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Take a look inside the Dell Adamo

Adamo packing material

Adamo and matching 'onyx' accessories

Adamo before the cracking open begins

Adamo is wider and deeper

Painted on Intel and Windows logos

Adamo, MacBook Air, and Dell Mini

Bottom panel locking mechanism

Gently slide the metal ear to the right

Lifting off the bottom panel

Removing the battery cable

The Adamo and Air with bottom panels removed

Bottom panel and battery

Battery specs

Samsung chips on the solid state drive

Ambient light sensor

Wireless cards

Anatel Bluetooth board

802.11n wireless card removed

Gently disconnect and peel away the wireless card ribbon cable

Lifting out the wireless data board

Disconnect the remaining, visible ribbon cables

Removing the heatsink from the motherboard

Motherboard - Top

Motherboard - Bottom

Ports are integrated into the motherboard

Lifting out the keyboard

Keyboard removed

Quanta Computers label on keyboard

Windows product key hidden under hinge cover

Removing more screws from the display assembly

Adamo WLED display removed

Display hinge

Synaptics pointing device

Case fan

Dell Adamo completely disassembled

Bill Detwiler at CNET News' sister site TechRepublic got his hands on an Dell Adamo laptop and decided, with help, to take it apart piece by piece for readers' enjoyment. The following is a paired down version of his 78-slide gallery.

Dell hopes to take a little air out of Apple's sails with the Adamo. This upscale laptop packs a lot of tech into a stylish, ultrathin package. But, it's going to cost you. Our $1,999 model includes a 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2GB 800MHz DDR3 dual-channel memory, 128GB solid state drive, and 13.4-inch 16:9 WLED display.

In a special partnership with iFixit, TechRepublic brings you this gallery of the cracking open process. iFixit is a one-stop-shop for the parts, tools, and step-by-step guides needed to repair iPods, iPhones, Macs, and almost any Apple product. Follow along as iFixit engineers disassemble the Dell Adamo and expose the tech inside.

Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
Now we know why the packing box was so large: the Adamo is encased in a "time-capsule" plastic casing, which in turn is protected during shipping via black plastic shipping caps.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
All our accessories were black, matching nicely with our "onyx" Adamo. We assume (given the price tag) your accessories will be white if you purchase the "pearl" version. The AC adapter is 45 watts, just like the MacBook Air's. The power brick design is elegant, but the actual plug isn't nearly as slick as the Air's MagSafe connector.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
Adamo before the cracking open begins.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
Adamo, meet MacBook Air. Now that you're acquainted...

The Adamo's dimensions, as compared with the MacBook Air:

• Width: 0.23 inches larger

• Depth: 0.56 inches larger

• Height: 0.11 inches thinner

Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
The Intel and Windows logos are not the typical stickers; they're painted into the case.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
Adamo under a MacBook Air and a Dell Mini (top).
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
The Adamo uses a very slick locking system, shown here, to hold the bottom panel in place.

The locking system utilizes three tracks of pins that span the inner left, right, and front edges of the computer. The pins lock into slots machined into the bottom panel, creating a very tight and secure connection.

Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
The bottom panel is removed by simply sliding the metal ear (shown in yellow) connected to each set of pins (shown in red) to the right using a thin metal spudger.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
Once the pins are released, the bottom panel simply lifts up.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
The battery connects to the motherboard with an orange ribbon cable. This cable should be disconnected before entirely removing the bottom panel.
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The Adamo and MacBook Air with bottom panels removed. The MacBook Air we're using in this guide is the original model (released over a year ago). Despite it's age, the Air still packs a 1.6 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 33-percent faster than our Adamo's 1.2 GHz processor.

To its credit, the high-end Adamo does include 4 GB of built-in RAM, double that of the Air.

Dell labels a lot more parts than Apple. This definitely makes our job easier, even though it's not quite as photogenic.

Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
The bottom panel contains an integrated 6 cell Li-Polymer battery pack.

You can recycle the battery...in Japan.

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The 11.1 V battery is rated at 40 Watt hours, an improvement over the MacBook Air's 7.2 V, 37 Watt hour battery. (Dell's manual says 12.6 V, but we trust the battery more than their writers.)

The Adamo's advertised operating time is five hours, outliving Apple's claims for the MacBook Air by 30 minutes.

According to the manual, the battery weighs in at 489 grams. That's 27 percent of the Adamo's weight. In comparison, the MacBook Air's battery weighs in at 287 grams, only 21 percent of the Air's total weight.

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We've just removed the 128GB solid state drive. The drive is a thin 128GB uSATA MLC. This particular drive utilizes 16 Samsung 64 gigabit multi-level cell (MLC) flash chips.

Impressively, the specs listed on the drive indicate a maximum power consumption of only 1.05 watts and an operating shock of 1500G.

The solid state drive's thickest point is the 4mm SATA connector. The rest of the drive is a scant 2.9 mm.

Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
We believe this is an ambient light sensor to support the Adamo's backlit keyboard. Dell has used light sensors in a few other recent notebooks.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
The Adamo has no shortage of wireless connectivity possibilities. This machine was the low-end model, so we only received two of the three wireless types.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
Surprisingly, the Bluetooth board is twice the size of the 802.11n card.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
The printed user's guide that came with our Adamo says the machine includes 803.11n Wireless LAN. We're not sure if that's a typo, or something new we don't know about yet.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
Gently disconnect and peel away the wireless card ribbon cable The ribbon cable is held securely in place with adhesive, and peeling it up requires some patience.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
After removing the wireless data board's screws, you can now lift the wireless data board away from the Adamo chassis.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
We disconnected several ribbon cables from the motherboard before proceeding. Six Phillips screws hold the motherboard and its attached heat sink and fan in place.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
We've just removed the heat sink from the motherboard. The heat sink is pretty tiny, but we assume a 1.2 GHz Core 2 Duo processor won't get that hot.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
You can clearly see the 2 GB 800MHz DDR3 memory in the center of the top of the motherboard.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
Yes, the processors are soldered to the motherboard (bottom shown here). That's not a surprise, and hopefully you're not purchasing this machine to get the latest and greatest in processor technology.
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Unfortunately, all the ports are integrated into the motherboard. Repair will not be cheap if something goes wrong.
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Here we're lifting out the keyboard.
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The Adamo will likely be an excellent choice for people with large fingers. The letter keys on the Adamo have 30 percent more surface area than those on the MacBook Air (above).
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At least the keyboard (and probably the whole machine) is produced by Quanta Computers. It's the world's largest notebook manufacturer and makes machines for both Apple and Dell.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
Dell hides your Windows product key under here. That's certainly a smart move, since the sticker doesn't exactly blend in with the Adamo's black onyx finish.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
We're removing screws from the display assembly. Four Phillips on the bottom, two on each side.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
After more screw removal, free at last! It's a beautiful display, except for the mass of antenna wires. It would definitely be a prettier picture if we got out the scissors.

This display has a resolution of 1366x768. That's slightly different than the 1280x800 resolution on the MacBook Air. You'll get an extra 26,624 pixels if you choose the Adamo. The manual lists the display's maximum power consumption as only 3.6 watts.

Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
A display hinge.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
Synaptics pointing device.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
The case fan.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
And here's the whole Adamo (disassembled) enchilada...
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by iFixit for TechRepublic
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