Dell Adamo 1.2GHz

By on July 1, 2009
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Lets take a look at the performance of the Adamo using PC Mark Vantage. We’ve compared it to the recently reviewed HP Pavlion dv2 with an AMD 1.6GHz Neo CPU and the ASUS F6V with a Centrino CPU. Vantage: Communications Product Score Higher is better Difference ASUS F6V 1,649 +31% HP Pavilion dv2 1,444 +14% [...]

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Lets take a look at the performance of the Adamo using PC Mark Vantage. We’ve compared it to the recently reviewed HP Pavlion dv2 with an AMD 1.6GHz Neo CPU and the ASUS F6V with a Centrino CPU.

Vantage: Communications
Product
Score
Higher is better
Difference
ASUS F6V
1,649
+31%
HP Pavilion dv2
1,444
+14%
Dell Adamo
1,263
Vantage: Communications

 

Vantage: Gaming
Product
Score
Higher is better
Difference
ASUS F6V
1,675
+27%
Dell Adamo
1,324
HP Pavilion dv2
1,237
-7%
Vantage: Gaming

 

Vantage: Productivity
Product
Score
Higher is better
Difference
Dell Adamo
1,979
HP Pavilion dv2
1,540
-22%
ASUS F6V
1,360
-31%
Vantage: Productivity

 

Vantage: TV & Movies
Product
Score
Higher is better
Difference
ASUS F6V
1,452
+38%
Dell Adamo
1,050
HP Pavilion dv2
977
-7%
Vantage: TV & Movies

 

Vantage: HDD Test
Product
Score
Higher is better
Difference
Dell Adamo
8,352
ASUS F6V
2,854
-66%
HP Pavilion dv2
2,354
-72%
Vantage: HDD Test

 

As you can see, the hard drive scores quite high because its an SSD versus other notebooks with a traditional HD. These SSD scores certainly help the Adamo is other PC Mark scores where it comes out on top in the Productivity test as well as decetly close to the AMD Neo and Centrino found in the HP dv2 and ASUS F6V notebooks.

The battery life on the Adamo is decent. Watching a movie on it gave me a good three hours while working with documents or stressing the system resulted in lower battery life. Here are the results compared to the same two notebooks.

Battery: Internet & Documents
Product
Score
Higher is better
Difference
ASUS F6V
244
+63%
Dell Adamo
150
HP Pavilion dv2
150
0%
Battery: Internet & Documents

 

Battery: Watching Movies
Product
Score
Higher is better
Difference
Dell Adamo
187.50
ASUS F6V
165
-12%
HP Pavilion dv2
150
-20%
Battery: Watching Movies

 

One thing worth noting is that even though the screen on the Adamo is 720p capable, the lowly 1.2GHz CPU on my review made anything above standard definition stutter a bit. Another thing I disliked about the Adamo is the irritating fan. Even though the notebook never really got very hot, the fan would kick in quite frequently and it is definitely not a silent fan. That along with the less than stellar keyboard on the Adamo are my biggest complains.

Overall, the Adamo is a step in the right direction showing Dell is capable of coming close to Apple when it comes to integrating design and functionality. The Adamo has a lot going for it and might very well be the best looking notebook in the “PC” market but there are a few rough edges that Dell should focus on with upcoming models.

Priced at AED 9,000 for the 1.2GHz and 12,000 for he 1.4GHz, the Adamo is certainly not cheap but then neither is an Armani suit or a pair of Ferragamo shoes.

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