"Parrot Zik is a wonderful product but not perfect."4.5 starson by PC2Day
Pros: Wireless connectivity, build, sound, touch control, app, ANC
Cons: Pricey, carrying case, battery life, losing awesome features without battery
Summary: First of all, this beautiful product, IMHO is by far the most advanced in features than any other headphones out there as of April 2013. The sound it produces is superb which is the most important for me. The materials that was used aren't the cheapie-cheapie type.
The head rails are really made of alloy and not the plastic that looks like metal. Touch features, motion detection, simple pairing, hands free calling and auto noise cancellation (ANC) - all worked very well just as advertised. The wireless capability is the deal breaker for me. It was hard to look for all those features in one product.
The weight is just right and fits quite well. It adjust easily, my daughter (9yrs. old) can wear it without a problem.
The Zik app was easy to use. It gives you the ability to tweak the sounds. I found my perfect setting in a matter of minutes.
Now the sour part:
Battery - all those technically advanced features I mentioned above are useless unless you power up these pair and connect it to your device via Bluetooth. I wish it would last longer than what it is right now or it should've come with an extra battery. It should be able stand at least 8hrs of continuous use.
Wired connection - you can't use the Parrot app. I think you can still use ANC but the sound quality is degraded, in this setting you also lose touch controls.
Wired connection, passive (without battery) - you wil not be able use the app. No sound effects and ANC. Sound is now worst than it was. I guess It will do if you get bored without your music while traveling.
Protective case - made of cloth! The two aluminum head rails keeps bumping each other when I place it inside the bag that's suppose to protect it. It's fine if it's just in drawer or a shelf. Did they not think that these will be used in travel?! With around $400 price tag, you couldn't give your customers a good hard case? Why parrot, why?
All in all, the Parrot Zik is still an amazing product but it is not without flaws. However, they did not compromise on sound and build quality. The app is simple and easy to use, it also notifies you if there's firm update.
It did everything it said it will do. So, I'd still give 5 for innovation and unique design points.
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I am happy with this purchase.