Pros: A combination of lanyard heardphones and two replacement iPod shuffle plastic USB caps.

Review: Pacific Rim Technologies iPod shuffle Accessory Kit

Cons: Each of the components looks and feels cheap – below the standards we expect for any of them. Headphones aren’t marked by side, aren’t especially comfortable, and provide sub-iPod pack-in-quality sound because of where they rest on your ears. USB caps are the cheapest and worst we’ve seen.

Going to buy an iPod shuffle lanyard headphone set? You have two new options. Pacific Rim Technologies’ new iPod shuffle Accessory Pack is one of them, an $11 set that gives you a very simple set of lanyard headphones, plus two USB caps for your shuffle. Once their fabric necklace has been straightened out a bit, it’s hard to imagine these being really bad, but we were highly unimpressed by the package – even for the price.

For starters, the USB caps are the cheapest and worst we’ve seen. One is designed to attach to the lanyard headphones, and the other serves as a replacement for the standard cap that comes with your iPod shuffle. Besides the fact that their external curves are a bit awkward given the shuffle’s body shape, they lack internal ball bearings or any other mechanism save pressure to hold onto your iPod’s USB plug – they’re just glossy white plastic shells.

Review: Pacific Rim Technologies iPod shuffle Accessory Kit

The earbuds connect with your shuffle via the headphone port, unlike Griffin’s competing and similar TuneBuds, which connect neatly via the USB port and therefore look a lot cleaner and nicer. Pacific Rim’s offering uses a silver button that pops the headphones loose from the shuffle’s USB cap if you need to separate them; the button works, but detracts visually from the class and simplicity of the design.

Review: Pacific Rim Technologies iPod shuffle Accessory Kit

Similarly, while the TuneBuds don’t scream “expensive,” Pac Rim’s earbuds scream “cheap.” with chrome-accented white plastic spikes sticking up outside your ear canals. and a thin rubber cap sitting inside. Pacific Rim’s earbuds aren’t labelled for the left and right sides of your head, and once they’re inside your ears, they neither provide great isolation or comfort. In our testing, they didn’t sound as good as Apple’s earbuds, mostly because they didn’t fit as snugly inside our ears. A lack of foams or rubber earpieces in the package was partially to blame.

Review: Pacific Rim Technologies iPod shuffle Accessory Kit

Pac Rim’s frequent saving grace on inexpensive iPod accessories – the low price – is not enough to make us interested in using and wearing these. In truth, we would never buy stuff that looks this junky, even for a low-end iPod shuffle, and wouldn’t recommend that you do, either.

Our Rating

Below Average

Company and Price

Company: Pacific Rim Technologies


Model: iPod Shuffle Accessory Pack

Price: $11

Compatible: iPod shuffle

Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.