First Dell Adamo XPS Prototypes Had Multi-touch LCD TouchPads

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Still drooling over yesterday's Adamo XPS pics? I am. But it could have been a very different machine. Early prototypes had LCD touchpads (similar to notebooks like Fujitsu's N7010 and Sharp's Mebius), and even a capacitive-touch keyboard. Take a look:

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Though running certain apps in a tiny window could actually be pretty useful, Dell ultimately felt the cost didn't justify the gimmickry. And though the red prototype above put the notebook's ports into a concealed pop-up panel—and was only just thicker than the final design—it was still deemed too fat.

Perhaps coolest of all, is the glossy purple/blue concept. Not due to the color, but because it had capacitive-touch buttons. It got ditched over concerns that people wouldn't react well to a keyboard that doesn't move, but as you know, Dell kept the heat-sensitive capacitive latch. Lots more pics and background over at: [PC World]

The final version below. See our hands-on for more.

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DISCUSSION

kaisermachead
kaisermachead

Too bad that they kept a great deal of gimmickry in the final product. This is probably one of the worst designs I've seen to come out of Dell, which is especially unfortunate because it has some really nice details, like the keyboard area, trackpad and the overall fit and finish. The recessed display and overhang/kickstand ass-end just make this thing plain fugly and ungainly to use as a regular laptop. The inclined keyboard looks like total shit to use for any extended period of time, but given the machine's terrible battery life, I guess that would not be much of a problem if you actually do attempt to take this thing out and about.

I will say this though. I hope Dell filters some of the nicer design elements down to its more budget-friendly products, because I feel that their lower end stuff just looks flat out chintzy, even the more expensive XPS systems, when observed in person.