Mondo-sized discs attached to an inner section that slips into your ears, the Surface Earbuds make virtually anyone who wears them look like their ears have been stretched by cheap plastic gauges from Hot Topic. And they’re far from unique in this department.
So why are big brands so bad at making good-looking earbuds? Maybe it’s because they don’t want to.
One of the key aesthetic features of the AirPods is just how much they catch the eyes of those around you when you’re out and about. They’re ugly, sure, but they’re also distinctive.
Sure, many people agonize over which pair of headphones to buy by poring over reviews, but many simply buy the pair they see the most, assuming it is the best (or at least among the best).
And so Microsoft, Apple, Google, and others, I implore you: Enough with the wacky designs.
Instead of trying to stand out with your funky take on ear paraphernalia, how about putting a bit more function in your form and a bit less hype in your style?
Wireless earbuds may never be truly fashionable, but they don’t have to be garish either. Personally, I just want to listen to my favorite music around town, in the gym, or at my desk — without looking like I’m headed to Warped Tour 2007.
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