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Dell shows thinner-than-Air Adamo XPS live

updated 12:05 pm EDT, Wed October 7, 2009

Adamo XPS briefly teased in real world

Dell at a press gathering today briefly offered an in-person look at its Adamo XPS ultraportable. True to its teaser graphic, the system is overall thinner than the MacBook Air it's designed to compete against (0.4 inches maximum) and appears to rely on a unique, underside hinge to reach its dimensions. As with very early Adamo and Inspiron 11z teasers, the company didn't provide any specifications or release information.

The XPS label is historically applied to Dell's performance models and implies a speed-up compared to the existing Adamo 13's 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo, although an ultra-low voltage processor is still likely. Such small dimensions also imply a solid-state drive for storage. [image via Gizmodo]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What's its OS?


    When was Dell's last original idea that worked?

  1. jmonty12

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Completely Original Design

    That doesn't look one bit like a MacBook Air. You're just imagining things. They came up with this design all on their own.

  1. peter02l

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sorry just couldn't resist:

    Monitor sold separately.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    too thin

    The Air was too thin (1st model had many hinge issues) and I expect this computer to have several growing pains with its first incarnation.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Honestly I still don't understand why people buy the Air. It's not like a 13 inch MacBook pro is THICK, and you get way better performance.

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Honestly...

    I hear yah. But from what I've read over and over for years is that if you're constantly traveling with a bag over your shoulder, every bit of space and every ounce counts. It's seem kinda hard to wrap one's head around, ie, 'how much heavier could it really be'. But again, the message as been consistent - seems like to really understand you've got to travel for a living.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Honestly

    Maybe these road warriors need to get new carry on's. Most people I see these days are rolling their bags all over the place. No one uses shoulder bags anymore for travel...

  1. pmhacker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Honestly

    I travel for a living and when not traveling walk with my laptop all day, and the Air is the best thing out there. It is light and thin and does everything i need. I don't use it for gaming or video streaming (which it is not good for at all), but for work it rocks. I don't use roller-board luggage as suggested by Fresh-Faced Recruit. I use a backpack with all my carry on items. Plus, I can slip it in the seatback, which now is not permitted on many airlines. Since it is so thin the flight attendants don't even know its a laptop. I know I could get a netbook or something but please the keyboard and screen on those are ridiculous. I carry the Macbook air, power supply and verizon wireless card. Small and tidy. You would be surprised how much you fee the pound from a 3.0 lb mba to a 4.5lb macbook pro 13". Plus the thickness is noticeable too.

    If these things aren't an issue for you, then a different laptop will work.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The reason Dell hasn't revealed specifications or release info is because there's nothing inside - it's a publicity stunt.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wait for the Bloat

    Buyer beware...
    Once Windows is installed the thing puffs up to 1.5" and 8 lbs.... just like most WinBoxes.

    What is this with this week's cavalcade of Windows vaporware? First it was Microsoft lab mice, now this?

    Methinks I hear the sound of chattering teeth and kneecaps knocking together in Redmond.

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