Dell Adamo 13: Performance

At this point in its life cycle, CULV is a pretty well known quantity - there's nothing really that changes from computer to computer with the same general configuration. The Adamo has the 1.40GHz SU9400 processor, to go along with the GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics chip, 4GB of soldered 800MHz DDR3 memory, and the Adamo's only real hardware uniqueness, the SSD.

Our Adamo review unit has an Intel X-18M G1 80GB solid state drive, while the stock Adamo has a 128GB SSD with a Samsung controller. The Adamo benchmarks pretty similarly to the other CULV units in our test suite, running a bit quicker in the CPU benchmarks, probably due to the SU9400 having a slightly higher clock speed than the SU7300. In the Futuremark benchmark suite, the Adamo was on par with the rest of the CULV ultraportable class. And, as always, GMA 4500MHD is basically useless for anything resembling modern gaming. It's good enough for older games though, and it can handle up to 720p HD video playback (including Flash with the latest drivers).

Futuremark PCMark05

Futuremark PCMark Vantage

Futuremark 3DMark03

Futuremark 3DMark05

Futuremark 3DMark06

Internet Performance

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R10

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R10

Video Encoding - x264

Video Encoding - x264

But the part that doesn't show up in any of our full system benchmarks is the speed of booting, launching applications, and overall perkiness of the system. It's certainly not a powerhouse, but it's quick. The SSD is lightning quick in anything that requires disk access, so overall in the OS, it feels a lot faster than more powerful systems. Not to say that regular CULV systems are slow, but side by side with the Adamo, you can definitely feel the difference. Everything happens just a bit quicker, a bit smoother. It's awesome.

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  • FATCamaro - Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - link

    Yeah looks just like a mac!! Amazing. Except its pricey and crap.
  • tipoo - Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - link

    My friend just bought one of these days ago. One thing you didn't mention is that the fan seems to go off even with just light web browsing, and also seems to have too few modes to choose from (off, medium, jet engine). Now, maybe I'm micro-autistic or something, but fan noise of any sort just drives me up the wall :-P

    Even with all its flaws though, considering that the price has dropped to half its original price and half the price of the Macbook Air, if you absolutely need an ultraportable it isn't a bad choice for what you pay. The SSD does make a noticeable difference, despite being far from the fastest SSD's out there (speaking of which, some storage benchies would have been nice!).

    Nice review though.
  • darwinosx - Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - link

    The MacBook Air is $1399 which is not 2 X $999. You get what you pay for.
    This laptop is actually better compared to a 13" Macbook Pro which starts at $1099 but is a dramatically better buy.

    Why people constantly compare these to a mac is beyond me since this runs Windows. i understand that Apple is the gold standard for industrial design, quality, and customer service though.
  • tipoo - Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - link

    I stand corrected. The rest still applies though.
  • 7Enigma - Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - link

    Why oh why does it come with a G1 (probably got a great deal on the old drives)? With no TRIM on an aging drive, and at this cost I'll pass...
  • StanTech - Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - link

    7Enigma: "With no TRIM on an aging drive, and at this cost I'll pass..."

    For the price, I think I can accept a scheduled">"manual trim" compromise, which I think is">now supported on G1 drives.
  • 8steve8 - Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - link

    pathetic that this doesn't have a i3/i5/i7 ULV cpu.
  • Friendly0Fire - Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - link

    I really hope that Anand's 13 and below laptop review will give us a good comparison. Between the Adamo 13, the M11x, the Vaio Z and Asus' myriad of thin and light laptops (U30Jc, UL30Jt, etc.), there are a lot of choices. I'll be looking forward to more about this!
  • afkrotch - Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - link

    I sport a 12.1" HP TM2T tablet. Wondering how it compares to the rest. Granted, you pay more for the tablet features, but a lot of killer deals are out there for it.
  • freeman70 - Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - link

    Wait for the i3/i5/i7 CULV or later processors. You are just wasting money buying a stylish case with an old processor. I am perfectly happy to wait for something really great like sandy-bridge based CULV laptops. Until then I will be content using my Acer 1410 with 4GB of RAM and an Intel 80GB G2 SSD. Don't bother telling me the screen is average. I already know. But considering I paid US$450 (4GB RAM included) when I bought it, I think it's good enough for the time being. I won't upgrade until I can get a decent 32 nanometer CULV CPU, nVidia Optimus graphics, a good 13.3 inch screen, USB 3.0 and still get 8 hours of battery life.

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