It’s getting very close to the end of November, and Apple’s iMac web page still shows the 21.5-inch all-in-one Mac as “coming in November,” with the 27-inch slender desktop “coming in December.” If you’re worried that there may be no new iMac under the Christmas tree this year, then you might want to consider buying a LAVI S21i from the well-known manufacturer Shenzhen Rahway.

What? You’ve never heard of Shenzhen Rahway? Well, take a look at what they’re offering before you scoff. It looks just like one of the new iMacs — without the Apple logo, of course — and features a 21.5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 display, 4 GB of RAM, and either a 3.3 GHz Intel Core i3 dual-core or 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5 quad-core CPU. For storage, the LAVI S21i (kinda rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) can be equipped with either a 128 GB SSD or a 500 GB hard drive. And the OS? Windows 8, of course.

Can't wait for a new iMac Buy a cheap Chinese knockoff instead

It’s only 0.4 cm thicker at the edges, comes with an ugly generic power brick, and crams most of the ports (including a state-of-the-art VGA port) in the bottom of the display, but hey — it’s just like an iMac!

Can't wait for a new iMac Buy a cheap Chinese knockoff instead

This baby will only set you back US$540-$621 depending on which model you purchase, which means that you’ll have enough money left over from not buying that $1299 non-bogus iMac to get yourself an iPad.

[via M.I.C Gadget]

Can’t wait for a new iMac? Buy a cheap Chinese knockoff instead originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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