Man Goes Silly Over Usability

Here’s proof that usability can make you look a little bit silly.


My work colleague is in love with these new mega-chunky Phillips headphones, which he bought half price for $40.

I tried them on for myself. The sound quality is pretty average – I’d even go as far to say the sound quality isn’t quite as good as my lightweight (and foldable) Sennheiser headphones, which I bought for a similar price.

But Bob doesn’t give a toss…

His justification is that they totally cover his ears and the headphones are damn comfortable.

He’s prepared to sacrifice sound quality and looking silly for usability factor, with the added bonus that it makes the Provoke designers giggle (so it turns out that the headphones are also good for our health).

Maybe Bob and Phillips are on to something…