on 8 November 2010
Bought this Macally headset to provide sound input for my iPod touch (2g). It works precisely as advertised. Though you can't adjust the microphone's sensitivity, the default level works very well with Skype and the headset also allows you to do anything from taking voice memos to tuning your guitar with a suitable app. It also comes with four pairs of ear buds - two mediums, one small and one large, so you're guaranteed a snug, noise-excluding listening experience whatever your auditory anatomy.
Rather less ergonomic is the minuscule sliver of a switch on the microphone, which is not that easy to feel with your fingers (and don't even try to look at the switch as it's camouflaged into the mike and obscured by your own chin when you're using the headset). The switch lets you pause or start music playback with a single press or jump to the next or previous track with a double-press - at least, that's what the card on the back of the package implies. Single presses do work reliably, but most of the time a double press seems only to jump to the next track. Jumping backwards does happen sporadically, but it's not clear what causes this, and pressing either end of the switch doesn't appear to make any difference. If you manage to prise the little manual out without tearing it - it is secreted within the packaging in a place I leave for the reader to discover - you won't be any the wiser.
But the biggest disappointment of this headset is the sound. Macally bills it as having enhanced bass, which is truthful if only because the treble response is abysmal. It's fine for listening to speech-based podcasts and of course for voice chats, but with music you'll instantly be thinking of making an appointment to have your ears syringed.
Four out of 5 stars for functionality and value (Apple's cheapest offering with the same functionality is double the price), 2 stars for sound.
on 21 April 2010
If you're looking for a headset for Iphone don't go for this one. Honestly, you get what you pay for - the ear pieces work fine and sound is good, however the microphone is really weak, and you have to shout! Only good for music, not for calls.