Top brands have lots of copycats, and sometimes fakes are made so well you’re almost unable to recognize them.
We at Engineering Insider have gathered some tips that will help you recognize fake gadgets before buying them.
Check the packaging
Manufacturers of counterfeit products often neglect package design. The official retailer will always take care of even the slightest details of design and packaging of their own goods.
Take a close look at the package, paying attention to the print quality: the font should be legible and consistent everywhere. Nothing should be loose inside. Manufacturers always fix their goods well so that nothing gets damaged during transportation. Even the seams and corners of the packaging film should be impeccable.
The user manual is the passport of any gadget. All important information about the device must be there in the language of the country of purchase. If it’s written in some other language and you can’t read it, then it’s either a smuggled device or a brand copycat.
Pay attention to the material
Any material, be it plastic, rubber, or aluminum, can be high- or low-quality. Famous brands don’t save on materials. The plastic covering must be smooth, without seams or other imperfections. A closer look at a fake easily uncovers cheap plastic with matte shades and irregular surfaces.
Take a look at the fonts
A logo is the face of any brand, and it deserves special attention. It’s always made so as not to be tampered with: even after years of use, the logo will be easily recognizable.
All fonts and symbols on the device must be smooth, readable, and durable. It’s often the case with fakes that they lack the name of the manufacturer or they have it somehow wrong.