Apple In-ear Headphones with Remote and Mic Review
Good sound quality, isolation, portability and functionality. Durability issues undermine overall value.
The Apple In-ear Headphones with Remote and Mic are Apples newest latest set of headphones with an overly generic name. These headphones do, in fact, feature a remote and mic, which are supported by iPods and iPhones alike. The remote is a bit awkwardly placed and doesn't have the best tactile feedback. Also, the remote and plug don't have cord guards around them; no cord guards means the cord can bend sharply in these areas, which is a significant durability concern. The last issue we ran into was with comfort: the ear buds fall out constantly. Make sure you wear the Apple In-ears for a while to make sure they're a good fit.
These issues aside, the headphones have above average audio quality overall. They have a solid bass response but fall steadily into the high frequencies. They do have a bit of distortion present, mainly in the form of some very soft high-end noise. The headphones do have excellent tracking, meaning both ear buds will almost always be playing at the same volume. The headphones also have good isolation, a are capable of loud output without distortion, and barely leak at all.
Though the durability issues have a very high potential to reduce the Apple In-ears lifespan, they remain a solid pair of headphones. Make sure they don't constantly pop out, wrap some electrical tape around the plug, and save your receipt, but keep them in mind as a set of low-mid-level headphones.
The Apple In-ear Headphones with Remote and Mic are currently available for $80.
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