You Can Buy A Fake New iMac Before Apple's Has Even Gone On Sale

Apple's new iMac is taking its time to arrive in stores. But if you're bored of waiting, you can already get a dodgy Chinese fake of the sleek new computer -- before anyone has managed to get their hands on the official product.

Truth be told it's actually not too bad, if you can get past the name -- Lavi -- which sounds a lot like a pet name for a toilet. But beneath its metallic exterior lies a 1920x1080 display, 4GB of RAM, a choice of a 3.3GHz Sandy Bridge Intel Core i3 or a 2.9GHz Core i5 processor, and either a 500GB HDD or a 128GB SSD. And, umm, Windows 7 or 8. Not OS X. Obviously. In China, they're selling for between $US500 and $US650.

But let's face it, you'd be buying this for its looks -- and it really does look like the new iMac. It's actually 4mm thicker than the product it apes, but not that many people would probably ever notice. Take a closer look. [Shanzhaiben via MIC Gadget via Engagdet]

It has the same all-in-one design and tapers dramatically:

It's just 0.9cm thick at its thinnest point:

And it has the exact same cooling vents along its base:



    Looks better than most all in one machines and for the price, it's not too bad either lol

    But if something goes wrong it would almost be harder and more expensive to fix than the original. Almost.

    Install OSX 86 and you could have yourself a cheap iMac...

    Looks good! If anything it gives us an idea of how big a profit margin Apple has.

    How fake is 'fake', though? The changs are making the real deal these days. If you hand over manufacturing to a country on such a massive scale, it's only really a matter of time before they throw their hands in the air, say 'screw this' and start making their own.
    The chickens will come home to roost on this one, mark my words.

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