I have to be honest, when I received these headphones I wasn’t expecting a lot from them. They are £9.99, here on Amazon and as such I expected a pretty poor product. Well, I’m pleased to say that they are actually pretty good!
Doing the Job
First and foremost – they do the job; they play music and stick in my ears whilst running. That’s what you’d expect, right? They work. The sound quality seems pretty good and they really do fit well in my ears by looping over the top – it actually feels really nice, much nicer than my last set which seemed to crush my (potentially giant) ears down as I ran.
Above and Beyond
So, why did they surprise me? Well, they have a number of things going on that I just didn’t expect at this price. Firstly, they come in a nice little case, which doesn’t sound like much, but it really is a nice case! I can just throw it into my sports bag and there’s no danger it’ll get tangled up in all my kit at the other end. Next, they come with a really good selection of different sized ear pieces, I tried about 5 before I settled on the right one for my ears and suddenly I’m able to run without having to push them back in constantly (this has basically never happened before!). I am overjoyed at this. The wire they’re on is also really nice quality – I’m not sure what it is, but it feels nice and like it’s not going to break if I get them caught on something as I run past (this has happened to me before!), apparently it’s anti-static so you’re not going to get those horrible electric shocks that some cheap ear phones give you on the treadmill. They also feature in line controls and microphone – which (I discovered) means I can voice control my phone whilst running. This was ace – “phone, play meatloaf” I shouted excitedly. Unfortunately that’s not the command that you have to use, so the phone did nothing.
There’s always going to be a downside at this price range. I’d say that it’s the look of them really. The bits that go in your ears are not the most stylish looking and are slightly comically blue and red. However, I’m in my 30’s now and fashion has never really interested me anyway, so I couldn’t care less. In terms of the sound – of course, if you buy these Bose £250 headphones you’re going to hear a difference in quality, but I do think these stack up pretty well. Overall, a really good product that I’m happy with!