I’m still not convinced that the MacBook Air was ever all that special. Sure, it’s super thin and elegant and capable of running OS X. But it’s also super expensive, and when I visit coffee shops these days I see far more people with MacBooks, MacBook Pros, or cheap netbooks than I do with a MacBook Air. That said, it still seems like the MBA is still the standard bearer for thin and lights. LG recently launched a commercial for the company’s new LG X300 thin and light laptop that looks an awful lot like the original MacBook Air ad. And in China, we’ve seen a bunch of Macbook Air knockoffs over the past year or two.
The latest comes to us courtesy of M.I.C. Gadget. What you’re looking at is a thin and light laptop with your typical netbook specs including a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU, 1GB of RAm, and a 160GB hard drive. The computer has a 3 cell battery and 802.11b/g/n WiFi.
It’s a bit larger than a netbook though, thanks to a 13.3 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display. The way I see it, there are three things this laptop has going for it:
- It has a nice wide, full sized keyboard.
- The glowing mac logo on the back is a nice touch, even if it guarantees we’ll never see this model sold in the US.
- It’s cheap. Like, about $249 cheap.
On the other hand, the laptop ships with Windows XP or FreeDOS, rather than OS X. So if you really want it to act like a MacBook, you’re going to need to bring your own OS.