Dell cuts Adamo 13 price, upgrades specs

By on December 27, 2010, 9:30 AM
After more than a year since releasing its ultra-thin Adamo 13 laptop Dell has decided to lower its price tag and improve its hardware specs to make it more attractive to consumers. Previously priced at $999, the base model now costs $899 and features double the RAM at 4GB as well as a more powerful 2.1 GHz Core 2 Duo SL9600 processor (up from a 1.2 GHz SU9300), along with the standard 128GB solid-state drive and 64-bit Windows 7.

Other specs remain the same: an aluminum chassis weighing around 4 pounds in total and sporting a thickness of just 0.65 inches, a 13.4-inch LED-backlit screen with 1,366◊768 resolution, 6-cell non-removable battery, two USB ports (one with eSATA), Ethernet and DisplayPort, and the option for an internal broadband 3G modem.

Just last week we were mentioning that one of the biggest drawbacks with thin notebooks is their price tag, but Dellís Adamo 13 certainly gets a strong price advantage over the new 13-inch MacBook Air, which sells for $1300, while also offering beefier specs. If you want a really thin and sleek looking Windows 7 machine this seems like a solid bet.

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madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I've always liked how the Adamo looked; too bad the 3 year service warranty plan costs like 60% of the actual laptop (unlike other laptops, finding replacement parts in addition to working with the slim clamshell design is not easy).

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I absolutely love the design of the Adamo. This, in my opinion, is the direct competitor to the MacBook Pros, in terms of design and/or beauty.

Guest said:

A real comparison...

13-inch Air


Display: 1440x900 (20% more resolution)

VideoCard: GeForce 320M (VASTLY superior to the Intel graphics chip in the Adamo)

Battery Life: 7 Hours (You'd be lucky to get 3 Hours out of the Adamo in real world tests)

Weight: 2.9 lbs ( more than a pound lighter )

Glass multi-touch trackpad ( much better trackpad - read the reviews )

SD card slot

OS: OS X Snow Leopard (professional Domain-ready OS with tons of excellent applications on board)

+200$ more to get the Mac to 4GB and the same CPU as the Dell though the Mac will still run better than the dell at stock due to a more optimized OS.


The Adamo is a nice machine at a good price but it is no Macbook Air.

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