Check Out These Cheap $50 AirPods Knockoffs

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    Apple's AirPods are one of its most popular product lines in recent years, and have resulted in crazy demand, memes, and dozens of knockoff products.

    In our latest YouTube video, we picked up a pair of $50 i10 TWS earphones that have been designed to look like AirPods to see how they measure up to the real thing.


    The i10 TWS AirPods knockoffs are almost carbon copies of the AirPods and at first glance, it's hard to tell them apart. There are some noticeable differences to distinguish the two, though, which will be obvious to AirPods owners.

    Instead of a Lightning port, the i10 TWS earbuds have a USB-C port for charging, though they also support Qi-based wireless charging, which the AirPods don't offer. There's also an LED charging indicator light on the front and no Bluetooth pairing button on the back.

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    When it comes to the case, the i10 TWS is clearly lower quality than the AirPods as it's lighter, feels flimsier, and makes a clicking noise when you open the lid, but the fake AirPods inside look quite similar to real AirPods.

    The i10 TWS earbuds are nearly indistinguishable from AirPods, and they sound pretty similar too. Sound quality was about the same with both, and the same goes for voice quality when using the microphone for calls.

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    Like the AirPods, the i10 TWS earbuds use gestures, with a single tap able to play/pause music and a double tap able to skip tracks. A two-second hold activates a voice assistant like Siri.

    There are missing AirPods features, though. There's no autopause/autoplay function when removing one of the i10 TWS earbuds from your ear, and there's no simple pairing due to the lack of a W1 chip.

    The i10 TWS earbuds pair to a device like any other Bluetooth headphones, and they also don't enjoy the same long range. As for battery life, they last for about three hours worth of streaming music and charge up in about an hour and a half over USB-C.

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    So while these look, feel, and sound like AirPods, the i10 TWS earbuds are missing some key features, which explains why the price is so much lower. You can snap these up for about $50, which is more than $100 less than the AirPods.

    Would you ever buy knockoff AirPods instead of the real thing? Let us know in the comments.

    Article Link: Check Out These Cheap $50 AirPods Knockoffs
     
  2. deebinem macrumors regular

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    Without the handoff/ease of the W1?

    No.

    Same sound as AirPods?

    Yes.
     
  3. hagjohn macrumors 6502

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    Better to lose something @ $50 than lose something @ $160.
     
  4. vicviper789 macrumors regular

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    They could have sold more if they were made in black
     
  5. deebinem macrumors regular

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    Who, Apple or the knockoffs? Both?
     
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  7. tobybrut macrumors member

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    No, I would not buy a cheap knockoff. You get what you pay for. I've made that mistake buying cheap computer cables or cheap laptop chargers, but have regretted it every time.
     
  8. DrJR macrumors member

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    Why I’m leaving Apple and it’s overpriced ********. See trash can Mac Pro. Stop falling for it.
     
  9. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    It Amazes me to see the extent some of these Chinese manufacturers will literally emulate Apple’s products to almost an exact replica. There was even an ‘Knock-off’ Apple Watch that was even very similar to Apples, it just goes to show you how sought after Apples designs are in terms of appeal and popularity.
     
  10. JPack macrumors 601

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    Given how AirPod batteries degrade so much after 12 months, these might be worth looking into.
     
  11. DrJR macrumors member

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    Let them. Yay capitalism.
     
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Really? I have my AirPods since launch in December 2016, and mine are still going strong, where at least I’m able to hold 50% or more battery life with my usage.
     
  13. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

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    So it doesn't matter what the item is? LOL, you guys are hilarious.
     
  14. az431 macrumors 65816

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    When you add up the ones that fail after 3 months you won’t break even.
     
  15. DrJR macrumors member

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    What’s hilarious is how we, the fan boys, used to suck up their ********
     
  16. deebinem macrumors regular

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    You might be interested in these as well:

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  17. mudflap macrumors 6502

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    Then please put your money where your mouth is and get outta here.
     
  18. az431 macrumors 65816

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    Same thought process I used when why I married the ugliest chick I could find.
     
  19. JPack macrumors 601

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    The supply chain already exists. It's low hanging fruit to get the same suppliers to produce the same hardware.
     
  20. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020

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    Were you dating?

    So you're switching vendors because of a product that's six years old?
     
  21. apolloa macrumors G4

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    Cheap crap. Bet they don’t sound half as good. Plenty of other decent non knock off headphones for the money out there.
     
  22. mcdj macrumors G3

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    I’m sure Apple would be thrilled to know that you’re spotlighting what amounts to counterfeiting.
     
  23. weckart macrumors 601

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    Aliexpress, Geekbuying etc. The usual Chinese online malls. And not $50, more like $20 if you wait for the inevitable discounts.

    E.g.

    https://www.geekbuying.com/item/i10-TWS-Bluetooth-5-0-Earbuds---White-414411.html

    and a discount code of KLEMFDHG knocks a few dollars off the headline $23 price.

    Online discussions suggest they conk out after about 2.5hrs, so probably about worth $20. There are better BT buds for less if you don't need the touch gestures.
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    Actually, from what I have read from people who bought them, they sound very similar. It's not as if Apple is setting a high bar for sound reproduction in the first place.
     
  24. Infinite Vortex macrumors regular

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    Given the knock-offs are similar to the original thing, but not as good, and considering the fact that the AirPods themselves don't fit in my ears correctly and constantly fall out… no, wouldn't buy them. Wouldn't buy (actually replace) the AirPods either.
     
  25. apolloa macrumors G4

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    Opinions varie, personally I think they sound pretty damn good, the original AirPods that is.
     

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