Logitech Zone Wireless Bluetooth Headset Review: the competitor of Jabra Evolve 75
By Fields Corrielus 2019-09-16 3275 0
If you've ordered one, you'll end up with a box containing the headset itself, a micro-USB cable (no USB-C), a storage bag, a USB-A dongle and some paperwork. At this point I'd like to get some criticism out of you. The Jabra headset comes with a good protective shell for transport. It only comes with a thin fabric bag that doesn't really protect the headset when it's carried in a not very roomy laptop bag, for example. Logitech could have offered more for the money.
Once you've unpacked the Wireless Zone, it looks somewhat spartan and simple at first glance, but I like that pretty much. The cables of the earcups hang freely, but are covered with fabric. The band for the head is made of thin metal, pleasantly softly padded and can be pushed seamlessly into the earcups or pulled out. The shells themselves are equipped with a soft padding and covered with leather that doesn't make you sweat your ears even after wearing them for a long time.
The left shell accommodates the control buttons, which have a good pressure point and are easy to feel. Loud, quiet, play/pause and answer/reject call can be done there. Furthermore there is the on/off switch at the edge, which is also responsible for pairing, the button for switching the noise suppression on or off and the micro USB charging port. Personally, I would have liked to have a USB-C charger, but the headset also has a little treat.
The large area on the left earpiece also serves as a charging unit. If the headset is folded up, you can place it on any Qi charger with this side and the headset is supplied with power. Fine thing, if you have a charger at your workplace anyway. The microphone of the headset is attached to the left earpiece and can easily be folded up or down. When the microphone is turned up, the headset is automatically muted.
All in all, you can't expose anything to the wireless zone, unless the design doesn't appeal to someone. The materials used make a pleasant impression and the workmanship is very good.
Logitech Zone Wireless Headset using experience
The initial setup of the Zone Wireless is very simple, hold the pairing button, pick up the device and connect it via Bluetooth. The connection with the laptop can be realized either via Bluetooth or with the included USB-A-Dongle. I chose the dongle because I thought the connection was more stable with many Bluetooth devices in the office. In addition to the dongle connection, the wireless zone can connect to two other devices simultaneously via Bluetooth. Switching is seamless, so you can always pick up the call where it's ringing.
Logitech also offers an app called Logi Tune to tune the headset. You can use it to customize the equalizer, enable or disable noise reduction, change language, update the headset firmware, and much more. By the way, there is another function called Sidetone whose volume you can also change. This ensures that you hear your own voice in the headset and don't yell at the person you're talking to.
Now that we have had a brief look at the interior, we come to my everyday experiences with the headset. The device accompanied me during the test every working day from early morning to afternoon. The handling of the headset went very well. If the Wireless Zone looks a bit fragile at first glance, it turned out to be very robust during the working days. The buttons are easy to operate, the only criticism here is the microphone. In any case, the sound quality of the microphone is very good only in my opinion, the arm could have a little more resistance. It can be folded up / down very easily and then moves with pleasure. The Logitech headset, on the other hand, is very comfortable to wear. Also several hours with the device do not cause ear pain, because the headband does not exert too much pressure.
What I miss a bit about the Zone Wireless is the monitoring function that the Jabra Evolve 75 comes with. You press a button and then hear everything that happens in the office, you can follow conversations without having to remove the headset. The Jabra's built-in Busylight is also a very nice feature, missing from the Logitech counterpart. So your colleague can't tell if you're in a meeting or on the phone.
Since I have the headset on my ears most of the day, it is important that the sound is good. In my opinion, Logitech does a very good job here if you apply the rating standard for a headset and don't compare the Zone Wireless to "real" headphones. The sound is clear and comes with a good balance between bass, midrange and treble. Depending on how you adjust the equalizer in the Tune app, you can adjust the sound to your needs. The bass is punchy, the midrange is present and the treble was never squeaky or aching. I'm quite happy with it, no matter what music is being played. The same applies to the quality of calls / meetings. Voices are transported clearly, without creaking or echoes.
What I don't think is really convincing, however, is the active noise suppression. In my opinion this could be a bit more aggressive, because so much noise is not filtered when you turn on ANC. Jabra makes it a bit better, not to mention the big ANC headphones like Bose's QC35.
Depending on how loud you listen to music and whether you're on the move with active noise cancellation, the battery life will also fail. The manufacturer lists ranges between 14 and 16 hours that I never really reached in my case. At 12 hours it was usually over, but I didn't find that bad either. It should be noted that the headset had to maintain 3 connections (laptop and two mobile phones).
My conclusion about the Logitech Zone Wireless Headset
I am quite satisfied with the device, as the most important criteria for a good headset are almost all met with a good result. It sounds good, sits comfortably on your ears, makes for good speech quality at meetings or calls and is also well crafted. It's also good that you can charge the Zone wirelessly.
What I don't like so much, on the other hand, is the poor transportability in bags, which makes the headset susceptible to shocks. There is also a clear upward potential in the area of active noise reduction. But for 219 Euros that's quite a good price, which Logitech delivers here.
If you're looking for a decent headset, I'd recommend a Jabra Evolve 75. The ANC is better there, you get functions like the Busylight and the listening to the hand, a docking station and a neat transport box.
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