When an original product appears on the market and is very successful in terms of sales, it is only a matter of time before an almost identical copy is created in China – of course, offered at a lower price. This is especially visible among smartphones and personal computers. In the Middle Kingdom, copyrights seem to function differently, which can be seen when we look at the offer of local sales platforms.
In China, we can find a lot of different devices that are imitations of many popular products. We can easily find cheaper “replacements” for Apple MacBook Air laptops or more original designs from other manufacturers.
The first example is the Topton L10 laptop, which tries to copy the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 3 model 1:1. This is a design that, in addition to the standard display (15.6 inches), can use a smaller one (7-inch), which is located he stayed right next to the keyboard. Of course, in terms of components, we will meet more of the budget shelf, because on board we will find an Intel Celeron N5095 processor (instead of Intel Core i5-12500H), 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and a maximum of 2 TB SSD storage. However, in terms of price, the difference is colossal – the laptop in question costs about PLN 1,360 (including shipping), while the original equipment from Lenovo costs PLN 6,740.
Another series that is probably well known among users is RedmiBook from Xiaomi. The entire line is a cheaper equivalent of Apple MacBook ultrabooks. One of the last models released on the market in 2023 is Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro 15 Ryzen Edition 2023. In this case, the specification is based on AMD systems from the Phoenix APU family, 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and 15.6- inch IPS matrix with high resolution of 3200 x 2000 pixels (500 nits). The cost of this laptop is approximately PLN 4,200, while the Apple MacBook Air 15, similar in terms of parameters (M2 system, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD), costs over PLN 9,000. zlotys.
Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro 15 Ryzen Edition – specification and price of the laptop with AMD Ryzen 7040HS processors
When browsing platforms such as Aliexpress, we also come across copies of Chinese devices, which in turn partly imitate other well-known devices. This time, an example is the Jumper EZbook X1 laptop, which is a cheaper alternative to the Teclast F5 notebook (which, in turn, is a copy of the Lenovo Yoga 2 11). All designs are identical to each other, have a rotating touch screen (360-degree range) and quite “modest” components. Intel Pentium or Celeron series processors are responsible for performance. The rest of the components are also unimpressive, after all, these are laptops that are supposed to be functional. Prices are several hundred zlotys lower than the original.
The examples were only intended to illustrate that we are able to find a copy of literally any device on the Chinese platforms in question. Of course, some of them can be considered a “reference” to other devices, while many devices are literally “counterfeits” whose purpose is to copy competing products 1:1. While in many parts of the world the legality of such activities could be considered, in this case this aspect is completely ignored. This practice has, of course, been around for many years and most people have certainly gotten used to it. There is no indication that this will change in any way. The only thing left is a reminder to be careful when shopping. Most devices are not worth purchasing even at very low prices, so it is worth considering this decision several times.