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Lenovo ThinkPad X200 resurrected as Atom-powered clone

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. A stroll all the way back to the ancient history of 2008. It is there that we discover the decidedly compact (at the time) Lenovo ThinkPad X200. It’s not around anymore, at least not officially, but that hasn’t stopped the knockoff manufacturers from producing a lookalike.

As far as clones and knockoff products go, this faux ThinkPad actually does a pretty good job of replicating the look of the storied old laptop. You get that characteristic matte finish of the ThinkPad, as well as the red nubby of a mouse pointer, and a (non-functional, as far as we can tell) blue ThinkVantage button.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that you’ll likely be disappointed with the netbook-grade internals. Power comes by way of a measily 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, backed up with GMA 3150 graphics, 1GB of RAM, 16GB HDD, three USB 2.0 ports, and a 4400mAh battery. At least you get a half-decent 11.6-inch matte 1366×768 display.

As can be expected, the clone also comes at a fraction of the price of the original. Head over to your favorite underground importer to find the fake ThinkPad X200 for under $300.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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