Top critical review
Not very functional
on December 7, 2015
I was extremely excited to receive these in the mail - I run very frequently and needed a set of earphones that are non-noise isolating so that I can still hear environmental sounds like cars, loose dogs, etc. I also wanted ones that would stay in my ears, have okay sound, and have an in-line remote, volume, and mic controls. These appeared to fit the bill but they're more flash rather than function. I'm also comparing these to a little $7 set of ear-hood earbuds from Phillips that can be purchased on Amazon or any department store Here's how they stacked up.
Fit - This is my main issue. I don't typically have an issue with earbuds falling out but there is a serious design flaw with these. Although the plastic is malleable so that it can better fit your ear, there's no way to keep the left one secure. This is because the cord itself is extremely (and unnecessarily) thick and heavy as well as different lengths for each ear. I've never had an issue with any other earbuds having a cord so thick and heavy that it literally pulls on your ear, but these ones do. The left cord is significantly shorter than the right one and although they do meet at some point and combine into one cord, the left earbud is always being pulled out of your ear. It was a major struggle to keep the left one in and is highly annoying over the course of a long run. This problem is made worse due to the thickness of the earbuds themselves - the plastic is so thick that it's easy to pull them out if you accidentally snag the cord on your arm, finger, etc.
This is very unfortunate as the earbuds are quite comfortable.
Cord - See above; although it doesn't get tangled, it is so thick and heavy that it literally pulls the left earbud out. If each earbud had a cord of equal length, this wouldn't be an issue. As they're designed now, it causes the left earbud to be pulled out of your ear.
Sound - I'm not looking for anything special, I'm out running. I just like being able to have music, period, even if it doesn't sound good so quality isn't a big issue for me. I have regular headphones for stuff like that. These earbuds, however, have far worse sound than even cheap $7 Phillips ones I run with or standard iPhone ones. Not enough to really bother me considering my limited purpose, but it could bother others.
Controls - It appears these are not fully functional for non-Apple phones. With an iPhone 6 plus, however, everything worked flawlessly. The mic sounded as good as the standard Apple earbuds and didn't echo. No issues.
Longevity - Not sure, I will not continue to use these often. Considering how much the left cord is pulled on by the weight of the cord, it may end up coming loose at some point. I know it sounds crazy that the weight of the cord causes so many issues, but it's only because of the unequal lengths. If they were symmetrical, there wouldn't be an issue.
Overall, I cannot recommend these and if it didn't cost $5 to send them back for a $10 refund, I probably would. It's unfortunate because I really, really wanted ear-hook earbuds with an in-line mic and remote for a decent price but these simply don't fit the bill.