Pictured here is the Dell Adamo Pearl and Adamo Onyx, side-by-side. The Adamo was seen as Dell’s answer to Apple’s MacBook Air when it was first released. The covers of these are half etched-metal and half glossy-finish. Like the Airs, the Adamo line uses solid-state drives and Intel Core 2 Duo processors. It starts at $799.00.
Apple recently redesigned the incredibly-thin MacBook Air and added a new super-tiny 11-inch model to the lineup, which it says weighs just 2.3 pounds. The Airs are no under-powered netbooks; they’ve got Intel Core 2 Duo processors, NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics, and super-fast solid-state drives. And don’t forget about the fancy illuminated keyboards. The 11-incher starts at $999 and the 13-inch model starts at $1,299.
Lenovo’s U series is named partly by its “U” shaped outline, which the company says is inspired by a book lying on its side. Laptops in the U series have textured aluminum covers in a variety of different colors. Pictured here is the U160 11-inch laptop, which weighs three pounds and starts at $749. Lenovo doesn’t skimp on internals either with the U line. They all come with 4GB of DDR3 memory standard and can be built for you with an Intel Core i7 processor, one of Intel’s fastest lines of chips.
Toshiba’s answer to gamers on the go is the Qosmio X500 series, with not only cutting-edge internal components for video game play, but also a dual-color design of black with red trim. The X500 series sports a huge 18.4-inch high-definition display and Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, as well as NVIDIA GeForce GTX460M graphics with a whopping 1GB of DDR5 graphics memory. The X500 series starts at $1,199.99.
HP’s Envy 14 series stands out in design and sound. In addition to featuring a laser-etched aluminum finish on a magnesium alloy case, the Envy 14 series includes HP Beats Audio. The company says the laptop’s sound was tested by artists, including Dr. Dre and Will, to ensure exceptional sound. Like the MacBook Air, the keyboard lights up in the dark. The Envy 14 series starts at $999.99.
In this day and age of laptop ubiquity, one of the things that can set a laptop apart is its appearance. And looks do matter to many PC owners. Here’s a look at some of today’s laptops that have it “going on,” according to the makers.