KingCom Zeus Thunder dB Bluetooth Headset Review
The KingCom Zeus Thunder dB is one of the latest addition to the company’s growing portfolio. It’s a wireless headset that pairs to your device via Bluetooth that boasts an incredible battery life of 36 hours. Read our full review to find out more about this new headset from KingCom.
Design and Construction
As far as the Zeus Thunder dB’s design goes, there’s really not much to say that hasn’t already been said in other Beats-inspired headphones/headset that we (and probably you) have encountered in the past. From the folding mechanism that holds the two ear cups in place, down to overall aesthetics of the headphone and the choice of materials use on its external facade, it was an all too familiar sight we’ve grown accustomed to after Beats by Dr. Dre rose to fame (amongst kids for the most part) in the consumer audio segment.
So needless to say, were interested to see the other stuff that the Zeus Thunder dB has to offer that we haven’t seen in other similarly-designed headphones.
Ergonomics and Usability
Although we’ve seen and used a lot of Beats-inspired headphones (that includes knock-offs) in the past, we have to say that KingCom (or the headphone’s OEM) did a few good things to make sure that the Zeus Thunder will not feel a sub-standard doppelganger.
For one, the headband was able to hit the sweet spot between clamping force and comfort; it’s enough to keep the headphone in place on our head, but not too forceful that it causes strain during long usage.
We would love for it to have at least a leather-bound cushion were the flexible headband’s underbelly meets our hair (or scalp) for additional comfort, but the thin strip of foam covered in rubberized material holds up quite nicely and wasn’t a concern for us.
We also like how KingCom didn’t skimp on the ear cushion. The plush foam of the Zeus Thunder dB’s ear pads are covered in leatherette material which makes it comfortable to wear around the head even for hours on end.
The locking mechanism is also laudable as it provide just enough force to keep the two ear cups in place during use, yet delicate enough that folding the ear cups for storage is a breeze. What we didn’t like though is the material used for the Zeus Thunder dB’s extension brace.
There are a total of four thin strips of metal (two on each side) that are only supported by strips of plastic. Apart from its rather questionable durability, both of the extension arms don’t provide a satisfying click when retracted/extended. Moreover, it doesn’t have enough force to keep the cups in our desired length, forcing us to readjust the length of the extension arm every so often.
Wireless and Headset functions
Pairing the Zeus to any Bluetooth-enabled device is pretty straightforward. Our devices detected the wireless headset almost instantaneously and were able to connect to it without the need for keycodes. Provided that you don’t delete the Zeus on your Bluetooth device list, establishing a wireless connection to it should be easier after the one.
The microphone on the Zeus Thunder dB is relatively ok at this price point. It’s not gonna blow any of its competition out of the water anytime soon, but should be enough for the person you’re talking to understand you during conversation.
Speaking of which, this headphone also has hands-free function and allows users to accept call by pushing the button on the right ear cup.
Honestly, we were not really expecting a lot from the Zeus Thunder dB in terms of sound quality, but as it turns out, it’s not as bad as we initially thought it would be.
The sound performance we got from this Bluetooth headset is somewhat comparable to some of the entry-level headphones that we’ve reviewed in the past. But like most of them, the sound signature of the Zeus Thunder leans towards the bassy side of town with little emphasis on the highs.
Luckily, the bass-heavy output of the headset has little to no effect on the mids, although it creates that kind of vibe as if the vocalist is singing uncomfortably close to our face/ears, with the rest of the band members recessed in to the far side of the stage.
The sound output we got from it was loud, loud enough that we rarely felt the need to crank up the volume past the 80% mark to get an immersive listening experience.
One the information written on the Zeus Thunder dB’s box that really piqued our interest was its rated battery life. KingCom claims that on a single full charge, the wireless headset can last up to 36 hours, or a day and a half, of straight listening. Needless to say, we put their claim to the test and boy we were really impressed with the result.
In all honesty, we didn’t listen to the Zeus Thunder dB for straight 36 hours, and we’re not sure if anybody can. So what we did is crank the volume on the both the media source and the headset to the max and let it sit there while we’re working on the review.
A full day has passed and the Zeus Thunder dB is still going strong with no signs of stopping, to the point that our media source was already running out of juice. So we charged our media source before we hit the sack and surprised that when we woke up the next day, the headset is still freaking on!
In the end it managed to last over 33 hours on a single full charge, and it lasted roughly the same time when we redo the test the instant that the headset got fully charged.
The KingCom Zeus Thunder dB is an interesting proposition for those budget-minded consumers who are looking for a decent wireless headset in the USD100 range. Unfortunately, KingCom operates in a market that only a few handful only truly appreciates a good-sounding pair of cans and are willing to spend a pretty penny for it.
To make matters worse, these audiophiles would happily spend a little extra money for a headphone from a well-established audio brand. So in conclusion, although KingCom has a good thing going with their new vibrantly-colored wireless headset, it will be an uphill battle for them to convince consumers to go for the Zeus Thunder dB instead of other slightly more expensive options from the big players in the audio industry. But they are off to a great start…
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The KingCom Zeus Thunder dB Wireless Headset is available is four different colors (Blue, Green, Yellow and Pink) and can be purchased at KingCom stores or at Lazada for Php4,538.