Here’s what I love about Chinese electronics knockoff artists: They’ll try things that no Western company would ever even dream of. Case in point: a Sony Vaio W knockoff from China which doesn’t just look a bit like Sony’s 10 inch netbook — it even has the Sony Vaio brand name plastered all over it. You can tell someone’s not too worried about a lawsuit.
There are certainly some design differences between the actual Vaio W netbook and the clone. The Sony netbook has a textured touchpad, for instance, while the knockoff appears to have a smooth one. And the clone has chrome edges that make it look more like a Samsung NC10 from the side than a Sony Vaio W. But that Sony Vaio label on the netbook is probably enough to fool most folks.
The system builders also didn’t use the label sparingly. The laptop says Vaio on the lid, and again on the palm rest. There’s even a sticker with system specs which says Vaio on it. And the base of the display has a Sony logo.
Spec-wise, the netbook is pretty standard fare, with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 or 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor, 1GB of memory, and a 160GB hard drive. Oh yeah, and while the original Sony Vaio W has a 1366 x 768 pixel display, the knockoff has a lower resolution 1024 x 600 pixel screen. It sells for the equivalent of about $240.