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When will made in China be as respected as made in Japan or made in Korea?

The thing is made in China encompasses such a diverse array of products. IPhones and MacBooks are made in China, but those are often thought of as high quality products. Most people associate made in China products with cheap knock off products on Walmart and Amazon, and that’s true, there is a lot of Chinese companies making cheap knockoff products, but there’s also some Chinese companies making good products as well. Let me introduce a few.

DJI/drones

DJI is the market leader in drone technology. Their drones are really good. I owned the Phantom 4 and Mavic Air before as well as the Osmo+. They are so good in fact, that they are pushing GoPro out of the market – imagine that a Chinese company out innovating an American one!

Lenovo/computers

I admit, I’m a big ThinkPad fan. I own about 4 of them (P70, TP25, X240, X61) Lenovo is the largest PC vendor in the world, and ThinkPads are world renowned for their durability. They are just quality made laptops and are better built than even MacBooks in my estimation. Don’t underestimate Lenovo they are one of the best Chinese brands. Let’s not forget that they own Motorola as well.

Huawei/smartphones

The world’s #2 phone maker. Ok so they may not be the most original company (yeah that P20 looks like an iPhone X) but they do make quality stuff! I bought a Huawei phone for my parents. They produce solid phones at great prices. And let’s mention the other ‘good’ Chinese brands here: XiaomiZTEMeizuOppo which all make great phones for their price point.

Hifiman/Audio

Guess how much these headphones cost? $300? $400? Nope. $6000. Yes these are Hifiman’s top of the line planar magnetic headphones, the Hifiman Susvaras. And yes they are a Chinese company. Bet you didn’t think a Chinese company could make products that expensive right? Actually there are many solid Chinese audio companies making products that compete with the likes of Shure, Sennheiser, and boutique Western companies. In addition to Hifiman (Well respected amongst audiophiles) there’s also FiiO, Shanling, Caiyin, iBasso etc

Oppo/home electronics

Oppo not only makes smartphones under the OnePlus brand name, you may or may not be surprised to know that Oppo also makes highly regarded hoe electronics like Blu-ray and CD players. Yes, this particular model the UDP-205 costs $3600 on Amazon right now. It’s not a cheapo player. It competes with the best of Sony, Marantz, Denon, Onkyo etc.

So there you have it, I just listed a few Chinese companies with products made in China that are really good quality and in some cases like DJI/ThinkPads/Hifiman they are even class leading. So the answer is… I think China already makes products that compete with the best from Korea/Japan you just have to look for certain brands not the no name cheapo ones on Walmart/Target/Amazon/Aliexpress.

Main devices (phones and laptops)

I would like to post a tribute to all my main computers and laptops (the ones I mostly use) throughout my life. I’ve had many secondary devices as well, but these are the ones I mainly used. Also since phones and laptops are the two main electronic devices we use in everyday life I’ll keep it to that, so no tablets or mp3 players here. Those are technically luxuries because their functions can easily be replaced by a phone or laptop.

Phones

Samsung D900 “Black Carbon” (2007-2010) – my first real cellphone and the phone i mostly used throughout my university years

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iPhone 3G (2010-2011) – My first smartphone

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iPhone 4S (2011-2013) – my main smartphone during my first years in California

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iPhone 5S (2013-2014) 

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (2014-2016) – this was my main phone during my Korea years

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Google Pixel (2016-2017) 

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Google Pixel 2 (2017-present)

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Computers

Dell Inspiron 7500 (2003-2007) – my first laptop, used throughout all my high school years

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Gateway M285 (2007-2008) – convertible, used throughout university years

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Dell Latitude E4200 (2008-2011) – used throughout the remainder of my university years

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HP Envy 14 Beats Edition (2011-2014) – my main laptop throughout my San Francisco years

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Lenovo ThinkPad X240 (2014-2016) – main laptop throughout Korea years

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2016-2017)

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Lenovo ThinkPad TP25 (2017-present)

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Interior design for retro/modern styled electronics/speakers

When it comes to furniture and electronics I’m actually quite interested in how things look and are placed. That’s why I like playing The Sims a lot just for the ability to design your own home and place all the furniture and stuff. When I first got my SF apartment I carefully selected the right furniture from IKEA. I wanted to have to a sofa with the one section being a section you could lie down on and convert into a bed. I think I’ll get a massage recliner in the future so that I can pair it with my various HMD headsets for the ultimate relaxing experience.

Since I’m a gadget geek I like to imagine the style and placement of my electronics too. At the moment, the style of my electronics are ‘retro’ styled. What this means is most of my electronics look like something that could be from the 1970s or 1980s. Retro designs, black or woodgrain finishes, etc. There’s also another design aesthetic I like which is modern-futuristic design. I’ll show a few examples of what I’m talking about.

Klipsch The Three – current (retro) wireless speaker (matches well with a record player)

The Klipsch Three Wireless Stereo System - Home Audio That ...

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BeoSound 1 - Wireless music system « B&O | LuxusSound.com

Bang and Olufsen Beosound 1 – (modern/futuristic) wireless speaker

Polk Audio Hampden – current (retro) computer speakers

Polk Audio Hampden Desktop Speakers - Hey Gents

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Creative T4W – (modern/futuristic) computer speakers

移动端接入 Creative T4W无线2.1蓝牙音箱_天极网

Denon MM400 – current (retro) headphones

Denon AH-MM400 Test: Over-Ear-Kopfhörer | MODERNHIFI

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Porsche Design Space One – (modern/futuristic) headphones

KEF x Porsche Design Space One | werd.com

Yamaha B72 – current (retro) alarm clock

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JBL Horizon – (modern/futuristic) alarm clock

JBL Horizon Alarm Clock » Gadget Flow

AudioEngine B2 – (retro) wireless speaker

Audioengine B2 Walnut Wireless Bluetooth Speaker ...

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Naim Audio Mu-so – (modern/futuristic) wireless speaker

16 Best High-End Bluetooth Speakers for Unchained Troubadours

Even for smart speakers, you can get retro styled or modern styled ones

Sony S50G – current (retro) smart speaker – good for kitchen use

Sony's smart speaker gives Google Assistant a more capable ...

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Panasonic GA-10 – (modern/futuristic) smart speaker

JMtech: Así es el Panasonic SC-GA10, el nuevo altavoz ...

LG WK9 – current (retro) smart display

LG Smart Display ThinQ WK9 Review: Hand-on with the Echo ...

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JBL Link View – (modern/futuristic) smart display

Best Android announcements at CES 2018

Lenovo Thinkpad 25 – current (retro) laptop

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 review: An anniversary gift for ...

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Microsoft SurfaceBook – (modern/futuristic) laptop

Microsoft Surface Book Unveiled | Gadget Review

There’s lots of cool and interesting designs for other speakers as well like

Harmon Kardon Allure (modern/futuristic) smart speaker

Harman Kardon Allure smart speaker Review

Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless (modern/futuristic) wireless speakers

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless Review - Reviewed.com ...

Porsche Design Gravity One (modern/futuristic) portable speaker

KEF Porsche Design Gravity One Speaker Price in Pakistan

Definitive Tech W9 (modern/futuristic) wireless speakers

Definitive Technology W9 Enceintes sans fil - Son-Vidéo.com

Devialet Phantom (modern/futuristic) wireless speakers

Test Devialet Phantom : présentation : notre avis - CNET ...

Sony LSPX-S1 (modern/futuristic) speakers

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Jamo by Klipsch (modern/futuristic) speakers

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Master & Dynamic MW60 (modern/futuristic) headphones

Master & Dynamic Unveils MW60 Bluetooth Headphones

I think we live in a time where the choices for speakers and headphones and design is endless so we can model our furniture and electronics setup however we like, and that’s great. These are just a few ideas I have. Right now my home is more ‘retro’ styled than modern but that may change in the future.