Usab il­ity

Test­ing com­fort and ease of use

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All of the ear­buds we tested feel com­fort­able to wear when the tips have been changed to suit, es­pe­cially the Vibe’s mem­ory foam ones, which mould so per­fectly to the shape of the ear canal that you for­get they’re there. The Au­diofly’s ear­buds sep­a­rate the mic piece from the in­line con­trols, so you don’t have to hold up the re­mote stick to en­sure clar­ity of con­ver­sa­tion on a call. The ny­lon braided cable is prone to tan­gle though.

The Sony buds are com­fort­able, and there’s a tog­gle to ad­just the split of the cord, which is easy to ma­nip­u­late de­spite the tan­gle-free coat­ing. The Klip­sch buds also have a tog­gle, but the cord is flat, doesn’t con­form eas­ily and can be a lit­tle loud in the ear.

The RHA buds have con­toured, over-ear cable sup­ports that hold the ear­pieces in po­si­tion and ease the tug of the thick cord, although the in­line re­mote is a tad high. The AKG lacks split toggles, but doesn’t tan­gle eas­ily. The lack of con­trols on the Vibe can grate if you’re used to them be­ing there.

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