Unboxed – Dell Adamo

Work at Stuff towers ground to a halt this morning when Dell dropped by with not one but two of its Adamo laptops. The super-thin 13.4in laptop will b

Work at Stuff towers ground to a halt this morning when Dell dropped by with not one but two of its Adamo laptops. The super-thin 13.4in laptop will be available in a smart black finish (our favourite) and a very MacBook Pro-esque white and silver livery when it arrives here for £1400 later this month.

As you can see from the snaps below, it's one beautifully designed laptop. We're a bit unsure about the Adamo's claim of being the world's thinnest laptop – a back-to-back with the MacBook Air was too close to call – but the machined aluminium chassis, glass display and backlit keyboard might just make it the most covetable.

That is, if you're happy to make a small compromise on performance. A more expensive version will be available with 4GB RAM, but the 1.2Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo looks a bit feeble compared to the MacBook Air's 1.8Ghz number (though it seemed to chug along through Vista Home Premium quite smoothly). While very crisp, the glass display is also quite reflective.

The rest of the spec – 128GB solid-state drive, Wi-Fi, three USB ports (one of which doubles as an eSATA for mass storage) and a claimed 5 hour battery life – bodes well, but it's all incidental to the design. Little touches like the elegant hinges, touch-sensitive media buttons and smart keyboard have got our gadget hearts all a flutter.

We'll have a hands-on video very soon, but feasting on these close-up shots will help you pass the time.

Apple MacBook Air (left) vs Dell Adamo (right)

Apple MacBook Air (left) vs Dell Adamo (right)