Dell Drops Price of Adamo Ultraportable

The ultra sleek and slim Dell Adamo came at a price, a very hefty price. Many saw it as the PC's answer to Apple's MacBook Air

At launch time, for $1,999 the Adamo carried a 1.2 GHz Core 2 Duo U9300 processor with 2 GB of DDR3 memory. If you were willing to pay an additional $700, you got a processor bump up to 1.6 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, and a built-in 3G wireless card.

During the same period, the $1,799 MacBook Air shipped with a 1.6 GHz Core 2 Duo as well as Nvidia's 9400M graphics, giving it a solid advantage in both general processing and graphics muscle at a lower price point.

Then Apple in June dropped the prices of its entire MacBook line, with a hefty cut going to the SSD-equipped Air.

Today Dell finally took action and slashed prices of its Adamo. The previous $1,999 1.2 GHz model is now $500 cheaper at $1,499. The top-end 1.6 GHz model receives a smaller cut of $400, now at $2,299.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Gin Fushicho
    It still isnt worth it for those small processor speeds. I dont care what other type of power is in them.
  • neon neophyte
    all these ultraportables (CULV) laptops have been beaten out... big time.

    up till now, theres has been a disgusting premium on CULV laptops.

    NOW, we have the acer timeline. a CULV laptop with all the bells and whistles, including LONGER battery life. for 1/3rd the price.

    Infact, if you look into getting a timeline overseas, you can get one with a ATI 4330. which definately kicks the butt of all these CULV laptops with an intel gma 4500 in it.

    ACER 3810TG. Hell of an ultraportable.

    coming soon, ACER 1810T. just something to keep your eyes on.
  • pocketdrummer
    ^ someone likes Acer...
  • Hanin33
    pocketdrummer^ someone likes Acer...
    yeah.. he's been chanting the acer line for a few threads now...

    i don't see the purpose of these toys, but i guess someone has a need for a slow, very thin and fragile, portable computer...
  • cabose369
    pocketdrummer^ someone likes Acer...
    So he likes $h!tty computers!!!
  • Greg_77
    cabose369So he likes $h!tty computers!!!Do you really think Dell or HP computers are any better? From what I have seen, Acer tends to get higher ratings on customer satisfaction. They are like the Hyundai of computers, they once were cr@p, but have steadily improved to the point where they are commendable budget products. This is how companies form. Nikon and Canon, along with many other Japanese camera brands, used to be considered junk. Photographers used to buy primarily from Leica and Zeiss. Look at where Nikon and Canon are now, and where Leica and Zeiss have fallen. More recently, look at Japanese automobiles. They used to be considered low end junk. Who thinks that now? Things change.
  • alvine
    its still wayyy to much for what you get. i like stylish elegant design but im not paying 1.5 grand for 1.2ghz laptop....
  • cregan89
    One big thing with Acer is that they don't load very many 3rd party applications onto their systems compared to HP or Dell. This isn't really a problem if you're tech savvy and reinstall a clean operating system on your computer the second you get it out of the box. But for the average consumer, performance on a Dell or HP feels much slower than a similarly specced Acer.

    As for the Adamo, still way to expensive for not very much power.
  • crom
    Yea, you know they did it because Apple dropped the price of the Macbook air, and if you're more expensive than Apple something is seriously wrong.
  • mrkenan
    It's expensive to make a product that competes directly with Apple...maybe Apple's products aren't quite as overpriced as everyone thinks they are.