Over the past year or two I’ve seen plenty of Macbook Air knockoffs come out of China. But M.I.C. Gadget has the first photos I’ve seen of a knockoff that goes the extra mile and actually comes in a box labeled MacBook Air.

Under the hood, this machine is all netbook, with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and 4 cell battery. It sells for under $300 and ships with Windows XP instead of OS X. Even though the box quite clearly shows a picture of a MacBook Air with OS X installed. In fact, when you open the box you get a driver disc and Apple instruction manual. Unforutnately you also get a notebook that looks vaguely like a MacBook Air, but not quite like the product pictured on the box.

Design-wise, the clone does sport a glowing Apple logo on the lid and a MacBook-like island style keyboard. It has a 13.3 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display. It also has a removable battery, which is something you won’t find on a real MacBook Air. Of course, the MacBook Air battery is also good for 4 to 5 hours, while the knockoff runs for less than two hours.

M.I.C. Gadget has a boatload of additional photos and some hands-on impessions.

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13 replies on “Chinese Macbook Air clone think it’s a real Mac”

  1. it’s a bullshit i have one the battery doesn’t work…i already changed the windows but the drivers doesn’t work properly…i want to trash it!!!

  2. I have this machine but I can’t find any battery of replacement for this, would you have the references of a compatible battery ?

    1. is ur macbook clone working all correct and good? and from which website u purchased it?

  3. so i love to see all these cloned systems.. but why is there NEVER a LINK to the WEBSITE so someone like myself can BUY ONE?!?!?

  4. Great looking and a very nice compromise: the 13 inch form factor is probably forbidden by Intel but it would serve many people just right. It would make perfect sense for me if it came with a decent battery and if it was made by a dependable manufacturer (to get rid of fan noise, optimize battery life and ensure build quality).

  5. I find this quite funny, although I am sure Apple does not. If I had the extra I would buy one. I really like OS X but I don’t care for Apple’s way of doing business.

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