If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery than Apple is a-blushing and a-giggling right now. iView's iiView A2 is hitting Singapore next week and, aside from running Windows 7 RC 1 of all things, it seems a bit familiar.
Sleek and sexy, this $US467.78 netbook looks good enough to slice cake with. Its design mimics that of Apple's MacBook Air, right down to hidden monitor-out and USB ports. No word on how the lack of an optical drive is being dealt with though.
The specifications don't have anything worth getting excited about except for that last item:
- Atom 1.6GHz processor
- 2GB RAM
- Intel 945 chipset
- 12.1-inch 1,280 x 800-pixel resolution
- 320GB HDD
- Two USB ports, mini-HDMI port, 2-in-1 headphone/mic jack
- 802.11b/g, 10/100 Ethernet
- Six-cell battery
- Windows 7 RC1 with Vista Home Premium license
Yes, the iiView A2 runs Windows 7 RC1, but comes with a Vista Home Premium licence so that you can upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium when the time is right. iView explains that this OS decision was made because Vista just doesn't "provide an adequate experience" on netbooks. (Does it provide an adequate experience on anything?)
This is the best looking netbook I've seen so far and a great deal for those craving the style of Apple's line, but dreading the price tag. All that's left is the wait until the iiView A2 hits US shelves. [CNET]