The Parrot Zik 2.0 is a pair of closed back headphones which are great for indoor or outdoor use. You may have to deal with some minor niggles if you do plan to use these outdoors.
The headphones feature effective noise cancelling so you will be able to enjoy your music with little interference from ambient noise. These also come with a smartphone app that gives users a lot of control over the
plethora of features present.
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Pro Produces an enjoyable sound signature with great highs and good bass
The highs are the highlight of the Parrot Zik 2.0's sound signature. The highs are very clear and crisp without adding any harshness to the sound. The bass is also very good as the headphones can produce a very satisfying rumble and punch in the low end. The mids are slightly recessed however, so instruments like guitars and the vocals are not too prominent, but are still clear.
Pro Good battery life
These headphones can last quite a while of use. From a full charge with the headphones' audio related features on, you can get anywhere from 5 to 7 hours of listening time. However, if you choose to run the headphones in airplane mode (wired connection with noise cancellation only) you can get around 16 to 18 hours of use.
Pro Automatically pauses or resumes music when taking the headphones on or off through the Presence Sensor
When you take the headphones from your head or put it back on, the music can automatically pause or resume. This is thanks to the the Zik 2.0's Presence Sensor which detects such motions. This means that you will not have to manually pause or play your music when moving your headphones on or off your head, and can be quite the convenience.
Pro Tapping on the outsite of the cup activates Siri or Google Now
Pro These headphones can work with a variety of devices thanks to the multiple connection options available
The Parrot Zik 2.0 features Bluetooth as well as NFC connectivity for wireless use, which is great for modern smartphones or devices. If your music player does not have the above mentioned wireless connection capabilities, then the headphones' 3.5mm jack can be used.
Pro Light and comfortable
Pro Excellent adaptive noise-cancellation
Consisting of 8 microphones (4 inward facing, 4 - outward) these headphones have excellent noise-cancellation. A feature called "Street Mode" uses the microphones to add noise from the outside to whatever's currently playing allowing you to be aware of your surroundings. You can also adjust how much outside noise you wish.
Pro Informs of who's calling
Pro Versatile in terms of aesthetics as these come in a variety of colors
These headphones are a great option if style is important. Aside from the sleek looking design, the Zik 2.0 also comes in a number of colors including black, white. blue, red and many more, which means that you can mix and match the Zik 2.0 to your outfits if you want.
Pro Headphones can be easily controlled using gestures on the right earcup
These headphones are quite convenient to use as you do not need to fiddle with a myriad of buttons to control basic functions, as these are done through gestures on the right ear cup. You can swipe left or right for previous or next track, tap to play or pause as well as answer calls with the headphones on.
Pro Companion app offers lots of customizability
There are iOS and Android companion apps for advanced settings. These allow for equalization, virtualization, turning noise-cancellation on and off, changing output frequencies and sound stage among other things. These settings can be applied on an artist/album/song basis and shared with other owners of Zik headphones.
Con Charging these headphones may cause you some issues as it takes too long
You may need to remember to charge these headphones on a frequent basis. It takes around two and a half hours to charge this battery from empty to full, which may be too long, especially if you are always on the go.
Con Presence Sensor can be too sensitive
A cool feature is its "Presence Sensor," which stops playing audio when you take off your headphones. However, it can be overly sensitive: turning off when you yawn, for example. Adjusting the headphones may help, but you may end up just turning off the sensor in the end.
Con Can be quite the hassle to bring on the go as the headphones do not fold down to a compact size
The industrial design of the Parrot Zik 2.0 looks amazing, but also comes at the cost of the headphones' portability. The ear cups cannot be folded into the headband. This means that you will need to account for the headphones' size if it can fit in your bag when travelling. An alternative will be for you to hang the headphones off your neck while on the go, which may not always be comfortable.