Last year I was in the market for new earbuds, after my second pair of Sony In-Ear headphones broke down.
My buddy Denny (whom I see IRL about as often as he blogs, which is way too seldom) recommended the Bose® In-Ear Headphones. I took his recommendation (even though the little f*ckrs are quite expensive) and have been very happy with the choice.
Shortly before my last USA trip, Bose released a version of the same headphones with an inline microphone, the Bose® Mobile In-Ear Headset. It’s compatible with most smartphones with standard jack connectors (and supplies adapters for brands with non-standard diameters).
It works great on the iPhone. The inline microphone also works as a button to pick up and hang up calls. It also functions as a remote control for the iPod application. [1. See page 39 of the iPhone user guide.]
The best thing about it though is that on the new-ish unibody MacBook, the headset actually works as a headset, which is great for Skype.
I’ve been wanting to do this ever since the iPhone first came out. At the time MacBooks still had a separate line-in and line-out, meaning the microphone part of iPhone headsets was ignored.
The 15″ and 17″ Unibody models still have separate line-in and line-out sockets, but apparently the line-out has a dual function on this models too. Yet another reason to treat yourself to a new laptop or at least a new headset for the holidays.
Update: The 13″ MacBook and 13″ MacBook Pro are at an all time low price now at Amazon (including free shipping), just in time for a happy thanksgiving!