The Good Superslim chassis; inventive design.
The Bad Weak battery life; large footprint; no SD card slot.
The Bottom Line Dell's high-concept Adamo XPS deserves credit for taking some serious design risks. It's a cool conversation piece, but poor battery life keeps it from being terribly useful.
Dell Adamo XPS
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For a brand known for mainstream, middle-of-the-road laptops (and now inexpensive Netbooks), Dell has put a surprising amount of effort into creating high-end products. The company acquired gaming PC leader Alienware, launched the XPS and Studio lines, and created the Adamo, its ultrahigh-end laptop.
The original Adamo was a thin MacBook Air competitor, but the revamped version (which has been long-discussed, but only sporadically available to the public) is even more extreme, with a unique design and a 9.99mm body.