Zelco Outi Earphones review: Zelco Outi Earphones

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good The Zelco Outi earphones are unique, come in a variety of color options, and deliver on their promise of letting users feel music as well as hear it.

The Bad The Zelco Outi earphones require battery power to work, and their clip-on design interferes with ear jewelry and is not going to be comfortable for everyone. The vibration causes some sound-quality issues, and some users may find it unpleasant.

The Bottom Line The Zelco Outi earphones are best suited to early adopter types who have cash to spare and desire a little extra zing with their music.

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In the realm of odd audio gadgets, the Zelco Outi earphones definitely rank somewhere near the top. These uniquely designed earphones feature mini speakers that rest outside the ear and give off a vibration that let you feel the music as well as hear it. While they certainly look a little strange when worn, the Outi 'phones deliver on their promise. At $110, these unique earbuds aren't cheap, so we only recommend them for those who are comfortable having something shaky clipped onto the back of their ears. It's not for everyone, to be sure.

The Zelco Outi earphones are bizarre in many ways, not the least of which is the design. The speaker drivers themselves reside in two round, flat discs, each measuring about three-quarters of an inch in diameter. Coming out of each disc is a bendable plastic clip with a soft silicone tip that you secure inside your ear. Unlike with other earphones, the speakers actually rest on the backs of the ears. As Zelco claims, this setup is indeed safer for your hearing in the long run, since you don't have high volumes of sound being directed straight into your ears. Still, the look is something you'll have to get used to--it's not as low-profile as other earbud-style headphones. It is nice, though, that Zelco gives you three color options from which to choose--white, black, and pink--since you have to wear them so prominently.

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Zelco Outi Earphones (black)

Part Number: 033X2-03322

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About The Author

Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.