14-inch ‘Macbook Air’ shows up in China
The Macbook Air may be one of the better looking notebooks available on the market today, but consumers who crave an Apple-branded, ultrathin notebook that features a screen size which is neither 11 inches or 13 inches are essentially out of luck. However, it would seem that such consumers will have a little more choice if they head down to China: in addition to the 10-inch 'Macbook Air' that was unveiled last week, the country is also getting another unofficial addition to its 'Macbook Air' family with the release of a 14-inch version of the ultrathin notebook.
You really got to love China, especially in times like this. Every so often, an established OEM will unveil new notebooks that are aimed at eliciting the "Ooos" and "Ahhs" from design-conscious consumers, but the fever dies down the moment they realize that the beautiful notebooks sitting in front of them does not come with the right specifications needed for the job. Which, for the most part, seems to describe Apple's Macbook Air notebooks perfectly, considering that they are only available in screen sizes of 11 inches and 13 inches. And this is where China comes in to offer a solution for users who crave the design of a Macbook Air but desire a machine with a larger display; by introducing its own version of a 14-inch 'Macbook Air'.
Like most of the Chinese clones we have covered here on VR-Zone, the 14-inch Macbook Air knockoff utilizes an Intel Atom N455 processor clocked at 1.66GHz, so suffice to say performance is definitely not going to be the notebook's selling point. However, what you do get is a machine which bears a very close resemblance to the real Macbook Air (save for the colour scheme, of course), sports 1GB of DDR2 memory, a HDMI-out port, a built-in card reader, a 250GB mechanical hard disk and a 3000mAh battery pack. What, you thought the Chinese manufacturers would be nice enough to throw in an SSD for you? Sorry, but that is just not going to happen.
That being said, it seems that the 14-inch 'Macbook Air' does come with a little extra toy thrown in by the vendor, and it comes in the form of a small remote control that can be used for various media-related tasks, such as volume adjustment and shutting down the notebook. No information about pricing has been revealed but hey, this is China we are talking about; just how expensive can it get?
Source: M.I.C Digi