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Ok, so there’s no denying that Dell’s Adamo laptop, in either Pearl or Onyx, is incredibly cool-looking. And it’s got a decent feature set, even in the base model. In addition, Dell’s done a pretty nice job of making matching peripherals – for both color versions – to create a brand, rather than just a computer that has to be saddled with lame-o, off-the-shelf add-ons.

What’s terrifying, though, is the price of this .65″ wonder, when you load it up with all the stuff most of us would want to load it up with. More info and pricing after the clicky thingie…

There are two configurations available from Dell on the Adamo. The first, priced at $1,999, includes:

  • 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with Centrino technology
  • Genuine Windows Vista®  Home Premium Service Pack 1 64-Bit
  • 2GB 800MHz DDR3 dual-channel memory
  • 128GB3 solid state drive
  • 13.4″ 720p (HD) WLED Display (1366×768) with 1.3MP web cam
  • Intel GS45 Integrated Graphics with 256MB Memory
  • Intel 5300 WLAN 802.11n (3×3) Mini Card
  • 40 WHr Lithium Polymer Battery (with, supposedly, just under 5 hours of usage per charge)
  • High Definition Audio 2.0
  • Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Module (2.1+EDR)
  • Integrated Gigabit (10/100/1000) Network Card
  • Energy Star Compliant

And the second, priced at $2,699, upgrades the following:

  • 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with Centrino technology
  • Genuine Windows Vista®  Home Premium Service Pack 1 64-Bit
  • 4GB 800MHz DDR3 dual-channel memory
  • Dell Wireless 5530 HSPA Mini Card for AT&T (lovely…not)

Remember when we complained about Apple charging $200 for $40 worth of upgrades? Well Dell here is charging you $700 for a 200MHz increase in processing speed, 2GB RAM and a mobile broadband card. Ouch.

Of course, if we’re gonna buy something like this, we wanna trick it out and get all of the swanky, matching accessories, right? Thus, our Adamo, starting with the better of the two configurations above, also includes:

  • Black TUMI Sleeve
  • Adamo Premium Service: 3 Year Limited Hardware Warranty plus Accidental Damage Protection
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2007
  • Onyx External Slot Load Blu-ray Disc Drive
  • Onyx 500GB External Hard Drive

Loaded up with those extra goodies, our system was priced out at a staggering $4,291, not including tax or shipping. And I have to say I’m a bit bummed that Dell didn’t make a wireless mouse to go with this beauty. An Arc Mouse might go nicely, or you could go nuts and match the angular / futuristic look of the Adamo by going with Elecom’s Scope Node laser mouse (if you don’t mind another cable). Either way, you’ll be spending about $4,500 to compute in style the Adamo way when all is said and done.

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