One of the things I love about being a web/graphic designer is that I can work almost anywhere I can find an internet connection. Although I spend most days working from an office, I occasionally sneak out to the zoo or park or, when the weather isn’t as nice, a local restaurant. If you happen to see me at any of my “remote offices”, I’ll likely have headphones on to help me concentrate – so when the good folks over at Noontec sent their Zoro II Wireless Headphones to us to review, I was intrigued to see what I’d discover.
Now I’m not an audiophile per se. I am just a regular guy like most of you out there, so my review will reflect that, so I’ll break down my impressions into chunks to make it easier to digest.
In the box, you get the headphones, a USB charging cable, a headphone cable with built-in mic, and a carrying bag.
By now, we all know that headphones don’t need to just sound good. They need to look good as well. The unit I received is black and red with a silver brushed metal “N” on each earpiece. While I really like the red/black combo of colors, but am not a huge fan of the silver logo plates. I would have preferred something more subtle in black with perhaps the logo in red or silver – but that’s just me.
This model is an “on-the-ear” style and the ear cups are nicely padded so they feel comfortable and the headband is adjustable, so it can extend in length to reach most ears. I’ve tried quite a few brands over the last few years and I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps I have a weird head because I have yet to find a pair that I can wear for long periods of time without my ears starting to feel tender and my head feeling squeezed. However, the Zoro II’s are among the best I’ve tried in terms of how long I can wear them (and no, that’s not me – that’s a stock pic from their website).
I have been very pleased with the sound quality. The range of bass, midrange, and highs sound great to me and my listening habits vary from rock/metal to gentle worship to speaking podcasts. All sound full and clear whether I am using the bluetooth or wired options. At the $119 price point they are currently at, I think they compete very well with other brands.
You can also use these headphones to talk on the phone, which is a nice plus – but I’ve been told by many friends that I am hard to understand when using the bluetooth option and crystal clear when using the wired option.
Ease of Use
The volume and bluetooth connect buttons are located on the bottom of the earpieces and are easy to locate when wearing. The included headphone wired connection allows you to pause/play but it doesn’t have volume controls, so you’ll still have to use the up/down buttons on the headphones themselves.
I’ve connected the headphones via bluetooth to my Macbook, Mac Mini, iPhone 6, and my son’s iPhone 5 and all worked quickly and easily.
The headphones also fold easily for storage and the included bag with drawstring helps keep them a bit safer when transporting in a backpack as I often do.
Ease of Use: 7
The product description says it has a 35-hour battery life. I’ve not timed that out yet, but I’ve used them for 3-4 hours many days in a row without charging and they are doing quite well. Knowing me, I’ll likely never allow them to go beyond half before I recharge, but if they last 15+hours without charging, I am thrilled with that.
Battery Life: 9
Overall, I really enjoy these headphones. The sound is great and the fit and comfort is good. At $119, I think they are a great option for anyone wanting a wireless set of headphones.
If you’re interested in more info or to buy a set for yourself, you can get them at Amazon.com here. If you own a pair yourself, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Overall Score: 7.6