Love Lenovo’s slick Yoga Book 9i but can’t stomach its $2000 price tag? Chinese brand SZBOX has a shockingly affordable doppelgänger that won’t break the bank.
The SZBOX DS135D is basically a budget Yoga Book clone, starting at just $699. You get the signature dual 13.5″ displays, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and multiple storage options up to 2TB for $809.
Like the Yoga Book, the lower screen replaces a keyboard for touch or pen input, or acts as extra display real estate. The foldable form factor remains, but there are inevitable compromises at this price.
The DS135D swaps the Yoga Book’s zippy Intel Raptor Lake CPU for a slower Alder Lake quad-core processor. From the photos, it appears to have a 180-degree hinge vs. the Yoga’s versatile 360-degree fold.
While the Yoga Book includes a Bluetooth keyboard and digital pen, the DS135D does not. And you obviously won’t get Lenovo’s premium support or service.
Currently, the DS135D is only available on AliExpress from various Chinese sellers. So importing could be tricky, with potential hidden costs.
As a budget-conscious shopper, I love companies creating affordable versions of expensive tech. The DS135D seems like a solid bang-for-buck dual-screen laptop, albeit with some cut corners.
For people who just want basic dual-screen functionality without the premium frills, this sub-$1000 dupe lets you escape rip-off pricing. But I’d probably spend up for the real Yoga Book to get that sweet Raptor Lake power.
For now, the DS135D remains China-exclusive. But if it eventually launches worldwide, it could find an audience seeking the dual-screen experience on a beer budget. When luxe tech goes mainstream, that’s a win in my book.