Chinese Knockoff Makers Almost Perfectly Clone The Unibody MacBook Air

Chinese Knockoff Makers Almost Perfectly Clone The Unibody MacBook Air
Chinese Knockoff Makers Almost Perfectly Clone The Unibody MacBook Air

What’s this? Looks like a unibody MacBook Air, right? Don’t bet a kidney on it: Shenzhen’s Evil Confederacy of Mad Scientist Cloners have managed to almost perfectly rip off the feel of Apple’s bestselling MacBook Air, including unibody enclosure, for under half the price of Apple’s ultraportable.

And you know what? For a piece-of-$%@! netbook dumped into a MacBook Air-like shell, it’s not a bad machine for the sub-$500 price.

Here are the specs we’re looking at: a 1.86GHz Intel Atom N2800 CPU with a GMA3600 integrated GPU, 13.3-inch 1366×768 LED display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, two USB 2.0 ports, a 3-in-1 card reader, mini-HDMI output and a non-removable 4100mAh battery that gives you up to 3.5 hours of battery life.

The MacBook Air knockoff only weights a few grams more than the real MacBook Air, and is only 0.1 centimeter thicker to boot. The battery life isn’t all that great, but otherwise, I’m pretty impressed by the specs they managed to get in this thing, especially in the form factor: without turning it on, about the only way to tell this apart from a real MacBook Air is the missing Apple logo!

If you happen to be prowling around the bartering alleys of Shenzhen, you should see this Air clone netbook sometime in November, for a few bucks less than $500. If you still aren’t convinced that netbooks are total crap, that’s a pretty good price for such a pretty netbook. I bet you could Hackintosh Snow Leopard on it, too.

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  • Ed_Kel

    I was going to comment on how stupid cloners are for cloning shit, but I wish to take this in a different direction..

    If the back-alleys of China can get a laptop this slim, why the hell can’t major PC makers?

  • Cuda10358

    I wonder what os it runs?

  • Mikael Fransson

    Legal reasons (at least for a clone like this one….)

  • Chris

    well, the battery life speaks for itself, that’s where they sacrifice 

  • Charles NYC

    that is shameless

  • Boy_Lover_23

    @a4a8f4b2252a95d180ae09c5a4018846:disqus …………Brother’s neighbor makes 87/hr on the computer. She has been out of work for 7 months but last month her paycheck was $6155 just working on the computer for a few hours. Check out …http://alturl.com/jhvct

  • prof_peabody

    Well because they cheat obviously.  This is an illegal clone.  If it was legal it wouldn’t have the Apple patented construction etc. 

  • Carter

    I’m guessing it’s running windows 7?

  • MacGoo

    Atom ? Hackintosh. Sorry.

  • John Mozelewski

    id put hackintosh on a better pc than that who cares if it looks like apple product or not.

  • John_woo

    OMG crazy chinese

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