The Parrot Zik 2.0 are an above-average, feature-packed set of headphones. The design is stylish and comfortable, but the unique touch controls can get a little frustrating. By default, the audio reproduction is also only satisfactory, though this can be improved by adjusting settings through a bundled app.
Much effort was put into the design of the Zik 2.0 and it shows. They look great. The frame is all metal, and feels sturdy and durable. The ear cups are soft and comfortable on the ears, although the ear hole is a little small. The unique touch controls are an unfortunate negative, and can get a little infuriating. Accidentally raising the volume, or stopping or skipping tracks, is common.
The Zik 2.0s look and feel premium. The sleek metal headband is moderately padded and has a unique hinge mechanism that looks well-thought-out and polished.The oval ear cups are large, well-padded and match the headband which comes in many color variations. They look amazing, feel amazing, and are definitely a pair of stylish headphones.
These headphones lose points for the "Smart Touch Panel". Although the design is very clever, the lack of tactile and visual cues means that mistakes are inevitable. The Zik 2.0 also has a sensor that turns them off when they are not being used, to save battery.
The Zik 2.0 are decently portable headphones. They have relatively small ear cups that fold flat, to not take too much space. However, they do not fold into a more compact format, which may be too bulky for smaller handbags and won't fit in any pockets, even larger jacket pockets.
Update: 06/05/2019 We've updated the build quality score of the Zik 2.0 to reflect the tear in the padding. This seems to be a widespread issue that has been addressed with the Zik 3.0. On the upside, you can purchase replacement pads for both models directly from the Parrot website or on Amazon.
Very solid feel and high-quality material. The metal parts feel strong, and the plastic parts seem quite durable. Very solid click on the headband adjustments, with marks on the headband representing each notch.
The Zik 2.0 like the Zik 3.0, deliver an above-average listening experience. They're sufficiently tight on your head and won't slip off during moderate physical activity. Sadly, these are not sports headphones and the large ear cups and weight of the headphones makes them sway a little when running.
The Parrot Zik 2.0 are a sub-par sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a very good bass, and an average mid-range, but a lacking treble. Additionally, their mid-range is a pushed-back and recessed, and their treble lacks detail and sounds sibilant. They also don't have an open sounding soundstage, due to their closed-back design. On the plus side, their performance across multiple users is quite consistent.
The Zik 2.0 have a great isolation performance. The added Parrot Zik app allows a lot of control over their very good active noise cancelation. The large, plush ear cups provide a great seal that leak very little sound. That combination makes the Zik 2.0 a well isolated pair of headphones that are convenient for traveling or noisy commutes even if they generate a bit of self-noise.
Great performance throughout the frequency range. With ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) set to Off these headphones provide very good isolation down to 600Hz. The ANC seems to be kicking in from 600Hz downwards, so enable it when you want more bass isolation. Using the smartphone app that comes with the Zik 2.0, you can also set the ANC to "Street Mode" which opens up the headphones so you can hear the surroundings and have a conversation.
The Zik 2.0 have an average wireless range and a mediocre battery life but an excellent bundled app that gives you a wide array of practical and customizable options. They only deliver about 6 hours of continuous playback and take quite a bit of time to charge. However, thanks to the control over the active features that the app provides, you have access to an adjustable auto-off timer which saves a lot of power. They can also play audio while charging which is practical if you have access to a power outlet.
The Zik 2.0 have a mediocre-at-best battery life. They won't be the ideal headphones for prolonged use through the day but last a bit longer than the Zik 3.0. They also have an auto-off timer to save power and can play audio while charging which is convenient if you're close to a power source. However, they take a long time to charge.
The Parrot Zik suite a is a sleek and feature-packed app that offers an incredible amount of control. It gives you access to both a graphic and an advanced parametric equalizer with presets. It gives you control over the amount of noise canceling provided. It has an auto-off timer, an in-app player, and a unique community feature, that allows members of the app to share presets and equalizers. It is simply one of the best headphone companion apps we've tested so far.
The Parrot Zik 2.0 have an average wireless range that won't be the most far-reaching in obstructed conditions. They managed to hold a steady connection above 30ft when the Bluetooth source was placed in another room. However, compared to some less expensive headphones, their range is not the most reliable, which is not ideal for large offices or a big house with many rooms and walls. They have an automatic pairing procedure that's not user-friendly or easy to pair. Their Bluetooth version is also slightly outdated and will cause some latency issues when viewing videos. Luckily, pairing is a bit better for NFC-enabled devices.
The Parrot Zik 3.0 are slightly better than the Parrot Zik 2.0, but not by much. The Zik 3.0 have a slightly more durable design with earcup pads that will last longer than on the Zik 2.0. The Zik 3.0 are a bit more customizable and have fewer bugs in their software than the Zik 2.0. The 2.0, on the other hand, have a slightly stronger isolation profile that isn't as adaptive but cancels a bit more noise overall.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 are a better noise canceling headset than the Parrot ZIk 2.0. The Zik 2.0 are better-built and look a bit more premium. They also have a lot more customization options via their app and a stronger isolation performance since they do not leak as much. However, the Bose QC35 are more comfortable and have a better-balanced default sound quality than the Parrot. They also have a much longer battery life which makes them more suitable for long trips and traveling. They're slightly easier to use than the touch-sensitive control scheme of the Parrot.
The Parrot Zik 2.0 are much better wireless headphones than the Skullcandy Hesh 2. The Zik have a lot more customizable features than the Skullcandys. They're also better built and a bit more comfortable than the Hesh and they're noise canceling headphones so they do much better in noisy conditions. On the other hand, the Skullcandys are much lighter and have an easier to use control scheme. They also have a longer battery life than the Parrot, and since they're cheaper, they might be a better value for some.
If you prefer in-ear headphones that are more compact to carry around, then go for the Jaybird X3, but if you're looking for noise cancelling over-ears, the Parrot Zik 2.0 are a good option. The Parrot Zik are well-built over-ears with great noise cancellation that make them a suitable choice for commute and travel. They also have a lot more features and customization options than the Jaybird X3. However, the Jaybird X3 are a lot more portable. They're also a better choice for sports, since they have a breathable and stable in-ear design.