A good product makes you want to evangelise it. You want to tell the world so they can experience it... and also let them know how awesome you are and how grateful they should be that you brought such a cool thing into their lives ;)
Those products that you can continually appreciate and enjoy, that give you a little bit of delight every time you touch them, or that are so well thought-out that you wonder why everything can't be this good, are rare. I think my MacBook Air is one of those, but on Thursday something arrived that made me feel all joyous again.
I go through earbuds like nobody's business. At the rate I go through them you'd think I was eating them. I've had two sets of Tweaked Audio buds after having their advertising jammed into my ears for the past few months, and both sets broke after about two weeks. The company were nice enough to send me a replacement the first time, and refunded me the second, though they asked for them back but never offered to pay the postage to the US so I've not been inclined.
In the past I've had Apple ones, Phillips ones, Denon ones - which were pretty good - and a load more. I almost exclusively go for the plushy in-ear ones, and if I can find them I'll always go for a remote and mic as they're used almost exclusively with my iPhone. But after a few weeks with my emergency cans - which are enormous and have a cable longer than the German word for chimney sweep - I decided I should move away from things going into my ears and replace them with things that sit ontop. So a quick look round the web turned up the AKG K451 Foldable Mini Headset, and after getting them on Thursday I'm still excited.
This isn't a review of a set of headphones; there's plenty of those around. Instead I just wanted to talk about the beauty in really well thought-out products. These headphones are quite small and fold away nicely. There are two detachable cords: one with a remote and mic, the other without. The cans are beautiful, but the clever part for me is the bag they came in, which I nearly threw away (I'm not one for accessories). The bag contains the second cord and it has a recess that fits the headphones perfectly. I also loved the fact that there were two separate pouches for the cords, so you don't get them mixed up or scrunched together.
Aside form making me feel warm and fuzzy, what all of this does is encourage me to take better care of my headphones. The lovely baggy pouchy thing with its recesses stops me from wrapping up the cable and stowing the set in my bag. This means they'll last longer and I'll get better value, whereas other manufacturers are possibly geared more towards in-built fallibility and thus repeat custom.
I've no idea how long this pair will last, but I do think I've bought my last pair of earbuds, and hopefully I've found My Brand.
What are the products that get you all hot under the collar?