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In-Depth Review

Logitech Curve Headphones

Low-end earphones and headphones usually leave a lot to be desired. That problem only seems to be compounded when companies attach monikers like "sport" to their headphone names, which often means a more secure but less comfortable fit, or enhanced moisture protection at the expense of sound quality.

Logitech's Curve headphones are a little different. Not targeted exclusively at active users, the Curve proves to be both a comfortable and versatile pair of headphones that are stylish enough to pass for daily use and durable enough to withstand the rigors of athletics.

Moreover, sound quality is first-rate, with the Curve producing rich bass and sharp highs that I've never encountered with any pair of sub-$30 earphones. Chalk that up to the 30mm neodymium drivers Logitech uses, which are almost twice the size of Apple's little ear buds.

The Curve headphones passed the sweat test with flying colors, living up to their sport billing. In a month of use I never encountered any moisture-related problems with the Curves, which is saying a lot given the toll the 100+ degree Texas heat takes on my northeastern body when I cycle for hours.

With other headphones, especially ones that insert the ear bud fairly deep into your ear, I've had problems with sweat accumulating in my ear and then shorting out the low-end sound, leaving me with nothing but treble and a headache. Not so with the Curves, and as an added bonus you can even remove the foam pieces to wash them when you desire.

I've never been a fan of headphones that wrap around the back of your head because they never felt quite as secure as over-the-top headphones. Logitech has mostly done away with that problem by employing "comfort rings" on the Curve that wrap behind the top of your ears (these can be removed if you so desire). The Curve had no problem hugging my head during running and off-road biking, and the wrap-around design even afforded its use with a helmet, although things get a little crammed around your ears if you add sunglasses to the mix.

Like other wrap-around headphones, the Curve gets in your way a bit when you're lying on your back. Sit-ups can be managed comfortably, but if you're a fan of bench-presses the extra weight pushing down on you tends to cause the back of the headphones to hit the bench, moving the headphones around a bit as you work through your reps -- not good if you're trying to set a new personal max, and need all the concentration (and loud music) that you can get.

The Curve headphones are stylish and versatile enough for any use, with features to match. Logitech has done an excellent job with these headphones, especially given the price.


Logitech's Lime Curve Headphones

With matching iPod mini

(Click the thumbnails for larger images)

Just The Facts

Curve Headphones from Logitech

MSRP US$29.99
Street Price: US$15.95 - From Amazon.com.

Pros:Loud, rich sound; secure design for athletics; price

Cons:Wrap-around design can get in the way of some activities

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