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Gear: All tangled up in wires? These Zipbuds are for you

A "zipper" keeps the wires on the Zipbud earbuds from getting all snarled up.

Earbuds in a tangle? Zipbuds Pro Mic has a clever solution. The top third of the cable — the part that splits into two cables to accommodate the left and right earbuds — is in the form of a tough but flexible plastic zipper.

The usual rubber-coated cables are encased in the zipper’s two parts, but they don’t get to mingle, thanks to the zipper’s big teeth. The cables join up when zipped and separate when unzipped but won’t ensnare each other. The bottom two-thirds of the cable (the part that stays in one piece) is enclosed in nonslip braided nylon, which is also tangle-resistant.

A slim but easily manipulated in-line noise-canceling mic/remote panel near the right earbud lets you play, pause and skip songs as well as answer and disconnect phone calls with the push of a single button or sometimes two pushes. The comfortable angled earbuds come with ear tips in three sizes. The metal 3.5 mm plug is long enough to work with most cases.

They come in electric yellow and matte black.

Info: Zipbuds Pro Mic earbuds cost $39.99.

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