Obviously, this isn’t any kind of review. We only had a few minutes to tinker with the final PC before getting pulled away. However, this notebook is an improvement over the first Adamo. Thinner, lighter, retaining most of the ports (or through dongles), the little hardware flourishes mentioned in previous slides and built-in location awareness. That’s taking advantage of Windows 7 functions, but you can use it automatically pull up local maps or suggest places to go nearby — you get the idea.
The original Adamo, on the other hand, was a pricey competitive poke at Apple. It had good intentions, but looking back, it was a boxy me-too machine in the end. This, on the other hand, brings something new to the table. So long as that table takes into account a gimpy CPU and a still-high price tag. Will someone tell me when, exactly, Dell became the expensive PC maker? While we wait for that answer, stay tuned. We hope to get a final review unit into PC World’s labs soon.