Advantages Fantastic sound, very easy to use
The product I am reviewing is the slighter newer version of the Image S4, and is called the S4i. The 'i' stands for the 'i' in 'ipod/iphone' in which the headset is optimised to work with the ever popular MP3/4 players.What is the difference I hear you ask? Well, apart from looking the same, there is one small change. On the cable from the input jack, just below where the wires start to seperate for each ear piece, there is a 3 button remote. It is quite narrow, about 3 times the width of the cable on it's own, so it isn't too obvious, but easy to use. The middle button is slightly bigger than the other 2 buttons. This button is used for 3 things; play/pause, skip to next song and go back to previous song. Pressing the button once will play/pause the song, pressing twice in quick succession will skip to next song, whilst finally pressing 3 times in succession will go to the previous song. It does take a few goes to get use to it, but it is very simple and effective to use.
The headphones themselves, which I imagine are exactly the same for the standard S4 model are about 1.5metres long in length. The cable is black in colour, and is quite thin. This got me quite worried as I tend to get the cable in awful knots and I easily break the cable with my hands. However, the high quality plastic casing has withstood this well, and no sign of damage is visible after owning them for 4 months. At the botton of the wire near the input jack, there is a thicker, more durable plastic casing to hold the connection firmly in place and protects this well.The input jack is slightly different to your usual connection. Instead of having 2 'rings' around the plastic, usually black in colour to control the right and left audio of your earpieces, the S4i model comes with a third black ring which is used for the inbuilt microphone.
I haven't really used the microphone - as I have no need too! - but this is designed for iphone users. It works quite well by lifting the remote device to your mouth, holding it with a thumb and finger along the long side so you don't block the microphone! Speaking normally into it when a few inches from your mouth works well, so no need for shouting. The volume buttons can be used to adjust the volume of the person you are speaking to which is useful.The ear pieces on the headset are a bit odd looking. Designed in black, with some metallic silver trim, they are shaped so that half way along, they bend at about 30 degrees, into your ear. This is quite clever, as it helps block out sound and maximises sound quality and clarity. On each earpiece, a simple 'R' and 'L' are written on each, not once, but twice, so that you put the right earpiece in each ear, otherwise, they can be quite uncomfortable and sound unnatural, especially useful when first using them.
The silicon mould on the earpiece can be changed. You get 3 pairs of different sizes, so that you can swap them around the get the best fit. I would advise trying the sizes out, as the sound is different for each, dependent on your ears!
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