I have to say, I really like what Dell’s design team has been up to. About 5 years ago I was shopping for a laptop, and the only companies putting out sleek and high build quality hardware were Sony and Apple (I consequently bought a 12″ Powerbook), while it seemed like all the units put out by HP, Dell, and Compaq were complete clunkers. Fast forward to today, and it looks like the major players in the laptop market are finally getting it. There’s more to a product than specs and cost. Fit, finish, texture, and materials create an experience that can weigh heavier on a purchasing decision than a few hundred megahurtz of processing speed, or a few flopps of GPU power.
Engadget got a chance to look at a unit from the new Dell Adamo line of notebook computers. They weren’t allowed to turn it on but they did get to poke around the hardware, which is my favorite part anyway. I love the all-black asthetic, and there’s something about the hinge setup that really appeals to me. I think it’s just how it’s a departure from the current trends, and it looks very sturdy.
Check out Engadget’s image gallery for more images, and the original Engadget post for a video. Apparently more details about the Adamo line of notebooks will be announced tomorrow (on the 17th of March).
I’ve been wondering when this was going to happen.
I’ve had a concept like this in my head for a while (why haven’t I sketched the ideas out before now?) and I believe I’ve seen a few concept designs along these lines, but Lenovo has finally brought a dual screen laptop to production. I’m not talking about a small Microsoft Sideshow enabled screen, but something that could actually hold something useful like a webpage, grid of thumbnails in Lightroom, or application pallets.
The Lenovo Thinkpad W700ds (any gamer will see the ds as an obvious acronym) takes a 17″ Thinkpad and adds a 10.6″ vertically oriented screen on to the side. I’m assuming the screen slides out from a pocket in the lid. It can be tilted up to 30Âº.
As an addition to the W700 model line, the W700ds boast other features that are rare on a laptop, like the Wacom tablet built into the palm rest. With built in color calibration hardware and a screen that Lenovo claims holds 72% of the AdobeRGB color gamut, the machine is aimed squarely at the professional photography crowd. The $3,600 starting price also says “pro,” while the 2 inch thickness and 11 pound weight scream “desktop replacement.” With quad cores and a workstation Nvidia Quadro graphics card, I bet it’s a dream to work on. I hope we see more laptop designs embrace the concept of useful secondary screens.