Thursday, April 16, 2009
Dell Designs Weaker, Heavier, Slower MacBook Air
Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Laptops" @ 02:00 PM
"The Adamo is a bit of a strange beast. It's not as feathery as the Lenovo X301 or the MacBook Air, and even with that extra pound of heft, it's (overall) not as powerful as the MacBook Air—a computer that's incidentally cheaper than the Adamo in its base configuration. The Adamo has a few fantastic features: Integrated 3G, eSATA, and a butt that just won't quit. And its aluminum body, especially in black, simply looks sharp. Just don't dare buy this computer until Dell comes to their senses and realizes that $2000+ is absurd for a 4-pound laptop with no graphics muscle. Show some restraint and wait for the sequel. If it's anything like the Batman franchise, there will be many."
It always amazes me how everyone jumps on Apple for their design choices, then someone comes along and imitates them, poorly, and the imitator gets a pass. The Adamo was supposed to be "the answer" to the MacBook Air. Instead, it's a heavier, slower, graphically inept, external optical drive having (the same thing the Air was knocked for), unremovable internal battery having (another thing the Air was knocked for) weakling that costs more and weighs more.
Gizmodo didn't seem particularly enamored with it, and frankly they aren't exactly a bunch of Apple parrots over there. This is squarely targeted at the "anything but Apple" crowd and that's about it.