A couple of weeks ago, we reported that there are quite a few knockoff LunaTik Epik Watch Kit for Apple Watch that claimed to be genuine but with a huge price difference from the KickStarter one. There have been a number of updates to that post with more pictures on this knockoff case in the past week.
The one being used for demonstration is the model called Epik Silver Anodized Aluminum Case + Matching Aluminum Link Bracelet for 38mm Apple Watch, which has no ETA from LunaTik at the moment. It only costs around $25 from Chinese online retailers. (Edit: Someone found this aluminum prototype available on eBay for $30.99)
As a disclaimer, this post is not going to talk about fashion and personal tastes, nor to promote using knockoff products. It aims at providing a perspective to this unreleased product in reality based on the knockoff model available, and demonstrating the extent of similarity comparing with the genuine product shown in the preliminary renders and promotional pictures on KickStarter. The final iteration has yet been confirmed, but nevertheless, it should not be too far from what can be seen as of now.
Starting from the package, it looks like having what are basically required as an official product – printed matters with the band well-sit in the box. What is more inside the box is no more than additional band links, screws and toolkit that is not worth showing in detail because they are poorly packed. Another thing is that unlike the KS campaign, there is no additional silicon links accompanied. However, the installation guide looks promising as shown below.
Certainly, the real meat-and-potato is the band itself. It should be made of aluminum, quite solid but fairly light. The metal links are chained by a black silicon band in the inner part which is soft and comfortable to put on. The buckle has a design to have 2-way folding and expanding which give best flexibility and security to take on and off from the wrist. We will have a closer look on each part of the band in the later part of this post.
For installation or uninstallation, two screw-drivers are required for one holding at one and the screw on the other side in order to remove the band from the case and open up the case parts side by side.
As always, pictures is worth thousands of words. Here are some snapshots on this case and band after putting on to a 38mm Apple Watch Sport, from different distances and angles:
A closer look on the case body:
A side view which imitates the official render image (click to view):
The view at the back (click here to view the official promotional image)
A closer look at the buckle (there is no official image on this):
A couple of major issues for this knockoff case: first, it is not polished up to the quality we should expect for a $150 genuine case. As you can see from the micro-view on the case, the anodization was not done perfectly, both inner and external surfaces, yet hard to be noticeable viewing from the normal distance.
Another major shortcoming, not a flaw to be exact but a design difference – the Digital Crown cover. It is completely different from what is shown in the official promotion video and images. Concluding from these two major issues, it is implicitly telling that this may be those dropped out from the quality control from the production line at an early stage.
This is how it should look when you put on your wrist (155mm wrist below):
Despite having a bigger case body, it adds similar heights as the Spigen Rugger Armor Case:
A side view on the button covers:
The Metal Link band:
Again, this should not be the one you will be getting from LunaTik KickStarter campaign but yet far from expected. As far as the try on, it is below a standard of a flagship product charging for over $100 plus months of design engagement and refinement, in terms of overall quality, yet offers good protection to the Watch. This knockoff product is not an Apple Watch case or band that I will use everyday unless any extreme activities. Normal exercise will also work because of the light-weight and water-proof material nature. Yet, this reporting article will leave the final judgement and decision to the readers and potential buyers on a worthiness of a purchase. Let me know what you think in the comments.