Chinese company called Dacom Electronics has created a pair of wireless headphones that look remarkably similar to Apple’s $169 AirPods with the custom W1 chip that first went on sale in December.

As reported by Business Insider, Dacom via its recent FCC filing is now seeking approval to sell its knockoff AirPods to customers in the United States.

“Lead you to wonderful music, enjoy healthy & happy life,” reads the manual.

The cryptically named Guofen7 TWS earbuds are admittedly clunkier and not as pretty or polished as AirPods. At first sight, they do bear similarities to AirPods sans the oddly shaped earmuffs. The earphones ship in a white charging case—again, just like Apple’s AirPods—which has a built-in USB port for charging the batteries in the earbuds.

Each earbud features an indicator light, a built-in battery and a five-volt jack at the bottom for charging. They’re rated with a talk/play time of up to four hours and 120 hours of standby time. Unlike AirPods that sense touch but don’t include any buttons, Dacom’s earbuds have a single multifunctional button on them. With a press, users can play and pause music, answer calls and more, according to the user manual.

AirPods lack any hardware buttons.

Instead, you have built-in accelerometers which detect when you double-tap either earbud. Depending on your settings, a double-tap activates Siri or starts/stops audio playback. You can also ask Siri to turn up the volume, change the song and more, without touching your AirPods or taking your iPhone out of a pocket.

TUTORIAL: How to use AirPods like a pro

The problem is, Siri requires a network connection.

As a result, you cannot control AirPods with Siri when your iPhone is offline. You can work around this limitation by taking advantage of iOS’s limited yet functional Voice Control capabilities that don’t require an Internet connection though you’ll have to dig into the menus each time Siri is unavailable.

As for Dacom, they’re currently selling the Guofen7 TWS earbuds in Japan for 11,555 yen, which works out to about $105.

What do you think, guys?

Should Apple just ignore this and let Dacom potentially sell these AirPods lookalikes in the U.S. or should they drag the Chinese knockoff maker to court?

Source: FCC via Business Insider

  • Rondog

    There are a lot of bluetooth earphones out there, what’s one more gonna hurt? They might even sound pretty good. It’s not like apple needs the money. Besides that’s why they rip us off on their prices.

    • Rowan09

      Apple doesn’t need the money? When did that happen! They should leave them alone nevertheless, no one would confuse the two after looking properly.

  • Brad B Hanes

    Drag the makers of Guofen7tws to Court. Americans are loosing their jobs left & right due to our goverment not getting tough with the Chinese regarding all the cheap products they dump into the United States for half or less than what we can sell the same pruduct for. The Chinese are undercutting American business who then have no Choice but to move overseas to for cheaper labor to compete with the Chinese. Hopefully Trump will do something about these unfair trade practices that so many Presidents before Trump did nothing about. This is one of the reasons Donald Trump was elected.

    • burge

      Your arguing about a product being sold cheaper than its American counterpart and you think that’s a court case. Just because it sells cheaper doesn’t make it a legal battle.

      So on that basis your saying Tesla should take Nisan to court because that make a cheaper car. Or perhaps Nisan should sue Tesla because thay copied Nisan and made a car.

      P.S. I’m not saying these are better than AirPods it’s just your reasoning for a court case is well stupid. You can not win a case based on what your trying to take them to court for.

      • Rowan09

        I think the court case would be about it looking like the AirPods, if Apple is even considering taking them to court.

      • Vince Reedy

        They look like seahorses or some kind of parasite

      • Rowan09

        Lol that’s true. I guess in the ear they can be mistaken.

      • burge

        Not according to brads comment he wants to sue them because they’re cheaper and he clearly states that.

        And if that’s his case then perhaps Apple is well being Apple and overcharging for their products. Don’t forget you pay more because your purchasing the brand and a better quality product.

        I almost purchased a pair Airpods myself this week and at the last moment I could not justify the cost, Although I would love to have a pair.

      • Rowan09

        Yeah I know but being cheaper is not a reason to go to court because we know the quality of parts isn’t the same. Plus it’s $105+ tax which is only $50 from the AirPods, these things are overpriced. If you can afford to buy these you should be able to buy the AirPods.

        In regards to overcharging for products of course that’s called business, but with Apple they are in the hardware and retail business. Who you think is suppose to pay for the salaries of the employees in the retail stores or the fact you can walk into a physical store and get help right away? It’s going to be included in the price for that convenience. I never complain about overcharging for a product because the only rule in business is to make money and a publicly traded one is even worst. I’ll either like you want it but can’t justify the price or reason at the moment. I have my Powerbeats wireless and they still work fine and they cost more than the AirPods. If they mess up then it will give me a reason to think about getting the AirPods.

        I do however complain when a company has a service similar or the same as another company and overcharges for it (YouTube tv for example is pretty much the same as Sling tv but $15 more).

      • scoupdogg

        Exactly, initial days apple was right to sue someone who copied their invention, where they spent millions to research…
        But now America has gone to SHIT, you can’t innovate all companies are technically run by lawyers and all the company does in america is sue and get sued

      • Pete Hom

        well said

    • credulousgeek

      Airpods are overly priced tbh this is so wrong!

  • Valinor

    They dont even look like airpods…….

  • Kubaton

    It’s minor, but AirPods are $159 not $169.

  • Jerry

    My God they’re ugly, but look pretty sturdy. There’s thousands of 100% look alike knockoffs being sold here so what’s any different with these? Are they trying to sell them in big stores like Best Buy or Walmart?

  • Templar

    You could buy these in ebay they been available since the longest

  • They want to sell this garbage for $105?!

  • Rook HD

    these are not worth $105… It could be a decent buy if it was half the price of the Airpods at most

  • Mike M. Powell

    I mean if u go to “Ali-Express” they probably have knockoffs already. They had the Apple Watch ready when it first came out .-.

    P.S: these are aweful from a design perspective but eh, it’ll probably sell well

  • burge

    So your saying if a company can make a cheaper product they should be sued ?

    Price has nothing to do with it. What part of that do you understand. These cheap headphones look nothing like AirPods and I can bet there not as good so you get what you pay for.