The market today has three main types of headphones: over-ear headphones, on-ear headphones, and in-ear headphones (or ear buds). Today we will be looking at Marley’s newest pair of premium, in-ear headphones, the Nesta’s. When we aren’t behind our computers writing product reviews, we like partake in many activities on our spare time, such as working out, playing sports, and running. Participating in high energy activates such as these, in-ear headphones are usually the first choice for many, including ourselves, but will the $80 Nesta’s hold up to the other competitors?
PACKAGING & DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
As with the rest of their products, Marley’s Nesta In-Ear Headphones come in the recycled package now customary with the Marley brand.
Inside the box you will find the headphones as well as more ear tips and a small travel sash bag to safely carry the headphones around when not in use.
The extra ear tips, making three pairs in total, are all different sizes assuring the best and most comfortable fit possible.
The Nesta’s are designed with a zirconia ceramic housing giving these in-ear headphones a very durable and visually striking appearance. Coming in hematite (black), gold, or rose gold on store shelves, they are definitely one of the more visually appealing in-ear headphones on the market today.
Marley designed these in-ear headphones with a lightweight, small profile in mind resulting is a very minimalistic feel in the ear. The angled design of each ear bud prevents the headphones from applying any pressure to our ears resulting in much more comfortable experience. We can’t stand in-ear headphones that have a tendency to fall out of our head, especially when we’re working out, but these headphones stay locked in, helping us maintain our focus on our workout instead of our fumbling ear buds.
The 132cm (52in) long tangle-free braided cord holds up to its claim effortlessly, not only preventing tangles but increasing the overall durability of the cable itself.
The inline controller can be found on the left headphone cable 11cm (4in) below the ear bud, leaving the microphone right next to your mouth. The controller has three large, textured buttons that are easy enough to manipulate and control with one hand. Here you will find the expected volume up and down buttons, as well as the play/pause button represented by the Marley logo.
All of these buttons are only press activated, holding them down does nothing. The volume buttons only control the volume operation leaving the rest of the controls to the play/pause button. One press will play/pause your music, two will skip to the next song, and three will skip back. As well, one press of the button will either answer or end a phone call, depending on the situation.
As for phone calls, the location of the microphone picks up our voice nicely without any annoying breathing caught in the pickup. The quality of the sound is nothing exceptional, but not bad either, matching Apple’s EarPods.