Dell Adamo XPS review: first look

We visited John Lewis’ Oxford Street store to take a look at the exclusive Dell Adamo XPS, the world’s thinnest laptop.

Dell Adamo XPS
Dell Adamo XPS

The screen, coming in at 13.4in with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, is no less than stunning. Running Windows 7 Home Premium, the programs are responsive when springing into action and look superb on screen. So lovely in fact, we weren't the only ones drawn in, an increasing crowd on the shop floor seemed equally as impressed as we were.

Here is the problem though, it will set you back 1,750. One look at this price tag gave us, and the surrounding throng, a minor heart attack and saw customers dragging their eager teenagers away praying it wouldn't turn up on the Christmas list to Santa this year.

It ticked the boxes of beautiful, responsive and ultra-portable without question but it will still leave a hefty dent in your pocket or your company's budget.

We're certainly keen to get our hands on another one for a full review where we can test out its battery life promises and other features and then we'll be able to make a judgement on whether it really is value for money or just an over priced piece of well intentioned eye candy.


The Dell Adamo XPS is a beautiful and sleekly designed laptop with great responsiveness and decent specifications.

It could be a real contender against other high-end thin laptops but the incredibly high price tag is its only let down.

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Processor: 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV

Memory: 4GB DDR3

Storage: 128GB SSD

Graphics: Intel GMA X4500M HD

Display: 13.4in, 1,366 x 768 LED

Ports: DisplayPort, 2 USB 2.0 and headphone connector.

Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n, 2MP webcam

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Warranty: 2yr

Dimensions: 340 x 273.9 x 9.99mm (WDH)

Weight: 1.44kg

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