Geek Buying Guide: Headphones

10 years ago, I wouldn’t have thought about headphones as much as I do now.

However, they’ve become a staple for anyone, not just geeks. At work, at the gym, at the grocery store (which drives me nuts, but this isn’t about that), to even driving in the car (yes, that thing that gets you from Point A to Point B with speakers built in). Headphones, are not just a requirement for most things, they are not a must for daily life. So which ones do you drop your dollars on? Here are some the Geeks use and appreciate.

Apple Earbuds


I call these “Old Reliable.” You get these with essentially every Apple device. I’m a big fan of these because of how simple they are. You plug in, and go. These “EarPods” are exactly what you see. Plug them in and go. I have a pair at my desk at work that I’ve used for years. I can honestly say the one downfall for me is how easily I’ve gone through some of them. I’ve had countless iPhones and iPods, and they all come with a pair of these in some form or fashion. I have on pair remaining. So if you’re hard on your headphones like I am, it may be best to spend a bit more money and get a pair that will last for a while. These are not phones you want in a gym bag that get tangled, ripped, and then broken. They are cheap though, and easily replaceable. The microphone and audio control on the cord are also a nice touch when taking phone calls.

Skullcandy Ink’d Earbuds


Let’s be honest, these earbuds are more about show than anything else. They simply look cool. That being said, they aren’t bad headphones. The rubber stays in your ear fairly well. Unlike the Apple earbuds, you don’t just put these in your ear. You can squeeze the rubber into your ear and get a nice snug fit. The downside to that is they often slip out if you get sweaty. I bought these at Best Buy to find an alternative to the Apple EarPods, and for the price, they are superb. They crapped out in about 6-7 months… Not bad considering the 10-15 dollar price tag.

Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones


Okay, hear me out on these. Yes, they are $80 if you get the standard version. Who in the blue hell is paying that much money for headphones? A friend recommended these to me and I bit because I was sick of buying a new pair every few months. It’s tedious! He said listen, these don’t move out of your ear ever, they’re ultra durable, and the sound is spectacular. I bought these with my first paycheck at my first job after college. They lasted me until 2016 (that’s 4 years folks). I just bought another pair because the cord was getting frayed, but that being said, THEY STILL WORK. I put some electrical tape on them, and use them as a backup! My new pair goes in the small case that came with it now, in the hopes I can make these last 8 years this time! This new model comes in standard for $80 or $100 for the Apple/Android version, which comes with a microphone and audio control on the cord. I would highly suggest these if you’ve got the money to throw down.

If you find this guide helpful, let us know which pair you picked up in the comments below! Pass it on to a friend.

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