In contrast with most Dell notebooks which are highly customizable, however, the Adamo is only available with two spec configurations. On the inside, the base model comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.2GHz processor with integrated Intel X4500 graphics, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 128 GB SSD and Windows Vista 64-bit. The top end version will set you back a whopping $2,699 for a 1.4 GHz processor, 4GB RAM and an AT&T 3G WWAN card. Both models, like the Air, lack a standard internal optical drive – a separate one will cost you $120.
Connectivity includes 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and an Ethernet port, plus two USB ports, a combined USB/eSATA port for high-speed storage devices and an external display port. All in all, Dell’s Adamo is undoubtedly the most serious effort so far to challenge Apple in its design department – it even uses a similar unibody design – but those willing to pony up upwards of $2,000 for the Adamo should know that as with other high end ultra portable laptops, they are paying mostly for aesthetics, not top performance. Pre-orders will begin starting today, and the first units will ship on March 26. More pictures available here.