By: Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 16:37
It has everything that you would look for in a headset and even more. Read on to know the most potent headset which is affordable too.
It has got all the features like inbuilt battery, FM radio, Bluetooth mode, and micro SD
Decent battery back up
Bass levels are a bit low
No supplied travel pouch makes it difficult to carry around
Clumsy menu makes it difficult to operate
I had used several headphone till date and most of you must have as well. However, most of them - affordable or expensive - do have some missing aspects. But Zoook - a new entrant in the Indian handset market - has come out with a headphone called Zoook ZB BHP110L which is armed with all features that you would expect in such a device.
Here is our take on the Zoook ZPBHP110L headphone.
The Zoook ZB BHP110L comes with all the features that you can thing of in a headphone. To start with it can be used as a Bluetooth headphone and even a wired headset with the use of a supplied cord. It has got a micro SD card slot as well, so you just need to load your micro SD card with songs and music that you want to listen and you are good to go; so it eliminates the need of another music device like phone or tablet. Moreover, you don't need to remove the micro SD card to load it with songs; just plug it into a PC using the supplied connector (you can use any regular micro USB to full USB connector too) to transfer your music from PC to this headphone.
Besides, ZB BHP110L has FM radio as well. Just tune it once and you are good to go. Since it comes with Bluetooth functionality, you can anyway connect it to a Bluetooth device to enjoy music as well.
The Zoook ZB BHP110L has a 400 mAh Li-Polymer battery of its own which, according to the company, gets charged within 4 hours and provides 6 hours of play time, or 10 hours of talktime, or 100 hours of standby.
Now let's look at its design and performance part.
The Zoook ZB BHP110L looks like many other headphones but its design makes it comfortable to use. To start with, it has got an adjustable head gear. The over-the-ear earpiece is separated from the headband by another multi-directional swivel, providing the needed adjustments.
The right side earpiece harbours an LCD display where you can see various modes - Bluetooth, FM, micro SD card. It has the micro SC card slot, volume rocker, micro USB port and the auxiliary port. The volume rocker is also meant to change the tracks and modes. An LED indicator is also there that informs you about the FM radio and Bluetooth related status. The left side earpiece has the power button, a call receiving/rejecting button, and an LED indicator.
As far as looks goes, the Zoook ZB BHP110L does not disappoint either. The headphone comes in black colour but Zoook has wisely provided blood red colour stripes around the cushions and in the head gear that not only break the monotony but also enhances its look by multifold. The black cushions look does not look cheap and are quite comfortable; no matter how long you use, it won't strain your ears.
The headphone look quite sturdy but the absence of a proper travel charger makes it difficult to carry it around. If you keep it in your bag along with your other stuff without any covering, there may be a chance to damage its body or the cushions.
Due to so many options, you may feel a bit odd to use it. Hence you should first read its manual thoroughly as it contains all the vital elements. Playing music via TF card is the most easiest option. Just connect the headphone with the PC and load it with your album. Then using the volume rocker, choose the TF card option (it will be displayed in the LCD display). Once done, it will start playing songs from the SD card. To change to the next track you have to short press the volume rocker towards the forward icon; a short press towards the backward icon will play the previous icon will play the previous song. To increase the volume, you have to press and hold the rocker towards the forward sign; similarly press and hold the volume rocker towards the previous sign to decrease the volume.
Connecting to Bluetooth devices is also quite easy. Note that this device is by default switch on with Bluetooth mode. If you are using the TF card mode it will start with TF mode itself. As per Zoook, you need to press and hold the Play/Pause button to activate Bluetooth mode from TF mode but that seldom happens and the device jumps from FM radio to TF mode. The search for devices from your phone/tablet; this headphone will be shown by the name - Zoook ZB BHP110L. Select it and click OK on your mobile phone. If password is needed then input â€œ0000â€. The device will indicate with the green light flashing for 3-5 seconds until the connection is successful.
In the same way you can connect to the FM radio. But in FM radio mode, to change volume you have to press and hold the pause button while to change frequency short press the volume rocker towards the forward/backward icon. When you first get into the FM radio mode a short press of play/pause button will let the headphone to search the frequencies.
Though it sounds easy, it is quite difficult to change frequencies and volume in the FM radio mode as the volume rocker is relatively tiny (especially for those with fat fingers). Also you need to practice a lot before you could master the control. Also, the phone does not properly search for the frequencies.
As far as battery back up is concerned, we have no differences with the official claim. It does provide about 5-6 hours of playback and it does able to hold on to charge for about 3 days comfortably. The headphone also have no issues whatsoever when it comes to Bluetooth connectivity.
However, the headphone lacks the essential bass levels which thus results in a little bit below par experience. Slightly better bass levels would have made this an awesome device.
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The Zoook ZB BHP110L is no doubt is the best headphone in the market (at its current price of around Rs 2,600) as it provides ample features including FM radio, TF card, and Bluetooth. It has got its own battery which too offers decent back up. The headphone has an attractive design as well. A slightly better bass level and a less clumsy volume rocker would have made this irresistible. Zoook should have thus armed it with a separate button to change tracks/frequencies/modes.