PLAS­TIC SOUND

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

The Ze­bron­ics Brio is quite un­like any of the head­phones we have tested, and that is more be­cause of its looks than its per­for­mance. The techno de­sign is pla­s­ticky; in fact that seems to be the only ma­te­rial used on the de­vice. How­ever, it is still very stylish, though it kept re­mind­ing us of Flash Gor­don for some rea­son.

Caged in­side trans­par­ent plas­tic earcups are the soft con­tact sur­faces, which, de­spite be­ing quite com­fort­able to wear, are a bit small for an on-ear head­phone. The head­band is allplas­tic and hence light­weight. It is also eas­ily ad­justable. There is an ex­tra long 2.2 me­tre ca­ble with the head­phone in case you want to use it while lean­ing back to watch a movie.

The mu­sic qual­ity was very good, noth­ing pla­s­ticky there for a change. With a fre­quency re­sponse range of 20 HZ to 20000 HZ it is good enough for all kinds of mu­sic. But we don’t think the head­set will be a good idea if you want to use it for long hours. This is more for snack­ing, a song here, a YouTube video there.

The Brio comes with an in­build mic, which has been added in a don­gle where the left/right cords merge as one. The mi­cro­phone has good catch, but we kept hear­ing a sound in the head­phone when the mic was work­ing, though not a big ir­ri­tant. This added fea­ture can make the Brio a good choice for those look­ing at an ac­ces­sory for web and video chats. This also means an ex­tra mic in­put cord, so don’t think of us­ing this on de­vices other than your PC or lap­top.

Well, we are not com­plain­ing much as this is a bud­get de­vice, with a very af­ford­able price of

475. At that price, you just can’t com­plain.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Pla­s­ticky, but good sound.

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