Another day, another earphone promising to fit right, feel comfy, and deliver great audio quality. I never seem to find all those attributes in one product - especially when it comes to comfort. Either the earbuds keep falling out (no matter how many cap sizes are included), or those ear hook attachments that keep the earbuds in place dig into my flesh or exert more pressure than I can stand. Happily, the folks at Altec Lansing have cushioned my complaints with the new In-Ear Sport Earphones.
The soft rubber ear hooks (called fitbits) included with these waterproof, Bluetooth earphones flex to fit the inside of each ear, gently but firmly securing the earbuds. A slim rubber-coated cable connecting the left and right earbuds wraps weightlessly behind your head or can dangle over your shoulders, keeping earbuds at the ready. A little inline panel with an integrated microphone and well-spaced, brightly colored control buttons lets you power on and off, sync with a Bluetooth-enabled device, navigate songs, adjust volume, and answer phone calls. The included USB cable plugs into a micro-USB port in the control panel, providing 20 hours of power from the built-in lithium-ion battery. You get three sizes of soft rubber ear caps and three sizes of those comfy hooked fitbits. The audio quality is clear, robust, and surprisingly nuanced for the budget-friendly price.
Altec Lansing In-Ear Sport Earphones (MZX856) in black, white, red, or blue, are $59.99. Info at www.alteclansing.com.