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Dell shows off Adamo XPS, thinner than 'Air'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 Oct 2009 13:17 User comments (11)

Dell shows off Adamo XPS, thinner than 'Air' Although there isn't very much details on the notebook as of yet, Dell has shown off the Adamo XPS ultraportable today, boasting overall thinness of just 0.39 inches, making the device almost half as thin as the market leader Mac Air at 0.76 inches.
There is no other information known yet, but users expect SSD storage, and a Core 2 Duo processor.

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11 user comments

112.10.2009 13:39

I think these type of "thin" laptops are marketed towards the naive consumers who have a disposable income and care about aesthetics over practical functionality. There is a fine line between what is too thin and what is too thick in therms of portability and up to a certain point, the thickness of a laptop is irrelevant when one considers the purchase of a laptop. In the end, functionality and needed performance is what is important, not how it looks.

212.10.2009 14:04

It'll suit travelers amongst others

312.10.2009 14:21

Originally posted by slickwill:
I think these type of "thin" laptops are marketed towards the naive consumers who have a disposable income and care about aesthetics over practical functionality. There is a fine line between what is too thin and what is too thick in therms of portability and up to a certain point, the thickness of a laptop is irrelevant when one considers the purchase of a laptop. In the end, functionality and needed performance is what is important, not how it looks.

What practical function is that? Playing GTA IV? Hardly seem what is in mind here. I can only imagine its going to be an ultra portable netbook. It seems like it would be useful enough for taking notes in class and travelers needing to check there email and such on the go.

412.10.2009 14:25

I wonder what would happen if it fell off the table:P

512.10.2009 15:35

Whether of not you think aesthetics is important now, it is a good step for portability. Once they can manufacture them to be affordable I'd be willing to purchase one.

You cant deny this would be a cool laptop to have, even if the price wouldnt be worth it now. Eventually SSD capacity will be large and cheap enough and optical drives will be obsolete. This will be all you need.

612.10.2009 17:29

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What practical function is that? Playing GTA IV? Hardly seem what is in mind here. I can only imagine its going to be an ultra portable netbook. It seems like it would be useful enough for taking notes in class and travelers needing to check there email and such on the go.
I work as an IT Technician for a hotel chain, and trust me the Air is nearly useless, without a bag full of peripherals and adapters. I've had corporate guests curse at me over not being able to use the ethernet cable in their rooms, because their machines lack an ethernet port.

The lack of an optical drive is another thing that doesn't help. I once had to lend my personal HP Laptop to a guest, because her Macbook Air, though twice as expensive as my 15.4" display Pavilion, lacked a DVD drive to play a DVD for her presentation.

I understand that the consumer that searches for the trendiest devices, will consider the Air...but the consumer that needs functionality, should consider another model and maybe won't even have to sacrifice aesthetics. If you do go for the Air, don't get out without your USB hub, external optical drive and USB to ethernet adapter.
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712.10.2009 17:41

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What practical function is that? Playing GTA IV? Hardly seem what is in mind here. I can only imagine its going to be an ultra portable netbook. It seems like it would be useful enough for taking notes in class and travelers needing to check there email and such on the go.
I work as an IT Technician for a hotel chain, and trust me the Air is nearly useless, without a bag full of peripherals and adapters. I've had corporate guests curse at me over not being able to use the ethernet cable in their rooms, because their machines lack an ethernet port.

The lack of an optical drive is another thing that doesn't help. I once had to lend my personal HP Laptop to a guest, because her Macbook Air, though twice as expensive as my 15.4" display Pavilion, lacked a DVD drive to play a DVD for her presentation.

I understand that the consumer that searches for the trendiest devices, will consider the Air...but the consumer that needs functionality, should consider another model and maybe won't even have to sacrifice aesthetics. If you do go for the Air, don't get out without your USB hub, external optical drive and USB to ethernet adapter.
Different people need different functions from their laptops. I don't even have a laptop, but I think I'd be fine without the optical drive. Even on my current desktop, the only time I use the optical drive is while installing legally purchased software. I'd imagine if I did have a laptop without a disc drive, that I would use an external drive at home to install whatever I need to install on there. Then for anything else, I'd use either no-cd cracks or make backup images of the disc and run them off of the hard drive. Unfortunately, this is something most normal people can't do.

There is a point however where small is too small. We've been there with cellphones already. They do seem to be getting larger and larger.

813.10.2009 9:17

until it fits in my pocket i don't give a crap

913.10.2009 9:44

Originally posted by bam431:
until it fits in my pocket i don't give a crap
Lol I want one that fits in my wrist-watch and projects the screen onto a wall:P

1014.10.2009 7:42

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Originally posted by bam431:
until it fits in my pocket i don't give a crap
Lol I want one that fits in my wrist-watch and projects the screen onto a wall:P
im sure youll both find what you need in japan

1114.10.2009 14:29

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What practical function is that? Playing GTA IV? Hardly seem what is in mind here. I can only imagine its going to be an ultra portable netbook. It seems like it would be useful enough for taking notes in class and travelers needing to check there email and such on the go.
I work as an IT Technician for a hotel chain, and trust me the Air is nearly useless, without a bag full of peripherals and adapters. I've had corporate guests curse at me over not being able to use the ethernet cable in their rooms, because their machines lack an ethernet port.

The lack of an optical drive is another thing that doesn't help. I once had to lend my personal HP Laptop to a guest, because her Macbook Air, though twice as expensive as my 15.4" display Pavilion, lacked a DVD drive to play a DVD for her presentation.

I understand that the consumer that searches for the trendiest devices, will consider the Air...but the consumer that needs functionality, should consider another model and maybe won't even have to sacrifice aesthetics. If you do go for the Air, don't get out without your USB hub, external optical drive and USB to ethernet adapter.

You still use wired connections? I thought everyone used wifi these days for such applications.

As for your customer not having a DVD drive, well shes an idiot. You said it your self "but the consumer that needs functionality, should consider another model" and a smart businesses man/woman is sure to do that.

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