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Bladeless fan no longer a Dyson exclusive

The electric AMO1 table fan trying to impersonate a lollipop has been cloned by Abiko.

Abiko bladeless fan
Except for the lack of a logo, this fan looks just like the Dyson AM01. Reuben Lee/CNET Asia

Aside from selling inexpensive Android tablets, little-known company Abiko had another interesting gadget at its booth at Comex 2010 in Singapore--a bladeless fan. Yes, the electric fan trying to impersonate a lollipop from British company Dyson (read our hands-on coverage here) has been cloned.

Abiko doesn't use the fancy "Air Multiplier" moniker, but that doesn't matter since its version is indistinguishable from the original. The fan turns and tilts the same way, and the feel and position of the buttons all mimic Dyson's expensive table fan exactly.

The company is selling it at $223, $73 cheaper than Dyson's 9.8-inch AM01 table fan. We did a quick Google search and found out that you can buy it wholesale from Alibaba.com from as low as $50 apiece. As far as we can tell, it works just as well as the original. Of course, with Dyson, you get the assurance of buying from an established brand and get proper after-sales support. But if you don't want to pay the high price for an original, it seems there are now other options.

(Source: Crave Asia)