By David Ponce
When the Earbudclips came in the mail, I was a little skeptical over all the hype. After all, how excited can you get over a piece of plastic?
After using them for a week, I have an answer to that question: they are frothing-at-the-mouth wonderful!
In case you haven’t seen them yet, they are little plastic clips that attach to your iPod’s (or any other music player) cords to keep’em nice and tidy. They sell in four-packs for the ridiculously low sum of $10.
The company sent me a pack for review, and I did just that. Come inside for details and a bunch of pictures.
If you wanna skip my writeup, at least visit the site: The Earbudclips.
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The clips come in four colors: black, white, pink and green. When you take them out and play with them, you get a feel for the quality of the Lexan polycarbonate plastic used. They bend and bend, yet always snap back to their original shape. I stuck’em in the freezer, for kicks, and sure enough, they behaved just as well afterwards.
The amount of features that these simple clips were engineered with is awe inspiring. For instance, they feature contoured clamping legs. That way, they wont damage your cords when attached.
Also, the flap that goes under the wires is tapered, making it easier to insert.
Then, the flap and and the clamps have a staggered design. What this does is prevent the clip from falling off when it’s not being used.
However, the way you use them is where the true design genius really lies. First, you get them onto your wires, but between the earbuds and the split.Like on the picture above. That’s very important, as you’ll see.
When you’re listening to your music, you leave the clip there. It doesn’t fall off, due to the staggered design. You don’t have to take it off and put it somewhere you could lose it. You leave it right there, on the cord. It doesn’t get in the way of anything.
Then, when you’re done and you want to put your player away, simply slide the clip all the way up to the buds, as you see on the picture. Wrap the wire around the player and tuck it all in, nicely. The tension you wrap your wires with is what keeps the whole thing together, preventing it from coming loose. (Incidentally, while playing with them, I discovered that the best way to wrap the cords on an iPod, in such a way that the clip ends up in the front, is to first go straight down to the back, and then around. Not to the front and around.)
And that’s it. It’s so simple, so cheap and so elegant.
So, again, that website is here.