Zeus Outdoor Bluetooth Headphone Review
Product Name: Zeus Outdoor
Product Description: The Zeus Outdoor Bluetooth headphones are an inexpensive alternative to the Senso ActivBuds, or the Powerbeats. They have good bass, are IPX7 waterproof, have a secure fit, and are perfect for the gym.
Fit / Security
Zeus Outdoor (Hands-On)
At under $35 you shouldn’t be expecting the sound to blow your mind. Truth be told, the audio is a little muffled. They’re not going to have the clarity of a $350 pair of Bose headphones, but for the price they pack a solid punch. This model comes in a soft touch rubber and features Bluetooth 4.1+EDR with aptX; this trademark Qualcomm technology improves the transmission of sound via Bluetooth. They’re not going to have the crazy range and rapid charging of the Apple W1 chip found on the Powerbeats 3, but they also cost less than a fifth of the price. In practice the aptX seemed to make a difference, or at least something did. The Bluetooth range on the Zeus was 5-10 feet further, and with greater stability, as compared to the oh so popular Senso Activbuds that I’ve also done a review on.
Other features include passive CVC 6.0 noise cancellation and a Bluetooth range of 33 feet. This range proved to be true in real world use, and there were no problems without dropouts, including in the gym. They feature an IPX7 waterproof rating (resistant submerged in water up to 3 feet or 1 meter for up to 30 minutes), and a 2 year warranty if that claim doesn’t hold up.
With an included carrying case, 3 sets of silicone tips, 1 set of foam ear tips, and a charging cable you shouldn’t need to go shopping for extras. Playback time is up to 8 hours, and charging is accomplished via the micro USB port. The cover for the USB port is a little flimsy, but that’s pretty par for the course in this type of headphone.
Sound is highly subjective, and I won’t lie that I was a little disappointed when I first heard them. However, in their headphone and price category your going to have a hard time doing much better. Build quality is good, the soft touch rubber feels great, Bluetooth stability is on point, and they look pretty good too.
- Bluetooth Specification: 4.1+EDR
- IPX7 Waterproof Rating
- Noise Reduction: CVC6.0
- Signal Range: 33 feet
- Battery: Lithium-ion Polymer 80 mAh
- Frequency Response: 20 -22kHz
- Charging Port: Micro USB
- Charging Time: 2 Hours
- Playback Time: Up to 8 Hours
- Standby Time: 220 hours
- Sound much better than Senso Activbuds
- Secure over-the-ear fit
- Look pretty good
- Solid bass
- IPX7 Waterproof
- Up to 8 hours playback time
- Widely available on Amazon
- Clarity could be better
- Bluetooth range is average
- Not Bluetooth 5