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I go out walking a lot with my dog, but I could not even entertain the idea of walking without my iPod. I love listening to podcasts and music when I am out for a walk, and I know that without this, I'd probably not go out walking half as much. Therefore headphones for my iPod are an absolute essential. When my iPod headphones broke (and let's face it, the headphones you get with iPods are total rubbish), I was relieved to find that my local Argos had several pairs in stock.
These iLuv in-ear headphones have a cord that measures 1.2m, a 3.5mm gold-plated jack, and in-line volume control which is situated just below where the cord for each earbud meets. The headphones also come with replacement buds.
Sometimes with in-ear headphones, I can find them very uncomfortable or constantly have to keep putting them back into my ear if they fall out. With these, they sit securely in my ears and I can walk along happily without finding they have fallen out. The earbuds are made from a very soft rubbery material, which is comfortable inside the ears and do not irritate or rub against the skin. The earbuds cover the headphones securely and so far they have not fallen off. Even if they do, I always have the replacement buds that the headphones come with.
I find the volume control extremely convenient when I am using these as it means I am not having to take my iPod out of my pocket to adjust the volume. I have found the volume controls to be very good, giving the sound a bit of a boost that goes above and beyond the volume my iPod on its own could offer.
After over a year of using these regularly, they have not broke or done the annoying headphone thing of breaking in one ear only. I use these several times a week and they are as good as new.
For me personally, these headphones do not have any disadvantages. Sure, they could be louder but that is purely down to my personal preference - for me, music can never be loud enough. Some may find the lack of a separate control for the bass volume a disadvantage, but this doesn't bother me.
These are available in a range of colours. At the moment Argos, where I bought these, are only selling black and white versions; however I have a purple pair and at the time of buying, they also had these in blue and pink. Hopefully Argos will re-stock, as I like having a more colourful pair than the usual black and white.
As I said above, you can buy these in Argos, but they are widely available online and in other high street shops such as Curry's.
These cost £8.99 at the time of purchase, however Argos are currently selling the black version for £7 which is a bargain. I think this is a very reasonable price for a pair of headphones, particularly as they have volume control, replacement buds, sit comfortably in your ear and have lasted me for over a year despite regular use. I think if I ever bought a cheaper pair I would not expect them to have the same longevity as these.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THESE?
Unless you're into fancy, expensive headphones, then I would definitely recommend these. If you're after a decent, reasonably cheap pair of headphones that are better than the standard ones you get with an iPod, then you could do much worse than these. After a year or so, mine are still going strong, and when and if they do eventually expire, I wouldn't hesitate to buy the same headphones again.