Dell Adamo XPS Laptop Review

Posted: March 18, 2010
Dell Adamo XPS Laptop Review

The Adamo by Dell is the world's thinnest laptop, which means Chris Hardwick and Alison Haislip are all over the device to check out its unique design (0.4" thin?!), 4 gigs of RAM, 128 gig solid state drive and more for a $2,000.

What You Need To Know

  • The Adamo is as thin as the length of a fingernail and weighs only 3 lbs.
  • The stylized brushed metal case feels sturdy.
  • There are 2 USB ports and an ethernet port, unlike the MacBook Air which only has one USB and no ethernet.
  • The most unique aspect of the Adamo is the way the keyboard folds out from the screen.
  • You slide your finger over the heat sensitive strip.
  • The keyboard then comes down at an angle with the back of the laptop acting as a stand.
  • This both helps and hurts the overall use of the computer.
  • It feels more natural to have the keyboard at an angle when you're typing.
  • The keys are large and spaced out well.
  • But the laptop may slide a little if you're typing vigorously.
  • You may need to change the angle of the screen to eliminate glare, which may make the laptop a bit more flimsy on its stand.
  • The touchpad is large and can do gestures like pinch and zoom.
  • Overall, the design works and is interesting, but may not be ideal in all conditions.
  • They've managed to fit 4 gigs of RAM and an Intel Dual Core Processor with Windows 7, all of which translates into high performance.
  • In our normal PCMark Vantage tests, the device scored really high for a thin and light laptop at about 4300 points.
  • From start up to browsing the Internet, it's only about 35 seconds, which is super fast.
  • Overall, we were very impressed with what this could do.


  • Starts at $2,000.00


  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • Even though the design may not be as stylish as the MacBook Air, it's still quite impressive with its performance.

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  • clubf00t

    i hate how with tech gadgets everything is getting to this point were designers like dell, and especially apple/mac r making everything thin and just ridiculously tiny. do we really need things this small, i feel like i would break most of this stuff just by throwing on my bed at night. whats next 4 laptops .3 inches thick that crap is just ridiculous, id rather have a laptop alittle bigger and have it have more computing power.

    Posted: March 20, 2010 1:15 PM
  • xnonsuchx

    Some things not mentioned:

    1) 800MHz FSB & 3MB cache (MacBook Air has 1066MHz FSB & 6MB cache)
    2) Intel integrated graphics (MacBook Air has nVidia 9400M)
    3) I'd still rather have a full-featured laptop than an ultralight :-)

    Posted: March 20, 2010 5:24 AM