Friday, July 31, 2015

Snug Plug n Play Kids Headphones Review

Carter, my 8-year-old, is a gamer.

Now, I'm not saying that just because he likes to play video games. No, I'm saying that because he is passionate about video games. And it's not just the game play either. Carter not only plays games, but he spends time researching facts about games, when they were made, who owns the rights, and so on.

* Product and/or service provided for review without cost. As always, all opinions are my own.

I recently had the opportunity to try out a pair of kids' headphones: Snug Plug n Play Kids Headphones

Now, this opportunity was pretty fitting, because gaming gets expensive. And Carter has gone through five pairs of headphones over the past several months.

How does that happen?

Judging by the damage, I'd say that most the of cords were poorly made—and Carter likes to fidget with these cords while he plays. Of course, it is frustrating to have to replace something so often, but we still want to encourage him. We discussed with him the importance of not messing with the cord and recently, we've been on the lookout for a pair of headphones that will work for him.

I hoped that the Snug Plug n Play Kids Headphones would live up to the challenge.

On the packaging, it states:

Robust and built to last. Powerful, dynamic sound. Comfortable and soft earpads. Stylish and lightweight.

The description, in my opinion, seemed pretty generic. There was nothing that stood out to me and made me think that these were going to be amazing. Of course, when you're purchasing a product made for ages 2 and up, you really shouldn't expect a great deal of features. Especially when you're getting said product for a child who is notorious for breaking headphones.

The headphones are an electric blue, which Carter really appreciated.

The headphones seem to be made of plastic—and it doesn't feel like a durable, quality plastic. Of course, I could be wrong, but I'm typically right about these things, especially considering that I've owned several pairs of headphones in the past few months.

The earpads are soft, just like the description states. However, they slide off of the headphones rather easily. When putting them back on, I found that the material they are made of is very easy to rip. You have to be extra careful when sliding these back on. 

The Snug Plug n Play Kids Headphones has the standard 3.5 mm jack that fits on most tablets, phones, and computers.

Before I let Carter try out the headphones, I let my daughter try them on for size. She is 2, with an above-average head circumference, but the headphones fit just fine on her. She seemed comfortable, because she didn't want me to take them off!

After convincing Ireland to let her brother wear the headphones, Carter was able to try them out.

The first thing Carter talked about was how comfortable the headphones were. He was happy about that. However, he said that the sound quality was poor. I decided to listen for myself to see what he meant, and he was right. The sound often becomes extremely quiet and then loud again. Sometimes, there is static in the headphones. Other times, the headphones work just fine. It's hit or miss.

Overall, the headphones are comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. However, because the sound quality falls short, I can't recommend them for gamers like my son. If you have a child, such as my two-year-old, they might not mind the occasional drop in sound quality.

For $11, you can purchase the Snug Plug n Play Kids Headphones on Amazon.

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