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Zebronics Zeb peace detailed review
It’s easy to throw state-of-the-art technology into a pair of real wireless earbuds and call them sophisticated, no cost. Providing a truly authentic wireless experience for a tenth of the above mentioned industry experience is a completely different ballgame. Zebronics Zeb Peace has taken a shot later with True Wireless Earphones, offering them for Rs. 3999 at the time of writing, but still managing some impressive feats during our review.
In the box, this is what you get
Design and features
Truth be told, the construction of the pocket piece has cut a few corners. The small capsule that doubles as a charging case looks shiny and cheap out of the box and doesn’t even start us off about its compatibility for fingerprints and dirt. We had a particularly hard time keeping it clean for a shoot, so don’t put it in your pocket or bag so that it becomes spotless.
However, you will do a lot of that. The capsule is one of the most compact pieces we’ve found in budget and expensive real wireless earbuds, which can go a long way in ensuring you can carry it in the gym or while running.
Zebronics branding on the front is not very eye-catching but can be more subtle. A micro-USB port on the back is how you charge the case, allowing the pods to charge while inside. The box is closed with a magnet, which is also great for avoiding accidentally opening and sprouting. The two blue LEDs on the front let you know the charge in the case, three red LEDs flash when you connect to a power source.
The pods themselves are quite small and fit the field. 4 grams each, easy to forget once you wear them.
In fact, the weight of the whole package is no more than a normal golf ball. However, this does not mean that you have to worry about earbuds falling off without realizing it. The driver enclosure is ergonomically designed to fit in your ear canal and the angled tips provide a secure, immersive fit. Try using the extra ear tips in the box until you find the right one. Earpods have a glossy finish save for buttons, which is matte. Indicates the LED connection and battery status on each pod.
The buttons on each pod serve multiple functions, such as receiving calls, controlling playback, and firing the voice assistant. They require a hard press to operate, which can be a problem considering you are putting pressure on your ear canal. At this price swipe-based control may be a bit more than expected but the buttons can be placed in a better way. Zebronics does not provide an official IP rating for these buds but claims that they are splash proof, so we’re probably looking at an IPX4 here. This, combined with ergonomic design and self-grip of the buds, makes the Jeb Piece an ideal budget gym companion. But how good does it sound?
With a pair of 6mm drivers at 16ohms impedance, Zeb Peace’s sound is more than you expect. You are not alone if you do not expect these to sound great. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the audio that these buds push most of the time.
Shaft on the pocket piece which starts deviating from normal. It sounds controlled, controlled without any symptoms of swelling. If you are expecting some seismic activity with these, you may want to look for a different alternative. On the other hand, if you want tracks like Background Base Chorus-Loop Uptown Funk to sound normal, without losing its vocal essence, you won’t be disappointed. It even manages to create a decent soundtage by Hunter by Bjork.
When these earbuds are pushed higher there is a hint of roll off but the volume stays at about 70% of the maximum and you should be able to avoid anything unpleasant. We tried to blast the century at the highest volume of these, which was a bad idea, but we didn’t have the worst idea with Budget True Wireless earbuds. The vocals are also quite perfectly handled by the pocket pieces.
They offer ample passive isolation even in noisy situations like daily commute to Mumbai. This can be really important for those looking for a compact, portable daily driver. The quality of the call is also great, the only limitation is that it is only pushed to the left earbud. The connection is a bit complicated. You need to combine the buds before pairing the combination with a smartphone. However, once this happens, the connection is fairly stable.
Zebronics’ pocket pieces are affordable, though it’s not the cheapest pair of real wireless earphones you can get. However, it brings extra responsibility to perform higher than average and Jeb Piece does not fail to do so. We listened to our favorite tracks in the gym as well as had a great time traveling, which speaks to the isolation and power of the earphones. Battery life sub-par, the build may be better, but audio performance successfully carries both of these flaws. If we were asked to recommend a specific pair of truly wireless earbuds from the budget segment, it would be.