Case Logic's New Earbuds Out-Apple Apple

Let's hope they sound as good as they look.

It almost goes without saying that designer Andrea Ponti’s new series of in-ear headphones look fantastic. The AG++ (Type Z, Type R, and Type R Mini) are made of aluminum and designed for the iPhone, complete with a mic and Apple-compatible remote so that you can control playback and volume, and answer calls all without digging in your pockets.

We love the way these are a departure from the white plastic Apple earbuds while maintaining the functionality of the iconic headphones. If anything, the silver aluminum Type R Minis are more iPhone-y than the classic design.

We particularly love the loop design. Ponti says they serve a few "micro-functions." First, they make it easier to put the earphones in and take them out. Second, the loops keep the cables in the right position and space them out from the wearer’s face and cheeks. "But finally, good looking is stronger than hidden functions," she says, "I got inspiration from ladies jewelry too."

Buy them here for $35.

[via Design Milk.]

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14 Comments

  • Kim Engelshardt Kirkegaard

    These nice looking Case Logic earbuds sound terrible , and the overall quality is very bad. They started to disintegrate two days after arrival from Hong Kong, just fell apart. Photo: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/37152...

  • jerseyresh

    Sounds matters the most and design is huge.  I have been looking for earbuds and reading TONS of reviews, and even $150 earbuds have been called 'shoddy, not made to last, and poorly made.'  

    If you are like me, and looking for an upgrade from the CRapple headphones, with some decent sound, and the obvious nice aesthetic, join me. I'm all in.  

  • Crimson

    This is a tough crowd. While I agree that this is not THE best earpbud design, this is certainly not an amateur design. If there is one thing that I have discovered, how an earbud looks, is certainly no reflection on how it feels and performs. Some of the most expensive earbuds Ive used have been a hideous experience. I am more than open to try them out in real-world situations before deciding how bad the design and functionality are. 

  • Mike Win

    Really? I'm just reading this article and I'm pretty much seeing Apple-this, and Apple-that. Maybe it might sound shocking, but there are other awesome companies with awesome design...

  • Joeboxer 07

    These look really uncomfortable and the aluminum can change temperatures drastically. If you want a real earphone, check out Yurbuds.

  • Milesaia

    Timmy, Apple would not have missed or messed up on the obvious. This is a rookie design if I've ever seen one!!!

  • Milesaia

    Come on, all is good except for the most obvious, what do we do with the chord? Oh, let's just let it kink and look all shitty and forgotten about as it makes it's way from the ear piece. That's cool. Good design jack ass!!!!

  • edmaceyko

    That loop is cool but it kinks the wire at an ugly angle instead of a nice gradual curve.
    Makes it look like the wire should be on the other side of the loop.