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INTRODUCTION Contrary to most of my reviews to date, this is a review of a product which I am disappointed in, and will probably replace in the very near future. In my house, a toaster is one of those things used every day at the same time, 7:30 to make 4 rounds of bread nice and toasted - easy or so you'd think... DESIGN The toaster is a stainless steel but is surprisingly light weight and perhaps a bit flimsy. To be honest, it looks a bit industrial but it wasn't very expensive and aesthetics is not the most important for the toaster! There are four slots on the toaster running towards you, as opposed to two long horizontal slots, each holding two slices. This is a neat feature, because there are two controlling dials, one in control of slots one and two, and the other, running slots three and four. This means you can alter the toasting without having to toast on separate occasions - very useful indeed! You also have the crumb tray underneath so that the bench is not covered after each toast. THE ISSUES I have encountered a number of problems. The first is that the control settings are, in my opinion very unreliable and inconsistent. Sometimes Setting 4 from 6 will absolutely burn the bread, and other times it barely warms it. This is a pain as you often waste either time or bread, you can decide which is worse. The other problem is the baskets or slots for each slice are not perfectly perpendicular to the opening at the top where it pops. This might sound technical and pedantic, but it has caused a problem in my case. The bread sometimes cannot actually pop out, and gets stuck inside the toaster. I hope that complicated description made sense! On a more practical note, the lead to the plug is very short and you need to make sure the socket is right beside the toaster. I also find the slider to lower the bread very fragile and am afraid of damaging it. SUMMARY I do not recommend this toaster because you waste time trying to get the bread toasted properly. It doesn't look great but it was the price that attracted me to it, at just £20. Perhaps other people have had better experiences, but I fear a replacement is imminent!
As you may have noticed this review is not aligned with the category of most of my reviews, but I was returning rates and saw that this is available on the DOOYOO catalogue and considering it was less than one metre from me at the time, I thought why not? Hawkins Bazaar is a shop I love taking my nephew into as he has lots of fun in there, and you can pick up cool little novelty toys for a few pounds. This rainbow springy as they call it was half price at the time, at £2.99 and was in my opinion, great value. Slinky springs are great fun for children, and it was probably the bright colours that attracted the little one to it. If we want to be technical, it doesn't form in the order of a rainbow, but that's too serious for this review! The spring measures 12cm when not extended and has the diameter of a pringles tube! I think we all know what a slinky spring does. You can play a number of games with it. One we like in particular, is setting it on the top two stairs and letting it walk its way down the stairs. It isn't too bad at this and can make it down about 8 stairs before collapsing into itself. Another thing you can do is simply swing it about and pass pulses or vibrations down it. They are all great fun little games that pass half an hour or so. Unfortunately, as with all Slinky springs there is the unenviable task of detangling. Thankfully with this one I have only had to do it twice. They all seem to do it, and you have to sit and rearrange the coils to make it sit properly again, or it won't be able to walk down the flight of stairs...disappointment all around! In Conclusion, this is a great toy if you have young children, or they can buy it with their pocket money! Unfortunately so many toys cost a clean fortune, whereas your kids can feel really grown up when they can afford it. One word of caution is supervision. I am always afraid of it flying back and hitting them, but this can be avoided (hopefully) by supervising them.
INTRODUCTION I used to have a traditional USB dongle from 3 to connect up to the internet while travelling. As a loyal mobile phone customer, they offered me a deal where I could switch over onto this wireless modem very easily. I jumped at the chance, because I have lots of devices (iPad, iPhone, and laptop) which I need to get access to the internet on. WHAT IS IT? Three UK have a service called MiFi which is part of your mobile broadband contract. With this product, you can set up your own personal WiFi Hotspot. Now recently there have been more and more public hotspots, but when I bought this there weren't as many in my area. You can connect five devices up to it, so is also suitable for going out with the family. DESIGN The item is about the size of a credit card and is only a centimetre or so thick. Mine is in an obsidian black colour, but I believe white is available also. The device is very simple with a slot for your SIM card as well as an LED Display on the top. The display is extremely useful as it tells you if there is signal, what level of battery is left in the unit (it can be mains powered too) and how long you have been online, including the data usage you have incurred. HOW DOES IT WORK? You place your Micro SIM card which you receive as part of your mobile internet contract into the device and this gives you the access to the network. Coverage is also very good with 3. You can charge up your Modem and then carry it around without the need to have any bulky leads or chargers with you. The full charge gives around 5 hours usage when two devices are connected, and then battery life decreases as the number of devices increases. (Inversely proportional for the mathematicians out there!!) To access the internet, you go about the normal procedure of connecting to a network. On the back of the modem the name of your network and the password is printed. Quite honestly, it couldn't be easier! COSTS / CONCLUSION The router can be purchased on a pay as you go basis for around £80, and then you pay a particular rate for access. Alternatively you can get Pay Monthly deals where the modem is either free or has a nominal cost. For me, on a loyalty deal, I get 5GB data per month for £15, where the modem was free. I think it is a great device, and considering it costs just a few pounds more that the USB Standard dongle, it definitely is worth it, because you can connect multiple devices.
INTRODUCTION I have three TVs at home, one with Sky, and because Sky Multiroom was too expensive, one of the others has this Set Top Box, and the third TV has a different set top box, which I will review. This was the cheaper of the two boxes as it is operating with the least used television in the kitchen. DESIGN When you purchase the product you get the box itself, the remote control (with batteries!!) and the necessary leads. The set top box is matt black in colour and weighs 800g. To be honest, it was heavier than I expected, considering it is made of cheap feeling plastic, don't judge a book by its cover I suppose. In terms of measurements, you're looking at 3.5x25x18.5, where all measurements are in centimetres. FEATURES In my opinion, this is certainly not the most technologically advanced piece of equipment, as is to be expected considering it comes in at under twenty pounds. However, it works and does what it says on the tin. When powered up, I can get around 30 television channels and 25 radio stations. Now I believe that my area has quite poor reception from the masts, and Argos state you can get up to 55 I believe. So you should first check the Freeview website to see what you can receive in your area. The installation is very straight forward and there is a little instruction booklet, well it really only consists of a page or two - not convoluted at all. When you get the box set up, you turn your Television on, and in most cases, go to the AV or Scart 1 mode on the set. You are immediately prompted to scan for channels, and in around 5 minutes, you will be displayed with a list of channels it has found. Once this is all complete, you can select a channel to view and there you have it! You also get what is technically called the Electronic Program Guide which is really the Radio Times on your set! The graphics on this are not good, and it reminds you of a calculator display or the old Ceefax font, but you are able to flick through and see what is on, on the different channels. The display and sound quality depends a lot on the model of TV you have, but in my case it is perfectly fine. The only problem with the device is that when you action something, for example if you change channel or open up the guide, there is a slight delay of a second or two. This can get quite frustrating if you need to do a series of things at once. There is a very flimsy remote control, with simple buttons included to change channels and carry out simple tasks. SUMMARY I recommend this set top box because it is straight forward and opens up the world of digital television. Granted there are no extra features, but for most people it should be sufficient!
INTRODUCTION Just a year or two ago, I was moving from Virgin Cable to Sky TV and Phone. In the process I decided to ditch my ten year old single corded phone, in place of these new cordless sets. I have one, the main unit in the dining room, a further secondary one in the kitchen, and the final in my bedroom. DESIGN You can get this range of handsets in single, twin, triple and quad set-ups. I have the triple unit. The telephones all sit in a small hub, but the main phone has a larger base with the controls and the answering machine display. The phones themselves are traditional rectangular shape and are a matt black in colour, with a bright blue display. The handsets are very light indeed, and as I mentioned they do not have leads. However each port or hub is connected to the mains so you need to have sockets available. FEATURES When you first plug in the phone you are taken through a very simple set up procedure, where you can set the time and name each handset. For example I have mine named according to the rooms in which they are situated. When you key in the number, you can look to see you have typed it in correctly before pressing the dial number, so you can correct any mistakes. One problem here is that, say for example the second digit is incorrect; you have to delete every subsequent number, a bit like the backspace button on the computer. There is no arrow to scroll to the number in question. The phone itself has an indoor range of 20 metres which should suffice in most common situations. The battery life allows for 10 hours of talking, without charge, although I can admit I have never tested this feature! Because it has rechargeable batteries, when you place the phone in the dock it charges up. You can also store up to fifty numbers in the telephone which is straightforward and very easy then to call the numbers back up again. The phone has a built in answering machine, which you can turn on and off, and it can hold up to 15 minutes of recording. You can listen to your messages either through the speaker on the base of the main phone, or through each individual phone, by going to the answering machine menu - a very easy process. One other good feature is the built in loudspeaker which means you can set the phone down, particularly useful if you have been placed on hold by a call centre. PROBLEMS To me there are two problems. The first one is the volume of the phone. People often speak at a regular tone, but I struggle to hear even when the phone is turned up completely. This could be a problem for many people, considering I actually have very good hearing. The other problem is that sometimes the phone just decides to lose connection to the network, and will display 'NONE FOUND' on the screen, meaning you have to place it back into the base to get it to register. SUMMARY I recommend the phone, as for only £50 you can have three wireless individual home phones. This is good if you need to move around or if you want to make internal calls or pages to your family! Despite its few hitches, I would recommend the phone.
INTRODUCTION We all have digital cameras nowadays and they are great for going out, or travelling because we can snap away without having to worry about how many pictures are available on the film. One problem I find is that often the photos are taken and loaded onto a hard drive and not viewed that often. Certainly, my parents love flicking through all the physical albums of us as kids, but they seldom see my recent photos. That's why I bought this digital photo frame. When they come round for a meal, I am able to pop this on in the background and we can chat about the pictures. DESIGN The photo frame comes with a black border and a screen size of just under 18cm, or 7 inches, measured in the standard diagonal fashion. The display resolution is 800x600 pixels. Not great, but more than sufficient for family holiday snaps! The photo frame has a little stand and the power connection into the back of it. It operates solely in a landscape orientation, so perhaps is less useful if you take a lot of photos of people in a portrait set up. FEATURES The frame itself has internal memory of 512 MB which means you can actually store a couple of hundred photographs on the machine. Alternatively you can plug in your SD card, or a memory pen. There are a number of slideshow presets you can set up, controlling the speed, transitions and order of the show. SUMMARY The display on the photo frame is not great resolution wise, but it does have the Kodak Colour Science software built in. This means you get crisp colours, somehow I particularly noticed it in the colour blue - I was looking at a photo including the sky and it showed up really well! The frame is available for £34.99 and is worth the money. My gripes about the landscape only and perhaps the limited amount of internal memory do not bother me enough to want to replace the device, and it can suit my needs perfectly.
INTRODUCTION In my situation, I seldom need to carry a laptop with me on travel or business purposes. I normally take my iPad or the traditional pen and paper. However, when my laptop is sitting around in the house, I like to protect it from dirt, dust and potential damage, but did not want a bulky case. The ones on the Dell website when I purchased my laptop were either too expensive or big. I came across this one in PC World I think in town. DESIGN AND FEATURES The case or sleeve is made of a neoprene fabric as the name would suggest. They are available in a range of colour combinations. You can get chocolate/baby blue, or a more traditional, as in my case, Black/Red. The outside is made of the black and the lining is a softer red. The case fits laptops up to 15.6 inches. A note to buyers is that it would look very strange if your computer is much less than this and I believe there is a more suitable 13 inch version available. The bag itself just covers around your laptop so measures about 40x28cm, just slightly larger than the laptop itself! There is what they describe as a unique zipper, it operates in such a fashion that you can either pull your laptop out the side or the top of the bag. I should mention that the bag is not thick, but at the same time does not feel flimsy by anyone's judgement. I noticed that the zip is also very sturdy and there hasn't been a breakage in my case in over 18 months. SUMMARY I think this is a great laptop sleeve or case. It is important to mention that it will most definitely not protect against dropping your laptop, or sitting on it. But it does protect it from getting scratched or dusty. It is available for just around £10 online and in a number of stores. There is no additional storage with this sleeve; it only holds the laptop and no leads or input accessories - you should bear that in mind when looking at your options.
INTRODUCTION When I purchased one of my first iPods, I needed, or shall I say, wanted to also purchase some sort of docking equipment. DESIGN The Universal Dock has a number of functions. In the box you get the power adapter, a USB Cable, the dock itself and a handy remote control. You also get five different fittings which you place into the dock to fit different devices, for example the one for the iPhones is different to the iPods, because they are noticeably of a different size. It means your product is held in the dock very securely. The dock is the traditional white colour of the Apple packaging and measures around 2.5 inches squared. In other words, it rests very comfortably on your desk or worktop without encroaching on it or taking up too much room. FEATURES After I had spent the £55 on the product, I honestly thought to myself, why on earth, when I already have a USB cable purchase a glorified stand for my iPod. I continued to think about this for a few days until I understood all the features and realised why I had done it. The first way I used the product was by connecting the dock up to the computer with the USB Cable. If anyone has tried to rest a USB lead on your desk from the computer, it often falls down the back. Here this is not the case, it rests very sturdily on the rubber, grip feet. This means you always have your 30 pin connector sitting on your desk, ready to connect to the computer without having to lean round the back of the tower PC. Granted, this feature is not as big a sell on a laptop as there is no problem accessing the ports. You can also connect the dock straight into the mains plug outlet, and charge your 'iProduct' (covers all bases) this way. I was surprised how useful I found this. I always hated setting my product on the floor when charging in case I stood on it, or setting it on the desk which perhaps was dirty or sticky. This holds your product upright while charging; making sure it is not damaged. Finally, you can connect a pair of standard speakers with a 3.5mm jack up to the dock. This is really handy for playing your music through. Whereas previously, I could connect speakers with the auxiliary connection, it meant the product lost its charge. This way you can charge and play music. The handy little metal plated remote allows you to wirelessly control your music. CONCLUSION I recommend this product if you do not already have a standard iPod dock radio etc. as was the case for me at time of purchase. Otherwise, there are no new or ultra-desirable features to be honest. I also feel the item is overpriced; perhaps £35 would be more suitable. But I guess it's just typical Apple pricing. I have not had any technical problems, but I would advise, if you own multiple Apple Products which you will be docking in it, to make sure you have the correct fitting inserted or it is very easy for the product to be sitting unsupported.
INTRODUCTION In my house, it takes around 20 minutes for the oil fired central heating to come through, and with home heating oil prices rising in my area to over £350 per 500 litres, it was time to purchase a device to give me a quick fix of heat! DESIGN AND FEATURES OF THIS HEATER The Challenge heater is not exactly what one would call aesthetically pleasing. It is made of white plastic in a bulging rectangular shape, if that makes sense. To be honest, I thought it looked quite industrial even from the Argos catalogue, but it was priced at just £22.99 so I decided to get it. The heater measures 13x34x22 cm in dimensions, which makes it a very small and neat little heater. At the front you have the fan output and on the rear is where the nearly two metre long chord plugs into. Personally, I have found the long lead very useful because with so many electrical devices nowadays, it can be hard to find an available socket near where you need the heat, but with this you can actually move the heater around. When you venture to the top of the heater, you find the control knobs underneath the flap. There are two easy to operate controls on the top. One controls whether or not you would like a hot or a cold fan setting. And the second control is for varying the strength of output. For example you could choose warm or hot by moving this second dial round, using the image of a widening bar for assistance. Because the heater is 3kW or 3000W it heats up small room fairly quickly. My bedroom can be heated fully in approximately 4 or 5 minutes. Usually I turn it off after 10 minutes, because after much longer a once cold room becomes extremely stuffy. These timings were based on the highest setting possible because I seldom use the middle or low options. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the cold setting. I could compare it to the cold blower in the car and not the cold air conditioning. To be honest, opening the window or opening the door for a draught will cool your room doing as quick, if not quicker. PROBLEMS There are only two problems that I could find with this device. The first being that the unit gets very warm and people often pass comment that there is a burning smell coming from it. That being the case, I would only use it for short bursts of time. You need to leave it for a few moments before moving it after switching it off, in case you make contact with the hot fan grill at the front. The other problem, as with all electric heaters, they are quite expensive to operate. I think it costs about a pound for every two hours that you use the heater. But as I said earlier, you normally are warm enough after a few minutes anyway...you can always put on an extra layer if it gets too expensive, at least that's what I do! CONCLUSION I really do recommend this product. At an affordable price, and a quick heating function, it is particularly to small bedrooms and small offices as opposed to entire dining rooms for example.
INTRODUCTION This is the ink that I currently use in my HP3050A All in one printer. I sometimes use compatible ink cartridges but as that voids the warranty and recently it would not recognise it, I reverted back to the original genuine HP ink. WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT THE XL INK? This is one of two options you have when trying to buy ink for the 1000,2000,3000,3050 HP printer series. You can choose the 301 ink or in my case, the 301XL Ink. The ink itself is the exact same, and I'll review it first. I find this ink very good and you most certainly get better results when you use this compared with compatible ink which can be bought on Amazon. The colour I noticed it most on was the black; it appears crisper which is great, if like me you print a lot of lengthy and important text only documents. The ink is very easy to load into the printer and when you do so, the onscreen instructions will thank you for purchasing genuine HP ink. Now, the XL part of the equation. As I said, you can also get just 301 cartridges, should you choose to. In the XL Cartridges you get 480 standard quality black pages worth of printing, whereas in the normal cartridges you only get 210. As you can see you get over double the printing for less than double the price. In Staples the standard cartridges are priced at £9 whereas the XL are priced at £15. This is why I would buy the XL version. If you buy two normal cartridges, you will have spent more and got less printing. It's important to note that the XL cartridges are no larger in physical size than the original cartridges as clearly they would not fit into the printer. It's just that in the normal cartridges they don't put as much ink into them. CONCLUSION In my opinion, the XL Cartridges are a great idea and I'd really recommend buying them because you will save money over time. The price is quite good compared to standard HP cartridges as well as those from other manufacturers.
INTRODUCTION I personally am not someone who likes wearing a bulky watch particularly when travelling or playing sport. I was at a gadget convention a number of years ago, when I first came across the Breo brand or watches, wristbands and headphones. They were reasonably priced - 2 for £20 I believe, so I took the plunge and bought a sports watch! DESIGN The watches come in a number of sizes S,M,L and as a guide, small is suitable for children, and medium and large will suit both men and women of different sizes. I found that I was somewhere in between medium and large, but chose large, as I did not want it too tight. The watches are made of rubber and have a very simple perforation at the edges and a small LCD display where you simply get the time. They are available in over 22 different colours as well as some limited edition ones also. Mine is in a lime green colour, which does get dirty easily but can be cleaned with a damp cloth. When you open the packaging, and finally manage to get the watch out, you find the operating instructions for setting the date and time. This is extremely simple, but very fiddly and frustrating. The buttons are miniscule and basically I just pressed the buttons in different combinations until I managed to set the time. You can use a paper clip, or as they recommend a pen, but not one with a very pointy nib or a pin incase you push too far! The watches are not expandable or do not open up, so you have to slide it over your hand and onto your wrist. You need to be careful as people have said they can snap easily. So far this hasn't happened to me, but I take extreme care when putting it on and taking it off. Breo recommend that you roll it off, so no pressure is put on it. PROBLEMS Apart from the fact that they could break easily, the only problem I have experienced is that they seem to run behind time sometimes. After about a week of usage, I realised that my watch which was set based on the BBC Breakfast time display, was now about three minutes behind. You have to then just push it on using the controls mentioned above; it can be a bit of a nuisance though! SUMMARY The watch is great for people who want something which is subtle and more like a wrist band. It is lightweight which is excellent for sport, or teenagers who do not want an expensive, adult looking watch. Despite the problem above, I would recommend it!
INTRODUCTION I am an avid reader, when I am not using my electronic products! Now the two can be amalgamated! I look forward to reviewing some books in the future. For me, the price of the Amazon kindle, combined with the eBook price and the space saving element of not needing room for physical books. DESIGN AND FEATURES This model of the Kindle is 190mm x 122 x 10mm in size and weighs just under 250g. If I choose to, I can hold in comfortably in one hand, and this is probably the case for most people. There is a QWERTY Keyboard under the screen for typing notes, or searching for books. Although this is a nice feature to have, it is a bit fiddly, as the buttons are very close together and there is a slight delay after pressing the button before the character appears on the screen. Another disappointment is that there are no dedicated keys for numbers and to access them you have to first press the SYM key, comparable to the shift key on the computer. Another design feature I like is the fact that there are page forward and page back buttons on both the left and right sides of the unit. This means you can hold it in both hands and not have to stretch over the screen to press them. It's a simple addition but a worthwhile one nevertheless. I love the screen on the Kindle and it makes reading very easy. In the past few weeks, I have tried reading on iBooks on my iPad, but I find it hurts your eyes because it's bright, and is also hard to use in the sun. On the Kindle, you get a screen which replicates a page perfectly, and is not backlit which means it is easy to read on the beach on holiday, something I have found useful. The Kindle has an integrated store where you can buy your books, after linking it with your Amazon account, you can navigate through and pick a book and have it downloaded in just a few seconds. Alternatively, via Whispernet, you can purchase the book on the Amazon website, and it will wirelessly download, provided you have network access. I've tried both ways and it works brilliantly! I have the WiFi model, but you can purchase a 3G Model as well, allowing pay as you go internet access. MEMORY AND BATTERY LIFE The device holds over 3000 books I believe, and it is important to mention at this stage that there are also lots of free books available online, particularly classics. The battery life is second to none, and I think last year I only had to charge it about 15 times in the whole year - it can easily last a month! SUMMARY This is a super device, although it lacks an interface found on tablet PCs, it is far better, in my opinion than other eReaders, and the screen really makes it for me! It is super for people who travel a lot, who do not want to cart heavy hardbacks around. The range of books is great, and you can request books to be added if not available.
INTRODUCTION I purchased the MK300 set about a year and a half ago, as my old Asda smart price keyboard had finally given up on me! So far, I have had no problems with this keyboard and mouse set and really enjoy using it! DESIGN AND FEATURES The keyboard and particularly the mouse are very basic looking but still function exceptionally well. They are very easy to set up, you simply connect the receiver into an available USB port on your computer, and press the button, and then press the connect button on the keyboard and mouse. Basically the set is now ready to use, but I recommend taking the packaged CD or downloading the software and installing the Logitech program, for reasons I'll explain in a moment. When you start using the keyboard you'll notice how quiet the keys are when you use them, you do not get loud slamming noises! The mouse is very simple, but as it is wireless you are not worried about getting the chord in the way! The keyboard has some very good buttons and features on it. Along the very top of the keyboard there are buttons which take you directly to Internet explorer, your default email provider, as well as music controls, for volume, rewind/fast forward and play/pause. If you download the software I talked about, you get access to a whole host of further features. When you look at the keyboard you will notice that the F1-F12 keys all have a small blue icon beside them. These are the default quick actions. For example if you hold down the FN button, then press F1 your word processor will open, and F12 will eject your optical drive. The keys however can be customised using the software which allows you to set them to frequently used programs. The software also allows you to change important features like mouse sensitivity and turn on password protection. This locks the keyboard to your computer, so there is no interference from anywhere else. The only design flaw that I can think of is the lack of indicator on the actual physical keyboard for Caps lock or Num Lock. However if you download the software you can set up an icon to appear on your screen when you toggle them on and off. SUMMARY I really recommend this easy to use keyboard to everyone. The wireless set up means you can control the computer from a distance perhaps on a more comfortable bed! It is available on Amazon for around £20 and you will find it very good value.
INTRODUCTION When I think about it, I have many electronic products at home, which I look forward to reviewing. I often buy new equipment, for example I regularly change my mobile phone, computer etc, but these speakers are about 8 years old, and I still have them and would never think of changing them. They are simply brilliant! DESIGN The headphones come in black and measure around 6 inches tall, by about 3 inches wide and deep. Obviously, you get two speakers, one main unit, and one secondary speaker for the other side of your desk. On the main speaker, you get the power button, the volume knob and the headphone jack. This speaker has the AC connection, the lead to the computer and the thin cable to the auxiliary speaker. It has not got any controls. This needs to be considered when choosing the placement of your speakers, you need to put the main speaker (called the Right Speaker) somewhere where you can access it, in order to switch them on and off, or use the volume control. Personally, I would appreciate it if they had have included volume controls on the left speaker as well, but unfortunately this is not the case. The speakers have a very simplistic design, and although being nearly ten years old, the speakers are still modern and sleek looking, and although I used to have an old box monitor, they still sit beside my new flat LCD Monitor, looking well. AUDIO QUALITY The sound quality on these speakers is really good and you are able to turn them up very loud without losing any sound quality. One point I would stress, that is when you have the speakers on, but no device connected, the tone is very loud, and you do need to make sure they are powered off when not in use. SUMMARY Not many devices in today's age last this long, without breaking down. Now, of course there are better speakers available. But if all you want is a set of speakers for listening to music, and watching films, I really recommend these speakers. They are available at very reasonable prices on eBay and the Amazon.co.uk Marketplace.
INTRODUCTION These were the earphones that came included in a number of my older iPods, and my iPhone 4S. However an important note to consumers is that they DO NOT come with any of the iPad models. DESIGN The earphones themselves only come in one colour - white, and these earphones are synonymous with the Apple brand. The earphone lead length is fine and it is not flimsy, and doesn't feel like it could tear, as is sometimes the case with other brands of earphones, even more expensive ones. The actual earphone or ear bud bit fits my ear perfectly. I am always uncomfortable when using the headphones that push right into your ear, whereas these ones sit just a bit further back. One negative point to this is that they are from noise cancellation! (They are not claimed to be). You have to push the volume right up to cancel out background noise, however because they sit outside your ear canal, the noise of your music will propagate to people around you! The earphones, particularly the slightly newer versions, include the remote control. This is really handy and an excellent feature which allows volume alteration and music controls. It is simple to use, you just press it in different ways. It is important to note that these headphones are compatible with all devices with a 3.5mm jack, and not exclusively Apple devices. AUDIO QUALITY I was quite impressed with the sound quality coming from these headphones, when I first experienced them a few years ago, without having used other top end earphones. Now, I appreciate that they are not as good as other competition but we must consider they are given away complimentary. However, when you are paying over £450 for the iPhone 4S, you would think they could include better headphones. Now, they have been replaced in some new devices with new Apple earbuds. SUMMARY Audio expects and music engineers will not enjoy using these headphones. But for me and you they will be fine. You definitely won't experience bad quality sound, but they aren't excellent either. The headphones can be purchased in Apple stores as accessories, but to be honest, unless they are free with your product don't buy them. For the RRP of over £25, you can get much better!