We gave the latest headphone technology from Zagg a run this weekend, the Zagg Smartbuds. Not only is is packed with useful features, is it the highest quality earbud set we have seen to date! Check out more details below in the Zagg Smartbuds Review:
I was recently in an audio store looking at simple audio earbuds. I went from pair to pair looking for quality construction and sound. There is really nothing under $50 out there that is built well and provides a good audio signal worthy of most music. In addition, try finding something that works for calls on your iPhone for that price. Forget it!
So when the new Zagg Smartbuds arrived the other day we were excited to see how their quality and construction differed from what is available at most big box stores. I have to say, I was immediately impressed, even before I plugged them in.
Quality Construction – The earbuds themselves are almost entirely made of aluminum, providing a sturdy housing for the sensitive audio speaker wrapped inside a pretty cool looking shape. And if you are like me, you like to have the right bud in the right ear. The shape of the earbud makes it easy to determine the right from left ear, even in the dark. Smartbuds come with three different rubber ear inserts (small, medium, large) that can be swapped-out easily. After installing the medium inserts, they not only fit comfortably into my ears, they didn’t fall out even after I ran a few miles.
Another pet peeve of mine are the skinny cords that come with most earbuds. They are either all knotted-up in my backpack or briefcase or they get twisted-up so easily. Either way, eventually the cord is what usually breaks on most earbuds, even the expensive ones. The Smartbuds, however, have a very thick rubber housing surrounding a far thicker cable than any other models we have reviewed. In fact, if you have ever compared standard speaker cable to Monster Cable, you would appreciate the difference here. The cord connecting the jack to the earbuds is simply heavy duty!
Just below the earbuds is a Volume Control with a Microphone and an “Answer/Hang-up” button. The housing for this piece is again made of metal and appears to be just as sturdy as the earbuds. The volume control is a slider that adjusts easily without making any noise in the microphone. The Answer/Hang-up button is neatly concealed so it cannot be accidentally pushed and provides a click when depressed.
Usability - Look at the picture on the left. That small round metal piece is a unique design to the Zagg Smartbuds. It actually allows you to loop the earbuds around your neck, so that any weight on the cord does not yank the earbuds from your head. This is especially convenient when you have to remove them temporarily to talk or when they are not in use, but you don’t want to put them away.
I do not like to carry two sets of earbuds around for my MP3s and my phone. I like to have both features in one. However, typically earbuds for phones are not good for audio. Traditionally, I have relied upon my Studio Beats for phone because they can be used for audio and phone. But Beats are also very expensive and not very compact. The Smartbuds, however, provide a quality audio signal and have the features I need for my iPhone. The signal is clear with enough high, mids, and lows for most of my music in the gym or on the road, and the volume adjustment is far more convenient than the buttons on my MP3 player. I am not saying these are audiophile earbuds that compete with Bose or Beats, but I will say they are comparable to ANY earbuds sold at big box stores like Target or Wal Mart.
Overall, these earbuds are far better constructed than all of the high end systems from manufacturers like Bose and Monster/Beats and at a price-point that makes them both affordable and a great deal!
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Zagg Smartbuds Review