Dell takes cues from Apple, intros thin, aluminum laptop


— 11:45 AM on March 17, 2009

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Steve Jobs must be blushing right now. Five months on from the launch of Apple's aluminum MacBooks, Dell has introduced a luxury laptop that's also milled from a single block of aluminum and equipped with an "edge-to-edge glass display."

Despite similarities with the new MacBooks, the Dell Adamo—named after the Latin verb "adamare," which apparently means "to fall in love with"—is really a competitor for the MacBook Air. Dell made the system just 0.65" thick, and it includes a 128GB solid-state drive as standard plus a battery rated for over five hours of run-time. (That probably explains the hefty $1,999 starting price.)

Otherwise, the Adamo doesn't have particularly dazzling specifications: a 13.4" 1366x768 display, a 1.2GHz low-voltage Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory, Intel integrated graphics with DisplayPort output, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and Windows Vista Home Premium x64. There's no built-in optical drive, either, and if you want more storage capacity, it looks like you'll have to purchase an external mechanical hard drive.

Dell has put up a sleek Flash mini-site to pimp the new laptop at adamobydell.com. If you just want to order the thing, you can hit this link and choose between Onyx (black) or Pearl (silver) flavors of the Adamo. Dell quotes a ship date of April 21.

   
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