New Dell Adamo XPS looks… unusual

Over the past few weeks, teaser images of Dell’s re-imagined Adamo laptop have trickled onto gadget sites. The photos never showed a whole lot—usually some sleek metallic outlines on a dark backdrop—but they successfully kept everyone talking.

Well, Dell has finally taken the wraps off the machine, and it looks… different. CNet News has posted an image of the contraption along with a short video, which demonstrates how you can simply rub a finger along a heat-sensitive strip on the top edge to unlock the display lid.

You know how some notebooks (including the original Adamo, actually), have a piece that sticks out behind the display hinge? The new Adamo takes that concept and flips it around, so the portion of the laptop holding the display keeps going below the hinge. That means the keyboard winds up sitting at an angle, and anyone walking past that thing on your desk is bound to do a double-take.

CNet News writes that the Adamo XPS will officially launch in November and will feature an Intel ultra-low-voltage processor (no Atoms here, thank you very much). The guys at PC Magazine have posted some extra photos, and they add that the system will be "about a half an inch thick."

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    • battleRabbit
    • 13 years ago

    …can you lick it open?

    • SPOOFE
    • 13 years ago

    You’re still wrong.

    • SPOOFE
    • 13 years ago

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    • SPOOFE
    • 13 years ago

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    • SPOOFE
    • 13 years ago

    I’ve found Intel’s IGP to be just fine in the system I run it in.

    • A_Pickle
    • 13 years ago

    Yeah, actually – it is. Unfortunately, it has all of two ports, which hamstrings it almost as much.

    I’d look at these ultrathin ultraportables much more seriously if manufacturers didn’t set their brains on fire when designing them. For ***k’s sake, is it that hard to make an ultraportable with:
    – A dual-core CULV processor
    – A 9400M or equivalent IGP
    – 2-4 GB of RAM
    – A healthy complement of I/O, video, and audio ports?

    That’s all I want. I want a normal laptop — just really thin. Why do manufacturers insist on hamstringing their ultrathins one of these areas? Is it really that ***king hard?!?

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    They’re still crap.

    Adi

    • Laykun
    • 13 years ago

    This is retarded. The Adamo is not a gaming laptop, get over it. Intel chipsets are designed to reduce power usage and to perform north bridge operations wells (which they generally do a lot better than nvidia chipsets). If you want a gaming laptop you have to pay the gaming premium for an ATi or nvidia chipset or discrete graphics. The thing you don’t understand is that intel chipsets are not geared for 3D performance and never will be, this includes older games as well. This is because they are for business purposes, where things like power consumption and keeping your employees productive is more important than gaming performance. Any sucker who is stupid enough to buy an intel chipset for gaming deserves everything they get.

    EDIT : err, sorry, this is in reply to the intel chipsets as gaming chipsets, not the particular post I replied to, sorry.

    • bhtooefr
    • 13 years ago

    I’m guessing that’s where the battery is. (Motherboard is between the keyboard and the screen, based on where the vent is.)

    • KoolAidMan
    • 13 years ago

    The funniest jokes are the ones you have to explain

    ……

    • A_Pickle
    • 13 years ago

    But that’s just it. They don’t say they’re bad for 3D, and many, many, MANY laptops come with these damned useless IGP’s. They’re not just “bad for 3D,” they’re downright /[

    • A_Pickle
    • 13 years ago

    Barely. I’m serious, barely. No modern app (like, say, Flash 10) seeking to take advantage of GPU acceleration can take advantage of an Intel IGP. Intel’s IGP’s are crap, that’s all there is to it. I can’t wait to get rid of my X3100-powered notebook and get an HD 3200-powered one, even at the expense of two hours (or more) battery life.

    • mesyn191
    • 13 years ago

    Again, its competitors do just fine in this and other categories, why shouldn’t I expect the same from Intel? Why are you defending a POS? Because it runs Office and Windows well? Big deal, those are minimum requirements.

    Also, for better or worse, most netbook/notebook makers use the POS GMA3xxx-4xxx and 950 “GPU’s” instead of the much more powerful and versatile nvidia/AMD integrated GPU’s. There really isn’t much choice to be had, very annoying IMO.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    Because you’re calling the WHOLE THING crap when it’s not good at just one thing. And er yeah, if you want to play games you ought to look for something that has capable 3D graphics although it doesn’t have to be a ‘gaming machine’ in branding or market segmentation…that’s shocking, I know.

    • mesyn191
    • 13 years ago

    Just because I want to play a few games doesn’t mean I’m looking for a gaming machine.

    Why should I need to spend ~$700-800 to play DoD:S (which is a fairly old game now, 4 years or so old) at a decent fps with low resolution? Remember Intel does advertise it for such use. If it doesn’t do what it says it should and its competitors’ chipsets beat it ever so badly why shouldn’t I call it crap?

    • mesyn191
    • 13 years ago

    You’re reading too much into what I’m saying.

    I wouldn’t expect any low end power efficient GPU to be able to play the latest greatest games at all. I’m talking about playing games from 2005 on back to 1998 or so. Considering that Intel does pimp the GMA 3xxx-4xxx series as a “powerful” GPU it should at least be able to play all or nearly all of those games with reduced settings. However many of them flat out don’t run at all due to driver issues. This is a real problem, and quite frankly sucks.

    Other comparable low end integrated GPU’s can do this without a problem BTW, and they have much higher performance across the board to boot. I don’t think its at all unfair when its competitors’ chipsets beat it badly to call the GMA3xxx-4xxx series utter crap.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    *sigh* You people really are no fun. He said ‘nothing comes CLOSE to the air’ and I tried to turn it in to a joke by saying the reality distortion FIELD acts as a force field to repel any other notebooks. Having to explain a joke makes me a sad panda 🙁

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    Sweet lord in heaven how many times do I have to reiterate that I acknowledge they are slow for 3D!? There’s more to a chipset than 3D perfromance though if you’re not a myopic gamer and NV chipsets absolutely do have a history of problems which is very rare for Intel chipsets, broadly speaking. And I don’t just mean things not quite working well but rather potentially destructive things like data loss.

    Besides which if you’re seriously looking for a gaming machine why even look at laptops, or at laptops that don’t have discrete cards?

    • Ethyriel
    • 13 years ago

    I think you’re missing something here. This isn’t a gaming laptop. If that’s what you’re looking for, look at something targetted at you. This isn’t the days of i810, Intel’s integrated graphics do just fine for general office/desktop tasks, and do so in an energy efficient manner. If you want more, look elsewhere, but don’t try to compromise battery life and low heat dissipation for the rest of us.

    • Skrying
    • 13 years ago

    It would have cost Dell more engineering. Chances are they’ll have a hard time making that up with this product anyway. The Adamo XPS is even thinner than the MacBook Air as well. It’s a pointless product, it’s not surprising has numerous obvious flaws. It making sense really isn’t the point of it though.

    • mesyn191
    • 13 years ago

    No they’re crap. So many older games just flat out don’t run on the GMA3xxx-4xxx, and they’re too low power to run most newer(ish) games unless you cut the resolution down to 640×480 or 800×600, if they run at all.

    To be fair they are fairly low power “GPU’s” that are perfectly fine for office environments, but for most anything else they suck horribly.

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    So what you’re saying is that the MacBook Air is CHEAPER then then the equivalent Dell and yet it provides more power (CPU AND GPU) ?!

    How could this be ? Everyone on this site keep hammering on and on how Apple is more expensive then the equivalent PC..

    Adi

    • Farting Bob
    • 13 years ago

    Because it would make it even more expensive and really i doubt many people need to game on their ultraportable. The ULV CPU and IGP used is plenty sufficient for its indended userbase.

    • jdaven
    • 13 years ago

    Okay, well I give up then. What is the reason? Heat, power usage, and undying devotion to Imagination Technologies (tech basis for Intel IGP)?

    If Apple can fit a 9400M into a Macbook Air then why can’t Dell fit it into the Adamo XPS? I know it’s not price in this instance since the Dell is more expensive.

    • Skrying
    • 13 years ago

    Hold on now. You’re getting ahead of yourself… literally. This is a Core 2 based system. You mention, specifically, that Intel is not allowing Nvidia to release a chipset that works with Intel processors with integrated memory controllers. The Adamo XPS does not have such a limitation seeing as how it uses a Core 2 ULV part.

    Your anger here is messing up your time line.

    • KoolAidMan
    • 13 years ago

    No, he’s right, the MBA has better specs for a lower price. These are objective facts, not fanboy ranting.

    • jdaven
    • 13 years ago

    Nvidia did have that problem with bump substrate material that was causing failures. This was a product of poor vendor selection rather than the silicon itself. I’m not a huge fan of Nvidia myself but I do know that their chipsets are very, very good all around. They even make nice single chip solutions for SFF, laptops, miniITX, etc. None of that North/Southbridge silliness.

    I’m pretty sure losing Apple as a chipset customer for the entire consumer line and the fiasco that is Larabee has caused Intel to take their wrath out on Nvidia. Again, this is purely monopoly abuse/executives fighting executives which is not good for the enduser.

    Simply put, Nvidia produced a better chip, customers went with the better chip and Intel, instead of making a better product, pulled the chipset license out from under Nvidia because they can. In the end, we the customer looses.

    • Traz
    • 13 years ago

    Maybe i missed something, but why does there absolutely have to be a piece sticking out past the hinge?

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    Actually if they use it as a “laptop” it may not be their /[

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    Er, I said the IGPs aren’t fast, just sufficient for general use aka everyday desktop use.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    Apparently the RDF also severely degrades one’s sense of humor.

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    Really now ? So far i only see bashing, where is the proof ?

    Adi

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    They’re crap. Really. They are. The 9400M wipes the floor with them on 3D performance. Heck, Intel is actually using their CPUs for vertex processing cause their own IGP sucks too much !

    Adi

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    That’s because the RDF acts as a very strong force field.

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    Ah, where are the good ol’ days of the 440BX ?

    Feeling all melancholic all of a sudden.. :s

    Adi

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    Just making a point that so far nothing out there approaches the MBA.

    Adi

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    Just @ your first paragraph…it’s a little far-fetched to call Intel chipsets crap. The *IGPs* aren’t fast although they’re sufficient for general use, but otherwise they tend to be very solid and stable with few to no issues. The latter cannot be said for NV chipsets.

    • jdaven
    • 13 years ago

    Uh, dude, the entire reason that Nvidia had to stop making chipsets for Intel is because of Intel monopoly abuse. Intel will simply not allow third party chipsets on DMI/QPI processors. They aren’t stopping third party’s because of crappy hardware, or bad business practices or whatever. They are simply denying licenses because their chipsets are utter crap and OEMs are starting to realize this and move to the likes of Nvidia.

    But I’m sure you have another more Intel friendly reason for why Intel denied any company the right to make chipsets for any future integrated memory controller processors (a.k.a. all of them for now on). I mean heck, Intel has allowed third party chipsets since almost the very beginning of their company why stop now? Come on, you can do it. You can say it. Monopoly abuse! There was that so hard.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 13 years ago

    I didn’t even mention the Air or any specific product lol.

    Hook, line, and sinker!

    • Skrying
    • 13 years ago

    Oh bullshit. It’s not Intel’s monopoly power doing this. It is a thin thermal envelope in a ridiculous product.

    HP’s Envy 13 has better than Intel integrated.
    HP’s dm3t has an Nvidia graphics option.
    Dell’s own Studio 14z.
    All of the MacBook variants.
    Etc, etc, etc.

    Stop blaming this on Intel’s monopoly…

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    *pew-pew* And the first strafing run is by the A-19 ‘Adisor!’

    • jdaven
    • 13 years ago

    Engadget has some prices and specs for this thing.

    §[<http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/23/dell-adamo-xps-specs-leak-out-ulv-processors-integrated-graphi/<]§ 1.4 or 1.9 Core 2 Duo ULV Intel integrated graphics 4 GB RAM 128 or 180 GB SSD $2000 Everything looks fine except for intel integrated graphics. Sign. Intel really screwed us hard with that chip. And with their monopoly power, almost everyone is "convinced" to use it. How can I be happy with a $2000 laptop purchase if I know that any video and graphics code will be executed in an utterly crappy manner?

    • Skrying
    • 13 years ago

    What happens if you don’t want such a high back on the keyboard? I personally never use the risers on keyboards and this raise looks rather large.

    It’s a really bad, if unique, design.

    • VILLAIN_xx
    • 13 years ago

    Thats what i was thinking…. I also wonder if it wobbles a little bit if a person is a hard typist.

    • WillBach
    • 13 years ago

    If I walk up to my cat while she’s sleeping, and swipe my finger across her head, I don’t she would purr as much as claw my hand. Now, if they could make the laptop purr when you scratched it behind the ears…

    • thecoldanddarkone
    • 13 years ago

    Why do you think the fsb is a huge deal? The difference in fsb make some difference, but not a huge difference. Anyways you also forgot about the other 128 gigs of drive space. Of course the price difference makes up for that. O O

    • bimmerlovere39
    • 13 years ago

    Thinkpad.

    ‘Nuff Said.

    • Skrying
    • 13 years ago

    I can think of two:

    MacBook Air: Could be a great product. Very small, relatively light (though not impressively so), very good performance for its size. However it has such a bad port selection I could never use it. No computer should come with only one USB port. Apple thinking a single 3.5mm jack is fine for everything is annoying (Air and MacBook). Not to forget MiniDisplayPort.

    MacBook Pro 17: Big but same performance as the MBP 15. With the increase in size they could have easily put more powerful components inside to make it a true mobile work station.

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    Still no MBA : CPU FSB is 800Mhz and still uses slow Intel graphics. The only thing it’s got going for it is the 4GB of RAM that’s currently lacking on the Air.

    Adi

    • quarantined
    • 13 years ago

    Just what the world needs.. a laptop that can double up as a guillotine. Hopefully it’ll be a hit on Wall Street and all those weasels end up chopping each others’ heads off with these.

    • ew
    • 13 years ago

    So you can’t adjust the angle of the screen?

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    Actually, wouldn’t that be as simple as replacing the “wake from sleep” .wav?

    • Voldenuit
    • 13 years ago

    Meanwhile, the old Adamo has gotten a bit of a refresh, so it might actually be an attractive option for someone seeking a lightweight premium laptop: §[<http://www.nordichardware.com/news,10075.html<]§

    • FuturePastNow
    • 13 years ago

    Innovative, unique, and a stupid gimmick at the same time.

    • d0g_p00p
    • 13 years ago

    It’s not a Apple product so the price should be reasonable.

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    Please for the love of conversation list some of that competition cause so far i’ve seen none.

    Adi

    • ImSpartacus
    • 13 years ago

    I agree. It’s all PR for Dell. Unless they can get it out of the door at less than a grand, it’s going to be worthless to most people. But damn is it cool looking!

    • ImSpartacus
    • 13 years ago

    I think he meant that the Air trades “value for form.” It certainly is functional, but it has some serious competition at half its price.

    • designerfx
    • 13 years ago

    I don’t like how you have to open it.

    I do like the idea that temperature can release the latch/etc, thus removing issues with breaking the latch EXCEPT:

    a: battery (I’m assuming this latch isn’t pure chemical/heat without having a battery component to release the hold or whatever.

    b: how will this fit in someone’s lap? my initial reaction is horribly.

    Also, why do you have to hold the keyboard while flipping it open? that’s just damn odd.

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    One can argue the same about ANY laptop out there.

    Adi

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    *reeeeeeeaaaarooooowwwwww*

    What’s that?? It’s the sound of Mac lovers descending upon you to spell out all the ways you’re wrong. Take cover, it’s an air attack! 😉

    • tfp
    • 13 years ago

    Looks like a laptop to me

    • Sanctusx2
    • 13 years ago

    That looks pretty hot. Exactly the kind of product to get people looking at Dell again. Despite the price I’m more tempted to pick one of these up than any netbook(or macbook).

    • eitje
    • 13 years ago

    I, for one, am glad to see a manufacturer in the PC space finally starting to do some relevant innovation, rather than just performing revisions over concepts and implementations that have been used for 20 years in laptop computing.

    • ludi
    • 13 years ago

    1,000 bonus points and a cookie to the first developer who can convince this laptop to meow every time someone pets the thermal strip.

    • Drive
    • 13 years ago

    Why techreport report it as “CNet News” when its Gizmodo post ?

    • d2brothe
    • 13 years ago

    Production numbers aside, the Air is a show off unit, it trades functionality for form.

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    Do you know that for sure ? Got some stats to back up the Air’s production numbers ?

    Adi

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 13 years ago

    Well it works for Apple!

    Sorry, you left that one wide open. :p

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    Umm we don’t know the price yet..

    Adi

    • Skrying
    • 13 years ago

    It’s a show off product. Produced in extremely little numbers, useless to most people, etc, etc. I wish Dell would take the designers wasting their time on this and improve their other units.

    • bhtooefr
    • 13 years ago

    Hey, maybe you do have to rub a Finder. So it needs a Mac around just to open the lid? 😛

    • tay
    • 13 years ago

    Stupid. The heat strip is a gimmick. The propping up is shit for your wrists but better for your neck. Can’t use this laptop on your lap. More expensive than a macbook air? No thanks!

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 13 years ago

    Obligatory IT’S OVER $9,000!

    • sparkman
    • 13 years ago

    Correction: “rub a finder” should be “rub a finger” I believe?

    • christopher3393
    • 13 years ago

    Yeah, it’s more like a caress…hmmmm…

    • HiggsBoson
    • 13 years ago

    It’s not rubbing. It just looks like a variation on slide to unlock.

    • khands
    • 13 years ago

    I really like it, it would be great for my wife too.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 13 years ago

    That has got to be one heck of a hinge holding that thing together; I’ll be curious to hear about reports of its durability after its been out a while.

    • adisor19
    • 13 years ago

    Ok i must admit, that’s freakin’ cool ! And the fact that it’s not a Atom inside will make this a much more viable ultra-portable.

    Adi

    • dpaus
    • 13 years ago

    You have to rub it to open it….? Oh, no, no, no….

    • Sargent Duck
    • 13 years ago

    Slick!

    I really like the angled keyboard and the “non-atom”.

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