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Detailed review of Zebronics Zeb Peace

It’s easy to pull out all the stops and throw the latest technology into a pair of true wireless earbuds and call them state-of-the-art, at no price. It’s a completely different game to offer a true high-quality wireless experience at about tenth the price of the aforementioned state-of-the-art experience. Zebronics has tried the latter with Zeb Peace’s true wireless earphones, offering them for Rs. 3999 at the time of writing, yet delivered some impressive feats during our review.

In the box, this is what you get

Design and Features

Honestly, the Zeb Peace cuts a few corners in its build. The tiny capsule that doubles as a charging case looks shiny and cheap right out of the box, and don’t even get us started on its affinity for fingerprints and grime. We found it particularly difficult to keep clean before a shoot, so don’t throw it in your pockets or a bag expecting it to come out flawless.

However, you will do a lot with it. The capsule is one of the most compact pieces we’ve come across among cheap and expensive true wireless earbuds, which can go a long way in making sure you’re wearing it when you hit the gym or go for a run.

The Zebronics branding on the front isn’t too noticeable, but could be more subtle. A micro USB port on the back is how you charge the case, which in turn charges the pods when housed in it. The box snaps shut with magnets, which is also great for keeping it from accidentally opening and letting the pods out. Two blue LEDs on the front let you know how much charge is left in the case, while three red LEDs light up when you plug it into a power source.

The pods themselves are quite small and fit snugly into the case. With 4 grams each, it’s easy to forget they’re there once you put them on.

In fact, the whole package weighs no more than a standard golf ball. However, that doesn’t mean you have to worry about the earbuds falling out without you realizing it. The driver housing is ergonomically built to fit the grooves of your ear, and the angled ends provide a secure, immersive fit. Try out the extra earbuds in the box until you find the right one. The earpods themselves have a glossy finish, except for the buttons, which are matte. LEDs on each pod indicate connectivity and battery status.

The buttons on each pod have multiple functions, such as taking calls, controlling playback and activating voice assistants. They require a hard push to operate, which can be a problem given that you’re pressing into your ear canal. It might be a bit much to expect swipe-based controls at this price, but the buttons could be placed in a better way. Zebronics doesn’t give an official IP rating for these earbuds, but they do claim to be splash-proof, so we’re probably looking at an IPX4 here. This, combined with the ergonomic design and grip of the buttons themselves, makes the Zeb Peace an ideal budget fitness companion. But how good does it sound?

Performance

With a pair of 6mm drivers operating at 16 ohms impedance, the sound on the Zeb Peace goes beyond what you’d expect. If you don’t expect these to sound too great, you’re not alone. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the audio these buttons push most of the time.

The bass on the Zeb Peace is what starts the departure from the usual. It sounds controlled, regulated without any sign of bloating. If you expect a certain amount of seismicity with this, you might as well look for another option. On the other hand, if you expect tracks like the uptown Funk with bass chorus in the background to sound natural, without losing the vocal essence, you won’t be disappointed. It even manages to create a decent soundstage on Hunter van Bjork.

A hint of roll-off does appear when these earbuds are pushed to the treble, but keep the volume at about 70% of maximum, and you should be able to avoid something off-putting. We tried blasting Centuries at maximum volume, which was a bad idea, but not the worst we’ve had with cheap true wireless earbuds. The vocals are also taken care of quite accurately by the Zeb Peace.

They provide a fair amount of passive isolation even in noisy situations like the daily commute in Mumbai. This can be very important for those looking for a compact, portable daily driver. Call quality is great too, with the only limitation being that it’s only pushed to the left earpiece. The connectivity is a bit complicated. You must pair the earbuds together before pairing the combination with a smartphone. Once that happens though, connectivity is pretty stable.

verdict

The Zeb Peace from Zebronics is affordable, even if it’s not the cheapest pair of true wireless earphones you can get. However, that comes with the added responsibility of performing above average than most and the Zeb Peace doesn’t fail to do that. We quite enjoyed listening to our favorite songs at the gym and on the commute, which speaks to the isolation and energy of the earphones. Battery life is subpar, build could be better, but audio performance contributes to success with both shortcomings. If we were asked to recommend a certain pair of true wireless earbuds from the budget segment, this would be it.

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