Apple EarPod

75
Engadget
Score
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Apple EarPods review: A $29 revolution in earbuds or another set for the recycling bin?

Summary

Apple's EarPods are a clear improvement over the company's old earbuds, but that's not saying much.

from $11.99+
Pros
  • Comfortable fit
  • Best-in-class sound quality
  • Improved inline remote
Cons
  • Not ideal for loud environments
  • White cord, earbuds will get dirty fast
Apple EarPods review: A $29 revolution in earbuds or another set for the recycling bin?

Whether you think they're infamous or merely a signature piece of Apple design, there's no doubt most of us have been exposed the company's iconic white earbuds. Along with the latest batch of iPods and the iPhone 5, Apple announced the replacement for those dreaded earphones, a pair of 'buds called the EarPods. Given that these are bundled with new iDevices (also sold as a standalone for $29), it's hard not to think that the folks at Cupertino are drinking some sort of spiked Kool-Aid, claiming these rival headphones that cost hundreds more. While reviewing the likes of the iPhone 5, we also gave the EarPods a listen to find out whether or not they're just an over-engineered set of 'buds. You'll find our detailed verdict after the break.

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Scores

Engadget

75
 

Breakdown

Sound quality
7.8
Noise isolation
6.0
Comfort
7.6
Design and form factor
7.9
Durability
6.7
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Specs

EarPod

Type
Earbud
Channels
Stereo
Drivers per ear
1
Inline controls
yes
Noise isolation
yes
Active noise cancellation
no
Connections
3.5mm stereo
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Specs

EarPod

Type
Earbud
Channels
Stereo
Drivers per ear
1
Inline controls
yes
Noise isolation
yes
Active noise cancellation
no
Connections
3.5mm stereo
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