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No technical details on the Adamo were discussed, but Dell did say it would be formally announced and shipping before the end of Q2 2009.  (Source: Anandtech)

Dell's new XPS 625 features AMD's Dragon platform, with the top end configuration pairing a Phenom II with a pair of AMD's 4850 cards in Crossfire. Models starts at under $999, which features lower end ATI Radeon 4670 Crossfire graphics and does not feature a Phenom II.  (Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC)

HP's new Firebird desktop offers a slightly smaller form factor, but it comes at the cost of the 350W power supply being an external box.  (Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC)

The new HP Firebird offers a pair of NVIDIA 9800S GPUs in SLI, a quad core Penryn, and a pair of 2.5" drives. The GPU, CPU, and chipset are all water cooled.  (Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC)
Despite the recent economic woes, HP and Dell are not sacrificing their luxury brands

Dell and HP are the top two manufacturers of PCs.  In the U.S., Dell is number one, while HP fills up the second spot.  Worldwide, HP leads, while Dell trades for the second slot.  Together, the pair dominates much of computer sales, with the exception of the netbook market.  Their decisions play a large role in steering the course of the entire PC manufacturing industry.

At the Consumer Electronics Show 2009, amid the bad economy, both HP and Dell launched new luxury models.

Dell led the way with the release of a new brand, Adamo.  Dell took the name of the brand from a Latin word, which means "to fall in love with".  The first model in the Adamo brand, an ultra-thin notebook, was showcased at CES.  While no technical details were announced, Dell did confirm that it would be released and shipping units within the first half of 2009.

The near-production Adamo concept's case design was remarkably similar visually to the HP Voodoo Envy 133.  It will likely compete with the Envy and MacBook Air in the ultrathin sector.  Dell's management hinted to reporters at CES that more models in the Adamo brand would be coming and that an XPS Adamo could even be in the works.

Speaking of XPS, another big announcement from Dell was the release of its new XPS 625 desktop.  This gaming rig is among the first designs to showcase the Dragon platform, which features AMD's new Phenom II processors.  It is currently available from Dell. 

The rigs will start at under $999, which will buy you a pair of ATI Radeon 4670 cards in Crossfire, and an AMD Athlon X2 5600+ Black Edition (2.9GHz) processor.  The top end model, priced at $1,749, is where things really heat up, though, as it brings AMD's new Dragon platform onboard.  It will offer a 55 nm, quad-core AMD Phenom II X4 940 "Black Edition" processor, clocked at 3.00 GHz.  Dell adds 8 GB of memory and two ATI Radeon 4850 cards in Crossfire to the mix.  A 10,000 RPM hard drive and an install of Windows Vista top off the package.  The computer will use AMD's 7 series chipsets.  Two other models fall somewhere in between the low end and high end rigs, but neither feature the Phenom II.

Squaring off against Dell's luxury offerings is a new luxury model from HP, the Firebird.  The Firebird is HP's take on a small form factor performance desktop.  While the form factor is still pretty big, it is smaller than competitors like Dell's XPS machines.  The cost is that the 350 W power supply is taken external.

The rig features two NVIDIA 9800S, NVIDIA's new small form factor GPUs in SLI mode.  It offers 4 GB of DDR2 memory.  The machine runs on Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition.  The base model is priced at $1,799.  It comes with a
Intel Core 2 Quad 9400 Processor (2.66GHz) and two 250 GB 2.5" hard drives.

A $2,099 priced high-end model bumps the processor to a Intel Core 2 Quad 9550 (2.83GHz) and the storage to a pair of 320 GB 2.5" hard drives (5400 RPM), for total storage of 640 GB.  It also adds Blu-Ray capabilities to the slot-loaded drive, integrated Bluetooth and 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN, and a Creative Labs X-Fi mini-PCI audio card.

The models, available immediately, feature a liquid cooling system for the GPU, CPU, and chipset.

The launch of new luxury models (with the XPS 625 the lowest priced), by HP and Dell, surprised many given the economic climate.  One reporter challenged Alex Gruzen, a senior vice president in Dell's consumer product group, during the Adamo announcement, asking him if the recession was the right time to debut a new luxury line.

Mr. Gruzen pointed out, "It's not the only product we're launching.  It's the right time, with the technologies and materials for us to satisfy a very important Dell customer segment."

He raises a good point -- while Dell and HP's releases at CES evidence a continued battle for the luxury market, they are not the companies' sole focus.  Nonetheless, the companies new luxuries models are certainly plenty to make enthusiasts and gamers excited about the new year.



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Is there a larger photo of the display girls?
By gemsurf on 1/10/2009 2:25:40 PM , Rating: 5
Wowwie Zowwie!




RE: Is there a larger photo of the display girls?
By kattanna on 1/12/2009 10:30:02 AM , Rating: 1
gotta say.. the one in the middle is WORKING it.. damn


By austinag on 1/12/2009 12:43:45 PM , Rating: 1
Comic book guy says:
Greatest thumbnail ever.


By mal1 on 1/13/2009 1:50:41 PM , Rating: 1
Can I get the one on the right in leather?


RE: Is there a larger photo of the display girls?
By Motoman on 1/11/2009 6:03:09 PM , Rating: 2
Booth babes are the win. Verily.


By Mitch101 on 1/11/2009 7:24:45 PM , Rating: 2
Let the HP and Dell booth babes wrestle it out for a winner. 8)


By Enoch2001 on 1/12/2009 10:19:01 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
At the Consumer Electronics Show 2009, amid the bad economy, both HP and Dell launched new luxury models.


The only models I'm interested in are the ones Jason chose for that thumbnail!


By Alphafox78 on 1/12/2009 10:25:46 AM , Rating: 2
look at the girl holding the laptop on the right though, she has 3 cut off fingers!! those dells get hungry I guess.


By mmntech on 1/12/2009 12:00:19 PM , Rating: 2
The one girl on the right holding the laptop is definitely Lee Ji Woo. She's a Korean idol and race queen. The one in the middle might be Hwang Mi He, another Korean idol. I'm not sure though. They always seem to pair her with Lee Ji Woo though.


By Den on 1/13/2009 10:03:46 PM , Rating: 3
Slightly bigger picture which, interestingly, seems to be taken from slightly to the right of the other one.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_P2WXqWL9qa0/SANjM9FlSOI/...


External power supply
By Lonyo on 1/10/2009 2:11:11 PM , Rating: 4
Why is it so bad?
Given that the whole setup is non-standard, and hence harder to upgrade, having an external power supply (which also can't be upgraded) is no great problem. If anything it's a plus of the system, since it means less heat is being pumped into the case so that the smaller size (combined with water cooling) doesn't prevent the system getting sufficient overall cooling.
What advantage does having the power supply in the case bring, given that most people probably have their sockets and power cables hidden anyway?

I know that if I had an external power supply it would be well hidden behind my desk, like my current power cables are.




RE: External power supply
By Murloc on 1/10/2009 2:35:45 PM , Rating: 3
it's just wrong to make a high-end pc smaller than midtower, by putting crappy video cards in it.


RE: External power supply
By Jedi2155 on 1/10/2009 3:21:29 PM , Rating: 2
I can understand it being bad to by putting a crappy video card in it, but making it smaller and making the PSU externals is pretty cool in my book. Lots of power in a small package...if only they didn't skimp on the GPUs.


RE: External power supply
By Reclaimer77 on 1/10/2009 5:42:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
it's just wrong to make a high-end pc smaller than midtower, by putting crappy video cards in it.


It's only high end in price. These are NOT gaming systems, but rather designer systems for people who value looks and want a quiet PC.

Side note, the 9800 is still more than enough for WoW and most other games.

My issue is with the price. Although it's still a WAY better deal than any current Mac.


RE: External power supply
By inighthawki on 1/10/2009 7:35:46 PM , Rating: 2
For $2100 they should at least give you 7200RPM hard drives. a 320GB 7200 drive costs between $50-$75 on newegg, depending on the brand, and surely dell can buy in bulk for even cheaper...


RE: External power supply
By Reclaimer77 on 1/10/2009 8:21:27 PM , Rating: 2
Well yeah, I'm not sure whats up with their choice. I would like to think its out of heat or power draw concerns and not just manufacturing cost savings, but who knows.

Personally I would just build a shuttle. But it would be loud as hell and not much to look at lol. Then again, so is my current tower hehehe. 50% OC on air cooling baby with fans that sound like they should be mounted to a car radiator :P


RE: External power supply
By ImSpartacus on 1/11/2009 6:59:37 PM , Rating: 2
That's what the volume up button is for. .)


Phenom II...
By Zarsky on 1/10/2009 3:06:51 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
It will offer a 55 nm, quad-core AMD Phenom II X4 940 "Black Edition" processor

Phenom II processors are 45 nm...




Nice...
By Crysalis99 on 1/10/2009 1:44:38 PM , Rating: 2
This is all fine and dandy, but isn't this what we have Newegg for?




False advertisement!
By dj LiTh on 1/10/2009 3:57:41 PM , Rating: 2
So ya... dell and hp models...pictures of girls....i'm with ya.... then BAM you shatter my hopes and especially dreams with a crappy computer 'model' ....if your gonna do that then you should put a pic of some haggered back woman to reflect the computer's they're tryin to push

Custom pc4life




Intel "Metro" notebook concept
By Zandros on 1/10/2009 4:15:48 PM , Rating: 2
Both the Adamo and the Envy 133 look like they're based on the Intel Metro concept notebook.

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/notebook-supermodel/int...




Disappointed
By hrishi2das on 1/10/2009 5:06:30 PM , Rating: 2
I was expecting a Catfight among rival Booth Babes ...




55nm?
By obiwankenobi on 1/11/2009 10:56:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It will offer a 55 nm, quad-core AMD Phenom II X4 940 "Black Edition" processor, clocked at 3.00 GHz.


55nm?




Profits.... the DELLmethod
By crystal clear on 1/10/09, Rating: -1
RE: Profits.... the DELLmethod
By rudy on 1/10/2009 6:16:18 PM , Rating: 2
Well dell is not stupid they know when there is a fad such as the anti XP fad you can make money off of it. lol


RE: Profits.... the DELLmethod
By inighthawki on 1/10/2009 7:38:50 PM , Rating: 1
If people want to lose money by listening to other idiots online talk crap about vista let them. Those of us happy with vista will just get the better deal.


RE: Profits.... the DELLmethod
By Screwballl on 1/10/2009 10:30:45 PM , Rating: 1
Anytime I speak with customers that want to UPgrade to XP, I advise newegg or zipzoomfly for around $100.


RE: Profits.... the DELLmethod
By tcsenter on 1/11/2009 4:17:19 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
Hate Vista? Dell Now Charging $150 Extra for Windows XP
Dell is not charging "extra" for Windows XP. It is charging "extra" for Vista Business or Ultimate edition when the system is configured with an edition of Vista that does not come with downgrade rights to Windows XP.

Vista Business and Ultimate are the only editions that come with downgrade rights to Windows XP. If you want a system with Windows XP, but its configured price only includes Vista Basic or Home Premium, you are NOT entitled to downgrade rights and must go up to Vista Business or Ultimate.

If you configure the system with Vista Business or Ultimate edition, there is NO added charge for the XP downgrade option. Its not Dell's fault that Microsoft charges more for some editions of Vista than others or did not provide downgrade rights for all editions.


RE: Profits.... the DELLmethod
By rbfowler9lfc on 1/12/2009 9:39:14 AM , Rating: 2
I'd still charge an extra for those who want a 2001 operating system with 2009 hardware. Think of all the hassle of finding old drivers for new hardware.

Would you prefer your brand new Corvette fitted with a carburetor instead of it's state-of-the-art electronic fuel injection? Certainly not... So why would you do this to your computer then?


RE: Profits.... the DELLmethod
By Enoch2001 on 1/12/2009 10:30:00 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'd still charge an extra for those who want a 2001 operating system with 2009 hardware. Think of all the hassle of finding old drivers for new hardware. Would you prefer your brand new Corvette fitted with a carburetor instead of it's state-of-the-art electronic fuel injection? Certainly not... So why would you do this to your computer then?


Ewwwww... not sure I'd go there my friend. If replacing the state-of-the-art electronic fuel injection on my 'Vette with an old carburetor improved my handling, speed/performance, and fuel-efficiency? You better believe I would!

Line-of-code to line-of-code, Windows XP SP3 is *FASTER* than Vista SP1 and still has better industry support. And this is coming from a Vista Ultimate user for the past year+...


RE: Profits.... the DELLmethod
By Sazar on 1/12/2009 3:01:48 PM , Rating: 2
You might want to recheck the reviews and stats.

OS v/s OS, Windows 7 is faster than Vista is faster than XP.

When you go to feature set, the Vista 64-bit is just plain more stable AND faster. Media center under Vista is massively superior to XP's Media Center.

Old system == fine running an older OS. Newer systems can support and run Vista just fine so you basically have an analogy fail in trying to prove the carburetor example as being incorrect.


RE: Profits.... the DELLmethod
By tcsenter on 1/13/2009 1:23:55 AM , Rating: 2
Whether or not Dell should charge more is a different question than whether or not Dell in fact charges more.


RE: Profits.... the DELLmethod
By Penti on 1/13/2009 9:24:12 AM , Rating: 2
Win XP SP2 is as much of a new operating system as Windows 7 is. It's 4 years old and hardly anyone would support a XP version prior to SP2 today any way. Or well Windows Server 2003 R2 is a much of it's own operation system as Windows 7 if we want to compare, W7 is still NT6.0. XP SP2/3 still have better hardware support even when it comes to new hardware. Businesses might still want to run the still supported Win XP any how. They include it in there volume license/SA and can install their image on it. VHP and VB cost about the same though so there shouldn't be much difference in price.


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