These modestly-priced Radiopaq Dots are around half the size of a normal earphone, and come in vibrant colours such as hot pink and cherry red as well as the standard black and white. The cable features a soft rubber silicone cable finish, which makes it less likely to tangle, and the jack is gold plated which ensures a good connection.
For me, the smaller sized earpiece was a real bonus, as I have small ears so sometimes find it difficult to get earphones that fit properly. However, to get the best fit I needed to change the ear cushions – the Dots come with a choice of three sizes, and I chose the smallest. I removed the cushions with no problem, but putting on the new ones was more difficult – they are very soft so require some manhandling. Once fitted, however, I found them super comfortable – again, something which I find normal-sized headphones rarely are.
The quality of the sound was also good, not least because the smaller size meant a better fit and therefore less background noise. I first tested these headphones while doing a spot of transcribing. The interview was recorded on a dictaphone in a busy room, so there was a lot of background noise, making the job a tricky one. However, the Dots lived up to the challenge and I could hear my interviewee clearly so was able to complete the task quickly.
To give them a really good run for their money, I then decided to use them during the Amsterdam half-marathon. Having often had problems with headphones falling out while running, I was pleasantly surprised to find that these stayed put and produced a clear sound throughout my run. Good quality, too: it was never tinny and coped with a good range of music.
PROS Good quality, low price, and comes with different sized ear cushions to get the perfect fit.
CONS The ear cushions are very fiddly to change.