Dell Drops Adamo Price Below $1K

Dell Drops Adamo Price Below $1K

The magic price point for many seems to be $1,000, and thus, following an earlier price cut to the sleek and sexy Dell Adamo, Dell has lowered the price still further, at least for an "entry-level" model. The Dell Adamo Aspire sneaks in under $1,000 for a $999 starting price.Of course, that's the starting price. The Dell Adamo Desire comes in at $1,799 to start. What do you get for those prices?

Admire:
  • 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with Centrino technology
  • Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • 2GB 800MHz DDR3 dual-channel memory
  • 128GB3 solid state drive
Desire:
  • 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with Centrino technology
  • Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • 4GB 800MHz DDR3 dual-channel memory
  • 256GB3 solid state drive
  • Mobile Broadband
Shared:
  • Super-thin 13.4-inch 16:9 (High Definition; 720p) WLED display
  • Full-size keyboard with back-lighting and scalloped, metallic key cap design
  • Integrated 1.3 megapixel camera and integrated digital microphone
  • IO: Display Port, USBx3 (1 eSATA combination), Audio Out and integrated RJ-45 port
  • Communications: Gigabit LOM, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n (3x3)
  • 5+ hr battery life using Li-Polymer cells; 40 Whr
To be clear, none of those prices include the Dell Adamo external DVD-RW drive.


Unlike many of their models, the Adamo isn't all that customizable in its various forms. Usually you can up the RAM, or the CPU, or whatever on a Dell laptop pretty easily. There's no way to start with an Admire and add just RAM, and keep the CPU, or vice versa. Want more RAM added to your order, and you have to go to the Admire, instead.
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If you compare the Adamo to the Macbook Air, for the same price you get a larger SSD, twice the memory, higher resolution screen, but a much weaker GPU. The Adamo comes with the Intel® GS45 Integrated Graphics with 256MB Memory vs the 9400M shared 256MB in the Macbook Air.

The $1800 Macbook Air features:

Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz / 2GB RAM / 128GB Solid-State Drive / NVIDIA GeForce 9400M / iSight Webcam / Bluetooth / Extreme WiFi

I can see why Dell lowered the price on their Adamo's, they needed the price to be more competitive with Apple's ultraportable offering.

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I know this does not really compare at least usage wise to the new gamer (the 11"), but it is small (smaller actually), but a little thincker. Either way how could the justify it as anything but a boutique unit. It performs nowhere near the 11" or a Macbook Pro either. So how do the justify the price seem like it would drive customers away really.

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For $1800, you could do a lot with the base configuration of the M11X, including adding an SSD. Even though that's a thicker laptop, it has a smaller footprint and about 1.5 hours more battery life.

I'd go with the gamer myself. Smile

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Is 800MHz RAM and integrated graphics really acceptable for such an expensive laptop? The double size SSD and memory help offset for the price though.

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The Admire and Desire both seem like nice machines but still kinda expensive for what is there. I know they have SSD but you could swap that out with a regular hard drive that is bigger and take the savings and put that towards faster CPU and GPU to get more performance for you buck. It will be nice when SSD finally are priced around hard drives today.

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I think that the SSD is what allows it to be so slim and power efficient.

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You guys called it the aspire lol... it's not an acer ;-) lol

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Yeah I second soupstyle's statement, I think that's one of the reasons for it being so thin. It is very nice looking but I think that's about it really.

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«There's no way to start with an Admire and add just RAM, and keep the CPU, or vice versa. Want more RAM added to your order, and you have to go to the Admire, instead.» Presumably, rather than «Admire» in the second period, Mr Santo intended to write «Desire» ? In that case, a correction ofthe text is in order....

My question is - how much does the machine cost without the Microsoft tax ? Can it be purchased without Windows 7 pre-installed ?...

Henri

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mhenriday:

My question is - how much does the machine cost without the Microsoft tax ? Can it be purchased without Windows 7 pre-installed ?...

Henri

 

Just checked, there is no way to customize your Operating system. Looks like you're stuck with Windows 7.

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This system is mainly for it's looks only I am convinced.

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With offerings in this sector with better overall components dell needs to reconsider this price, of course people that buy these do most mainly for the looks I am sure not the price.

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it doesn't look at that nice though...

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well it's not really supposed to look nice really it's supposed to look cool (Uber thin) it is kind of like designer clothes. Many times the end product is only meant to be worn a few times at most. So if you use it like regular clothes it disintegrates after a while. Either way the point is it looks cool and different and does the same for you. I think it is a ludicrous idea personally.

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rapid1:

well it's not really supposed to look nice really it's supposed to look cool (Uber thin) it is kind of like designer clothes. Many times the end product is only meant to be worn a few times at most. So if you use it like regular clothes it disintegrates after a while. Either way the point is it looks cool and different and does the same for you. I think it is a ludicrous idea personally.

 

If the success of the Macbook Air is anything to go by, people are willing to purchase sleek, ultra-portable and overpriced laptops. However, there's a reason why Dell dropped with the price of these laptops substantially (the base model was $1999 when it was launched 10 months ago). Even after two price cuts, the Adamo hasn't sold well. I wouldn't be surprised if they're clearing stock with the ultra-low power core i3, i5, i7 processors on the way.

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yeah cool looks impressions etc is what this is for somewhat as well as a UL

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