Title: PHYSICAL BUTTONS!
Content: As the title of this review implies, these buds have actual physical buttons! That you can push! To turn them on, change a track, raise the volume (one button) or lower the volume (a different button). Anyone who has ever purchased buds knows the frustration of the connection process. Do you take them out of the case first? Should you connect/pair one, then the other? Keep them in the case, then remove once they're connected? Once the connection issues are resolved, and the buds are properly linked, then what? Are the included earpiece adapters the proper size? Are they comfortable? If not, does the manufacturer provide multiple options, or only the most "common" size? Okay. They're linked, they're reasonably comfortable, now it's time for that first sound test. You have a song you want to hear, or a song that you've used in the past to prove their merit, and presto! They either impress or disappoint. There's never any good enough. It's one or the other. Then, once they have passed muster or failed miserably, comes the movement check. Can you stand up? Sit down? Move around? Without them falling out? When you need to push them in or adjust them in any way do you accidentally change a track? Pause? Disconnect? The learning curve with new buds from a different manufacturer is typically steep and frequently frustrating. Bottom line: Did you get a good deal or not?! Here's the deal with these. Yes. They link. They sound terrific. They're light. They're waterproof. They have actual buttons!!!! You can push one and turn them on. There's a pleasant (in tone and volume) voice prompt to let you know what's going on. The buttons are appreciably out of the way (volumes are on top of the ear stem), so you can adjust the fit WITHOUT CHANGING ANYTHING ELSE, and the sound, yes, including the bass, is attention-getting. Oh. And they cost less than $20! Are you kidding me?? Will they last forever? Probably not. Are they good for phone calls? Don't know. Haven't tried that yet. Am I happy? Yes. So much so that I've purchased backups, in case the price goes up and as an inexpensive but totally no-way-embarrassing gift. Oh. That's another thing. These buds come with a carrying case! And a caribiner to carrry them with. Neither of these are noteworthy (especially the caribiner, which is ridiculously undersized), but they'll work unless/until you find something better. Bottom line: Happy. P.S. these buds come with multiple sizes of ear piece adapters, something else buds in this price category typically don't do. Another win! Did I mention that they sound great?!!