Dell have finally unveiled their ultraportable Adamo replacement. Its called the XPS 15Z and it sports a 15.6-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The super slim notebook boasts a maximum thickness of just 0.97-inches. It features the latest generation Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 CPUs, 6GB of RAM, 750GB of hard drive storage, 2 USB 3 ports, the Nvidia GT 525M GPU, a spill resistant keyboard, memory card reader, 1.3MP webcam, slot-loading optical drive, Gigabyte Ethernet and 8-hours of battery runtime. One of the most exciting aspects of this 5.6 pound lightweight laptop is the processor clock speed options available. For a premium ultraportable it certainly offers speed and performance. The Core series processors offer 2.3GHz or 2.7GHz dual-core chips and TurboBoost Technology. It makes quite a change from the underpowered Adamo with its Ultra low voltage 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo CPU.
Although the conservative design of the XPS 15Z doesn’t provide the same ‘Wow’ factor of the Adamo’s ambitious and dramatic stylings it does provide a more traditional Dell feel with a price point that won’t break the bank. At $999 its an affordable and powerful ultraportable Notebook with solid build quality and subtly beautiful finish. Personally I’m glad that Dell have decided to market this notebook at the average consumer rather than the Adamo’s target market of the super rich jet setters who wanted an low-powered vulgar looking white elephant fashion accessory laptop to accompany their chic and vapid designer lifestyle. Heres hoping the more down to earth XPS 15Z has more success as a realistic option for the rest of us.