Lenovo ThinkPad products are known for their premium specs and no-nonsense case design. But a Chinese company is apparently adding a bit of nonsense by releasing a knockoff that looks like the Lenovo ThinkPad X200, complete with ThinkPad branding. But the processing power has been seriously dialed back with the inclusion of a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and integrated GMA 3150 graphics. The real X200 shipped with a Core 2 Duo CPU.

Rounding out the knockoff’s specs are a 160GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, and an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display. It has a 4400mAh battery, 3 USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, and an SD card slot.

On the bright side, the Lenovo X200 ran $1200 or more when it was released in 2008, while Shanzhai.com reports the Chinese knockoff can be yours (if you can find one) for under $300.

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4 replies on “What you get when you gut a ThinkPad case, insert netbook parts”

  1. You are right John. This particular knockoff has regular netbook specs. It even has an HD display and the ThinkPad casing. How many $300 netbooks on the market have HD displays?

  2. For $300 it isn’t that bad a deal. How many other netbooks have an eraserhead pointer? Three mouse buttons? And if the rest of the keyboard is half as good as a Thinkpad then it’s all good. No I wouldn’t trade my real X200s for it sounds like a really good netbook.

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