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Z.buds earphones from ZAGG, like V-moda Vibe II 'cept cheaper

Company known for mobile device screen protection adds audio line.

ZAGG, the company that makes those screen protectors for mobile devices, is diversifying its product catalog by getting into the overcrowded earbuds market. Its new ZAGGaudio line features a pair of over-the-ear headphones, USB laptop speakers, and the Z.buds earphones.

Not unlike the recently reviewed V-moda Vibe II earphones, the Z.buds do double duty as a hands-free headset for devices with a 3.5mm jack, e.g. the iPhone. They also kind of look like the original Vibe 'buds. However, they're about half the price of the Vibe II's selling at the company's site for $64.99.

The Z.buds come in black and red versions, and both feature a microphone, in-line volume management, and an on-cord button to control calls and music as well as interchangeable foam, silicone, and triple-flange tips for the best passive noise-canceling seal. Plus, you can wear the cord in back of your head to keep things up and out of the way.

Haven't used them, not endorsing them, just letting you know they're out there if you're looking for a lower-cost alternative.