Update 4-29-09: iFixit and TechRepublic Look Under the Skin of the Adamo
The updated verdict from the 1,000+ readers of the TechRepulic. Can Dell reposition themselves as a "luxury" brand and sell a notebook at the same price point as Apple? 85% say NO. [I’m looking forward to seeing what Dell has to say about the sales of their new benchmark for black steel!]
Well having put my hands on one of these little black beasts at SXSW (Richard Binhammer was toting one around) I have to say they are pretty. But… So what.
The point is Dell has got to do something. They will die a painful death if they lose money on every netbook sold. Actually everyone in the industry is losing money on the netbooks. And I wasn’t impressed by any of the one’s I saw. I will say Patrick Morehead of AMD had an HP real-notebook that was small enough to be a net book but with a real processor, a real hard drive and 4 gigs of ram. I don’t remember what it was called. They are releasing them this week or next week. But back to the Adama.
So a $2,000 notebook? Well, it ain’t about the recession, it’s about margin. And here’s an interesting observation, I have been waiting over 6 weeks for my $2,700 17" MacBook Pro. And I’ve got two more weeks to wait, according to Apple’s online order status update. And don’t talk to me about what a bad idea it was for apple to make the battery un-swappable. Yeah, tell that to the folks who introduced the iPod and the iPhone. WHY THEN am I paying for and waiting for one of the most expensive laptops on the market?
Why is the 17" back ordered? Cause it’s sold out. Why would I order a new machine when I have a 15.4" Intel Duo Powered MacBook Pro in my hands right now.
Gaming perhaps? Nope.
Prestige at carrying one of the coolest laptops on the planet? Nah.
Environmental concerns? Not exactly.
Answer: 1920×1200 screen resolution. Plain and simple. Oh, and it runs the Mac OS X which is far superior to anything else out there. Yes, I run Ubuntu as well. [Hold on a sec while I boot up XP in VMWare’s Fusion. Okay, I’m back faster than my Dell would come out of hibernation.]
So Adamo, I say, so what. Nice black polished steel. It’s cold blooded and it’s a product that I don’t think will be a "MacBook Pro killer" any more than Dell’s "new phone" will be an "iPhone killer" or their new old never-launched MP3 player will be an "ipod killer."
And when the GREEN questions come out about the Adamo I bet we’re gonna discover Dell’s little fit about Apple’s green image is little more than nuclear generated steam.
Note: Andiamo! def: (interjection) Italian. :let’s go; hurry up. That’s what I have to say to Apple about my MBP. Andiamo!