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7 Pairs of Headphones to Fit the Whole Family

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Not all headphones are created equally. What might fit you won’t necessarily be the right fit for your spouse or your kids based on size but also due to need. While traditionally used for just listening to music, the headphones of today do so much more. Child-friendly ones are the right fit for smaller heads and also protect young ears thanks to volume control. Adult headphones come in a variety of styles including in-ear earbuds and over the head styles and have different functions depending on what you choose.

Finding durable headphones that fit well without squeezing a child’s head or sliding off can be a challenge especially if you want to control the volume to protect their young ears. Animatone’s iFrogz Headphones feature fun child-friendly designs as blue snail, green turtle, or red ladybug patterns. They’re lightweight and low profile without being cheap and are incredibly comfortable. My young testers reported that the volume was plenty loud for them and I appreciate that it’s not so loud that it risks damaging their hearing at a young age.

If your kids are fashionistas who want to pair of large cushiony headphones, Kidz Gear Volume Limit Headphones for Kids are probably more similar to a style they’re looking for. Nicely priced at $19.99, these are a budget friendly option that will last well beyond your child outgrows them.

Tweens with their own devices need headphones as cool as they are. Earbuds are much cooler than over the ear headphones but parents are still smart to protect their young ears. iFrogz Animatone Earbuds are attractive low profile ear buds that come with 4 differently sized tips to fit ears perfectly that limit volume to 85 decibels so you can rest assured that your kids can hear without blasting out their eardrums.

Wireless Bluetooth headsets are great for taking and making hands-free calls but if you’ve ever had problems with your battery running out mid-call or not being able to connect in time as that important phone call is coming in, make sure you have a wired headset handy just in case. 808 EQ Earbuds deliver exceptional sound quality at a budget friendly price.  Another great choice is NuForce NE-600 M/X Earbuds. Recently selected as part of the WIRED Magazine Editors’ Picks for Target thanks to the budget friendly price that delivers big sound and features noise isolation along with a microphone. An assortment of extra tips with each of these pairs allows you to find exactly the right fit so they’re comfortable while you’re plugged in and taking calls.

For the mom who loves to workout Yurbuds Inspire In-Ear Headphones are earbuds that actually stay in while exercising. There’s nothing worse than being mid-workout and having headphones fall out. Unlike standard earbuds, Yurbuds are designed to fit smaller ears and feature FlexSoft™ and TwistLock™ technologies that help them stay in your ears even during the most rigorous workouts. The soft silicone that goes in your ear is water and sweat resistant and easy to clean with just a wipe post-workout.

Frequent fliers who want to block out the hum of the jet’s engine or conversation occurring in seats around them need Soul SL300 Noise Cancelling Headphones by Ludacris. These luxurious headphones are a traveler’s dream! Not only are they sleek and stylish but I love that they fold up into a hardshell case that makes them even more compact in your carry-on. The padding is plush and is exceptionally comfortable on the ears. Details in these headphones make all the difference. Clean lines and the ear cups feature a diamond quilted pattern. These headphones are a splurge but they are worth every penny thanks to the comfort and the fact that they truly block out annoying noises that interfere with sleep and work while traveling.

The next time you happen to be in the airport, take a look around because these days it seems that everyone is wearing a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre. Perfect for summer, the Beats Mixr line comes in an assortment of 5 neon colors paired with bright white for contrast. Whether wearing orange, blue, green, yellow, or the neon pink ones that are exclusive to Target Electronics through June 17, the cushy swiveling ear cups are like pillows that surround your ears with incredible sound. These light, durable headphones are perfect for upcoming summer travel or make a great graduation or Father’s Day gift.

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5 Tech Accessories for Mom this Mother’s Day

Friday, May 11th, 2012

We’re getting down to the wire for Mother’s Day gifts but sometimes the best gift is one that will truly surprise, delight, and be useful all at the same time.  Here are 5 of my favorite tech accessories that I’d love to give and receive this year.

Go hands free with the Jawbone ERA. Bluetooth headsets keep getting better thanks to improved technology. Jawbone ERA features stunning audio quality thanks to a 25% larger speaker that provides HD quality sound whether taking calls or listening to favorite songs. Caller ID that identifies callers by name in a non-robotic voice and smart NoiseAssassin 3.0 technology kills background noise and adjusts the volume on both the calling and receiving end.  A built-in accelerometer allows users to shake the ERA to pair it with their phone or simply tap it to answer a phone call. High tech meets high function in a great gift that’s a must have for moms who need to stay in touch in a safe and hands-free way.

Let her take calls in a whimsical way with Pop Phone. Pop Phone is a retro handset complete with a curly cord that plugs into the headphone jack on mom’s smartphone. This retro device is not hands free, nor is it Bluetooth enabled, but it is sure to turn heads and start conversations wherever she goes as long as she doesn’t talk and drive while using it.

Decorate her desk with The VTech Retro Phone ($59.95, Model #LS6195). It may look a little old school but the high tech version of the phone reminiscent of yesteryear features a cordless handset with a 500 foot range, caller ID storage of the past 50 calls, digitized and encrypted calls to reduce identity theft and discourage anyone from listening in, last 10 number redial, eco-mode that optimizes battery performance, digital answering system, backlit keypad, and more!

Cut the cord and go wireless. Since everything is wireless these days, give her a mouse that suits her personality.  The Logitech Global Graffiti prints found in the M325 and M310 wireless mice incorporate the hottest local trends and fashions while fitting comfortably in the palm on one’s hand thanks to the ergonomic design making them a great tech accessory. If mom prefers solids to prints, Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 come in limited edition colors that are sure to put a smile on her face.

Add a little more bling to her day with Hello Kitty Earbuds. These comfortable earbuds are sparkly, fun, and feature volume control right on the cord to work with her MP3 player, iPod, iPhone, and computer and are sure to stand out even in the deepest depths of her bag.

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