It is not usual for ProAndroid to analyze devices that are not smartphones or tablets, but sometimes we receive products that can be an exceptional complement to our mobile device.
It is the case of the Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones (evolution of the Parrot Zik that has improvements such as weight, autonomy and more sensors are implemented) is one of those occasions and this is what it offers us:
As soon as we take them out of the box we already notice the quality of this product. Synthetic material that imitates leather and aluminum are the construction materials of these Zik 2.0, a true delight visually speaking.
If we put them on our heads, we notice a comfort that we are not very used to in this type of device. the lightness of the aluminum and some very soft pads make us forget that we are wearing them.
If we look a little more, we see that in the left earpiece we find a cover with the serigraphy of the brand. if we remove it we find the removable battery and the NFC chip to quickly connect our Parrot Zik 2.0 with our smartphone.
The right earpiece has 2 microphones that will be very useful when answering or making a call with the Zik 2.0 on. On / off button along with a 3.5 Jack input and miniUSB socket for charging the battery. It also has a touch panel that we will talk about later.
It's time to talk about the technical data of the product:
- Output signal frequency: 20Hz-22kHz.
- Integrated 192 kH 24-bit analog audio converter.
- 32 bit DSP.
- Neodymium type 40mm earphone.
- Supported profiles: AD2P, AVRCP, HFP and PBAP.
- Gain = -12 dB to 12 dB; accuracy 0.1 dB.
- Slope = 0.4 to 4; precision 0.1.
- NFC and Bluetooth 3.0 technology.
- Removable 830 mAh lithium ion battery.
- Dimensions: 175x202x39.3 mm.
- 270 grams of weight.
- Free application compatible with smartphones with iOS and Android.
- Passive mode: to listen to music with the line-in cable when the battery is flat.
A touch panel that controls everything
It is the identity of the Zik de Parrot family.The back of the right earphone is a touch panel with which we manage our music.
By sliding your finger up or down we control the volume, sliding your finger left or right will change the song; and a simple touch on any point of the touch surface will pause or resume the music we are listening to
But these Parrot Zik 2.0 also have a hands-free function. If they call you while you're wearing them, the handset itself tells you the name of the person on the other end of the phone. Press once to answer or hold your finger on the touchpad for 2 seconds and reject the call. No more taking the phone out of your pocket!
Another detail that makes them very "geeky" is that if while listening to a song, you remove the helmets from their normal position, the hearing is paused and e resumes when you put them back on your ears.
NFC, Jack 3.5 and Bluetooth are all that can be asked of such a device, and the Parrot Zik 2.0 does not disappoint.
The NFC and the Bluethooth allow us to connect the Zik 2.0 with our pc, tablet, smartphone or music player (if you have this technology, of course) wirelessly. But if we want to be more traditional, we can connect the cable to the Jack 3.5 socket (included in the packaging) and enjoy a more "classic" sound.
It is the worst of the device without a doubt. If we have to summarize it in one word, it would be scarce. 830 mAh does not give muchAnd if we talk about a product that is always synchronized with our smartphone, that quantity is insufficient for a single day.
It must be made clear that there are many types of users: those who barely use headphones for short periods of time (from home to the workplace and little else) and those who use them almost all the time (while doing sports, for example) .
If you are the first type, you will not have much problem as far as the battery is concerned. Recharging them every 2 or 3 days will be enough.
If you are from the second group, these headphones are not for you. You will not have enough autonomy for the day to day. 3o 4 hours at most you can get.
If you think that a product of this type does not have a software section, you are very wrong. Parrot has designed its own application with which we can make all kinds of adjustments in our Zik 2.0 so that the sound is optimal in each circumstance. From the typical equalizer adjustment, to modifying the noise cancellation level. A whole world of settings that will get the most out of our favorite songs regardless of where we are.
I leave you some screenshots to see the interface:
Google Play | Parrot Zik 2.0
It has been a few months since Parrot has the Zik 2.0 on its website to be able to acquire them at a price of 349, although it is not necessary to search much to find them for a slightly lower price (Amazon, redcoon, etc ..)
It is difficult to put a note to devices that we are not used to analyzing, since in ProAndroid we are not experts in sound devices.
To these Parrot Zik 2.0 we add 78 points out of 100, result of the following mean:
- Design: 80 out of 100.
- Comfort: 90 out of 100.
- Sound: 70 out of 100.
- Price: 70 out of 100.
Whether they are expensive or cheap depends a lot on what each user appreciates the quality of the sound. I am not an expert user in this type of device, but I can assure you that if they drop in price they are an excellent purchase.