updated 12:30 pm EST, Tue November 17, 2009
Adamo XPS ships Dec. 22, ready to order
Dell today at last began taking orders for the Adamo XPS teased over the past several months. The system comes in just one default configuration and color, arriving for $1,799 with a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium. Contrary to earlier reports, the system will use just Intel's GMA 4500 graphics instead of NVIDIA hardware.
Options are relatively limited for the 13.4-inch ultraportable and primarily include external Blu-ray ($199) and DVD ($99) drives as well as the 40Wh battery needed to get five hours of battery life.
Despite the online availability, Dell isn't shipping the earliest orders until December 22nd, nearly four months after it first teased the system and after the majority of holiday sales. The system has indirectly touted as a rival to the MacBook Air but will leave its opponent largely unchallenged for the season.