We’ve seen dozens of netbooks come out of Shanzai shops in China which look like exact replicas (or at least distant cousins) of name brand computers. But one company is taking things to a new level by not just cloning the look and feel of the HP Mini 5102 netbook — but also cloning HP’s packaging… sort of.

Tenda’s HP Mini 5102 clone features the same color scheme, chiclet-style keyboard, and touchpad and button design as the HP Mini 5102. It loks pretty sexy overall.

The company also created a box which looks nearly identical to one you would get with an actual HP netbook. Emblazoned on the back is the slogan “The Computer is Personal Again,” written in multiple languages using the same funky font HP goes with.

But there are two funny things about this. First, the HP Mini 5102 is a business-class netbook, and if memory serves it doesn’t come in the “Personal again” packaging. And second, while the Tenda laptop looks like an HP Mini 5102, it’s actually much larger since the Tenda notebook has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display while the HP Mini 5102 has a 10.2 inch screen.

The Tenda laptop has a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of memory, and typical netbook specs. But I’m betting it doesn’t  have the premium features you get with the real HP Mini 5102 like a 7200RPM hard drive, spill-resistant keyboard, or accelerometer and hard drive protection system.

The knockoff runs about $280 in China.

via Shanzai.com

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