updated 02:55 pm EDT, Fri October 23, 2009
Adamo XPS may still be slow
New rumored hardware details for the Adamo XPS suggest the system will be only a mild upgrade to the existing Adamo 13 that trades larger speed gains for its extra dimensions. The ultra-thin model should sit in between the two upgraded current models with ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo processors between 1.4GHz and 1.9GHz versus the minimum 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo S in a challenger like the MacBook Air. The Engadget tips also claim the built-in solid-state storage will be less than for current Adamos with either a 128GB or 180GB solid-state drive.
The PC should continue to use a 13.4-inch LCD, 4GB of RAM and Intel's GMA 4500 integrated video of the thicker systems but may start at the Adamo's original $2,000 price despite few performance changes and potential sacrifices. An informal benchmark has the system getting just a mid-tier 3.3 score in Windows 7's Experience Test; the battery may also last for as little as 2.5 hours in a standard 25wH version and peak at four hours for an extended-capacity four-hour pack.
One of its signature features, a heat-sensitive strip used to unlock the system, may also have a design flaw as it requires that the system receive power to work, preventing the system from opening for repairs if its power is cut off.
The details if true may hurt the Adamo XPS' initial reception when it launches in the near future as they point to a design overall thinner (0.4 inches) and lighter (1.5 pounds) than obvious rivals like Apple's portable but which may be priced out of the category for its relative performance.