THD N2-A is a KIRF MacBook Air that runs Ice Cream Sandwich for $149, we go arms-on (video)

It would not be Computex with out some KIRF Apple merchandise. And what we’ve got at the moment is not fairly a MacBook Air. However it’s amazingly shut. The N2-A, because it’s recognized within the OEM underground, is likely one of the most spectacular MacBook Air lookalikes we have seen — and one of many least expensive. $seventy four,500 will internet you 500 of those pretty thirteen.three-inch bundles of just about-Mac goodness, which comes out to only $149 apiece. The THD (Thread Know-how Co.)-made clamshell comes full with an LED-backlit 1366 x 768 LCD, 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 1 gig of DDR3 RAM and eight gigs of SSD storage. There’s additionally constructed-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi (we’re a bit devastated concerning the lack of 802.11ac), and the choice so as to add a 3G dongle or Ethernet adapter by way of the pair of USB ports. As you’ll have gathered from the picture, there is a full-measurement QWERTY keyboard and a well-known, but extremely mediocre trackpad, together with a 2-cell 4200 mAh battery (rated to eight hours), an SD card slot, a not-so-MagSafe one hundred ten-240-volt AC adapter, a headphone out, mic in and an HDMI port.

In typical MacBook Air style, the N2-A could be very skinny and fairly mild (1.fifty five kilograms or three.four kilos) — it isn’t as svelte as a prime-of-the-line ICS pill, nevertheless it’s manageable for positive. Whereas it might look completely effective on digital camera, the gadget’s construct high quality definitely is not as much as Apple’s requirements — however then once more, it does not value $1,000+. After a number of busy commerce present days, the trackpad was noticeably scratched up, with loads of different blemishes across the silver case as well, together with some warping right here and there. The N2-A wasn’t hideous by any stretch, even upon shut inspection, however any Apple beginner would have the ability to acknowledge that this did not come out of Cupertino, even earlier than noticing the lacking Apple emblem and the added Home windows key (it is there to help the almost similar N2-C, which provides a twin-core Atom processor and Home windows 7 help).

ICS felt fairly snappy, although and not using a touchscreen you are pressured to make use of the unimpressive trackpad, which wasn’t responsive sufficient for normal use. (You possibly can all the time sacrifice portability and use a USB mouse as an alternative.) General, the N2-A is a reasonably slick system — to not point out fairly a little bit of enjoyable. Do not anticipate to see this KIRF in any shops within the US — you will have to order 500 models or extra immediately from THD to benefit from that $149 price ticket, although we may even see the Android laptop computer make its strategy to the general public by means of third-get together channels, maybe with a retail worth of about $200. For now, you’ll be able to take a better look in our meaty gallery under, or within the arms-on video after the break.

Dana Wollman contributed to this report