Parrot Zik 2.0 review: still the world's most advanced headphones
The Parrot Zik 2.0 is almost perfect with its reduced weight, refined design and new app features, but its call quality could use work.
- Impressive noise reduction
- Intuitive gesture-based control
- Great audio playback quality
- Touchpad not as sensitive as before
- Charging takes 2.5 hours
- Still not ideal for voice calls
If you're into drones and wireless audio, then you'll probably agree that Parrot is the best thing out of France since Daft Punk. Personally, I've been most impressed with the company's wireless headphones, the Zik. In fact, I've been a regular user since it came out about two years ago. Even today, no other brands have attempted anything as advanced as these cans. Which makes sense: These are no ordinary Bluetooth headphones. In addition to being wireless, they feature effective noise cancellation and intuitive touchpad input, all tucked inside a quirky Philippe Starck design, no less. More importantly, the audio quality has gotten better over time as Parrot improved device compatibility via firmware updates.
But of course, there's always room for improvement; the original Zik is on the heavy side, and not everyone's a fan of its bulky look. Well, that's pretty much why we now have the Zik 2.0, and fortunately, it offers more than just improved portability. Read on to see if this new model is worth the $399 upgrade.