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The first version of the Parrot Zik was already met with great reviews. The intuitive touch-based controls on the size along with the noise-cancelling features make it one of the best headphones available. The Parrot Zik 2.0 continues that tradition with a lighter design along with some improvements.
Design and Features
Like the first version, the Parrot Zik 2.0 also utilized the concepts from French designer Philippe Starck. It’s definitely lighter than the previous headphones, weighing only 270 grams with the battery.
The earcups are now also more spacious inside, and includes a more comfortable fit. Design-wise, the Parrot Zik 2.0 is definitely easy on the eyes, though some might not like the way it was designed. The headphones also feature a new digital-to-analog converter that can produce a cleaner sound. Also placed around the headphones are eight microphones that is used for minimizing background noise.
The Parrot Zik 2.0 is definitely loaded with features: it still features the same touch sensitive controls that would let you control playback of your music along with the ability to answer your phone calls.
There is also a companion app for the Parrot Zik 2.0 that lets you adjust more functionalities including adjusting the equalizer and even adjust the level of noise-cancellation. The Parrot Zik 2.0 app is available for all iOS and Android devices. What I like is that you can easily disable the touch functions right from the app to eliminate the accidental presses you might do when using the headphone.
The Parrot Zik 2.0 connects primarily via Bluetooth, but a wired option is also available. If your smartphone has NFC, you can use to easily pair the headphones to your audio device. Another neat feature is a sensor that is located on the right earpiece that pauses the music you are playing once it detects that you’ve taken off the headphone.
The Parrot Zik 2.0 deifnitely impresses with its sound output – stereo separation is present, along with deep bass and clear trebles. The performance was great considering that this is a Bluetooth headphone (Bluetooth usually degrades the sound quality of music streamed over the connection).
The promised 18 hours of battery life somehow works – if you are using the Parrot Zik 2.0 in wired mode with the noise-cancelling feature turned on. But when it is connected through Bluetooth with noise-cancelling turned on, I barely completed 6 hours of usage from the headphones, which isn’t exactly the performance I was looking for.
For 1699 AED, the Parrot Zik 2.0 doesn’t come cheap, especially when compared to similar headphones that can offer the same feature set. Still, its performance is something that’s worthy of purchase and the Parrot Zik 2.0 definitely improves on the original in every way – if only the battery life could be better.