The design of the Image X10i is every bit as appealing as that of the Image X10. The body of each earpiece is constructed from aluminium, finished in anodised copper (so it won’t go green Statue of Liberty style) and as a result looks fantastic. The metal construction imparts a feeling of quality that rival plastic-built earphones simply can’t compete with. It also lends confidence in the longevity of the X10i.
The same can’t be said of the cable. While it’s clear this has been kept thin as part of the Image X10i’s weight-saving routine, it doesn’t feel particularly durable. That said, Klipsch doesn’t seem unreasonable touting the wiring as especially “tangle-free” in nature – we didn’t notice it knotting itself up at all. This may well improve resilience – in our experience constant uncoiling of snarled up cable is what places the most stress on it, causing it to break, in the first place.
One plus point of the cable is that it hardly transmits any noise from knocking about at all – especially when clipped in place. Even unclipped, the lightness means there’s little risk of the wire catching and pulling the earpieces out, which is a frustration we have encountered with sturdier cabling.
Klipsch does a decent job on the accessories front. Included with the X10i earphones is a hard, faux-leather carrying case, a 2.5mm to 6.25mm adaptor, an earwax cleaning tool, and an aeroplane adaptor. It’s a decent mix that’s neither exceptional nor disappointing.
The in-line remote works as advertised. The volume controls are only compatible with the newer models of iPhone and iPod touch, but the play/pause button works with even the original iPhone, both controlling music and answering or dropping phone calls. The microphone is of as good quality as could be wanted. We had no complaints from recipients of our test calls – all parties could be heard clearly.