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Dell Adamo XPS's Latch is Heat Sensitive

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 20 comments

The self opening laptop that responds to your heat. Hot.

Dell has been exceptionally good at teasing details of the Adamo XPS, which it already claims to be the thinnest notebook in the world at just 0.39-inches thick.

Last week Dell revealed some more photos of the upcoming laptop, which sports a rather interesting looking hinge. See those photos here.

Now just one other juicy detail has come out. According to a report from BusinessWeek: "The Adamo XPS has a heat-sensing strip on the lip that, when swiped with a finger, glows white and automatically opens the aluminum lid."

Now that's hot.

The Adamo XPS is expected to make its full public debut alongside the launch of Windows 7, so hopefully we'll know all by the end of this week.

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    uh_no , October 19, 2009 8:00 PM
    its the pc's response to the macbook air.....its more a status symbol than an actual tool....
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    deforrest , October 19, 2009 8:10 PM
    This type of laptop is not designed to be a tool. It is designed to be used by a tool. GO MAC FANBOYS
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    wildwell , October 19, 2009 8:31 PM
    Will the latch work mechanically too? What happens if you go to use it with cold fingers after being outside? What if the automatic system fails when you are trying to open it in front of a business client? You won't come across as a reliable professional if you can't figure out how to open your computer.
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  • 22 Hide
    uh_no , October 19, 2009 8:00 PM
    its the pc's response to the macbook air.....its more a status symbol than an actual tool....
  • 16 Hide
    deforrest , October 19, 2009 8:10 PM
    This type of laptop is not designed to be a tool. It is designed to be used by a tool. GO MAC FANBOYS
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    ominous prime , October 19, 2009 8:15 PM
    This heat sensitive opening sounds like a bad idea. Is it merely based on heat? Because it's pretty hot in Florida and I certainly wouldn't want that to open up while it's in my backpack.
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    superblahman123 , October 19, 2009 8:16 PM
    Can someone post the specs for this thing yet? All I can find is the old one...
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    cscott_it , October 19, 2009 8:25 PM
    Well, it's like owning an Atache' case. Much like oh no said, it's a symbol of status. Ultra-portable notebooks big market seems to mostly be the wealthy.
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    wildwell , October 19, 2009 8:31 PM
    Will the latch work mechanically too? What happens if you go to use it with cold fingers after being outside? What if the automatic system fails when you are trying to open it in front of a business client? You won't come across as a reliable professional if you can't figure out how to open your computer.
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    HansVonOhain , October 19, 2009 9:12 PM
    wildwellWill the latch work mechanically too? What happens if you go to use it with cold fingers after being outside? What if the automatic system fails when you are trying to open it in front of a business client? You won't come across as a reliable professional if you can't figure out how to open your computer.


    That is what I was also thinking.

    I would be afraid to use this laptop because the hinge will be a weak part in the laptop
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    stumpystumped , October 19, 2009 10:02 PM
    Specs on these type of laptops are not important, it just there for the looks, the person using it probably can't do much with computer other than surf the web and look at photos.
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    Anonymous , October 20, 2009 12:12 AM
    Hopefully it gets past a design idea!
    Besides, what does that thing have for a battery?
    An EeePc battery is bigger than the center!
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    Anonymous , October 20, 2009 12:48 AM
    I would think more of a trackpad sensing swipe? Makes more sense... (capacitive?)
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    tortnotes , October 20, 2009 12:54 AM
    ProDigit80Hopefully it gets past a design idea!Besides, what does that thing have for a battery?An EeePc battery is bigger than the center!


    It'll most likely use lithium polymer battery packs like what you find in cell phones. More expensive that lithium ion, but they can be any size you want. They also have a higher capacity by volume--that's how Apple gets fantastic battery life out of the newest Macbooks, and that's part of why those computers are so damn expensive.

    Here's hoping Dell is smart and makes it user-replaceable.
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    Anonymous , October 20, 2009 1:18 AM
    If they can drive Apple out of business, I'm all for it.

    Competition = Good
    Apple = Bad
    The need for competition != We need apple

    *(!= means "not equal" in many programming languages)
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    athreex , October 20, 2009 2:39 AM
    Be careful, this laptop might not open in winter.
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    Carson , October 20, 2009 3:30 AM
    You guys who are worried the thing won't open are missing the point. You can stack 4 or 5 of these anorexics together, and you're still thin. ONE of them is bound to open right.

    For travel, nobody would want a thin notebook. No matter what it was made of, it would bend. Sooner or later, it would happen. The better computer to travel with is simply smaller, and more stout, like the Eee group that fit sideways into a day-pack (not even giving a thief a guess).

    Of course, owners of the superthins will likely carry them in nice fat cases, maybe even bulkier cases just to protect their skin-and-bones computers inside. And a like-TOHtally-thin computer won't look chic with a thin woman; sleek ladies look best with funky-chunky purses and bags for peripheral adornments. Clearly these new thinsters are for spy work--you can slide one under the door and walk away, pulling your hat down and your trenchcoat collar up, and no one will be the wiser.

    Er--you know, of course, that these are NTFS-only. What, you really thought you could use them with FAT32?
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    mharris80 , October 20, 2009 8:40 AM
    Wonder how much this is gonna cost?
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    jj463rd , October 20, 2009 11:40 AM
    Easy to steal.Hey where did my expensive laptop go?
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    belardo , October 20, 2009 12:00 PM
    Okay...

    It wouldn't be proper without it.

    Can... er... Does it play Crysis?
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    eyemaster , October 20, 2009 4:36 PM
    The latch will work by temperature difference. It makes no difference if you're coming from the cold or are in the hot desert.
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    cookoy , October 20, 2009 10:17 PM
    is that heat sensitive latch an option? i don't want it. i want a lid that stays shut if i shut it close - to protect the screen. why would i buy a notebook bag with those protective velcro straps to ensure the notebook stays shut and tightly fasten?
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    razor512 , October 21, 2009 4:07 PM
    thin generally means easy to break especially when a company uses thinner plastic to bet the laptop that extra 1-2 mm thinner.

    Battery life can also be a problem as you cant get a large battery in it, which means you either wind up with crappy battery life or extremely low performance while all costing a ton of money

    I believe it is just a shot at apple showing them that making a super thin laptop is nothing special and that they can easily be 1up'ed