Adamo by Dell is out

by Jon Davis 20. March 2009 20:36

Adamo by Dell is out. Or at least, it’s orderable. I saw no press release. You can order online now.


Adamo is a pretty laptop that Dell put out to try to compete with MacBook Air. What’s unfortunate is that MacBook Air wasn’t the one to copy. The world has little need for 1.2 or 1.4 GHz CPUs no matter how thin, no, certainly not when the complete package starts at $3,212.

The Adamo is certainly beautiful. But sluggish beauty doesn’t bring about desire. Bring me a moderately thin (but not that thin) laptop with a 2.4 GHz multi-core processor that keeps cool and I might think $3,000-ish to be fair. On the other hand, most preppies and corporate execs don’t do much more than web surfing and Microsoft Office (oOooo .. PowerPoint ..) so for them who cares what speed it is. I guess.

This is clearly an Apple vs. Dell thing that we as consumers should hopefully be bored with.

I meanwhile am really bummed out that Toshiba’s hardcore laptop, the Qosmio X305, looks like a glossy, translucent, open box of cheap Valentine’s Day chocolates. My X205-S9359 was one of the best multi-purpose laptops on the market two years ago and it looks like it can handle either role of a professional corporate environment or a hardcore gamer. But Toshiba apparently changed their minds and want these things to appeal to gay little boys and spoiled rotten gamer girls.

Translucent colorful cases went away with the original iMac like dance floor rap music went the way of dorky memories of the 90s.

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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