Noontec Zoro II Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Headphones (review)

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When it comes to headphones, there’s definitely one thing to say: you can buy them everywhere, from just about anyone, these days. Headphones are being mass-produced by so many companies nowadays that it seems that a new design or model is being pooped out every single time we think we bought the latest and greatest. And by greatest, I don’t just mean the most expensive (I’m looking at you, Beats). When you buy a great pair of headphones, you’re usually buying from companies such as Audio-Technica, Bose, AKG, Beyerdynamic, etc.

These companies have held the standard when it comes to quality in headphones, and many have tried to reach that mark set by these behemoths, and so far, none have reached that peak. Now we have a new contender in the ring to vie for a spot at the top, this time with their bluetooth wireless headphones. We’ll be taking a look at Noontec’s Zoro II Wireless Headphones, and how they stand up against the rest.

Design

61ujomqngjl-_sl1200_One thing to note about the design about these headphones is that it doesn’t seem to differentiate itself from many others. The sleek and seamless framework of the band to the ear cuff seem to mirror many designs that came out around the same time, not giving these headsets much of a lead above its competitors. One thing that the company does boast about their design, which I can say is pretty rare to hear, is the headphone’s flexibility. Noontec states that their headphones are pliable and flexible, making them easier to store when you’re on the go. Essentially, you can pull and twist them, and they’ll keep their shape and won’t break! Now, if I didn’t have the set in front of me to do that, I’d say that it was a lie, but nope. I twisted and pulled and stretched the headphones every way possible, and they still maintained their shape. This is a great design feature, as travelers will know the struggle of finding a place where your headphones won’t break in your bag. The ear pads on the headset were also a plus, as although they were on-ear pads, they still held their comfort, and stayed in place while I moved about. One design that I was quite not impressed with, unfortunately, were the locking mechanisms of the collapsible function for the headphones. When you unfold your headphones, you need to pull a bit to lock them into place, noted by the sound of a click. That click is a plastic ledge on the ear piece that lodges into place, which, to me, is disconcerting. The fact that the lifespan of my headphones being functional depending on a small piece of plastic seems like a design flaw, as plastic erodes and deteriorates, leading to one day that I’ll open the headphones and lock them into place, and snap the piece of plastic that locks off.

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In terms of features, these headphones are set up with the standard button set, with a volume up and volume down rocker button, as well as a power on/off button. The unique feature on these headsets that I appreciated in the design, however, was the LED indicator. Normally with most headsets, you tend to only get a single LED light indicator that lets you know when your set is fully charged by the LED’s transition from one color to the next. The Zoro II‘s LED indicator is actually a meter that shows you how far along your headphones are charged. So you no longer have to guess if your headphones are nearly charged, or if they won’t even last the car ride to the airport.

And speaking of charging, another great feature that I have yet to see in any wireless headphones is the Zoro II‘s incredible battery life. Noontec mentions on their website that the Zoro II has a battery life of 35 hours, and it’s true. I’ve used them on car rides and flights – both to and from – and not once did they waiver. This was really surprising to me, as previous wireless headphones I’ve had usually last the journey to somewhere, and then I’d have to charge them for the return. Not the Zoro II, as these guys have actually been on my head while sleeping, and was still playing music when I woke up!

Bluetooth

One of the things that I’m not a fan of with most wireless bluetooth headphones is the diminishment of sound quality. When you’re transferring audio over bluetooth, the protocol is normally lossy, meaning that some of the audio data gets lost. The format for much more resilient to interruptions from re-connecting and electromagnetic frequency transmission interference. I’m not a fan of either of those. The Zoro II doesn’t face any of these issues, despite being a bluetooth headset. The headphones are designed using Bluetooth 4.0, which, technically speaking, means that it utilizes a low energy bluetooth connection that can speak with any other Bluetooth 4.0 device, making connectivity seamless. Another plus about using Bluetooth 4.0 is that the technology operates by utilizing a different set of channels in the frequency band of other bluetooth devices, making interferences minimal to none.

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Of course, any review of headphones wouldn’t be complete without talking about its sound quality. That’s what weighs heavy on everyone’s mind when it comes to choosing the right pair of headphones. The unique thing about the Zoro II headphones is that, even though they’re a bluetooth headset, they still have a great sound! For someone who tends to adjust the sound equalizer from my laptop, my phone, or iPad, these headphones are perfect for listening to any audio, from books to music. The high fidelity sound produced by these headphones is above most other wireless headsets I’ve used, and actually some wired headsets as well. Much of this is due to the Votrik HD400 drivers in the ears. In case you don’t know, the element inside a headphone that converts an electrical signal into sound is known as a driver unit. You could picture it as a tiny loud speaker in your headphone. A driver unit is made of a magnet, voice coils and a diaphragm to create the sound that you hear, whether you’re listening to a political debate (yeah right), or the latest album from your favorite band. The Votrik drivers in the Zoro II are one of a kind, as only Noontec produces them.

Verdict

I’m a fan of these headphones. I use them just about every day, whether at work or on the go. These are my go-to headsets for traveling, and they haven’t disappointed yet. I say yet mainly just because of the plastic locking mechanism, as I know that it will go one day. I love the fact that these are just as good as any other noise-cancelling headphones you can get, and will stand up to the test of time in regards to battery life. Although the price is a bit steep, I can say that these may actually rival some of the AKG wireless headphones I’ve used, and that’s saying something. I’d recommend these bad boys to anyone wanting a great addition to someone who travels often, or is just looking to get away from all the noise without the hassle of wires.

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If you want to pick up a set of your own, you can purchase these headphones over at Amazon for $139.99.

Rating: 3.5/5

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The review unit was provided by Noontec.

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