ZAAP Aqua Extreme Review: Best budget waterproof wireless earphones?
IPX7 waterproofing, Qualcomm aptX & great battery life
While the loss of 3.5mm jacks on a lot of modern phones has been despised, it has also resulted in an increase in availability & a range of wireless earphones. The ZAAP Aqua Xtreme aims to provide a seamless wireless audio experience with the capability of being completely waterproof. Yes, you read it right! Not sweatproof, but IPX7 certified waterproof. So how do they stack up against the plethora of ones available in the market? Well, let’s find out!
ZAAP Aqua Extreme Review: Design
For something that you’ll be wearing pretty often, in public too, you’d want it to look good. While some would like for the earphones to be imminently seen, I prefer a clean and an under-the-radar look. Hence, I’m not a big fan of the chunky design on these earphones.
The big earpieces scream for attention and aren’t the most aesthetically designed earphones I’ve come across. But at the same time, with the help of the ear-hook, they provide an excellent fit and don’t come off while doing the most strenuous of exercises. The earpiece has a soft-touch finish to it and does not irritate the skin during long sessions.
ZAAP Aqua Extreme Review: Buttons & Ports
The left earpiece is where you’ll find all the controls. The volume up and down buttons are situated on the top edge. The ZAAP logo on the side is a multi-function button that is used to switch on/off, pair and play/pause music.
ZAAP Aqua Extreme Review: Specifications
ZAAP Aqua Extreme has support for the following:
- Bluetooth 4.1
- CVC 6.0 Noise Cancellation Technology
- Multi-device connectivity
- Supports aptX by Qualcomm
Bluetooth connection was pretty stable for me and I didn’t face any range or connectivity issues. As far as noise cancellation is concerned, it did block ambient noises up to a certain limit. But, expectedly, it’s not that good.
ZAAP Aqua Extreme Review: Music Performance
The ZAAP Aqua Extreme is aimed at individuals who live a more active lifestyle or are rather carefree. Right from the secure fit to its IPX7 certification, these earphones are ready for all your fitness routines. Anyway, coming to the performance, the earphones were a delightful pair to listen to. Be it vocal songs or bass-thumping beats, the Aqua Extreme didn’t disappoint. Although the overall sound wasn’t unexpectedly rich or well-rounded, I was pleased with the sound.
Call quality was decent too. While I could clearly hear the other person, the mic did pick up ambient sounds. These definitely aren’t the best earphones to talk via in noisy environments.
ZAAP Aqua Extreme Review: Battery Backup & Charging
ZAAP claims that the earphones last up to 9 hours on a single charge. While I definitely didn’t get 9 hours from them at any given time, 7.5-8 hours was achieved quite a few times. Standby time is also pretty good. I was easily able to spray 7-7.5 hours of play time over a matter of 3-4 days.
The earphones take about 2 hours to full charge after being drained completely. I would’ve loved quick charging (like on the OnePlus Bullets Wireless) here. The charging takes place via a micro USB port and a micro USB cable is included in the box.
ZAAP Aqua Extreme Review: Verdict
The ZAAP Aqua Extreme Earphones is probably the LG V40 of the earphone universe. While the earphones actually pack a punch at a good price, they aren’t as popular as other OEMs. The Aqua Extreme has waterproofing, sound, battery, and connectivity going for it. On the other hand, I’m definitely not happy with the design (a major factor for many users) and the calling experience. The wireless earphones is available for INR 2,949 at the time of writing. For the price, I think they’re an excellent choice if your use case is rough and you prefer the outdoors more than indoors. IPX7 in this price range is almost unheard of. Hence if you’re looking for a reliable all-weather pair of wireless earphones, you need not look any further than this.