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it pulled out too easily. I then found a bit of plastic jutting ...
on 13 August 2014
Arrived promptly. I was a bit surprised when the jack did not seem to be gripped properly by the earphone socket on my laptop, as if it had not been pushed in far enough: it pulled out too easily. I then found a bit of plastic jutting out over the metal and realised that it could prevent full insertion. I cut the excess plastic off and then the plug went in fully. So quality control in the manufacturing process needs to be improved. However, there was no problem with the socket end, and the cable worked well after that. I have the impression that material is not of the highest quality, which may affect its expected life. But that's compatible with the very low price for this product. Still good value for money.
Several feedback reports mention the discrepancy between the quoted uncoiled length of the cable (4m) and the usable length due to coiling, so I tried pulling it as far as I could without pulling the laptop off its support. It stretched to about 1.8m with fairly high tension, and a considerable amount of coiling left, which is reasonable for a coiled cable. By applying considerably more force I was able to stretch it to about 2.8m, though I would not normally wish to use it with that much tension. I think the product description should state: "Length prior to coling 4m, usable length after coiling 1.8m to 2.8m. The shorter length is enough for my purpose, and the fact that it is coiled simplifies storage without tangling, etc.
I was a little surprised at the weight of the cable. This is because it is significantly thicker than most headphone cables. The thickness is presumably required to enable the cable to maintain its coiled state, as in the picture.
Summary: works fine with headphones. Used stretched to more than about 1.8m requires considerable tension, possibly unsafe for lightweight laptop resting on a table.