Dell drops Adamo 13 to $799

Dell drops the price again on the aluminum-clad Adamo 13, pulling it $200 below the least expensive 11-inch MacBook Air and $500 below the lower-end 13-inch Air.

Dell continues to cut the price on the ultrathin Adamo 13, now dropping it $500 below the least expensive 13-inch MacBook Air from Apple.

Dell's Adamo 13 is 0.65-inches thick and packs an ultra-power-efficient Intel processor similar to Apple's MacBook Air.
Dell's Adamo 13 is 0.65-inches thick and packs an ultra-power-efficient Intel processor similar to Apple's MacBook Air. Dell

Dell's Adamo page is showing the price of the aluminum-clad laptop at $799. The Adamo is a 0.65-inch thick alternative to Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air, which now starts at $1,299. Apple's least-expensive Air is an 11.6-inch model, priced at $999. Dell last cut the price of the Adamo 13 in December.

Rolled out at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, it was Dell's answer to the svelte line of Apple MacBooks. Compared to the Air, the Dell laptop has a slightly larger 13.4-inch screen and is a bit heftier, at just under 4 pounds. The new 13-inch Air weighs just under 3 pounds.

Other differences include the use of Intel GS45 integrated graphics in the Dell. Apple uses Nvidia graphics chipsets in the current generation of the Air.

And Dell was a trendsetter in one important respect. The Adamo from day one has only been offered with solid-state drives. Though all Air models use SSDs exclusively now, that wasn't the case until the latest Air refresh in October. Adamos now come with 128GB SSDs, though a discontinued higher-end model was previously offered with a 256GB SSD and built-in AT&T mobile broadband.

Processors are similar to those used in the smaller, 11.6-inch Air: Intel's U series of ultra-power-efficient processors.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.


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