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Dell Adamo XPS to ship just days before Christmas

updated 12:30 pm EST, Tue November 17, 2009

Adamo XPS ships Dec. 22, ready to order

Dell today at last began taking orders for the Adamo XPS teased over the past several months. The system comes in just one default configuration and color, arriving for $1,799 with a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium. Contrary to earlier reports, the system will use just Intel's GMA 4500 graphics instead of NVIDIA hardware.

Options are relatively limited for the 13.4-inch ultraportable and primarily include external Blu-ray ($199) and DVD ($99) drives as well as the 40Wh battery needed to get five hours of battery life.

Despite the online availability, Dell isn't shipping the earliest orders until December 22nd, nearly four months after it first teased the system and after the majority of holiday sales. The system has indirectly touted as a rival to the MacBook Air but will leave its opponent largely unchallenged for the season.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Holiday sales

    Um, since they're taking orders now, it's kind of hard to imply that, somehow, it is after holiday sales.

  1. drumrobot

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You can get the MacBook Air with 2 GB of RAM (not as good) and two 2.13 GHz processors (much better) for the same price as the XPS, or the MacBook Air with 2 GB of RAM (again, not as good) and two 1.86 GHz processors (quite a bit better) for $300.00 less. The MacBook Airs are both lighter than the XPS.
    You could also get a 15 inch (larger screen) MacBook Pro with two 2.53GHz processors (much, much better than the XPS), 4 GB of RAM (same as XPS), a 250 GB hard drive (almost double that of the XPS) and a seven hour battery. Keep in mind that this includes a SuperDrive, a multi-touch trackpad, and a better graphics card, which the MacBook Airs also have. The only downside is that the MacBook Pro weighs 2.3 pounds more than the XPS, but you get a lot more stuff, not least of all the $100.00 from the difference between the MBP and the XPS.
    Apple tax? Look at the Dell tax.

  1. sgirard

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Who will buy this? The Windows fanboys are too cheap to drop this much cash on hardware; Mac fans want OS X, and Linux fans want to build their own. I don't see the market for this.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dell Does It Again ...

    ... with another overpriced, underpowered, cheaply made computer.

    And who would want to have plug all that external stuff into a laptop just to get basic functionality? (Sorry ... I guess the cries of the Dell/Windows fanboys commenting on the original MacBook Air are still echoing around in here ...)

  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969


    for a laptop

    this seems exceptionally awkward to put, well, on ones lap...

  1. pilottage

    Joined: Dec 1969


    stop avertising dell macnn!

    stop avertising dell macnn! or are you lookin for a good hackintosh to sell us, macnn?

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Advertising for Dell

    Yeah, MacNN is pretty pathetic and blatantly obvious ... half of their "stories" are PR for Dell and Microsoft. It's shameful.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's about advertising

    You're right, it is shameful... but they are going after the bucks and they love making comparisons which usually aren't very flattering for PC owners. I wonder just how well this :indirect" advertising works. Being a marketer, I am guessing it is, not that well. People who read this site for the Mac stuff pretty much know they don't want hardware the PC people make... and when they do come up with an idea for once *a good idea), it gets drowned in their next offering, which is what, 2 weeks later?
    The PC guys better hope Apple keeps coming up with ideas because otherwise they will have to start thinking on their own... and we know how that will work out.

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