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Mac Airbook Clone - MSI X340 (021US)

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MSI X340 (021US) : Open
The MSI X340 (021US) is nearly an identical twin to the Apple MacBook Air (Nvidia 9400M GT). Other than color—our review unit was black, and there's also a silver version—it's hard to tell them apart at first glance. The X340 is a cheap Air knock-off, to put it lightly, but there's more to this exceptionally thin ultraportable than its cellar-low price.

Matching the Air's weight and dimensions is an impressive feat in its own right, yet MSI adds a full array of physical ports and a removable battery, which won't find in the Air. But the X340 will need to revisit Apple's blueprints if it wants to match the Air's build quality.The X340 isn't close to being as sturdy or as rigid as the Air, and even though they weigh the same (2.9 lbs), the X340's plastic exterior is inferior to the Air's aluminum frame.
The rest of the X340's design is almost identical to that of the Air: Its slim profile measures less than an inch thick (13-by-8.8-by-0.78 inches), and both sport 13-inch widescreens.Actually, the X340 houses a 13.4-inch widescreen. It uses a 16:9 aspect ratio

The X340's removable battery is an underappreciated featureThe 32-Wh battery scored 3 hours 34 minuteson MobileMark 2007and can easily be swapped out for a second one in case more battery life is needed. The Air's 3:18 score is not only meager for an ultraportable, but it cannot be improved on with a second battery. MSI plans to ship an eight-cell battery at some point, from which it claims to get 10 hours of battery life.

The MSI X340 (021US) is basically your poor man's MacBook Air. It's the closest anyone has come to ripping off Apple design-wise, which by itself deserves a lot of credit.


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