Dell Adamo 1.2GHz

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I recently reviewed the MacBook Pro 13″ which I bought a couple of weeks back and found it to be an excellent notebook. Today, I received the Dell Adamo and my heart skipped a beat when I opened the box. It looked stunning and I wondered if I had rushed into buying the MacBook Pro. [...]

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I recently reviewed the MacBook Pro 13″ which I bought a couple of weeks back and found it to be an excellent notebook. Today, I received the Dell Adamo and my heart skipped a beat when I opened the box. It looked stunning and I wondered if I had rushed into buying the MacBook Pro.

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Right from the packaging, which is like a see-thru tube with the laptop floating inside to the black base of that tube featuring the cables, the Adamo has style that could put the MacBook Pro to shame. Even the Power Charger bundled with the Adamo looks like a peice of art.

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The Adamo comes in two colors- Pearl and Onyx and we recieved the Pearl version for review. The beautiful white/grey/silver combination on the exterior makes the Adamo one of the best looking notebooks ever. The base of the unit is just 0.65mm thick and through some clever engineering, Dell puts all the expansion ports on the back. The design reminded me of Motorola’s original RAZR phone where the connections were on the thicker chin of the unit yet giving it an overall sleek look.

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The specifications on the Adamo are good but not great. You have an option between a 1.2Ghz or a 1.4GHz CPU which is a bit lowly compared to the even thinner MacBook Air’s 1.83GHz or 2.13GHz CPU. You can get the Adamo with 2GB or 4GB RAM along with a 128GB Samsung Solid State Drive. I’m glad Dell chose the SSD as standard otherwise the Adamo would’ve felt very slow. The integrated graphics are based on the Intel 4 series which is good enough for 2D performance- just dont expect to play Crysis on it.

For connectivity, Dell equips the Adamo with 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 along with a Gigabit Ethernet Port. Next to the Ethernet port, you have two USB ports and one eSATA port on the back as well as a mini-DVI connector (adapter included in the package) and the power port. Putting the ports on the back makes them a bit inconvenient and hard to reach, especially when you’re working on the Adamo, however, these ports wouldnt have fit anywhere else on the unit.

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The display is probably one of the best things about the Adamo. It’s 13.4″ and has a 16:9 resolution of 1366×768 which gives it more horizontal but less vertical space than your traditional 1280×800 notebook screen. The Glossy display with a black border certainly seems like a page borrowed out of the Macbook’s design, however, compared to the 13″ MacBook Pro, the screen is a bit less Glossy and definitely better looking which, I know, is a matter of personal opinion.

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While the screen is gorgeous, I didnt like the keyboard very much. The keys, while decent in size and backlit, have this floating kind of feeling and when you’re typing, you feel that the entire area around that key gets pressed making it appear a bit loose or fragile. I also do not like the row of keys position on the far right side after Backspace and Enter keys. I’m so used to having the return and the backspace key on the far right and more often than not, I pressed the wrong key on the Adamo. Above the keyboard you have a few touch buttons for media and volume controls which work like they should. The trackpad is a bit small in size but reasonably responsive- it provides scrolling features as well as gestures for zooming in and out.

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