Hands on: Z buds by Zagg for iPhone and iPod

By Peter Chubb - Jan 5, 2009

Just before Christmas we were sent a set of these Z buds by Zagg, which can work with your Apple iPhone or iPod and Touch. You will notice from the start that these ear buds are different, normally the wire gets all tangled up, but the Z buds features Premium length, tangle-free cord. So we are off to a great start.

Zagg Z buds for iPhone and iPod 4

From the moment I held the Z buds in my hands I knew that I was holding a quality device. A number of ear buds that are on the market are light and give you a poor sound; these have a nice weight to them, so hopeful the sound produced should be good.

Zagg Z buds for iPhone and iPod 2

Before I give the ear phone a test I need to choose the right sliders, and there are a number of different ones to choose from. Five minutes later and I think I have found the perfect sliders for me; I needed small ones as I have narrow canals.

Zagg Z buds for iPhone and iPod 3

I have now plugged the Z buds into my iPhone and selected my chosen song. I have the volume halfway and the sound seems a little low, but the bass levels sound good. I am now turning the volume up. I am now three quarters on the volume and things still sound great, there is no distortion, sound like a great time to turn things up to the max. I am now up full, and boy are these things loud; there is now some distortion, but not as much as you would expect. One thing is certain, they are much better than the standard Apple ear buds.

Zagg Z buds for iPhone and iPod

These Zagg Z buds come with some great features, these include:

  • 2009 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase Honoree
  • 3.5mm jack compatible with first gen iPhone
  • Built-in music control for iPhone
  • In-line volume control
  • Multiple earbud adaptors for all ear sizes
  • Multiple sliders for better cord management
  • Premium length, tangle-free cord
  • Rich, responsive sound from superior speakers

The Z buds come with a drawstring bag, where you can also keep your iPod in. Zagg Audio offers you the choice of either red or black, and costs just $79.99.

For more information visit Zagg.com

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  • Offers a rugged, utilitarian design that seems very durable, cord is wrapped in cloth and available in a choice of four colors.

  • Dave

    On my 4th pair. Last 3 have been defective. Such a pain. I’d stay away–very poor quality

  • burnedbyzagg

    I’ve had 4 in total, 2 of the original design and 2 of the new design. They have all failed. The mic switch stopped working on 3 and the volume control failed on one. The mic switch and volume control are cheaply made snap together plastic units with cheap solders and loose wires inside. They will fail over time. There is noticeable play in the wires going into these units. They are not sealed and not even resistant to weather. Wait until they do a complete redesign of the mic and volume units and actually send some people out in the field for a few months to real world test these things, let alone some good old stress testing in the lab. The cable system is great and the sound is great but until they get the switch and volume control design correct don’t waste your money. Chech out the ILOUNGE post too. Similar comments by them also.

  • ADL


    Here is how ZAGG deals with you. I bought the Z-Buds on Nov. 26th 2008. They broke on January 7th, 2009. THE SWITCH BROKE! You can’t mishandle a switch! (I tried to call but the support line immediately states that a support member will take at least 15-20 mins and I don’t have that amount of time to wait)

    Customer Message:

    My z-Buds which were ordered as soon as you made them available no longer function correctly. The switch which controls music and phone no longer works. How can I get this fixed or replaced? I don’t have the order number but I have placed 3 orders with you in the past so you should be able to look my account up.

    ***** Response *****
    Thank you for contacting ZAGG, home of the invisibleSHIELD! My name is Jenn and I appreciate the opportunity to assist you.

    I understand that you would like a refund for the Z.buds (Black) that you purchased on November 26th, 2008. Regrettably, in order to receive a refund or a replacement on the Z.buds, it must be postmarked within thirty days of your original purchase date. You can find our policy on this on our website at:

    Buy what you like – but this is junk and their support is junk which makes the company junk – Good luck

  • Pierre

    Broken after 2 weeks ! No warranty!
    I have had mine for a bit over 2 weeks now and the cheap plastic buds split in half.
    As I have read many posts, it seems to be a common issue, therefore in my mind it looks like a factory defect.
    I contacted Zagg support and they will not replace them as they are 5 days out of the 30 day warranty. I live in Australia and although they took 2 weeks to arrive, they count the order date as the start of warranty !!
    I will rate these as very average headsets, although sound quality is not bad, it’s not something to rave about !!