This Chinese MacBook Air Ripoff Would Probably Fool Jony Ive

This Chinese MacBook Air Ripoff Would Probably Fool Jony Ive

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then this Chinese imitation of the MacBook Air is the biggest compliment that Apple has received in a long time. Cleverly called the “AirBook,” this feat of design plagiarism looks exactly like Apple’s MacBook Air.

Costing only $499, the AirBook possesses many similarities to Apple’s notebook, but there some crucial differences. Did we mention that it runs Windows?

M.I.C Gadget has posted a review of the AirBook. Here’s an excerpt:

The AirBook is an incredibly thin and light notebook computer. It measures just 13.1 inches by 8.82 inches (with a thickness of 0.75 inches tapering to 0.2 inches at its smallest point), and weighs a meager 3.1 pounds. We spent a lot of our time with it, and we can tell you that it’s even thicker and heavier than Apple’s Air, but it is as portable as the real thing. We think the knockoff makers have tried their best to perfect the AirBook down to the millimeter.

This Chinese MacBook Air Ripoff Would Probably Fool Jony Ive

In the land of knockoffs, it doesn’t surprise us to see products like this coming out of China. (If you’ll remember, the Chinese have already replicated entire Apple Stores.) But the AirBook’s insane level of detail puts it in a category all its own. The ripoff boasts a 1.8GHz Atom dual core processor, 32GB SSD, and 2GB of RAM. Not too shabby for the price of an iPad.

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Here’s how the AirBook stacks up against the competition performance-wise:

This Chinese MacBook Air Ripoff Would Probably Fool Jony Ive

M.I.C Gadget calls it the “best-looking Windows laptop on the market,” and we would attribute that to the fact that it looks absolutely nothing like a Windows laptop. There are, however, small differences in the AirBook’s design (such as its unibody enclosure) that reveal how even the best knockoffs can’t match Apple’s design prowess.

We’ll see how long this thing stays on the market before Apple’s legal team pounces.

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  • dcj001

    “This Chinese MacBook Air Ripoff Would Probably Fool Jony Ive…”

    … if he had a blood alcohol content of 0.20%.

  • Guest

    Why no backlit keyboard!??

  • ChKen

    Sheesh, netbook specs in an MBA formfactor. No wonder it’s $500.

  • iDaBoss

    considering it’s all made in china, this is not much of a surprise

  • Goldie20

    “This Chinese MacBook Air Ripoff Would Probably Fool Jony Ive…”

    if he were drunk, blind, and lacked any tactile senses.

    Actually the fake looks better proportioned than the real one.

  • Taylor Rentschler

    it has the apple logo on the front with windows on it….any clues? I THINK YES!!

  • Phil

    What is it with Chinese tech cloners? You know with all their efforts to rip everyone off, you would think that they would help restore their countries name from a leading country of cloners to the lead in innovation instead of waisting their time in copying everything everyone else does. AND THAT GOES FOR AMERICAN HACKERS TOO. Instead of stealing Siri’s services WHY DON’T YOU MAKE YOUR OWN S**T YOU STUPID F***S!? lol

  • Aura Iloilo

    where can I buy this?

  • PaoloManila

    You know what they say about china: “If it’s from china, it must be fake.”

  • Sarah

    my roomate’s step-aunt makes $81/hr on the computer.  last month her paycheck was $8330 just working on the computer for a few hours, she is just one example of many people  learned Kelly Richard’s ways ….  MakeCash1.???

  • freerange

    In Hell…

  • freerange

    Unfortunately, many mac users in China run windows. And run it as their primary OS. So sad. Apple has a lot of work to do in China regarding selling the benefits of OS X over POS windows.

  • Douglas Hewitt

    i was going to post about the ridiculous nature of this title especially considering theres a mini hdmi port on the fake in the comparison picture but i see other people already did so. ok, i can rest now.
    but now after thinking a moment i realize of course the real reason it was titled that way was so more people would actually read the article…

  • Emil Frederik Saxtorph Berthel

    Check this out:

    http://9to5mac.com/2011/12/06/

    Either Cultofmac go 9to5 mac got the real and fake tags wrong!

  • mlahero

    Wait whats wrong with Windows again?

  • appledrunk

    Haha, at least! He’d probably have to be borderline passing out.
    appledrunk (dot) com

  • Phil

    What’s right with it?

  • Daibidh

    Errr… my iPhone is from China and it’s definitely real. 

  • Karras

    I found I just a little amusing that something with the spec of a netbook, yet costing twice the price and boasting as little as a quarter of the battery life, is described as “not too shabby” on a site that routinely slags off netbooks and announces their demise. Indeed, it is openly admitted here that this netbook costs the same as the iPad that is often credited with the supposed death of the netbook. Netbooks are not too bad at their normal price point but if you have to double the price, just so that it can look a bit like an Apple product, that surely defeats the object

  • Hampus

    “We spent a lot of our time with it, and we can tell you that it’s even thicker and heavier than Apple’s Air”

    Heh, that’s a nice sentence (from the M.I.C quote), it implies the Macbook air is thick and heavy… That ‘even’ just should not be in there :p

  • Aaron

    “Did we mention that it runs Windows?”

    Poorly. A 32GB SSD? Can Windows 7 even fit on that? An Atom processor? C’mon. 

    It continues to amaze me that none of the PC manufacturers can come up with an Air clone that’s as good for the same price. I thought Apple computers are supposed to be more expensive?

  • mlahero

    The taskbar. I love the dock but the win7 taskbar is superior in every way.

  • Emy29

    One thing to be said about these copies, whether they’re obvious ripoffs
    or just ‘influenced by Apple’: they really make me appreciate all the
    refinements Apple put into manufacturing their products. Especially
    since this… thing… retails for a whopping $499.

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