What we’ve got here is a bit of an oxymoron. Shanzhai’s basic meaning is a type of local made device with major styling cues from another companies product (aka a carbon copy in most cases) but an original is the complete opposite, but what we have could be the first Shanzhai Original.
It’s made by a small electronics company in China, it has a passing resemblance of a HP, however it manages to look unique and very business like at the same time.
Under the 14 inch screen and professional looking body lies what essentially is a net-book. The CPU is the latest in the Atom line, a D525 clocked at a respectable 1.8 Ghz, there’s 1Gb of RAM and a 250Gb hard drive in there too, there are however some nice little surprises.
Such as the ION 2 chipset which along with the Atom CPU should mean snappy performance, very little heat and noise plus good battery life. There is also a DVD-RW which is pretty unheard off on Shanzhai laptops.
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Other nice features include the 14 inch 1366 x 768 resolution screen, full size chiclet keyboard, and good size track pad.
Power/charger jack, cooling vent, VGA, HDMI out, 1 x USB and headphone/microphone jacks are located along the left hand side.
Along the right is the DVD-RW tray, SD card reader, one more USB and ethernet plugs.
Underneath lies access hatches so you can get at the RAM and hard drive for a little bit of light modding, 4400 mAh battery and a 3G sim card slot.
Although not the prettiest in the world this Proton branded machine has some nice features plus it makes a refreshing change to all those Sony and Apple knock offs we normally cover.
Images Via: Shanzhaiben
Words by: Andi Sykes