Laptops

Cracking Open the Dell Adamo

Lifting out the wireless data board

You can now lift the wireless data board away from the Adamo chassis.

Photo and caption by iFixit for TechRepublic.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

33 comments
fanjet
fanjet

Philips is spelt with one L... (gotta contribute something somewhere sometime lol)

cleirens
cleirens

what do I think? When I read the battery lasts 5 hours, My ASUS G70 (over 3000 dollar) battery doesn?t hold for 30 minutes!!!

docsharp01
docsharp01

This is all you need to fix your ipod. I've found it to be very beneficial for all of my ipod needs.

dmrio
dmrio

Anatel is not a commercial brand, it's a Federal Communications Regulatory Agency from Brazil, just like FCC. http://www.anatel.gov.br

gdouglas
gdouglas

Shoulda been Adama! BSG Rules!

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\/rt4n3 n0v3/\/\b3r

Because I have a laptop that outperforms this one for about a quarter the price. I mean, if the impressive thing is that it is small, then yes...I guess. But those tiny keyboards make my hands hurt. But if we are talking about sheer functionality, good lord...take that 2,000 dollars and get a Xi Computers power desktop...and then 800 dollars of other stuff.

g4theweb
g4theweb

I would love to see an HP IQ505/6/7 etc. model cracked because the model has a very interesting design. I own one of these models and I love to reverse engineer things (I didn't mean to say that) just to see how they are made. I own an IQ505 and would just love to see the chassis/Bezel opened and how this thing is all compacted into an all-in-one form factor. Please crack it!! Thanks, gerard haughey

idealbrothers_cia
idealbrothers_cia

have often wondered how the sim slot works. customer service doesn't seem to understand. anybody???

jsteiger
jsteiger

I made the huge mistake of investing in another "advanced" Dell product two years ago. It is the Dimension XPS2010, a large portable. Like the Adamo, it has a lot of components jammed into a very thin case. I purchased the computer with a "next day on-site business warranty." The computer was plagued by design problems from the beginning. The detachable keyboard connects by bluetooth, and has a rechargeable battery inside. Unfortunately, the charging circuit was "iffy" and occasionally the keyboard would die. Dell installed a new battery, but it turned out that wasn't the problem. When the computer was a year old, it died. Wouldn't even boot up. What followed was a sequence of events that made my blood boil. On every single service call, the Dell repairman came at least one hour past the already wide "window" of our appointment. On each call, they replaced one thing: memory, system card, graphics card. Some of the repairman had never worked on the unit before. I helped them out by providing the service manual I had downloaded from Dell, and loaned them my tools!! The graphics card uses a heat sink connected to a cooling fin via a metal tube with liquid nitrogen. Any failure of the heat sink causes the card to fry. They installed THREE graphics cards, each one of which died after about 30 minutes of successful operation. During these episodes, nobody ever thought to check the voltage on the AC adaptor!! Finally, I had enough, and asked Dell's online person to order a replacement unit. He said fine, and scheduled a replacement. After a week, I recontacted Dell and they claimed they had never agreed to any such thing! Finally, they re-agreed to send me a unit. Then nothing happened for another week. Dell had agreed to swap my hard drives into the replacment unit, but at the last minute they claimed they had done no such thing. My advice: SAVE THE TRANSCRIPTS of your online chats. After more than a month, Dell delivered a replacement computer. The "refurbished" unit arrived with --- A DEFECTIVE DVD BURNER!! Meanwhile, I discovered that the replacement battery on my Latitude notebook has had the price raised to $300. Gotta pay for those recalls somehow! My advice -- think twice before buying any Dell, but realize that heat is the enemy of electronic components, and any ultra thin computer's days are numbered on delivery.

ipaddle2
ipaddle2

I do not look forward to working on this unit since as it is, the newer Dell Studio's require extremely good hand eye coordination as well as a steady hand when removing WiFi and I/O ribbon cables during a sys. Bd replacement. Certainly adds a little more pressure for those of us who are already pushed for time when performing Dell Warranty work.

Davidl
Davidl

I'll stick with my X301 ThinkPad.

krazymike
krazymike

I never heard of an Anatel Bluetooh board. (Pic 40)

bobm
bobm

To me the most important thing is the weight. What is it?

jthomas
jthomas

Who takes these photos? If you're trying to show that the Adamo is thinner than the AirBook, you might consider using a photo that actually shows that there is a difference.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

While Apple fans are willing to shell out almost any price for the latest from Jobs and company, I?m not sure the same can be said for Dell. Perhaps Dell is hoping to capture more of the enterprise executive market? Corporate IT departments that mostly support PCs may be more willing to deploy the Adamo than bring in a handful of Apples. Regardless of their motives, I think many individuals view Dell as a value brand. They?re the company of $699 laptops and $499 desktops (monitor not included). Are consumers ready for a ?luxury? product from Dell? What do you think? Take our quick poll and let us know: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=485

Vophsi
Vophsi

2K for a 1.2 ghz? They could have done a lot better.

eric.lieb
eric.lieb

Anatel is the FCC- equivalent in Brazil.. this is just a certification number.

rodrigo_vnet
rodrigo_vnet

A fix, please. The bluetooth adapter is not branded Anatel. Anatel is the acronym for Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (National Telecommunications Agency), Brazilian entity responsible for approving equipment that uses radio frequency, among others. Uma correcao, por favor. A placa bluetooth nao e da marca Anatel. Anatel e a sigla para Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, entidade brasileira encarregada de aprovar equipamentos que usam radiofrequencia, entre outros.

k3lvar
k3lvar

Both the manual and the battery states the voltage correctly. Li-Polymers have a nominal voltage of 3.7V each. Fully charged they are 4.2V each. Do the maths for 3 cells used in this case and you have 11.1V and 12.6V

jerry
jerry

..Put it back together and did it work? I'm an expert at taking things apart but I always have extra parts when I put them back together and it's always the parts that keep it from working.

donnakline
donnakline

This one part at a time, "I have no tools," scenario was my experience with Dell techs trying to repair my desktop. The techs were nice but arrived with only minimal stuff. They don't carry the obvious parts that they might need if the one they are sent with isn't the problem. The on site warranty looks great (and is better than sending the machine back) but it isn't what you would hope for.

tmacconnell
tmacconnell

First, the stupid name. The MB Air looks sleek and modern next to the boxy, dark Dell. A 1.2ghz CPU? This is what I would expect out of the Intel Atom. (Of course those machines are sub $400). Dell was one of the first cos selling the $500 laptop, I almost bought one. Now they think they are in the high-end market? Kind of like the new top of the line Hyundai sedan, they think its a Benz for 40k less. Thanks, I'll stick w/ my MB Pro.

PlexusSage
PlexusSage

Ready for a luxury laptop? Not in this economy.

bastokyg
bastokyg

First of all, I can't imagine why anyone would shell out that much money for a Dell, and second of all, no matter what's inside the box, it's still running Windows. Do you think Mac users buy a PowerBook Pro ($1,800) because the case is shiny? I don't think we're seagulls and we just go for the shiny-thing. It's the Mac OS that makes the Mac Hardware so attrative. Macs are easily integrated into the enterprise these days, so there's no reason, that I can see, for IT departments to keep the Mac out of the workplace. "Mostly support PCs" means not much support is required for Mac. I use a Dell and Vista all day at work, but I could do exactly the same thing, with a better user experience, if I had a PowerBook Pro and OS X.

PM III
PM III

So what if it's physically nearly identical to a Macbook Air? If it has Windows, it's dirt slow. I know whereof I speak. I've owned a dozen IBM Thinkpads over the years. They were extremely reliable...as a machine. But, they had WINDOWS. My new Macbook Pro (had it 6 months now) is amazing. I can set it on the desk, open it up, and by the time I pull out the chair and sit down, it's ready to use. I reboot about once a week, if that. I could go on. No, to me it's not worth a $1200 premium just to go for a thinner Windows machine.

adelacuesta
adelacuesta

... the 1000HE please, for 75% less.

adelacuesta
adelacuesta

I think the marks are for type approval seals of different countries. Definitely, it is a contraption made in China. I recognized another logo from NTC (Philippines) and the 'ubiquitous' fcc logo.

roc_a_chic
roc_a_chic

I wonder why I would pay so much for a laptop that has the same specs as a netbook...and in this bad economy too. What are we paying for? The 2GHz processor or the humongous size. Why is Dell making such a blunderous attempt into the Enterprise market at a time like this? Heads'll surely roll soon

olePigeon
olePigeon

Or you could install Windows on the MacBook Air. I'm not entirely certain what the point of the Adamo is when it's bigger, heavier, slower, louder, and more expensive than the MacBook Air. I used to criticize the MacBook Air, but Dell somehow made a laptop that's worse.

bri719
bri719

add Linux and make it a dual boot machine if you want it to boot faster and be more Linux like. Leopard is after all Linux-derived. I rely on Windows on my laptop and use hibernate and standby almost exclusively (other IT pros / consultants I know who use Windows tend to do the same), and only reboot once a week at a maximum. same frequency with my desktop. I love how Apple uses the "if we make the edge really thin, it will seem like the entire device is 1/10th the actual thickness" ploy. people are so easily convinced, it's comical...

bri719
bri719

sure thing there. only the name is worse, IMHO. but I have no idea why the Apple would give theirs the name of a wireless router.

pshires
pshires

Making something seem better than it really is is not unique to Apple, and remember "Nobody ever went bust from under-estimating the intelligence of the general population"