The self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, in addition to the “achievements of the Belarusian unmanned defense industry”, which actually consist of Chinese components from AliExpress, recently also happily announced the “first Belarusian laptop”. As in the case of the UAV, only the name turned out to be Belarusian in the laptop, and possibly an electric wire with a plug. But it is not exactly. Nevertheless, the presence of components from the USA and other countries in the laptop did not prevent the Belarusian regime from proudly reporting on the “development”, and now the start of sales of the “first Belarusian laptop”.
The device is sold under the brand name Horizont and has the model name H-book MAK4. This product is allegedly manufactured at the Computer Equipment Plant, which is part of the Horizon company. Belarusian mass media say that the old workshops have been modernized for the production of modern computer equipment – laptops and monitors.
The laptop is offered in several configurations. All of them use not native Belarusian processors made of glue and sticks (or, at worst, the Elbrus chip of an allied terrorist state), but Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 produced by the hated Lukashenko West. The devices can also be available from 8 to 32 GB of RAM, as well as a solid-state drive with a capacity of 256 GB to 2 TB. The country of manufacture of these components is not specified. Most likely, the factories that produced them are also located far from the borders of Belarus. Buyers are offered versions with 14- and 15.6-inch displays, as well as integrated graphics. Autonomy is promised from 4 to 8 hours.
The “first Belarusian laptop” Horizont H-book MAK4 runs on the American operating system Windows 11. But the factory that “produces” laptops is trying to create its own operating system. So soon we can expect the appearance of the new Windows 11 OS with a different screensaver and boring wallpapers. Earlier, designers who were engaged in pasting Chinese labels to design a laptop said that it uses locally produced printed circuit boards. Announcing the “first Belarusian laptop” in September, Lukashenka said that 12% of Belarusian components are used in the devices. But in the future, when he finally finds those same 4 directions, the indicator of Belarusian components may increase to 30-35%. This time it was modestly kept silent. It seems that the production of wires, plugs and screws is still not mastered.
Announcing the Horizont H-book MAK4, Lukashenka promised a price of 1,300 Belarusian rubles (about $482). But during the re-sticking of the labels, the price increased to 1599 Belarusian rubles (about $633). This is how much the starting configuration of the 15.6-inch version costs.