Zipbuds Fresh review: Headphones you can zip up

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.3
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The Zipbuds Fresh offer decent sound quality, and the zipper-design of the cord makes it truly tangle free.

The Bad The zipper cord is comparatively heavy and makes some noise when it rubs against your clothing. Also, when rolled up, the cord is relatively bulky compared with other earphones' cords.

The Bottom Line The Zipbuds Fresh offer respectable sound, but the pluses of the tangle-free cord design are compromised by a few drawbacks.

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Zipbuds have been around for a few years, and their claim to fame is that their cord is integrated into a zipper. The company's 2012 models, dubbed "Fresh" and "Juiced," come in a variety of colors as well as versions that add a microphone/remote for making calls.

The $40 Zipbuds Fresh reviewed here is the premium model, with better sound and bass response than the Juiced, which starts at $20.

As with all noise-isolation style earphone, sound quality is affected by just how tight a seal you can get. The earphones come with three different-size eartips (small, medium, and large) and you'll want to pick the one that offers the snuggest fit (I went with the large).

The Zipbuds Fresh are available in multiple color options. Sarah Tew/CNET

In all, they sound pretty decent, though they're a little bright, which means they're pushing the treble a bit. I can't say they outperform other earphones in this price class or will wow you, but so long as you get a tight seal, they deliver respectable enough sound with good clarity and ample bass.

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Where to Buy

MSRP: $49.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Color green
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features zipper cord
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
About The Author

Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.