- Compatible wireless charging
- Touch controls
- Construction materials
- External noise isolation
- Sound balance
- Optical sensor upgradeable
In case you have not noticed it, we are still in full fever for true wireless headphones. A trend initiated by Apple that has managed to turn its earbuds into one of its most profitable products in recent years. And as usual, following the trail of success are many companies that claim their share of the cake. For this nothing better than attacking the points two weaker points of Apple wireless earbuds. Poor compatibility outside the brand ecosystem, and its high price. In this article, there will be a discussion on realme earbuds and its review.
In recent months you can count thousands of copies and imitations, mostly quite mediocre, of Apple’s truly wireless headphones. The real Buds Air that we analyzed today could go through an attempt to copy more. Obvious similarities are apparent, and it would be foolish to deny the evidence. But between the cheap copy and a competent product mediates an abyss. In this case, luckily for me and my dear ears, we are in the second case.
In fact, after a few hours of using these real Buds Air for analysis. I would dare to say that we are possible – although far from perfect. Before one of the best economic imitations of the Airbuds that I have had the opportunity to try. Do you not believe it? Keep reading.
Summary of the analysis of Realme Airbuds
- Design: inspired by real events
- Connection: simple and always alert
- Control: you have to catch the trick
- Volume: your Achilles heel
- Battery: with wireless charging and acceptable autonomy
- Conclusions: the best economical alternative to the AirPods of the market?
A design inspired by real events
The inspiration in the design with the AirPods of these real Buds Air starts almost from their packaging, and they are not equal. Still, they have enough similarities so that in the medium and long-distance. It is challenging to differentiate them, not in the short distance where they no longer manage to hit us.
- Airpods vs. Realme Buds Air
- Apple Airpods (left) vs. realme Buds Air
When not in use, the headphones stored in a compact (51.3 x 45.3 x 25.3mm) charging case that includes a small button to activate pairing mode. A status LED and a USB-C port on the bottom. Besides, the situation is compatible with Qi wireless charging of up to 10W. As is the second version of the Apple AirPods. However, the overall quality is much lower than these.
In general, the whole assembly conveys a certain fragility, especially the hinge of the lid with magnetic closure, made entirely of plastic. It does not end up inspiring much confidence and raises questions about how it will withstand the passage of time and use.
The headphones are removed and housed easily and securely inside the case thanks to a magnet system. The total weight is 42 grams, of which only 8 grams corresponds to the headphones themselves, 4 grams each. They are made of the same plastic as the case and are slightly more bulky than the AirPods. Both the head itself where the 12 mm drive placed and the stem where the battery inserts.
In general, they are quite comfortable. Although they present the same problem as their Apple counterparts: they are not suitable for everyone. Not having an interchangeable pad system such as the AirPods Pro, Sony WF-1000XM3. Or the Xiaomi Redmi Airdots, not everyone feels comfortable with them.
In my case, I already have “quiet,” I find them comfortable, and I can even do sports with them without falling. However, I have to admit that it took me a lot to tame and get used to the first AirPods. I have companions to whom these really Buds Air they find them uncomfortable and do not even manage to hold them correctly inside the auditory pavilion.
In spite of everything, the adjustment is ostensibly worse. And I suppose that due to the slight increase in volume. Something that, as I commented, does not affect the firmness of the support in the ear. But if at the time of isolating ourselves from the external noise. Something that is practically non-existent since all the sounds around us strained directly regardless of the volume to which we have the music set.
Simple connection always alert
Compatible with Bluetooth 5.0, the pairing system is straightforward; we have to press the case button for a few moments until the LED blinks monotonously, and look for the headphones from the device.
The good thing is that once paired, and the Real Buds Air stores the connection with the terminal linked device so that it is enough to open the lid to resume the relationship.
In general, the connection remains stable, although sometimes I have been able to appreciate the odd cut, although not in a recurring way or that isn’t very pleasant.
A control that you have to catch the trick
Like the AirPods, they have a control system through small touches on the outside of both headphones:
- Two contacts to stop/resume playback or answer a call
- Three contacts to go to the next track
- Long press on one of the headphones to invoke the voice assistant (also works with Siri) or hang up an ongoing call.
Besides, there is a last gesture, press both headphones simultaneously, to activate and deactivate the low latency mode, specially designed for when we use the headphones to play.
At first, the control system gives the feeling of failing more than a fairground shotgun, but the truth is that when you take the trick, it is quite useful, and the error rate is quite acceptable. You have to keep in mind that the “sweet spot,” the area where the sensor located, is somewhat limited, nothing more.
The Air Buds of realme also sin of one of the most annoying errors of the AirPods, the absence of physical volume control, which forces us to interact with the sound source or invoke the voice assistant to increase or decrease the volume.
Like their apple counterparts, both hearing aids have an optical sensor to detect if we have the headphones on and stop or resume playback accordingly. Although in this section, the response time is quite improvable and the errors frequent. Here there is not that “sweet spot” that I commented previously. If you leave the headset on the table with the drive facing the table, playback is not interrupted.
The volume as an Achilles heel
For sound reproduction, they incorporate two small 12 mm loudspeakers with a multi-layer diaphragm optimized for reinforcement in low-frequency reproduction (Dynamic Bass Boost).
The result is a clear and relatively balanced sound, with a proper backup of the low frequencies. When the volume level remains measured below 50/60% of the maximum power. The equalization pattern responds to the traditional U-shaped with powerful bass and treble.
The problem comes at the time of forcing the volume a bit, something quite common since. As I commented, the isolation level is quite poor. In the last third of the amount, an exponential increase in distortion begins to be perceived; the bass starts to go out and remain in the background, and the high frequencies skyrocket.
In general, everything starts to sound very distorted and quite sharp. Something that for individual styles of music such as pop is not excessively annoying. But that gets along well with other genres such as rock.
Although it is not the only problem, the sound balance does not end up adjusted correctly. We do not know if it is a specific problem of the unit of Bud Aris realme used for this analysis. Still, the imbalance between the right channel (much more powerful) and the left is sometimes quite obvious. Something that is annoying and that we can not correct since it does not have an application that allows equalizing the sound.
I did the test with several different sound sources, even with several partners. In case age was playing tricks on me – and the problem, at least in the test unit, is chronic. However, it is true that depending on the song and the source is perceived in greater or lesser average, with Tidal. For example, it is less evident than with Amazon Prime Music, and even with some themes, it is almost not noticeable.
In the section of calls, little to indicate, the performance is correct. They incorporate a second microphone oriented towards the outside (one by handset) to cancel part of the ambient noise during calls. Exclusively for that use, which does a good job. I was able to listen without problems to my interlocutor during the tests. And I had no complaint about the quality with which my voice collected. Nor when giving orders to voice assistants such as Google Assistant or Siri.
What I wonder is the reason why this second microphone has not used to mitigate part of the sounds around us. Also when we listen to music instead of limiting it only to calls.
Finally, it is interesting to mention game mode or low latency. Up to 51% less depending on the brand thanks to its R1 chip with super reduced latency. For those who are not familiar with this concept. Sound latency refers to the time it takes to reach our ears what we see on the screen. This factor is relevant when we watch video content or play with our mobile.