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Dell's Adamo XPS slips through the cracks

As in, the ultrathin laptop is literally thin enough to slip trough almost any small opening more than 9.99mm thick. Dell's Adamo XPS has had plenty of prerelease hype, from teaser photos to hands-on previews, and the final retail product is certainly an impressive feat of laptop engineering.

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As in, the ultrathin laptop is literally thin enough to slip trough almost any small opening more than 9.99mm thick. Dell's Adamo XPS has had plenty of prerelease hype, from teaser photosto hands-on previews, and the final retail product is certainly an impressive feat of laptop engineering.

Even more interesting, despite Dell's best efforts, consumers who are interested in shelling out for this high-end laptop might finally have a good chance of actually being able to buy one. The original holiday 2009 release date was sketchy, to say the least, and in early March the product was actually removed from Dell's Web site, then resurrected, with similar shell games going on at retail partner Best Buy.

Currently, ordering direct from Dell shows an estimated ship date of three weeks out, but Best Buy's Web site now shows the system as "not available" in every major city we checked (it showed as being in stock in New York as recently as a couple of weeks ago)

We call these $2,000 (or more) systems "CEO Laptops," as they seem most likely to be used as high-end showpieces by those who don't mind paying premium prices for essentially the same components as lower-cost laptops. HP's Envy and Sony's Vaio Z116 are other examples.

That said, as a work of technological art, the Adamo XPS is a real conversation-starter. It works fine as an everyday laptop as well, as long as you don't need an optical drive or lots of ports and connections. Our main complaint was the weak battery life; something so clearly designed for portability should last longer than a typical rush hour cab ride to the airport.

Read the full review of the Dell Adamo XPS.