updated 09:25 am EDT, Thu March 18, 2010
Dell argues Adamo XPS pullout a supply issue
Dell today restored the Adamo XPS to its direct lineup. The company has now reversed its prior statements that the ultra-thin notebook was really a limited edition model and has said the previous limitation to Best Buy was a deliberate move to control demand. Sales have been "strong" both at stores and online, and pulling online sales helped prevent excessive ship times, Anne from Dell said.
No changes in hardware have been made since the return of the $1,999 system, which runs on a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM, Intel's integrated graphics and a 2.5-hour stock battery. It has been criticized as the design, meant to outdo the MacBook Air for the claim of thinnest-ever notebook, has typically been outperformed by the nearly as slim but $500 less expensive Apple computer.
The company has also teased that it hasn't finished with the designer PC label, as it plans "upcoming Adamo products" for later this year. It's not known if this will include any updates to the core Adamo 13, which has remained largely unchanged since a slight mid-2009 refresh.