Almost exactly a year ago, we reviewed the Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones to much acclaim – our issues then were twofold, the charging time and the overall comfort of the device. Today, we’re reviewing the Parrot Zik 3.0, the latest iteration of the unique over-ear wireless Bluetooth headphones. When they advertised the previous Parrot Zik as the ‘most advanced’ headphones ever, you had to imagine they were going to come out with a whole new set of features with the Parrot Zik 3.0, and they didn’t disappoint.
The Parrot Zik 3.0 comes upgraded with new features. The noise cancellation is especially impressive: able to cancel out up to 60dB around you, while adding a feature they call ‘Street Mode’ which enables you to cancel noise, but still hear what’s going on around you. The battery is rated to last about 7 hours on Bluetooth, which is not great, but is an improvement over the previous model. You can extend the life of the device if you disable the noise cancellation and keep the volume at a more moderate level. Speaking of the battery, they have added wireless charging functionality to the headphones, but you will need a compatible Qi charger, which does not come with the device.
Parrot Zik 3.0 New Exteriors
On the outside, the Parrot Zik 3.0 has new styles, colours and premium leather – in our case, the unit we tried features a crocodile patterned green, which feel really nice in your hand and even nicer on the ear. Though, if we’re being picky – the heavy stitched pattern version is certainly nicer looking. The comfort has improved as well, and we experienced no issue with wearing them for the duration of the battery life. Pairing the device to your smartphone is easy with the NFC tap-to-pair feature, and the connection is solid with almost no disconnects. This is the first set of Bluetooth headphones that we can safely say are closest to a wired connection when it comes to the quality. The swipe controls on the ear remain intuitive and effective, though we had some issues with them while wearing gloves in the cold Canadian winter – this was mitigated through the use of touchscreen enabled gloves.
Updated Parrot Zik 3.0 App
The companion app that enables you to control the sound, the noise cancellation, the equalizer, check the battery and control other features of the headphones, has been updated and improved to really let the user control every aspect of the music they are listening to. With pre-programmed room settings, you can set the sound to various styles to really get into the music – live acoustic sets sound absolutely amazing when set to “Living Room”. The app is a lot more stable now than it was with the Zik 2.0, which was a welcome sign. In terms of the sound quality, there are no other Bluetooth headphones that we’ve used that compete with the Parrot Zik 3.0. The sound is detailed, and features all the highs and lows you could want. Heavy bass comes through strong, while vocals are clear. That’s as far as we are comfortable delving into the audio because in truth, audio is so subjective. Each person hears differently, but we promise you’ll hear everything with these.
Price has always been the major sticking point, and the Parrot Zik 3.0 certainly don’t shed this distinction. Selling for upwards of $500 Canadian, the Parrot Zik 3.0 aren’t for the faint of heart – but you do get what you paid for.
Overall, the Parrot Zik 3.0 Bluetooth headphones are a modest improvement over the previous iteration and solved our comfort issues. The sounds quality has improved, the connection has improved, the app has improve and the battery life is improved. Charging time remained about the same as in previous versions, but we love the addition of wireless charging. With so many features packed into a single set of headphones, they really do live up to the advertised line of ‘most advanced’. The Parrot Zik 3.0 gets high marks from us.