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Dell Adamo laptop review

Dell shows that it can do cool too, with the ultra desirable Adamo.

It's a very close call on most counts. There's less than a millimetre between them for thickness, but the Dell weighs around 400g more not that this dampened the gushing appreciation it received in the IT PRO office.

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Where the Dell can't quite match its rival is away from the mains. The Adamo managed two hours less than the Air in our light-use test, running out of steam just past five hours a figure that also falls behind the excellent Sony VAIO VGN-Z31VN/X. Both the Adamo and the Air have fully enclosed batteries so there's no chance to buy a new one or fit a larger-capacity unit.

If you're after a stunning machine that's been designed from the ground up to make a statement, few will outdo the Adamo, a blissful marriage of superb ergonomics and striking design. It may not be as instantly cool as its Apple equivalent, but Dell has proven it's capable of coming up with a laptop that's every bit as stylish and desirable.

While the Dell Adamo may not pack the punch of the Sony Z31, given its vastly lower price it's a much more realistic purchase for most. It's light, slim and as gorgeous as a slab of black aluminium has any right to

Verdict

A stunning piece of design to rival any Apple offering, and the price is surprisingly reasonable

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo U9300 Memory: 2GB DDR3 Storage: 128GB hard disk Graphics: ntel GMA 4500 Display: 13.4in 1,366 x 768 TFT Ports: 3 x USB; DisplayPort, 1Gb Ethernet Connectivity: 802.11bg + draft-n WLAN; Bluetooth, 1.3MP webcam OS: Windows Vista Warranty: 1yr on-site Dimensions: 331 x 243 x 18mm (WDH) Weight: 1.9Kg

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