FAKE: AirBook is the best MacBook Air knock-off yet

FAKE: AirBook is the best MacBook Air knock-off yet

Summary: The AirBook is an almost exact clone of Apple's MacBook Air, right down to the glowing Apple logo on the lid.

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The AirBook: The best MacBook Air knock-off yet - Jason O'Grady

The AirBook - Never has a knock-off looked so good.

The name and slogan of a product being sold at K.O. Store is brazen, to be sure. But surprisingly they're not too far off the mark. I love how the descriptive copy on the AirBook product page takes a clever stab at Apple without specifically mentioning the MacBook Air by name.

Sporting the sleek lines and minimalist design of the original, the AirBook is a sight to behold and is guaranteed to turn heads everywhere you go.

The AirBook comes equipped with a multi-touch trackpad, Windows-style chiclet keyboard and a 13.3" HD LED backlit display.

Whether you are surfing the net, checking your email or just using your favourite social media service -- the AirBook does it all while oozing style from every angle?.

The AirBook is definitely the best looking MacBook Air clone that the Internet's ever seen. The fit and finish is eerily similar to the MacBook Air and would easily pass as one to most passers-by. The difference, of course, is that AirBook is a PC and thusly runs Windows.

According to a lengthy lengthy review (with video) by MIC Gadget AirBook sold for $499 and ran Windows. Yes, that's ran, as in past tense. The AirBook is marked discontinued on the K.O. Store site -- and there's some speculation as to whether it ever shipped at all. I mean, come on! How long do you think Apple legal would allow them to use that big white glowing Apple logo on the lid?

Below is one of my favorite shots comparing the ports on the AirBook to the ports on the MacBook Air. Notice how the AirBook substitutes an HDMI port for Apple's Thunderbolt port:

FAKE: AirBook is the best MacBook Air knock-off yet

Here are the specs:

  • Processor: Intel Atom N525 (1.8GHz)
  • Cache Per Processor: 1MB L2 Cache
  • Operating System: Windows 7 (Apple Theme)
  • Display/Resolution: 13.3" High-Def LED backlight display, 1366 * 768, 16:9 widescreen
  • Graphics: Intel GMA 3150 Integrated Graphics with 128MB shared system memory
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3 Single-slot (upgrade to 4GB SSD for $15)
  • Storage: 32GB SSD Kingspec mini PCIe MLC (upgrade to 64GB SSD for $35)
  • Audio: Stereo speakers, Omni-directional microphone, Headphone port
  • Ports and Slots: 2 x USB2.0 ports, SD card slot, 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Output, mini-HDMI Output
  • Camera: 1.3M Integrated web camera
  • Wireless Card: 802.11b/g/n
  • Power Supply: 40W AC Adapter
  • Height: 0.2 -0.75 inch (0.5-1.9 cm)
  • Width: 13.1 inches (33.4 cm)
  • Depth: 8.82 inches (22.4 cm)
  • Weight: 3.1 pounds (1.42 kg)

Here's a gallery of photos of the AirBook, courtesy of the K.O. Store:

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Intel, Operating Systems, Processors, PCs, Windows

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  • Discontinued?

    As in never existed in the first place. It's not April though. Free clicks I guess.
    oncall
  • RE: FAKE: AirBook is the best MacBook Air knock-off yet

    Why would anyone want a Windows PC with an Apple logo on it? Unless what they say about Apple users caring only about the logo so they can show off that they own an Apple product really is true.....
    Doctor Demento
  • RE: FAKE: AirBook is the best MacBook Air knock-off yet

    Why not a logo of an orange. I am pretty sure a lemon would not be appropriate, as sales would suffer. ;)
    mytake4this
    • Why not ...

      @mytake4this ... a cherry (which would look quite similar to an apple) or a pear (which is the big gag on the Nickelodeon shows my kids watch)?

      If they hadn't put the Apple logo on it, they might have been able to get away with it. Dumb to invest all that money and then put the Apple logo on it, which they had to know would get it banned. Oh well.
      jscott69
  • Didn't Know Anyone Could Copy the Macbook Air as well as Intel!

    Wow, Intel spent 300-million dollars and couldn't copy the Macbook Air quite as well as KO... Who has ever heard of that company, anyway? Maybe that explains why ASUS got all that Intel money, but they couldn't figure out whether to officially declare war on Apple.

    Check out how ASUS declared Zen-war on Apple's Macbook Air, and then decided they were actually competing with... the KO Airbook?

    http://postimage.org/image/48lkfb5rf/
    http://postimage.org/image/j54mw5oh3/
    RichardEich
  • RE: FAKE: AirBook is the best MacBook Air knock-off yet

    Best physical copy, but with a crappy Atom processor, certainly not similar in performance, I'm guessing. Based on the Acer netbook I bought for my kid last year, I wouldn't wish an Atom processor on my worst enemy. A truly painful computing experience.
    TroyMcClure
  • RE: FAKE: AirBook is the best MacBook Air knock-off yet

    Hah - you get what you pay for! Not hugely taken with that gaping wound between the screen and body when "closed".
    Tony in TLoTRS
    • Quality is definitely not job 1

      @Tony in TLoTRS ... in the clone business. Close is good enough ... or in this case, "almost close" is close enough.
      jscott69
  • RE: FAKE: AirBook is the best MacBook Air knock-off yet

    Apple's legal team can do what it wants. But it is powerless against Chinese clones. Go into China or Burma and you will find stunning clones of almost every Apple product out there. As far as I have seen the products are almost solely sold in the aforementioned countries, whereas you would expect them in other Asian countries too.
    rhon@...
    • Stunning as in

      wallops you where it really hurts--in your wallet or bank balance.
      Laraine Anne Barker
  • RE: FAKE: AirBook is the best MacBook Air knock-off yet

    Hackintosh this laptop and you now have a macbook air for half the cost.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • RE: FAKE: AirBook is the best MacBook Air knock-off yet

      @Loverock Davidson-

      You have tracked down this post about a type of computer you hate.

      You have then posted the suggestion of software piracy to place copyright code onto a hardware device that is in breach of substantial IP.

      If you are working for someone when you make thse posts, then they need to look at the implications of these postings.

      I gather that freedom of speech may offer you some protection, but employing someone to advocate the breaching of the law by another party is probably not a good position to be in.

      Who do you work for?

      About time they felt the heat for their actions!!

      And about time you also were held accountable for your PR hate campaign.
      richardw66
      • RE: FAKE: AirBook is the best MacBook Air knock-off yet

        @richardw66 Dude LD can be a troll on occasion but really?[b]

        You have tracked down this post about a type of computer you hate.[/b]

        This is a post about a windows powered knockoff of the Mac Air. You on the other hand went to a lot of trouble to track down a post from a guy you obviously hate. So what is the difference?[b]

        You have then posted the suggestion of software piracy to place copyright code onto a hardware device that is in breach of substantial IP.[/b]

        Yes he did. And? The AirBook is obviously a Mac Air clone why not put a Mac OS on it?[b]

        If you are working for someone when you make thse posts, then they need to look at the implications of these postings.[/b]

        Here's what gets me about you fanbois and mactards: Why does anyone who disagrees with you have to work for or be a "shill" for the company you love to hate? Grow up.[b]

        I gather that freedom of speech may offer you some protection, but employing someone to advocate the breaching of the law by another party is probably not a good position to be in.[/b]

        And you still keep getting it - like some warped Energizer bunny...[b]

        Who do you work for?[/b]

        Who do YOU work for? Come on richardw66 turnabout is fair play.[b]

        About time they felt the heat for their actions!![/b]

        Who's actions? Do you really feel the necessity to compound your failure?[b]

        And about time you also were held accountable for your PR hate campaign.[/b]

        And how is LD's dislike of Apple any different from your dislike of LD? And why are you making a mountain out of a molehill? You fanbois are entirely too easy.
        athynz
      • RE: FAKE: AirBook is the best MacBook Air knock-off yet

        @richardw66 I don't know whether it would technically be software piracy.

        The hypothetical customer could purchase the OS license, but he'd be guilty of breach of contract (along with presumably infringing Apple's copyright by unlawfully using their copyrighted works) if he tried to install it on this AirBook, rather than outright software piracy*.

        Of course, since our hypothetical customer is a single person, I don't know how eager Apple would be to stop him from doing this; it's probably on the level of "seriously guy, cut that out" rather than "kick down the door and drag him out by his ankles".

        *In fact, in the Psystar case, I think that Apple argued both copyright infringement and breach of contract.
        Third of Five
    • RE: FAKE: AirBook is the best MacBook Air knock-off yet

      Sorry, Loverock, but what you would actually have is a pile of trash.
      Laraine Anne Barker