Dell Adamo XPS

Oh Dell, you and your antics to overthrow the reigning thin and light can easily be perceived as a desperate, hopeless endeavor. The first Adamo was a futile attempt to sway buyers to sleep with an obviously underpowered notebook. Even the Air failed miserably to justify a logical purchase -- although a niche of egotistical, price-apathetic lot did embrace the Air's shortcomings (the author apparently was an advent believer of the Air’s enigmatic powers).

By releasing another Adamo in a more perplexing and bizarre chassis, made worse by a quirky and painful level of usability, Dell just created one of the ugliest, most expensive mobile devices in the market today. Harsh it may seem to discredit a notebook that hasn't seen the light of the day, but one can’t blame to question the PC giant’s sanity and overall strategy.

For what it’s worth, here are the specs: it’ll run a questionable 1.4GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a lowly GS45 integrated graphics, but with an encouraging 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 128GB SSD. It also sports an expected 13.4 inch display and your standard array of ports. And if you’re wondering how long this overpriced contraption lasts, the low end model has a measly 2 hours and a half lifespan, while the higher end extends it to a more acceptable 5 hours. Though cheaper than its predecessor, it comes at a hefty $1,799.

To Dell's credit though, the new Adamo does trump the Air's overall thickness. This fugly device measures a mind-numbing 0.39 inches -- approximately half the size of Apple's baby -- a bright spot Dell should be proud of.