Dell Adamo 13: Display Analysis

The LCD display of the Adamo is pretty sweet. It has a Gorilla Glass screen, which is an alkali-aluminosilicate thin sheet glass that is used to protect screens on mobile devices. Gorilla Glass is also used on the Motorola Droid, the Dell Streak, and a device from Apple that nobody's ever heard of, the newly released iPhone 4. Basically, this means that even with such a thin display which may not offer the most protection for the screen, this chemically hardened glass covering will ensure that the screen sustains no scratches or damage of any kind.

Which is all pretty cool, but what about the quality of the panel itself? The first impression is that this thing gets BRIGHT. At maximum brightness, you're looking at a white level of 389 nits. That's just about on par with the Apple MacBook Pro line, which have some of the higher quality notebook displays we've tested recently.

Laptop LCD Quality - Contrast

Laptop LCD Quality - White

Laptop LCD Quality - Black

Laptop LCD Quality - Color Accuracy

Laptop LCD Quality - Color Gamut

However, the display falls off after that, with contrast ratio just about average and unspectacular color accuracy. And though the white level is pretty high, the black level is just as high, so at the upper brightness levels, the screen can appear washed out. Colour accuracy and colour gamuts are pretty mediocre but aren't terrible. Really though, the screen's brightness is it's trump card, and overall, the display looks pretty good, even with the reflective glass covering the display.

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  • Wander7 - Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - link

    I like the MacBook Pro 13" for the design of the hardware and long battery life, but is there an alternative in the Windows world? I know about the HP Envys and they suck. Any help would be great. Reply
  • retrospooty - Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - link

    LEnovo X301 - better all around, higher res, more reliable+ an internal DVD Reply
  • darwinosx - Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - link

    More reliable? A cheap plasticky Lenovo? Puh-lease. Plus you run the archaic Windows OS on it. Unless you use Linux. Terrible battery life too.
    Btw the 13" MacBook has an internal DVD drive not that I really use one anymore. I can't remember the last time I burned a DVD or CD.

    This Dell is a slightly gussied up copy of a MacBook. Hardly innovative design. Brought to you by the company that knowingly sold thousands of defective computers and is known for the worst quality control and support in the industry. This one is overpriced too. Anandtech must be hungry for Dell advertising $$ at the cost of their reputation.
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  • gescom - Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - link

    @darwinosx "A cheap plasticky Lenovo? Puh-lease. "

    What are you talking about? What plastic? What cheap?
    The internal chassis and roll cage use an advanced carbon-fiber / glass-fiber material that provides both strength and light weight. The case material is made of magnesium, press as hard as you want anywhere on the body of the notebook and it will not flex. Like all ThinkPads, the X301 is designed for accidental abuse and drops.

    And you even compare it to a 13" MacBook / pro? Apple machines are far far behind in everything.
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  • Samus - Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - link

    Seriously, if not a Lenovo X301, then what would you have us buy Darwin? Reply
  • quiksilvr - Friday, July 09, 2010 - link

    The ENVY 13 and 15 aren't that great.

    The ENVY 14 and 17 however, are masterpieces.

    http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/compute...
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  • maratus - Thursday, July 08, 2010 - link

    >>And you even compare it to a 13" MacBook / pro? Apple machines
    >> are far far behind in everything.

    Yes, those crappy extremely low contrast and non-existent viewing angle screens Lenovo puts in almost any of their ThinkPads is a definite sing of the advancement over Apple. So does using inferior GPUs (Intel 4500/5700 for the whole X200, X300 lineup, 2D-optimised version of low-end 310M for T410 and so on). Some say that connectivity is a weakness of Apple laptops. But it does four extremely important things for me:
    – MBP does support 2560x1600 (like modern Lenovo and Dell models though) which is a mandatory for me,
    – MBP does have high-speed port like FW800. (E-sata is a joke unless it's combined with USB for bus power and even then its power capabilities are far behind of FW800 port). You can run RAID enclosure with two 2.5" / 7200rpm HDDs and fan completely bus powered without single problem. 80MB/s is good for me.
    – MBP does have good (and excellent for 15" and 17") battery life.
    – MBP runs Mac OS X natively

    And while roll cage may withstand a drop why does it flex and creak like a cheap eMachines masterpiece?
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  • mojohacker2010 - Saturday, July 10, 2010 - link

    Steve, is that you? Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - link

    "Plus you run the archaic Windows OS on it"

    Funnily enough, a collegue in work owns a macbook but refuses to run OSX as it offers 'Nothing new and is basically for stupid people'. Straight from his mouth and he's running Win7 Pro instead of OSX.

    Seriously, darwinosx, remove your own head from up your own behind. OSX is no better or worse than windows.
    Reply
  • Wizzdo - Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - link

    The Lenovo may be a nice machine but... (other than fanboy nonsense) Windows 7 definitely does play second fiddle to OSX in the majority of serious comparisons. Dolled out as an expensive fix for the unhappy Vista era (which itself took forever and mainly brought only incompatibility, high system requirements and general instability and annoyance to its users), Windows 7 added and a handful of OSX like (coincidence?) features and the usual pile of driver incompatibility\workaround headaches along with broken support for psuedo real-time integrations such as professional audio (the vast majority who still use OSX or XP).

    To say OSX is a toy is to be quite ignorant of its UNIX underpinnings. It is still the preferred platform in the Art (video/graphics/audio) professions which are generally far more demanding and expectant on performance and reliability than most other fields.

    Anyhow, one can just do a simple poll of satisfied, hassle free OSX users vs Windows (xp/vista/7). Having to use both daily in practically every possible context, I can tell you which is the most 'toy' like (read: not for serious use) and it just so happens to be the one that plays most of the games ;)
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