% performance: 50% features: 100%
Dell's dazzling Adamo put to the test
Source: Fudzilla English
  Now for some words of praise. With the Adamo, Dell didn't just make another notebook, it created an entirely new brand, and as a brand, the Adamo works just fine. We just hope the economic crisis and poor demand don't make Dell change its mind and drop the concept, as the Adamo really shows promise. It's the first product in an entirely new series, so we didn't expect it to be perfect. We're hoping Dell will expand the brand with some more affordable models, more screen sizes, including non-glare options, and some cheaper chips inside.
Preis 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/22/2009
Rating: price: 80%
Dell's dazzling Adamo put to the test
Source: Fudzilla English
  Now for some words of praise. With the Adamo, Dell didn't just make another notebook, it created an entirely new brand, and as a brand, the Adamo works just fine. We just hope the economic crisis and poor demand don't make Dell change its mind and drop the concept, as the Adamo really shows promise. It's the first product in an entirely new series, so we didn't expect it to be perfect. We're hoping Dell will expand the brand with some more affordable models, more screen sizes, including non-glare options, and some cheaper chips inside.
Preis 80
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/22/2009
Rating: price: 80%
80% Dell Adamo review
Source: Techradar English
 

Dell's Adamo may be the most desirable laptop we've seen, but it doesn't come cheap. Dell's Adamo 13 (£1649 inc. VAT) brings luxury to the laptop market and may be the most visually arresting and exquisitely made laptop we've seen. It's impossible not to be amazed by the Adamo 13's craftsmanship and attention to detail. However, it is far more than just a pretty face and also offers great usability, for those who can afford it.


80
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Dell Adamo review
Source: PC Advisor English
A laptop with a sexy design, and a high price, the Dell Adamo is aimed squarely at potential Apple MacBook Air purchasers. Beautiful but expensive and devoid of the greatest specs, the Dell Adamo is the epitome of the luxury laptop. Note to Apple: be a little flattered. And maybe a little worried. We can see where Dell is going with the Adamo, and while we can't exactly recommend it for computing power, this notebook may make up for it (a little) in sex appeal.
70, Ausstattung 70, Verarbeitung 90
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% features: 70% workmanship: 90%
90% Dell Adamo - to Fall in Love?
Source: Hardware Zone English
In a war of looks and style, the Dell Adamo will forever stand out in our books as one of the sexiest notebooks around. While it's certainly pretty looking enough, we're just disappointed that Dell didn't actually take on the gloss-free path. Still, we like that Dell has spent quite a bit of effort in designing the Adamo, and it shows in the aluminum unibody design, the exquisite thin build and the fantastic keyboard. Even the reluctant looking addition of a metal plaque at the bottom fits in well with the whole theme and concept of the notebook. Discounting the missing 3G connectivity, we're happy to conclude that the Dell Adamo still has enough to knock your socks off, if you can afford it of course.
90
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/28/2009
Rating: Total score: 90%
76% Dell Adamo review
Source: CNet English
  Dell initially revealed the existence of its upscale 13-inch Adamo laptop at CES 2009, and formally announced details and ordering availability two months later. We previously had a chance to get our hands on a pre-production version of the system, and have now been able to test the finished product. The sleek, lightweight and thin Dell Adamo has plenty of high-end visual touches that help it to live up to its luxury billing. Its whopping price tag isn't for the faint-hearted but it offers decent performance for a low-power laptop.
76, Preis 50
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 76% price: 50%
80% Dell Adamo
Source: Digital Trends English
The Adamo is first and foremost a work of industrial art. Dell haters and Apple enthusiasts will likely write it off as so much Round Rock, Texas hooey, but never before have we seen a machine elicit the sort of envious, drooling stares unconsciously displayed by our tech-loving colleagues when they caught wind of this dazzling little laptop. And it’s a very decent performer to boot (at least as far as ultra-thin notebooks go). All of that said, who are we kidding? If we suddenly had a paycheck to burn, it might well find itself spent on this über-chic and almost ridiculously desirable piece of technology.
80, Preis 40
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40%
Dell Adamo review
Source: Engadget English
Here's the deal: the Adamo is really expensive. Not just expensive for a PC. Not just expensive for an ultralight. Not just expensive for an underpowered computer. It's just expensive. Expensive in the sense that you're being charged a lot of money for something that seems like it shouldn't cost so much.

When you boil it down, it's not necessarily a "bad" computer -- just not a particularly good one. If you're a basic user with simple needs, this will do pretty much everything you want, but if you're a basic user with simple needs, why are you spending so much money on a PC? You could get a dozen (or more) computers that do exactly the same thing for far less money -- hell, even in Dell's own ecosystem there are myriad choices.
Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/13/2009
Rating: price: 40%
70% Dell Adamo
Source: CNet English
Dell initially teased the existence of its upscale 13-inch Adamo laptop at CES 2009, and formally announced details and ordering availability two months later. We previously had a chance to get our hands on a preproduction version of the system, and have now been able to test the finished product. Dell's upscale Adamo is a 13-inch laptop for those who value design and finish as much as performance, but its luxury price will limit the potential audience.

70, Preis 40, Leistung 80
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 40% performance: 80%
70% Dell Adamo
Source: PC Mag English
Tired of seeing one professed Apple MacBook Air killer after another—the Lenovo Thinkpad X301, Voodoo Envy 133, and Sony VAIO VGN-Z590, to name a few—Dell decided to offer its own take on what a luxury brand should look like. The Dell Adamo (derived from the Latin word that means "to fall in love with"), is elegant in its thin profile and luxuriously intoxicating to look at. Despite its good looks, the Adamo is not going to "kill" anything, though it isn't without merit. The Dell Adamo lives up to its name in design, but with its lackluster performance and battery scores, it isn't for performance seekers.
70, Leistung 40, Mobilität 50
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 40% mobility: 50%
78% Dell Adamo Review
Source: Laptop Logic English
While we were playing with the Adamo, close by Dell staff took the opportunity (several times) to point out that it’s thinner than the MacBook Air. It is thinner than the MBA at its thickest point, but you would hardly know that from looking at it as the MacBook Air has a tapered chassis. It’s also half a pound heavier. Unlike the Air, the Adamo comes with a 64-bit copy of Windows Vista installed. Unfortunately Vista does not run all that well on low-end systems, and there’s no option to customize the Adamo with an XP downgrade or Linux. Potential buyers might want to wait until Windows 7 is released, which will work better with slower systems and even netbooks. On the other hand, the Adamo seems to run Vista fairly smoothly, partly thanks to the quick solid state drive.
78, Leistung 20, Ausstattung 80, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 20% features: 80% mobility: 80%
Dell Adamo preview
Source: CNet English
One of the most keenly anticipated laptops of 2009 is Dell's Adamo, a high-end, ultra-thin, 13-inch model that starts at £1,650 and shares a design sensibility with the MacBook Air and HP Voodoo Envy 133. The sleek, lightweight and thin Dell Adamo has plenty of high-end visual touches that help it to live up to its luxury billing. Until we see the shipped version, it's hard to be definitive about this laptop's performance, but first indications are that it's decent enough. We hope, though, that the keyboard gets some more attention before the Adamo's released.

Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/18/2009
Rating: mobility: 80%
Dell Adamo review
Source: PC Advisor English
A laptop with a sexy design, and a high price, the Dell Adamo is aimed squarely at potential Apple MacBook Air purchasers. Beautiful but expensive and devoid of the greatest specs, the Dell Adamo is the epitome of the luxury laptop. Note to Apple: be a little flattered. And maybe a little worried.
Preis 40, Ausstattung 60
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/18/2009
Rating: price: 40% features: 60%
80% Dell Adamo Ultraportable Laptop
Source: IT Reviewed English

Dell’s Adamo (from a Latin word meaning to fall in love) is a brand new laptop product line focused on design and mobility. Unlike the growing netbook market, the Adamo is actually a slim luxury ultraportable intended to compete with Apple’s MacBook Air or HP’s Voodoo Envy 133 laptop. Although not as sexy as the MacBook Air, the Adamo is still an amazingly sleek machine that boasts a strikingly similar aluminium chassis to HP’s Voodoo Envy 133.

It’s no MacBook Air, but by Dell’s standard the Adamo is a really nice machine
80
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Dell Adamo XPS
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/23/2009
Rating: price: 40% display: 90% mobility: 40%
71% Dell Adamo Thirteen (Notebook)
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 71% price: 22% performance: 66% features: 81% display: 85% mobility: 55% ergonomy: 88%
78% Modelmaße
Source: mobile Zeit - 4/09 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 90%
Entzückender Rücken
Source: c't - 12/09 German
Single Review, , Long, Date: 06/01/2009
Rating: performance: 40% features: 80% display: 70% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 90%
91% Test Dell Adamo Thirteen "Pearl" UMTS Subnotebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/13/2009
Rating: Total score: 91% performance: 67% display: 61% mobility: 86% workmanship: 97% ergonomy: 91% emissions: 91%
80% Dell Adamo
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/28/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 50% features: 30% display: 40% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 70%
Dell Adamo Thirteen
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/08/2009
Rating: display: 40% mobility: 60% workmanship: 90%
So dünn wie das Macbook Air: Dell Adamo im Kurztest
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/17/2009
Rating: display: Display 50%
96% Ein Hauch Luxus
Source: SFT - 4/09 German
Single Review, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 96%
60% ViewSonic VNB101
Source: Les Numeriques French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/31/2009
Rating: Total score: 60% performance: 40% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 80%
55% Обзор имиджевого субноутбука Dell Adamo 13
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/26/2011
Rating: Total score: 55% performance: 35% display: 43% mobility: 48% emissions: 65%
82% Đánh giá chi tiết laptop Dell Adamo
Source: Voz.vn VN→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 82% display: 89%

Comment

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M: The graphics core of the Intel GL40 and GS40 chipset features a slower clocked GMA 4500MHD (400 versus 533 MHz). Because of the slower core speed, full Blu-Ray Logo support is not given and the gaming performance is a bit worse.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


SU9400:

Power efficient low voltage processor based on the Penryn 3M core that features all Penryn functions like Virtualization and Trusted Execution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.4 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Dell: Dell Inc. is a multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells, and supports personal computers and other computer-related products. Based in Texas, Dell employs more than 82,700 people worldwide (2009). In 2006, Dell purchased the computer hardware manufacturer Alienware. In most countries, the laptops are directly sold to consumers by Dell and each notebook custom-assembled according to a selection of options. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Dell reviews


75.72%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Dell Vostro V130D-158
Core i5 470UM, 1.6 kg
» HP Pavilion dm3-1340EV
Pentium Dual Core SU4100, 1.9 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T130-10T
Pentium SU2700, 1.8 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T130-145
Pentium SU2700, 1.8 kg
» Gigabyte inNote i1320
Celeron Dual-Core SU2300, 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T130-13Q
Pentium SU2700, 1.8 kg
» Mesh Edge 13 Aero RS
Core 2 Solo SU3500, 1.7 kg
» Viewsonic ViewBook VNB130
Pentium Dual Core SU4100, 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T130-14X
Pentium Dual Core SU4100, 1.68 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T135-S1305WH
Pentium Dual Core SU4100, 1.6 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T130-11H
Pentium SU2700, 1.8 kg
» Viewsonic ViewBook Pro
Core 2 Duo SU7300, 1.6 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T130-13K
Pentium SU2700, 1.6 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T130-14T
Pentium Dual Core SU4100, 1.68 kg
» Toshiba Satellite T135-S1310
Pentium Dual Core SU4100, 1.8 kg
» Medion E3211
Celeron M 723, 1.7 kg
» Toshiba Satellite U500
Core 2 Duo T6500, 2.2 kg
» Toshiba Satellite U505-S2930
Core 2 Duo T6500, 2.2 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U350
Core 2 Solo SU3500, 1.6 kg
» Dell Vostro 1320
Core 2 Duo T6670, 1.9 kg
» Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T
Core 2 Solo SU3500, 0 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Toshiba Satellite C660-15z
Celeron M 925, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad L410
Core 2 Duo P8700, 14.0", 2.3 kg
» Dell Inspiron Duo 1090
Atom N550, 10.1", 1.6 kg
» Samsung R540-JA0BUK
Pentium P6100, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Zoostorm 3389-9426/A
Pentium Dual Core T4500, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly Touch EU-046
Pentium Dual Core SU4100, 11.6", 1.7 kg
» Schenker Xesia E500-2EC
Celeron Dual-Core T3500, 15.6", 2.4 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-04- 7 (Update: 2012-05-26)