Dell isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think of sexy laptop design (boring or butt ugly maybe) but that’s all about to change with the release of the Adamo (Latin for “I fall in love with”). Poised to go head to head with the MacBook Air, the Adamo is thinner than its competition (although a pound heavier) and built from aluminum with a unibody design. The laptop features a 13.4-inch LED backlit glossy edge to edge glass widescreen (16:9) display and a highly useful backlit keyboard (much like the new MacBook Pros…clearly someone at Dell was taking good design notes). On the inside the Adamo sports a 128 GB SSD (solid state drive) and 2GB of RAM, and the whole thing is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.2GHz processor (MacBook Air has a 1.86GHz chip). In order to keep the laptop as anorexic as it is, Dell had to skimp on a built-in optical drive (also like the Air), but you can get a separate color matched external drive
For the road warriors out there, the Adamo features two USB ports, one USB/eSATA port (used for connecting the external optical drive/HDD), an Ethernet jack and a DisplayPort video output. An unusual but welcome addition is a SIM card slot on the right side of the laptop, next to the headphone jack (which can be used for connecting to the Internet over high-speed wireless networks). WiFi (including Draft N) and Bluetooth 2.1 are available as well.
Of course, to get a MacBook Air like computer you’re going to have to fork over MacBook Air like prices. The Adamo can be yours starting from $2000.
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