The rating is based on the use of both XP and XPI. Unless otherwise stated in each paragraph, the assessment applies to both versions.
The XP version sits comfortably on the head and around the ears.
+ Good cushioning. (Assuming the comfort rings are still soft)
+ Superb noise reduction in the mic, the person at the other end does not make a difference if my background is quiet or if I run hilti, jigsaw, high pressure etc.
+ Okay sound quality. I think Zekler sounds better for music, however, I lack EQ in both.
+ Okay battery life.
The XPI version activates listening with a simple push of a button.
+ AA batteries, so easy to carry with extra batteries.
- Electronics. The following errors I encounter when running music from my cell phone. Sometimes pairing is a hassle. Sometimes it raises the volume when I click on the "lower volume" button and vice versa. Sometimes Peltor raises / lowers several steps or to the maximum / min volume at the touch of a button. (Pause / play / previous song / next song) button rarely works correctly, usually only pause / play and answering work.
- Battery indicator. A female voice can nag about "Low battery" every two minutes for up to 2 hours (!?), fix a better solution Peltor! 5 diodes on the outside would have been nicer.
- The included charging cable is clumsy.
- Only possibility for wireless communication, lacks 4 poles 3.5 mm.
- The comfort rings harden extremely quickly from sweat, in some cases I have to change every other week during daily sweaty work to maintain the same sound comfort.
- The XPI version squeezes more on the ears, it is as if the rings do not build high enough and that the inside measure is against the ears. I see no physical difference to the XP model, so maybe just got a bad copy.
- The XPI version is only available in warning color.
- To activate listening in the XP version, you need to scroll around a lot in menus and increase the volume from live every time. Quite awkward and frustrating in other words. XPI goes to the set volume directly by a simple push of a button.
- No "Analog" knobs or controls, many times I think it is smoother and goes fast, both for listening, conversation and music. Like on my old red Peltor and hunting coats.
- XP is expensive and XPI is outrageously expensive. Have a hard time seeing a private person choose these hoods.