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Dell Unveils Adamo Thin £350 Laptop

Gordon Kelly


Dell Unveils Adamo Thin £350 Laptop

When Dell showed off the first generation Adamo laptop the general reaction was: "great design, shame about the price". Which means it is now time to get rather excited...

Taking great design queues from the Adamo is Dell's brand spanking new 'Vostro V13', a 13.3in laptop with killer looks for those on a budget. It gets a great deal right too with a matt finish, anti-glare 13.3in 1366 x 768 LED display, up to 4GB RAM and the choice of a 1.3GHz single core Celeron M or 1.3GHz CULV Core 2 Duo (though just a Core 2 Solo in the UK so far). Wireless n is also bundled along with a 250GB or 320GB HDD and Intel's reasonable GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics are HD capable.

More questionably, Dell has bizarrely left HDMI connectivity out of the equation opting for VGA instead while the six cell battery takes a leaf out of Apple's book and is built in. This latter option was likely key in attaining the V13's 16.5mm thick profile and 1.59Kg weight, though there is no word on what this battery will attain. Bloopers aside, as long as it passes the five hour mark I'd be inclined to cut it some slack given Dell will start selling the V13 in its base configuration for just £359.

Perhaps the best news of all? The Dell Vostro V13 goes on sale today...


Press Release


December 9, 2009, 1:39 pm

*quote* 1.3GHz CULV Core 2 Duo (though just a Core 2 Solo in the UK so far). *quote*

The 2 duo is now on the dell site Gordon, SU7300.

Strange (at the moment) that with 4GB of memory there is no 64 bit OS option.

I like the look of this a lot. Its not perfect but a good start.

If the keyboard is good (i really hate any flex at all) and the battery life i would consider it.

Tariq Pugh

December 9, 2009, 3:00 pm

Oooh lush... what's it made out of btw?

Now let's have an equally affordable 11.6" version (with HDMI)...

...oh, and USB3, SDXC, colour options, nVidia graphics, built-in toaster...

...Santa can make this happen, right?


December 9, 2009, 3:22 pm

£350 is a touch misleading, as the base price is actually £359 + VAT = £409...


December 9, 2009, 3:54 pm

£350 plus VAT and delivery, although delivery currently free, so the total is arond £420.

Still, looks like a tempting machine for that.

The one quibble is that they are offering Ubuntu on the US versions, but not the UK :(

I know i could install it myself, but still....


December 9, 2009, 4:04 pm

Magnesium allow insides, aluminium outsides. Looks very tempting to be honest!

Oh and you can definitely get a SU7300 (dual core) for UK


December 9, 2009, 4:10 pm

Very very nice looking machine, maybe we're FINALLY seeing Dell make use of their size to deliver good designs at reasonable prices unlike the ludicrous Adamo range. Shame about the processor though, that Celeron may be slightly quicker than an Atom but is that really quick enough for a full-fledged 13" machine? £500 for the core 2 duo with 2 Gb isn't too bad but once you've added on the VAT and delivery you're around the £600 mark. Still good value but a bit of a let down from the headline grabbing £350-odd it starts at.


December 9, 2009, 4:32 pm

As misleading as the base price is, Dell are currently running £50 off vostro lineup over £479, so you can get the C2D/2GB machine (Upgraded 3rd option) for £510 delivered.

Battery life is most worrying concern. At ~3-4, what's the point in CULV?

I suppose Trustedreview will be having a look at this machine soon


December 9, 2009, 4:49 pm

when will TR team with Dell to do some free-give-away competitions? I'll certainly look forward to that!


December 9, 2009, 6:36 pm

The lack of HDMI is not really surprising given that it's a notebook aimed at business, not listed on the website under 'For Home' but only under 'For Small and Medium Business'.


December 9, 2009, 8:11 pm

I think murrell101 is right, the Vostro series are usually aimed at businesses on a budget. That would explain the use of matt surfaces and the omission of HDMI. I imagine an Inspiron version would cost more, but I'd like to see one all the same.

Come on Dell, you could be onto a winner here...


December 10, 2009, 7:38 pm

Is it just me? I cannot find this laptop on the dell website in home or business section.


December 11, 2009, 8:38 pm

Its the Adamo XPS on the dell site. Located under home/laptop minis


December 11, 2009, 8:38 pm

Actually cancel that. It looks like a different laptop


December 12, 2009, 3:30 am

@Pazza, its definitely just you. It's under the business section!

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