Over the last few months, we have seen the Dell Adamo price cut to impressively low levels. Apparently, the pricing move wasn't to position itself better in the market against rivals like the MacBook Air, but to clear remaining inventory.
This time last year the Dell Adamo crazy thin and sexy notebook computer saw its price slip to under $1000 for the first time. The exact price in January 2010 was $999. Dell has cut the price of the Adamo 13 to $799 this year making it $500 cheaper than the MacBook Air does it targets.
The Dell Adamo is a beautiful, gorgeous, willowy notebook-cum-sculpture that’s not easy to resist on an impulse buy. Dell’s decision to break the pivotal four-figure mark makes it even harder. As of now, the Aspire model in the Adamo lineup is all yours for the base price of $999.
Dell have finally pushed the Adamo XPS out of the door, and for a whopping $1,799 you can take home a 9.99mm thick ultraportable. With the Adamo XPS, actual computing is only a minor part of the story: it seems Dell have gone for showmanship instead, with their touch-to-open latch and distinctive hinged-keyboard.
Dell's Adamo XPS is certainly a striking piece of tech - any notebook that thin is going to grab our attention, and that's before you add in a spytastic touch-strip to open it - but it turns out the company had even more ambitious plans initially. PC World managed to score some time with some of Dell's Adamo XPS prototypes, including versions with multitouch LCD trackpads and even a zero-profile touchscreen keyboard.
We've seen it teased and we've seen the first photos, but today Dell is finally giving us the skinny (pun intended) on the thinnest notebook ever – the Dell Adamo XPS. The 9.99 mm thin notebook, which will be shipping in time for the holidays, will inevitably be compared to Apple’s Macbook Air and no doubt it is thinner, but the starting $1,800 price tag won't make it cheaper.
After the cut: Dell Adamo XPS hands-on impressions, gallery, and video
What's particularly frustrating about Dell's ongoing teaser campaign for the Adamo XPS is that it's not as though their new ultraportable would go short of attention with a regular launch: how many people - geeks or otherwise - would turn their noses up at a 9.9mm thick notebook? Still, the latest trickle of information comes in the form of two new photos, showing the Adamo XPS' unusual hinge and minimal port selection.
You may remember last month when the numerical oddity that was 9-9-09 came rolling around, Dell teased us with a shot of the corner and profile for the Adamo XPS notebook. The machine was really thin, and that's about all we could glean from the teaser. Dell is back with more tease and no more information about the Adamo XPS today.
One of the reasons Dell could keep the Adamo packaging so compact is because the luxury ultraportable ships with the battery already fitted. It's a good job, too, as it turns out that the power pack for the 13-inch MacBook Air rival is non-user-replaceable, meaning once it has reached the end of its usable life (a figure Dell are not making any claims about) owners will need to send their Adamo back in to have it replaced.
Have you had enough of the Dell Adamo? No, of course you haven't, so settle back and enjoy Notebooks.com's unboxing video of the luxury ultraportable. Xavier has also shared some first impressions and, while Dell has come a long way from mainstream Inspirons with the Adamo, it doesn't sound like they're quite all the way up there in the MacBook Air league yet.
Unboxing video after the cut