Dell Adamo XPS Review: New Dell Adamo XPS Laptop Wows at Just 9.99mm Thin

Dell Adamo XPS 9.99

I’ve been playing with the Dell 9.99 for about a week now, and this product defines amazing. If you thought the MacBook Air was thin, this is about half the thickness of the Air. Dell pulled this off by increasing the length of the notebook, but this also raises the screen in use to a much more acceptable height for most notebooks. Because this thing is so different than the run-of-the-mill notebook product, both inside and out, words and pictures don’t really do it justice. You really need to see it in person.

Dell Adamo XPS 9.99

I’ll start with the specs and then roll into impressions, but let’s be clear: The last notebook that was this revolutionary was likely the HP Sojourn, which was so far ahead of the market it drew crowds. Unlike the Sojourn, which cost $7K in today’s dollars a decade ago, and was pretty much unusable, you could live very easily with the 9.99.

Specifications: Compared Against the MacBook Air

I’ll give you the core specifications at a glance and then move to the cool tech.


Dell Adamo 9.99

MacBook Air

Display

13.4” 1366 x 768 Panoramic LED

13.3” 1280 x 800 Wide Angle LED

Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo ULV 1.4GHz 800 FSB

Intel Core 2 Duo 1.86 (2.1 opt) GHz 1066

Graphics

Intel GS 45 Integrated w/ 256MB Shared

NVIDIA 9400M (Ion) 256MB Shared

Memory

4GB 800 MHz DDR3

2GB 1066MHz DDR3

Drive

128GB SSD

120GB Magnetic (128GB SSD optional)

Ports

DisplayPort, 2USB, 10/100, Audio

DisplayPort, 1 USB, Audio

Battery

20WHr – Hotswap (40WHr Optional) Li/Ion

40 WHr Integrated  Lithium Polymer

Wireless

802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1

802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1

Now, where it gets interesting is in the dimensions. Remember how thin the Air was?

Thickness

.41 inches

.76 inches

Width

13.38”

12.8”

Depth

10.78”

8.94”

Weight

3.2 lb Standard Battery

3.0 lb

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