Apple In-Ear Headphones
These in-ear headphones retain the style of the standard Apple ear-buds, but produce far better sound and have extra functionality.
- Comfortable, good sound quality, in-line microphone and remote control, stylish Apple design
- Cord microphonics are distracting, white design shows dirt easily, controls don’t work on older iPhone or iPod models
If you want better sound quality and a little isolation, but want to retain that timeless white iPod style, Apple’s premium in-ear headphones are a decent choice.
Price$ 109.00 (AUD)
Apple’s In-Ear Headphones are a step up in quality from the bundled iPod ear-buds. Their in-ear design offers passive noise isolation as well as better bass and overall sound quality.
There is no doubt that the near-ubiquitous white Apple ear-bud started a wave of imitators looking to cash in on the iTrend. There have been plenty of mediocre white earphones on the market, but few have been good enough to stick around and make a name for themselves. Apple has seemingly done the right thing with its In-Ear Headphones, achieving a good compromise between isolation, sound quality and comfort that makes for a pleasing listening experience. They are a worthwhile upgrade from the bundled iPod ear-buds.
The Apple In-Ear Headphones sit slightly inside your ear canal, held there by soft silicone tips. Three different sets of tips are included with the package, allowing for most ear sizes to be easily accommodated. We found the medium silicone tips gave the best seal in the ear canal, offering good levels of passive isolation as well as limited defence against accidental dislodging of the earphones.
An in-line volume control sits about 10cm down the length of the right earphone cord, placing it roughly alongside your throat in normal use — convenient given that it also houses a small microphone and button for answering phone calls when connected to an Apple iPhone 3G or taking voice memos using newer iPod models. These controls are not compatible with older iPod models or the original iPhone.
We found the microphonics — the noise created when the headphone cord rubs against clothing or other material — slightly annoying when walking, but with a little care this can be avoided.
The Apple In-Ear Headphones have two separate speaker drivers per bud, separately handling lower- and higher-frequency sounds. This is a design often used in high-end in-ear headphones, and it works well here. The Apple In-Ear Headphones have a rich and warm sound that gets the best out of rock and pop music.
There is a slight emphasis to both bass and treble ranges — that bright, punchy sound that is common to mainstream pop music — and mid-range is passably detailed if a little recessed. Up against their older, less accomplished brother — the stock Apple ear-buds that come bundled with the iPod touch — the difference is night and day. Clarity is much improved while bass is significantly more powerful — not to mention the much-needed isolation.
If you are looking for a quality set of in-ear headphones but have the Apple bug, consider the In-Ear Headphones — they have plenty of oomph to back up their good looks.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Google Daydream VR headset
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Lexar® Portable SSD
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Acer Swift 7
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Surface Pro 4
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- EC says LCD screen cartel is active globally
- Sharp to increase LCD panel production on higher demand
- Dick Smith report says Australians keen to switch to digital radio
- Samsung, Numonyx to develop PCM specifications
- Faster SD cards could reach devices next year
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCSecurity Analyst - multiple rolesACT
- CCNetwork EngineerNSW
- TPMid-Level Java DeveloperNSW
- FTSenior Business Project ManagerNSW
- TPDeployment Specialist (DevOps)QLD
- FTSystem AdministratorNSW
- TPSolution Architect - Real-Time Tracking SystemVIC
- CCTest AnalystQLD
- TPSenior Java Developer / DevOps - ContractQLD
- FTSenior Systems AdministratorWA
- CCTest LeadQLD
- CCERP Business Analyst (Time Capture/ Management) - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- FTTechnical Consultant - SQL Server programming skillsACT
- CCTelecommunication Operations SpecialistTAS
- FTPMO Specialist - PermanentACT
- TPInsights ManagerWA
- FTDigital Strategist - Global Consulting FirmACT
- FTIt Security and process analystNSW
- FTAnalyst Programmer (Natural/Adabas)SA
- CCProject / Portfolio SchedulerNSW
- FTSecurity Engineer - Permanent - IT Services - SydneyNSW
- CCDevops Consultant - 12 month contractVIC
- CCDevops Consultant - 12 month contractVIC
- CCSolution Architect - VMwareVIC
- FTSenior Full Stack .Net Developer with Strong SQL DevNSW