Top 12 Tech Knockoffs

Cheap knockoffs aren't limited to Ray-Bans and Rolexes. Read on for a look at an imitation iPad, a pirated Palm Pre, and more low-budget copies of popular tech products--often with features not found in the originals.

These days, tech products can say a lot about a person's style--and as with any fashion accessory, for every hot gadget there's somebody who can copy it. In this slideshow, we've rounded up 12 knockoffs of popular tech products from Apple, HP, Palm, Sony, and more.

These aren't all exact duplicates, though. While we can't make any guarantees about their build quality (or safety), many of these copies have features that the big companies didn't (or couldn't) include in the real thing--a touchscreen, for example, or a larger display. You'll also find some creative takes on familiar product designs, such as an iPhone Nano and a MacBook Air in black.

Note that we cannot endorse these products, so buy them at your own risk. Also, we've tried to include pricing information wherever possible, but many of these devices aren't sold online.

Let's start with a knockoff of a famous gadget that isn't even for sale yet.

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(Want more odd and amusing stuff? See "Pranks for Geeks: 15 Fun Ways to Pwn Coworkers" and "Top 11 Lamest Blogs.")

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Republished with permission from PC World (view original version)

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