CNET First Look
Dell Adamo XPSDell's high-concept revamped Adamo is an impressive showpiece that sometimes puts looks ahead of practicality.
>> I'm Dan Ackerman, and we are here with Dell's Adamo XPS. That is the superhigh concept remaking of Dell's highend Adamo line. Now the thing is less than 10 millimeters thick, fairly lightweight, and has kind of an unusual design to it. You can see that the keyboard and screen meet over here and kind of forms a bit of a, I don't know, almost a Tshape. And when you lift it up, lifts the keyboard up on a bit of an angle. And when you're carrying it around, the keyboard actually fits into the screen. The screen part is actually wider. And that's where most of the components are. When you fold it down, look at that, superthin. Now, to open it up, take your finger, rub it along the little strip here on the top, and the whole thing kind of opens up like that. Now, it's certainly a very intriguing look. It does raise some practical implications. For instance, is it really easy to balance this thing on your lap, when, as you can see, the bottom, not particularly lapfriendly? It's also got a little bit of a bigger footprint than you'd expect from a 13inch laptop. Actually, from the outside, look at that, like that, looks a little bit more like a 15inch laptop. But that's because it has to fit everything in while still being very thin at the same time. Now, componentwise, not a lot of surprises here. You've got one of those Intel ultralow voltage chips from last year. Although it would be kind of cool to see if they could cram the new Core i3 in there, as well. You've got 4 gigs of ram. You've got a 128gig Solicate [phonetic] hard drive. It's almost impossible to build anything this small and thin without a Solicate hard drive. And that will definitely help you a little bit with weight, with heat, even a little bit with that hard drive speed. Obviously, it's not a superquick machine, but we certainly found it zippy enough for everyday use. So how does this compare to the other superthin laptop everybody likes, the MacBook Air? Well, at least this guy has two USB ports instead of one. You also get little dongles that will turn the display port output on that into a DVI output. And you've got another dongle that will turn one of the USB ports into an Ethernet jack. And, of course, it's got regular WiFi and Bluetooth built in. The 13inch display looks very nice. It's got a 1366 by 768 resolution, which is about average for a fairly upscale 13inch. Although this guy is superscale, and because it starts about $2,000. This is what I have to call a CEO laptop. Maybe the head of your company gets one to take to client meetings or to keep in the boardroom to look nice. Or you're one of those coffee shop showoffs who just likes to, you know, hang out and use a really fancy laptop. For the rest of us on a more practical side, 2 grand is probably a bit much for this. However, it still is a very cool conversation piece. And if you get a chance to get your hands on one just to play with it for a few minutes, I highly recommend it. I'm Dan Ackerman, and that is the Dell Adamo XPS.