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Review: Z.buds iPhone Headphones by ZAGG

Most of you readers out there are familiar with the “InvisibleSHIELD“, a full device protection solution for your iPhone or iPhone 3G from ZAGG. Today we have another great product from ZAGG, but it is not a device protector. They are called the “Z.buds” and they are in-ear earbuds built and designed for the iPhone or iPhone 3G.

Z.buds by ZAGG

The Z.buds from ZAGG are the latest earbuds from ZAGG’s new line of audio products, ZAGGaudio. ZAGG actually recently received the prestigious “CES Innovations award” for 2009 for the Z.buds! Great job guys!!

The Z.buds are in-ear headphones that provide some outstanding sound quality and great hardware to go along with. The earbuds offer a very deep bass and a very filling sound that you cannot find with the stock iPhone headphones and because they are in-ear, the earbuds do great against keeping outside noise out!

In terms of comfort, the Z.buds include six pairs of different sized sleeves, so you can find the perfect fit. The cord of the earbuds is covered in a very durable nylon which keeps the cord from ripping or falling apart over time.

The cord is also tangle-free and a great length that allows you to have enough maneuvering space when turning your head. For example, I commonly put my iPhone in my pocket when using the iPod app but I find that the stock iPhone headphones are not long enough when I turn my head and they just fall out. But the Z.buds solve this with a little extra cord length!

The Z.buds are also wearable around your neck so if you ever have to take the headphones out, instead of them falling to the ground or stuffed into a pocket, they simply hang around your neck for easy access.

The Z.buds also feature a convenient in-line volume control and in-line music control for pausing and playing music. The in-line music control also doubles as a noise canceling microphone and the control button allows you to accept and end calls (or pause/play music). If you have used the stock iPhone headphones, you will know what this in-line music/mic control is.

The Z.buds are available in four colors; black, red, yellow, and pink and are an excellent value for the cost, which comes in two tiers:

With Mic: $79.99   /   Without Mic: $59.99

Below are some additional specifications of the Z.buds:

Earbuds

Cable length: 1.37 meters/54 inches

Frequency Response: 20hz to 20Khz

Impedance: 32 Ohms

Max input power: 10mW

Sensitivity: 94dB +/- 3dB SPL/mW

Speaker Diameter: 10mm

Plug type: 3.5mm

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Microphone

Frequency response: 30hz to 16Khz

Impedance: 10 Ohms

Sensitivity: 42dB +/- 3dB

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The Z.buds can be picked up at the ZAGG online store in either of the four colors and for either of the two prices listed above.

Don’t forget to use coupon code “iphoneinca” to SAVE 20% on your ENTIRE ZAGG order!


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  • http://oddyoh.blogspot.com/ OddyOh

    The Z.Buds are very good on paper, but not so great in reality…I returned mine after two and half weeks…the plug that plugs into the headphone jack frayed after only a couple weeks using it, at which point the sound cut out of one side. Do not buy these, unless there is a hardware revision or a new model or something.

    On the upside, they gave a full refund, minus a few bucks shipping it back to them. I still respect Zagg, and hope they can fix these in the future. The cable design is really cool, and they sounded very good, if a bit “tinny”. Comes with several sizes and types of ear bud covers, so no matter what you prefer, you’ll have it.

    The cable has a remote, so you can pause your iPod. Also has a mic, but only works with the iPhone, not the iPod Touch (1st or 2nd gen) although I knew that going in.

    I really like the ‘around the neck’ design, I could just pop them out when someone was talking to me, without having to dig around in my pockets.

    However, for now, I have to say buy the Apple ones. They’re more money, and they’re better.

  • http://oddyoh.blogspot.com OddyOh

    The Z.Buds are very good on paper, but not so great in reality…I returned mine after two and half weeks…the plug that plugs into the headphone jack frayed after only a couple weeks using it, at which point the sound cut out of one side. Do not buy these, unless there is a hardware revision or a new model or something.

    On the upside, they gave a full refund, minus a few bucks shipping it back to them. I still respect Zagg, and hope they can fix these in the future. The cable design is really cool, and they sounded very good, if a bit “tinny”. Comes with several sizes and types of ear bud covers, so no matter what you prefer, you’ll have it.

    The cable has a remote, so you can pause your iPod. Also has a mic, but only works with the iPhone, not the iPod Touch (1st or 2nd gen) although I knew that going in.

    I really like the ‘around the neck’ design, I could just pop them out when someone was talking to me, without having to dig around in my pockets.

    However, for now, I have to say buy the Apple ones. They’re more money, and they’re better.

  • Guest

    Z buds sound like some good headphones! Although, im still using my Bluetooth and prefer no cords ;)
    I seen a few users post some comments in the forums on Z buds, head on over there and leave some comments on what u think about Z buds…. http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=5136

  • Dusty

    Z buds sound like some good headphones! Although, im still using my Bluetooth and prefer no cords ;)
    I seen a few users post some comments in the forums on Z buds, head on over there and leave some comments on what u think about Z buds…. http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=5136

  • burnedbyzagg

    I’ve had 4 in total, 2 of the original design and 2 of the new design. They have all failed. The mic switch stopped working on 3 and the volume control failed on one. The mic switch and volume control are cheaply made snap together plastic units with cheap solders and loose wires inside. They will fail over time. There is noticeable play in the wires going into these units. They are not sealed and not even resistant to weather. Wait until they do a complete redesign of the mic and volume units and actually send some people out in the field for a few months to real world test these things, let alone some good old stress testing in the lab. The cable system is great and the sound is great but until they get the switch and volume control design correct don’t waste your money. Chech out the ILOUNGE post too. Similar comments by them also.

  • burnedbyzagg

    I’ve had 4 in total, 2 of the original design and 2 of the new design. They have all failed. The mic switch stopped working on 3 and the volume control failed on one. The mic switch and volume control are cheaply made snap together plastic units with cheap solders and loose wires inside. They will fail over time. There is noticeable play in the wires going into these units. They are not sealed and not even resistant to weather. Wait until they do a complete redesign of the mic and volume units and actually send some people out in the field for a few months to real world test these things, let alone some good old stress testing in the lab. The cable system is great and the sound is great but until they get the switch and volume control design correct don’t waste your money. Chech out the ILOUNGE post too. Similar comments by them also.

  • _Shorty

    I’ll stick with my Sennheisers.

  • _Shorty

    I’ll stick with my Sennheisers.

  • LoWd0Wn

    Agreed on all accounts per above posts. Love the cable design for around the neck but will never buy again if they break down again. Poor quality.
    I had same connector problem. New design don’t have the base response that they old design had.
    Warranty was terrible until I emailed president of company.
    There are better headphones out there than Zagg. Only thing good is the unique design of how the cables go around your neck.

  • LoWd0Wn

    Agreed on all accounts per above posts. Love the cable design for around the neck but will never buy again if they break down again. Poor quality.
    I had same connector problem. New design don’t have the base response that they old design had.
    Warranty was terrible until I emailed president of company.
    There are better headphones out there than Zagg. Only thing good is the unique design of how the cables go around your neck.

  • Justin

    Great design, poor quality. I am on my 5th pair in a matter on 4 months. They fail after about 1 months usage. and since I missed the deadline for a full refund, I have to suffer with these things. Complete waste of money

  • Justin

    Great design, poor quality. I am on my 5th pair in a matter on 4 months. They fail after about 1 months usage. and since I missed the deadline for a full refund, I have to suffer with these things. Complete waste of money

  • Guest

    Wow! Not many good reviews here. Makes me think….

  • Dusty

    Wow! Not many good reviews here. Makes me think….

  • thomas

    I purchased a pair. While the cord design is interesting, overall I would rate them very poorly.

    The sound quality is only average at best. The build quality is very poor, for example the volume control is a piece of junk.

    Finally, the iphone connector stopped working. It was still under warranty but they have a $20 restocking fee. After a one month experience I would say they are not even worth that much.

    Don’t waste your money.

  • thomas

    I purchased a pair. While the cord design is interesting, overall I would rate them very poorly.

    The sound quality is only average at best. The build quality is very poor, for example the volume control is a piece of junk.

    Finally, the iphone connector stopped working. It was still under warranty but they have a $20 restocking fee. After a one month experience I would say they are not even worth that much.

    Don’t waste your money.

  • http://www.r4-ds-card.com/ ds r4

    There's not much to set these Zagg Z.Buds apart from the earbud herd. The version with the integrated mic and iPod controls is a more compelling option.

  • http://www.r4-ds-card.com/ ds r4

    There's not much to set these Zagg Z.Buds apart from the earbud herd. The version with the integrated mic and iPod controls is a more compelling option.

  • RBRG

    First this is not a review it is simple a product promotion, second reading the comments hear it is clear that this product is CRAP… still looking

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    Howdy correct now there, I can?t entry the web site properly inside of Opera, I actually hope you are going to repair this!