@haydesigner@stinks@zxinfinity I think that link is for “third party” refurbished/renewed, and not “factory refurbished/renewed”. Not saying that it is good or bad, just making an observation. The Amazon description says "Backed by the 90-day Amazon Renewed Guarantee.
This pre-owned product has been professionally inspected, tested and cleaned by Amazon qualified vendors."
@haydesigner@stinks@zxinfinity lol lmgtfy nice job buddy!! You did it!! You’re an a hole congrats!! You did something other than just provide a link. Wow you really put in the work. Someone should really start paying you.
From the previous cheap earbuds from Meh, I’ve learned that the cheap part is the charging case.
Anyone know if these fit in the case and charge properly or is it a constant PITA to get them “just right” in the almost-fitting indents to charge and then closing the lid shifts them just enough to disconnect from charging so they’re worthless in actual usage?
@mike808 I have somewhat higher end Anker earbuds “Soundcore Life P3” so I can’t say for certain, but mine have magnets and will snap perfectly into place once you bring them close to their custom recesses.
If these are even half as good, you have nothing to worry about charge-wise.
@john2525 They’re 16.99 on amazon renewed, aka refurbished. Im fine with refurbished products, but earphones are one thing I want that are not pre-used. I dont how good they ‘renew’ them. I dont want the knowledge that someone elses ear wax gunk might have been all over them at some point. that extra 8 dollars is worth imo. Still already have a better pair though so I’m skipping this one aswell.
@john2525@whtthfgg Or, never actually used, just returned. I dunno, a little alcohol on a swab to clean the earpieces, versus $8? (I don’t have a dog in this hunt, I already have all the buds/phones/cans I could ever need.)
Most outfits rate other earbuds higher, like the Jabra Elite line or the Bose QuietComfort. But the Pros are still very excellent and they are optimized for apple products, so the user experience is very seamless.
@thechilipepper0 Yes, it’s the overall experience that is compelling for me. Most of the time I’m listening to podcasts, but the great noise cancellation and amazing integration is what does it for me.
Maybe it’s just me, but when I’ve used (true wireless?) earbuds which have “stems” like these (especially short stems, like the Airpods Pro), it seemed like whenever I’d insert them or remove them, I’d accidentally activate some unwanted action, like playing music or calling someone or something. I imagine there is/was a special way I could have learned to grasp the stem to avoid that situation, but that seemed to be too hard for me to remember to do each time (especially in the half-sleepy about-to-go-for-my-morning-walk moments), so I gave up on those kinds and (mostly) enjoy the bone-conduction earbuds that I’ve now been using for years.
@andymand bone conduction earbuds… that makes no sense at all. It does track with the rest of your post though. putting in and taking out earbuds isnt a very complicated task. including true wireless(?)
@andymand I too hate the stick style earbuds and don’t get the desire to look like an apple product owner. I end up going with the kind that have a loop over the ear to keep them from falling out. I don’t need to spend half a month’s car payment to listen to audible
Just one (possibly pedantic) point with the copy here: to say that earbuds reach a ceiling because they’re earbuds is… naïve at best. There is a reason that there are $300+ wired In Ear Monitors (from Etymotic, Shure, Westone, etc.) that are worth every penny. (source: I own and have used AirPods, APP’s, 2x Etymotics, 2x Shure’s, 1 Westone, and a few random BT headphones.)
Bluetooth as a protocol is more of a limiting factor than just the fact that something is an “earbud.”
Also, for the record, the appeal of AirPods isn’t necessarily the sound quality. It’s Apple’s “seamless” integration (and their “poetic license” with the Bluetooth spec) with the entire Apple ecosystem that makes AirPods appealing (aka one can effortlessly transition their AirPods from Mac to iPhone to iPad to Apple TV and back again - at least in theory. In practice… yeah.) The original AirPods honestly have mediocre (no pun?) sound quality.
All this to say: these are well worth $25 if they fit your use case. My own use case is a teen that lost a set of AirPods within two weeks…
@bakerzdosen Sounds like that teen needs $5 replacements rather than even $25 ones. Actually for things my kid kept losing I told her, “The first one is on me. Beyond that this is not my problem. You want anther one then it is on you.”. After doing without and paying to replace things herself (after hoping to wear me down by negative behavior that sometimes got her other consequences she didn’t like) the ‘lost/broken and needs replace’ rate went way down.
@bakerzdosen@Kidsandliz My 10 year old has the $10 walmart version of airpods and is just as happy with them as he would be with the “real” ones. We also each own one apple product - his is an old ass ipad that came from my mom when she died and mine is the work phone that I play warzone and answer emails on and absolutely nothing else.
Concerned about the length of battery life for these type of buds. I have another brand/pair for two years and they still charge but only play for 15 minutes. Hate to throw them out. OF COURSE, FOR APPROX $30, A YEAR OR TWO IS ACCEPTABLE (if these batteries aren’t near dead already). More portable products should have replaceable batteries.
Review from Amazon
1.0 out of 5 stars Left bud does not work, damaged case and dirty condition
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2021
Came in with bad condition. The box is damaged and unsealed. Charger case had scratch marks all over the surface. Earbuds smells old, feels sticky and not sanitized.
I bought these because I need a new pair and the last ones I bought here are too big for my ears. I also need ones that will work in the left ear only, because that’s the only ear I have that actually works. It seems like these do that given the description. So I’m crossing my fingers.
They would inconsistently connect with my device, and seemingly they knew exactly when I had an important conference call that I wanted to use them for and explicitly NOT connect for those. The most pleasurable use I found for them was when I absolutely smashed them to shit and threw them away (just now). Well worth the money.