ZAGG introduces Z.buds earphones


ZAGG is a household name when it comes to mobile electronics accessories, and their latest release would be the new Z.buds earphones. The Z.buds earphones are special in a sense that they mark the debut of ZAGG’s maiden entry into the headphones market, and before it has even been sold, the Z.buds have already been named a 2009 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase Honoree. Guess we can be sure that the Z.buds will be a thing of beauty to look at, although there are bound to be some detractors who love nothing more than being a wet blanket, failing to see the silver lining behind every dark cloud all the time.

What does ZAGG offer with the sleekly designed Z.buds? For starters, this pair of earphones will integrate passive noise cancellation so that music and user conversations can be heard in greater clarity than ever before. ZAGG has also made sure that the Z.buds’ high-end audio is able to provide a full sound that is comparable to earbuds that cost nearly or twice as much, offering you unprecedented value for money in these economically uncertain times where every single penny counts. The cord is made out of nylon to make it more durable throughout the lifetime of the device, and you can wear it in many different ways, making the Z.buds one of the most versatile product of its kind. You can choose to wear it around the neck for a clean, professional look, or around the back of the neck and over the ear so that it won’t flail all over the place when you’re taking part in sports or some bit of vigorous exercise.

You can choose from black and red colors, and nice to know that the Z.buds earphones also double up as a hands-free headset. In-line volume management and on-cord button are part of the setup, while the microphone is strategically placed to carry out all your hands-free conversations. There is no word on pricing, but each purchase will come with a range of interchangeable foam, silicone and triple-flange tips.

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12 reviews or comments

Vik Says: January 5, 2009 at 6:25 pm

what a piece of junk – broke in one day … the earbud split in two !!! I know reviews are saying that they have good build quality – I would disagree – really cheap feeling in hand … cable is nice but that’s about it …. Zagg will return but is still charging me shipping for sending me a crappy pair of earbuds – DO NOT BUY THESE !!! Sorry Chris ….

Pierre Says: January 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Broken after 2 weeks ! No warranty!
I have had mine for a bit over 2 weeks now and the cheap plastic buds split in half.
As I have read many posts, it seems to be a common issue, therefore in my mind it looks like a factory defect.
I contacted Zagg support and they will not replace them as they are 5 days out of the 30 day warranty. I live in Australia and although they took 2 weeks to arrive, they count the order date as the start of warranty !!
I will rate these as very average headsets, although sound quality is not bad, it’s not something to rave about !!

Edwin Says: January 20, 2009 at 7:12 am

Vik, Pierre: Hmmm, that’s strange. You’re right, most review sites say that it is built in a pretty sturdy manner. In fact, we just did an external review ( on the Zagg Z.buds, and the reviewer says the earbud body is made out of metal and not plastic. Maybe you guys got shortchanged on the initial batch, or the reviewers got a separate unit – who knows? Either that, or Zagg actually acknowledged their mistake and created better batches.

Chris from Zagg, any ideas what’s going on?

Edwin Says: January 21, 2009 at 4:59 am

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the prompt reply. Maybe you can keep in touch with Vik and Pierre to see if you can help them out. Cheers!

Chad Says: February 24, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I have to agree with all the bad reviews mine fell apart pulling it out of the box, snapped the cheap quality mice bad together and after a few uses the right side stopped working. Customer service is rude, blame you for their crappy product not working and then want to charge you to replace it.


Evan Says: March 6, 2009 at 7:09 am


I bought these after seeing the 2009 CES design and innovation…. yadda, yadda award, thinking that these would have to be the king of aftermarket, mid-price, hi-fidelity, iPhone-compatible headphones.

Boy was I wrong. The first pair never worked right, then eventually failed. The replacement pair lasted about two weeks of just normal, daily use before failing. So, what failed? On the first pair, the answer/hang-up or play/pause button never worked. That was frustrating, but I decided to suck it up. within about two weeks though, the connection between the cord and the 1/8″ jack must have dislodged, as one channel just stopped coming through. If I manipulated it just so, I could get it to play, but would have to hold it in some awkward position to get it to work.

So, I called ZAGG and told them what happened. They offered to replace them, but when I mailed the Z-Buds in, I got an email telling me that they were out of stock, and I would have to wait three weeks to have the replacement shipped. That was frustrating, and so I wrote their customer service representative an email saying that I was disappointed that I had spent a fair amount of money on their product, and that I essentially had only a semi-working pair of Z-Buds for a matter of days, but had purchased them nearly two months prior. I also expressed my skepticism about the quality of their product, and wondered whether the new pair would eventually fail also.

The customer service representative replied with some trite, canned response aimed at dismissing me and my concerns. So I let it go.

The new pair arrived about 10 days ago, and they worked as they should, until today. Now, the connection between the cord and the jack has failed in a new and amusingingly odd way. Now, if I bump or nudge the jack or its housing, the Z-Buds think I’m pressing the pause/play or answer/hang-up button. You can imagine how frustrating that is, when the headphones just hang up on people.

So, my opinion is that the design and manufacturing of these is trash. They may well be made of tin foil and chewing gum, judging by their hold-up value.

To be fair, when they are working, the sound quality is very good. Unfortunately, the Z-Buds will last about as long as the flavor in the chewing gum that holds their internal parts together.

burnedbyzagg Says: May 28, 2009 at 1:27 pm

I’ve had 4 in total, 2 of the original design and 2 of the new design. They have all failed. The mic switch stopped working on 3 and the volume control failed on one. The mic switch and volume control are cheaply made snap together plastic units with cheap solders and loose wires inside. They will fail over time. There is noticeable play in the wires going into these units. They are not sealed and not even resistant to weather. Wait until they do a complete redesign of the mic and volume units and actually send some people out in the field for a few months to real world test these things, let alone some good old stress testing in the lab. The cable system is great and the sound is great but until they get the switch and volume control design correct don’t waste your money. Chech out the ILOUNGE post too. Similar comments by them also.

TL Says: June 2, 2009 at 4:45 am

My wife and I are on our 3rd pair of zbuds each and needless to say I would not make this purchase again. Again let me state I’m on set number 3 and the playback button has now failed after 3 weeks of use. The first set’s playback button failed, the second sets playback function failed and eventually stopped working altogether(AFTER 2 WEEKS of use). I don’t understand how they could make such a poor product. I do not work in an extreme environment I’m at a desk all day nor do I workout with these headphones yet time and time again they fail. I’m thankful we got the warranty, but what good is it if the product last less than a month. The design of the zbuds are great and when they work you receive a good sound, but I would not suggest buying them unless you enjoy speaking to their customer support and making trips to the post office to ship them back.

Miles Says: June 19, 2009 at 10:25 pm

These headphones definitely have a good design and the earbuds stay in your ears, atleast for me better than an other I’ve owned. But they are poorly assembled. The first pair I bought worked for about 4 weeks before the connection at the plug started going out and one earbud stopped working. So I sent mine back to get a replacement took awhile to get them back and this one had a bad connection at the volume control, audio would cut in and out unless the control was at just the right spot :/. After all that Zagg charged me for the replacement because “they did not recieve it” within 20 days which according to UPS tracking they did. Although to their credit they are refunding me the money. If these were put together properly they would be excellent headphones but as it is they won’t last especially if you plan on using it on a daily basis.

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