DIZO under the realme TechLife launched the DIZO wireless, the company’s first neckband wireless earphones, in India last week. It has Bluetooth 5.0 support, features low-latency gaming mode, fast charge and promises up to 17 hours of playback. After using it for a few days, here is the review of the Bluetooth headset.
- DIZO Wireless in Black color
- Different set of ear tips (Small, Medium and Large)
- USB Type-C cable
- User manual
Design and Build Quality
The headset has a 23.1g lightweight design. The in-ear buds have angled tips that perfectly fits in your ears, and doesn’t fall out easily even when you are running. There is a small wire connecting earbuds and the neck band. The back of the earbuds is magnetic that snap together when not in use and also have auto connection or disconnection feature that is available only in few headsets in this price range. So, when you want to pause, you can snap the buds together, and to resume, just remove them. The magnets used is powerful. You can see the microphone on the earphones.
The band that you wear around the neck is flexible, lightweight and has a smooth finish. The bottom housing also offers a smooth rubbery finish even though it is made of plastic. On the right side, there is a USB Type-C charging port, which is not covered by any flap. On the same side there is are all the buttons that includes a power / multi-function button between the volume adjustment buttons. There is also a tiny LED indicator. The DIZO branding is present on the left side. This also houses the 150mAh battery. Since it comes with IPX4 ratings, it can withstand sweat and light rain, but you can’t immerse it in water.
You can also use the multi-function button to play or pause, answer, end or reject a call, change tracks and enter gaming mode.
|Play / Pause, Answer a call, End a call||Press Once|
|Next track||Double Press|
|Gaming mode||Triple press|
|Voice assistant / Decline and incoming call||Press and Hold|
Coming to the audio quality, these headphones offers fairly good audio quality with good amount of bass with the 11.2mm Bass Boost Driver, but the mids are slightly dull compared to bass. In addition to Dynamic and Bright modes, it features Bass Boost+ Mode that is targeted at users with a heavy bass. Volume was good as well, and it is loud enough in 60% or 70% volume. There is a volume enhancer option that further increases the volume.
It packs the Sub band Coding (SBC) that is capable of bit rates up to 328 kbps for listening to 320-bit MP3s. This is common in Bluetooth devices with Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP). Difference between audio quality in SBC and aptX is minimal, but the latency is normally over 100ms with SBC. Wish it had AAC, but it is rate to see headsets with aptX in this price range.
Even though it only has SBC, the low-latency gaming mode is useful when gaming since it reduces the latency down to 88ms according to the company’s internal testing. It is also easy to enter the gaming mode when you triple press the function button. You get a notification when you enter and exit the mode.
It doesn’t have active noise cancellation, but the earbuds offer a decent amount of noise isolation, thanks to the angled design of the eartips. The headset also has ENC (Environmental Noise Cancellation) offering clear call quality in most cases, but it might not be the best in crowded, noisy environment or when you are travelling in a cycle or bike since too much wind noise is not cut out.
Connectivity, Pairing and AI assistant
The Bluetooth headset supports Bluetooth 5.0, so you can connect it to Android, iOS devices along with MP3 players with Bluetooth support. It pairs to your phone quickly, just by holding the multifunction button for 3 seconds to enter the pairing mode. You just have to select the DIZO Wireless to pair the headphones. You get voice feedback when it enters pairing mode and when it connects successfully. The LED light blinks when it’s pairing, and stops when the pairing is complete. There is no multipoint support, so you can’t connect two devices at a time.
With the 150mAh battery on the headset, the company promises about 17 hours of battery life. I got slightly over 10 hours of battery life when listening in 60 to 70% volume. The battery life might vary depending on the usage and listening volume. The headset automatically turns off when it’s not in use or when the buds or attached. Charging the headset from 0 to 100% takes about 2 hours. There is also fast charge option that offers 2 hours of playback in 10 minutes of charging, which is true.
Overall, the DIZO Wireless is a decent neckband headset for the price, but there is a huge competition from boAt in the price range. You can say this is an upgrade to the realme Buds Wireless since this offers a punchy bass, better battery life, low-latency mode and comes with USB Type-C port, but it lacks AAC codec support that the realme Buds Wireless has. It will be available from Flipkart at an offer price of Rs. 1299 during first sale on July 7th. After that it will cost Rs. 1499. It will also be available from offline stores soon.