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Dell Adamo Onyx seem to be being discounted in £50 steps, it was 650, and I bought mine when they were 600.

The laptop is much faster than you would expect given the spec - I think the standard SSD plays no small part. It's also really well built and one of the slimmest laptops around.

Although they come with Windows Vista, installing Windows 7 from a Dell-branded Windows DVD will activate itself without any further input due to having a SLIC bios ... very nice! You will (obviously) need an external DVD drive to do this ...

Saveonlaptops delivered promptly and i've had no problems with them.

One thing I noticed is that if you put in the service tag on Dell's site, it shows the laptop as having been delivered sometime in August 09, hence out of warranty .. SOL's warranty terms are quite murky at best!

Intel® ULV Core 2 Duo SU9300 Processor, 13.4" HD Screen, Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64Bit, 2GB RAM, 128GB SSD HDD, Integrated Graphics, 12 Month On-Site Warranty, A13/6420

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#1
Keep getting cheaper! Pretty tempting at this price, but somehow the Dell brand doesn't have that much appeal. If it was a Sony or Apple it would be selling like hot cakes at this price.
#2
J400uk
Keep getting cheaper! Pretty tempting at this price, but somehow the Dell brand doesn't have that much appeal. If it was a Sony or Apple it would be selling like hot cakes at this price.


I bought one myself, previous laptop was a Vostro 1310 .. this is a cut above the average Dell quality wise. Absolutely non-upgradeable, though .. fixed battery, RAM and CPU soldered on the mainboard. Very *very* stylish though! I prefer this to the Macbook air (and it's a lot cheaper at this price ..)
#3
If you prove to Dell the purchase date I think they will reset the warranty period. I know this happened last year with the Inspiron and Studio deals that were available at CPW. The service tags usually showed the warranty as having started 3-4 months before they were purchased but Dell would reset the date on proof of purchase.
#4
croolis
J400uk
Keep getting cheaper! Pretty tempting at this price, but somehow the Dell brand doesn't have that much appeal. If it was a Sony or Apple it would be selling like hot cakes at this price.


I bought one myself, previous laptop was a Vostro 1310 .. this is a cut above the average Dell quality wise. Absolutely non-upgradeable, though .. fixed battery, RAM and CPU soldered on the mainboard. Very *very* stylish though! I prefer this to the Macbook air (and it's a lot cheaper at this price ..)


@ croolis

How's it running with windows 7, any issues, 32/64 bit?

How does it cope with video content?
#5
Anyone fancying a bit more risk can get the same laptop but 'open box' for £50 less £499.97

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Product/id/1003978

These products are a mix of customer returns and cancelled orders. They will still be in their original boxes.

* Products are in an excellent condition
* Retail Boxed (Packaging wont be pristine)
* All the accessories as stated
* 12 months return to base warranty (customer to return at own cost).
#6
Adidas Addict
croolis
J400uk
Keep getting cheaper! Pretty tempting at this price, but somehow the Dell brand doesn't have that much appeal. If it was a Sony or Apple it would be selling like hot cakes at this price.


I bought one myself, previous laptop was a Vostro 1310 .. this is a cut above the average Dell quality wise. Absolutely non-upgradeable, though .. fixed battery, RAM and CPU soldered on the mainboard. Very *very* stylish though! I prefer this to the Macbook air (and it's a lot cheaper at this price ..)


@ croolis

How's it running with windows 7, any issues, 32/64 bit?

How does it cope with video content?


Hello Adidas Addict,
firstly you're the reason (via HUKD) I bought this laptop ..
I'm running Win 7 Ultimate x64
it's a DVD specifically for Dell laptops,
just installed and its worked perfectly since.
Stability is excellent and playing Divx poses no problems at all.
Most of the time i'm running a virtual machine in the background (this is my work laptop really) and it still feels snappy. The keyboard is excellent too, and the backlighting is really useful.
#7
I have purchased many corporate class Dell laptops and Precision Workstations for my department from Dell Resellers (ITSales, NDC, EuroPC, MCS, SterlinXS) and generally find they all quote Dell's original warranty. Unfortunetely, due to the systems been returns, unfurfilled orders, scratch & dent etc the warranty is never complete (the warranty is with the machine itself and commences from the original sales date). In this case, the advert clearly states 12 months on site warranty (as it states 'onsite' I am assuming Dell is providing the warranty). I would pop the tag into the Dell warranty status (Dell support page) and check on receipt.

All been told top class designer laptop with a 128GB SSD drive, machined aluminium chassis...........Available from Dell for £999 with slightly better CPU and Windows 7

Good purchase.........
#8
croolis
Adidas Addict
croolis
J400uk
Keep getting cheaper! Pretty tempting at this price, but somehow the Dell brand doesn't have that much appeal. If it was a Sony or Apple it would be selling like hot cakes at this price.


I bought one myself, previous laptop was a Vostro 1310 .. this is a cut above the average Dell quality wise. Absolutely non-upgradeable, though .. fixed battery, RAM and CPU soldered on the mainboard. Very *very* stylish though! I prefer this to the Macbook air (and it's a lot cheaper at this price ..)


@ croolis

How's it running with windows 7, any issues, 32/64 bit?

How does it cope with video content?


Hello Adidas Addict,
firstly you're the reason (via HUKD) I bought this laptop ..
I'm running Win 7 Ultimate x64
it's a DVD specifically for Dell laptops,
just installed and its worked perfectly since.
Stability is excellent and playing Divx poses no problems at all.
Most of the time i'm running a virtual machine in the background (this is my work laptop really) and it still feels snappy. The keyboard is excellent too, and the backlighting is really useful.


Cool, so you owe me one then eh? I'll be ok to borrow your dell disk if I get one of these then (_;)

The main thing that worries me is the 2GB of fixed ram, though my macbook air was the same and that ran ok.
#9
i'll give you a raincheque ..

Win 7 is running fine on 2Gb, and in my case vmware is taking a goodly chunk constantly ..

Adidas Addict
croolis
Adidas Addict
croolis
J400uk
Keep getting cheaper! Pretty tempting at this price, but somehow the Dell brand doesn't have that much appeal. If it was a Sony or Apple it would be selling like hot cakes at this price.


I bought one myself, previous laptop was a Vostro 1310 .. this is a cut above the average Dell quality wise. Absolutely non-upgradeable, though .. fixed battery, RAM and CPU soldered on the mainboard. Very *very* stylish though! I prefer this to the Macbook air (and it's a lot cheaper at this price ..)


@ croolis

How's it running with windows 7, any issues, 32/64 bit?

How does it cope with video content?


Hello Adidas Addict,
firstly you're the reason (via HUKD) I bought this laptop ..
I'm running Win 7 Ultimate x64
it's a DVD specifically for Dell laptops,
just installed and its worked perfectly since.
Stability is excellent and playing Divx poses no problems at all.
Most of the time i'm running a virtual machine in the background (this is my work laptop really) and it still feels snappy. The keyboard is excellent too, and the backlighting is really useful.


Cool, so you owe me one then eh? I'll be ok to borrow your dell disk if I get one of these then (_;)

The main thing that worries me is the 2GB of fixed ram, though my macbook air was the same and that ran ok.
#10
Adidas Addict
Anyone fancying a bit more risk can get the same laptop but 'open box' for £50 less £499.97http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Product/id/1003978
These products are a mix of customer returns and cancelled orders. They will still be in their original boxes.* Products are in an excellent condition* Retail Boxed (Packaging wont be pristine)* All the accessories as stated* 12 months return to base warranty (customer to return at own cost).

This machine would have had it's Dell warranty stripped....I would personally pay £50 more i.e. if something goes wrong you would have to return at your own cost using a reliable insured courier service (Royal Mail Special Delivery i.e. £25).........compared to having a next business day service in your home/place of work.
#11
Very hot. Was tempted at the previous prices but was put off by Vista.

I'm still tempted now but I just bought a HP for the same price last week (deal still on here) so I'd better not.
#12
These look nice but think they are just too slow now
#13
Stop posting :P.
This is an awesome deal and im struggling to say no... i really need to spend £400 max for uni but this is the best to get i assume since the SSD means the real problem with laptops is gone (i.e unresponsive due to 5000rpm HDD's) NOOO so hard :D.
#14
Wow!

I just bought a Studio 1645 XPS but wish i bought of these instead.. battery life is excellent for the Adamo...

Excellent price...

Good find.. heat added :)
#15
MuJa
Wow!I just bought a Studio 1645 XPS but wish i bought of these instead.. battery life is excellent for the Adamo...Excellent price... Good find.. heat added :)
i got the studio xps 1647 with the i7 620m, i've only had it 3 months and it died last night, plus it was'nt that impressive i paid £1400 for it and i am dissapointed, dell are picking it up tomorrow to repair it, but i'm tempted to buy this one as a back-up, if i could i would ask dell for a refund
#16
p.s the back-lit keybaord is a pleasure to use and should be a must on all laptops and netbooks
#17
Your text here

Can anyone offer advice regarding this please? A lot of photo/video work and some gaming use.

Laptops are a bit of a mystery to me.

Thanks.
#18
at that price 2gb is unacceptable
#19
MuJa
Wow!

I just bought a Studio 1645 XPS but wish i bought of these instead.. battery life is excellent for the Adamo...

Excellent price...

Good find.. heat added :)


I wouldn't go as far as quoting the battery life as 'excellent' .. adequate is more like it ;)
#20
Wolf
Your text here

Can anyone offer advice regarding this please? A lot of photo/video work and some gaming use.

Laptops are a bit of a mystery to me.

Thanks.


Advice ... this is not the laptop for you! it's a thin/light model ... so powerful and speedy do not really feature!
#21
This is on the go laptop, small, light weight and with ok battery life. I have one of those for travel and it's really good - much better than any other 13 inch I've seen. I cannot comment on reliability as it did not break yet.

Performance is acceptable for email, word, browsing, nothing beyond that. This is 1.2Ghz dual core with 4500HD video chipset. Plays HD movies with no problems, but it is slower than new celerons.

Not recommended if you need a laptop for home use or if you travel by car. Go for something bigger and cheaper. Battery life is not very good, as some laptops have up to 9 hours. However, this one is does not weight as much.
#22
Looks nice, still prefer my ASUS UL30 though :P
#23
I have a Dell XPS and it's by far the best laptop I have ever had!
#24
Wolf
Your text hereCan anyone offer advice regarding this please? A lot of photo/video work and some gaming use.Laptops are a bit of a mystery to me.Thanks.
imo thats a range i am considering as its the cheapest way to get a pretty high performance graphics card and with a 35quid 2gb ram module you have your 4gb.
but yeah its nothing like the OP one which is basically (questionable) style and portability
the toshiba is performance and a hernia.
i guess you need the resolution the 17inch gives - if not there are 15inchers too and a660-149 from ask may be an option with the geforce if you can take advantage of CUDA in your work.
#25
Samme
Very hot. Was tempted at the previous prices but was put off by Vista.I'm still tempted now but I just bought a HP for the same price last week (deal still on here) so I'd better not.

Was that the HP D3-2310a? As I bought that one and think its pretty good, also cheap batteries on dealextreme for it.
#26
Hi Guys
How does this compare to the HP Envy 13

http://h40059.www4.hp.com/uk/homelaptops/product.php?id=VX903EA&experience=direct

A lot more £££'s but quidco MAY get in down to under £800
Onmi
#27
twe
Samme
Very hot. Was tempted at the previous prices but was put off by Vista.I'm still tempted now but I just bought a HP for the same price last week (deal still on here) so I'd better not.


Was that the HP D3-2310a? As I bought that one and think its pretty good, also cheap batteries on dealextreme for it.


It was, and I'd still make the same choice again, even with the Dell at this price. It'd just be a little harder. ;)
#28
Where can Windows 7 on a Dell-branded Windows DVD be sourced at? :)
#29
I agree the backlit keyboard is nice... but it seems in other places Dell has gone backwards with quality.

Talking about returns, my left side circular hinge light is intermittent, so before other issues develop I rang Dell and they said they have to replace the LCD with the light as it's a whole unit. They said they'll send someone out the next day or so. I refused to have a sub contracted Dell engineer working on my new [less than 24 hour] laptop and requested for a new one to be shipped to me directly from their Factory. They agreed to do so however i have to wait 10 days...

Boo hoo as I've installed so much software that it'll take be 2 days when i receive my new one.. :(

other than that I'm happy with XPS 1645 studio.. one thing i definitely don't like is the weight... on a plus side, my processor has better performance than a Intel Quad Q6600 GHz CPU... :D

rhodyate
p.s the back-lit keybaord is a pleasure to use and should be a must on all laptops and netbooks
#30
ordered one of these little beasts!... will be picking one up tomorrow,.
#31
rhodyate
MuJa
Wow!I just bought a Studio 1645 XPS but wish i bought of these instead.. battery life is excellent for the Adamo...Excellent price... Good find.. heat added :)
i got the studio xps 1647 with the i7 620m, i've only had it 3 months and it died last night, plus it was'nt that impressive i paid £1400 for it and i am dissapointed, dell are picking it up tomorrow to repair it, but i'm tempted to buy this one as a back-up, if i could i would ask dell for a refund

I've had a 1640 from launch and not found any laptops that have a screen anywhere close to the RGB LED backlit model on the Studio XPS 16, it's extremely good for photo editing work. If the screen isn't important though there's nothing particularly special about the machine.

John

Edited By: Johnmcl7 on Oct 01, 2010 01:38: .
#32
tempted to get one of these as the battery is slowly dying on my current laptop. how would it compared in performance to my current T60 laptop in things like general windows etc, i think its the 2ghz coreduo (not core2) version.

dont use it as a gaming machine obviously..
#33
I went from a vostro 1310 with a Core2Duo 1.86GHz, running XP, to an Adamo, running Win 7 x64 .. the Adamo feels quite a bit faster. I think the SSD helps a lot.
#34
so.. tempted..
just the non removeable battery is putting me off a tad.
#35
Mine arrived today, installed Windows 7.

And now discovered its faulty! The screen brightness keeps going dark and the normal.

Tried restoring back to the Vista recovery partition, but it is saying it cannot find the image.

Dell say the warranty has expired and cannot help :(
#36
are you sure its not dell's ambient brightness thing they have? have these on work e4300 laptop and you can check by going into the bios.
#37
is this quiet? - i had heard that despite the SSD the laptop is noisy due to the CPU fan pretty much always being on.
#38
A BIOS update fixed my problem - phew!

Still need to sort out the warranty though.

The laptop is silent for me and really fast!
#39
Thanks for the answers.:)
#40
Apparently, if you can prove purchase date by providing an invoice they should be able to reset the warranty from purchase date thus you'll enjoy a full year's warranty.

good luck. :)

cs49
A BIOS update fixed my problem - phew!

Still need to sort out the warranty though.

The laptop is silent for me and really fast!

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