The guest on my website is very frequent – these are wireless earbuds from KZ company. Today I will talk about a completely new model of TWS earbuds called KZ Z1.
Earlier I tested various models of KZ wired headphones. Currently, each user needs wireless earbuds and the brand decided to change its production to wireless devices.
Many of you may know the hybrid earbuds that I tested under the name KZ S1 or S2. They have a specific sound and many useful features.
Our today’s hero KZ Z1 received one emitter, but its size is not quite standard for most plugs. A large 10 mm dynamic driver was installed inside the case and I’ll tell you a little later how they will sound.
The price is quite attractive and is up to $35. Can it really be so good for such a price? Let’s find out what the new model of wireless earbuds is capable of and I will start with the configuration.
KZ Z1: Specifications
|Driver unit:||10mm Dynamic Drivers|
|Charging Time:||120 min|
The device comes in a regular white box, where only the company logo is indicated on the front. On the side, there is a sticker with the main features and specs.
Inside the box, there is a charging box with earbuds inside, four pairs of silicone white ear tips, where one is already installed on the earbuds, a MicroUSB charging cable, and a user manual.
If we talk about the quality of the box itself, then the cardboard is quite durable and the earbuds will reach you intact. But I saw a slight minus here – it is a MicroUSB connection for charging.
Even more budget models from KZ, such as S1 and S2, got a Type-C port for charging. What is the reason for having a micro USB port, I have no idea.
To install the 10 mm driver inside the earbuds you need to try very hard to get a more compact size for comfortable wearing.
KZ Z1 received a rather interesting shape and appearance of wireless earbuds. They really sit well in the ears and have a good fit inside my ear canal. Of course, wearing for a long time will be problematic, but after 1-1.5 hours of wearing, my ears did not get very tired.
If we talk about weight, then each earbud weighs about 5.1 grams. This is an insignificant indicator and when I wore the device in my ears I did not feel them at all.
The manufacturer offers two color options – it is green and black. I have a green color on the review and it looks rather unusual.
On the front of the case are the touch control and the company logo with an LED indicator.
The inner part of the KZ Z1 earbuds received charging contacts and a sound guide, which is covered with a metal mesh.
The instructions and the official website do not indicate any information on protection against water. Therefore, most likely she is not here, but they should not be afraid of sweat or light rain.
The charging box looks a bit bulky, but it weighs quite a bit. Therefore, putting it in your pants pocket will be difficult, only in a backpack or other place. The cover opens with a slight backlash but is connected due to the magnetic connection.
Under the cover, there are seats for earbuds and between them, one LED indicator was installed, which indicates the charge level in the case.
The right side of the charging case received a MicroUSB port for charging.
What can I say about the build quality, I have no complaints about the earbuds themselves. They are assembled perfectly and nothing creaks, but the charging case is not assembled as perfectly as we would like.
Connection and Control
The new KZ Z1 earbud model received a Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connection. Another feature is the presence of the game mode, which allows you to watch movies, TV shows, and even play games with minimal delay.
The earbuds received support for the ACC codec and I can not say anything bad for its work. The quality of communication at a stable level and breaks I did not find during testing.
The touch control is very convenient and accurate, I did not find any accidental clicks and there are almost all functions except volume control. Therefore, you will have to get your smartphone out of your pocket or use the voice assistant to adjust the volume.
As I already mentioned, a 10 mm dynamic driver is installed inside each earbud, which sounds very strong and voluminous.
KZ Z1 model uses the “XUN” turbo injection unit technology. This is a new system that allows you to use a 10 mm emitter without increasing the size of the earbuds.
The low frequencies are characterized by clear and surround sound, which is very reminiscent of standard dynamic headphones. But there is only great strength and power that positively affects the sound quality.
The mids and highs play calmly and cleanly, I did not find any squeaks even at maximum volume. The musical instruments play separately and accurately, and male or female vocals sound distinct.
The microphone quality is typical for most earbuds and in a quiet place you can talk without any problems.
One of the main problems of KZ Z1 wireless earbuds is battery life. Each earbud has a 30 mAh battery capacity, but it is very small to ensure full operation for such a large 10mm driver.
As practice has shown, the battery life on a full charge was about 2 hours. This is the smallest indicator I’ve seen in my life when I tested wireless headphones.
The charging box provides an additional 20 hours of battery life. Also, the charging time via MicroUSB port was about 2 hours.
Conclusion and Reviews
If you want to get a strong impression with high-quality sound, then the new KZ Z1 earbuds will be ideal for you.
In addition to the positive aspects, there are also negative ones, for example, this is the battery life on a single charge and the presence of a MicroUSB port.
If this is not a big disadvantage for you, then for a low cost you can get high-quality earbuds with surround dynamic sound.
Low price and Where to buy cheaper?
Now each user will be able to purchase KZ Z1 wireless earbuds at a bargain and low price for $34.18 with a 40% discount.
Of course, the price is very interesting and I can definitely advise Z1 earbuds for purchase, but I would also like to pay special attention to the hybrid models KZ S1 and S2.