Thursday, April 30, 2009

How is the Dell Adamo like a Paris Fashion Show?

Well, if you read Engadget, you'd know already.  The Dell Adamo is like a Paris fashion show because, like a Paris fashion show, it looks great from a distance, but once you get up close, you realize you've paid a whole bunch of money for not much material.

I wrote an entry not too long ago comparing the technical specifications of the Adamo to those of the MacBook Air.  Engadget, however, got down-and-dirty with the Adamo, making a very close inspection of everything from fit-and-finish to the Windows Experience Index.  What did they find out?  Well, you've basically got to be a shallow socialite non-tech-savvy elitist with cash burning a hole in your pocket to buy an Adamo.

Well, ok, that might be a little over the top, but Dell's premium offering is definitely lacking in certain areas.  According to Engadget's review, the machine buries the CPU usage needle when performing simple tasks, such as opening a web page or running a handful of simple applications simultaneously.  In short, it's not as beefy as you would expect a high-priced, modern mobile computer to be.

On the other hand, this computer probably wasn't designed for high-powered users, but more for users who want to be able to perform some simple computing tasks in style.  Perhaps a status item for high-powered executives?  Who knows?

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