With Apple’s fancy new iPhone 5, the company introduced a new pair of earbuds called EarPods. Weird name, but they’re supposed to be much nicer than what was previously offered. Let’s hope so, because you couldn’t exactly call the older ones “good.” Adequate, yes, but nothing to write home about. Are the EarPods worthy of nuzzling into your ears on that long commute? Depends.

Without a doubt, the EarPods are an improved product — we didn’t expect anything less from Jony Ive and Co. As a freebie accessory you can’t complain: the bass is booming, and they’re pretty comfy for long periods. But for $30 standalone purchase? Ehhh, you might want to look elsewhere.