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Dell kills Adamo laptop line, possibility of a new replacement model

The Dell Adamo branding may soon be eliminated completely

Remember the Adamo? If not, that may be one of the reasons why Dell is deciding to cut production of its Adamo laptop series. What was built to be a competitor to the popular Macbook Air was simply overshadowed by the sleeker Apple product and may have led to the cancellation of the Adamo line. Additionally, the Adamo was much too pricey, around $2000 at launch, and did not have the internal specifications to justify its steep price at that time. Currently, attempting to order the laptop new directly from Dell would bring up the general “product unavailable” message. The laptop was found selling for only $799 last month, and Dell may have finally cleared its stock just recently.

Fortunately, all is not lost as CNET is claiming that a new replacement model is in the works, one that will continue the ultra thin-and-light concept of the Adamo. The new model may be released later this year and will likely be under a more familiar branding, such as the Inspiron or XPS.

The original Dell Adamo was a 13.4-inch thin-and-light laptop released in 2009 and included a 1366 x 768 resolution screen, 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 1.3MP camera and ran Windows 7 Home Premium. Like the Macbook Air, the Adamo’s thickness and weight were the standout features at only 0.65 inches and just under 4 pounds, but the small size meant the removal of an internal DVD drive and a reduced set of features. As of this writing, websites such as Amazon and others are still selling the laptop either new or refurbished, so now may be the time to get a hold of a Dell Adamo at bargain bin prices.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-02-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)