Realme Buds Air Pro review
Realme’s foray into audio started with the basics; affordable cabling Realme Buds It wasn’t the most impressive offering in its segment even back then, but it was a reasonable first try from a company that only started selling smartphones in India in 2018. Since then, Realme has released many more models, including wired, wireless, and true wireless headphones. The Realme Buds Air Pro is their most expensive pair of headphones yet.
Priced at Rs. 4,999, the Realme Buds Air Pro offers premium features that are rare in this price segment, including active noise cancellation and app compatibility. Like many of Realme’s other audio products, Buds Air Pro is packed with features and quite impressive on paper. but how do these headphones work? We reviewed the Realme Buds Air Pro to find out.
Many functions in Realme Buds Air Pro
Although the changes from one product to another have been gradual, Realme has come a long way in a short time. The Realme Buds Air Pro looks considerably better than most of the company’s previous headphones. It also fits much better and more comfortably, thanks to a proper design in the canal, as opposed to the outer ear of the Realme Buds Air and Air Neo Buds. I quite liked the glossy plastic finish of the Realme Buds Air Pro, and I think the black version looks a bit better than the white one that was sent to me for review.
The charging case is slightly larger and better looking than what I have seen in previous Realme true wireless earbuds. The headphones snap into the case and the lid closes magnetically. The easy-to-lose pairing button is on the right side, while an indicator light on the front tells you the charging status of the case.
Each headset has three microphones: two for active cancellation of ambient noise and one for capturing your voice on calls. The headphones are IPX4 rated for water resistance and are powered by 10mm dynamic drivers. For connectivity, the headset uses Bluetooth 5 with support for SBC and AAC codecs. There is also a super low latency mode, which Realme claims can reduce the audio delay to 94ms.
There are touch sensors on the outside of each earbud and the Realme Buds Air Pro recognizes simple touch-based controls. These can be customized through the Real me Link Android application. Although I occasionally had misfires, the faucet controls generally worked fine for me. You can assign four different functions to the double-tap and triple-tap gestures on each side, including the ability to control playback, toggle between noise control modes including ANC and listen, invoke the default voice assistant on your smartphone. or disable gestures.
The app also allows you to view the battery level of each earbud and case, change the noise control mode, and activate one of three special modes: Game, Volume Enhancer, and Bass Boost +. You can also update the firmware of the headset, if updates are available. The app worked fine for me, but I didn’t need it much beyond the initial headphone setup.
The key addition that sets the Realme Buds Air Pro apart from the rest of the company’s true range of wireless products is active noise cancellation. It is also compatible with Google Fast Pair, and once connected and linked to your Google account, you can check the battery levels of the headphones and the case through a pop-up screen on the Android system, which can be seen in the tone notification. . This pop-up window appears every time the headphones are connected to the smartphone.
You get a total of four pairs of ear tips in the box, along with a USB Type-C cable for charging. The case supports fast charging for three hours of claimed playtime from 10 minutes of charging. I was able to fully charge the earbuds and case in about two hours. The headphones ran for about four hours per charge with active noise cancellation generally enabled and with music at a moderate volume. The charging case added three full charges to the earbuds, for a total battery life of around 16 hours per charge cycle.
The Realme Buds Air Pro sounds pretty good
Some pretty impressive true wireless earbuds have been released in recent months, including the Huawei FreeBuds 3i and Oppo Enco W51, you have pushed the limits of what is possible on a budget. With the Buds Air Pro, Realme joins this group to produce true wireless earbuds that truly defy price expectations. This is a capable pair of headphones with good sound, decent active noise cancellation, and valuable features, all at a great price.
Although it doesn’t sound as detailed as the Oppo Enco W51, the Realme Buds Air Pro is a comfortable and easy-to-use pair of headphones. The sound was clean, entertaining, and irritation free. I used my OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition to try Realme Buds Air Pro, with Spotify, YouTube Music and Tidal to stream music via Bluetooth AAC codec.
Starting with Tidal Masters, the Realme Buds Air Pro sounded decent enough, but it didn’t seem to be taking advantage of the excellent streaming audio quality for any real use. The sound was clean and pleasant, but the level of knowledge and detail that the Lypertek Tevi can take out with this same track and the streaming service was missing.
Even compared to the Oppo Enco W51 in a similar position, the Realme Buds Air Pro wasn’t doing too much to bring out detail and definition on the Tidal Masters tracks; Supalonely by Benee sounded the same as when playing a lower quality stream on Spotify, with a secure sound signature. The catchy beat was nice, with a strong bass response, comfortable mids and highs, and enough detail to make these headphones enjoyable to listen to.
While there were some details to the sound, it wasn’t a huge amount; instead, I was able to hear small hints of definition and detail rather than the more natural and balanced approach that the Oppo Enco W51 and Lypertek Tevi bring to music. The switch to compressed audio on Spotify kept the soundstage decent and level of detail, suggesting that the Realme Buds Air Pro is being held back by its drivers and settings, rather than codec support.
Active noise cancellation on the Realme Buds Air Pro is decent for the price, and offers slightly better performance than on the similarly priced Oppo Enco W51. This is still an inexpensive performance, offering audible reduction of most background noise, but the ANC is not as smart and sensitive to changes in the environment as it is in more expensive pairs of headphones.
These headphones tended to cut low frequencies more than high frequencies. This was particularly evident with a cleaning robot; the thud of the air exhaust grew quieter, but the high-pitched hum of the suction motor didn’t seem to be affected at all.
There is also a transparency mode, which sounded very natural to me. It did not fully open the microphones, it only allowed a bit of sound for a natural ambient listening effect. The game mode performed well in terms of a noticeable reduction in latency (with a slight cost of detail), and the Realme Buds Air Pro also performed well on voice and video calls.
Realme’s slow and calculated approach towards the audio segments it enters has finally materialized with Buds Air Pro. This is a good pair of true wireless earbuds that offers a lot for the price and unlike most products Realme audio files, it has no major drawbacks. It’s a well-designed, feature-packed headphone and it sounds decent too.
If you are looking for a good pair of true wireless headphones for less than Rs. 5,000, the Realme Buds Air Pro is among the best you can buy from a complete perspective. While not exceptional by any means, it offers capable and fully functional performance overall, including sound quality, ANC, and battery life. The Oppo Enco W51 may sound a bit better at the same price and is also compatible with wireless charging, but the Realme Buds Air Pro offers better app support, features, and active noise cancellation, making it a worthwhile alternative. the sorrow.
Price: Rs. 4,999
- Good looks, comfortable fit
- Active noise cancellation
- Many useful functions
- Decent and safe sonic signature
- Low detailed sound
- ANC is not very sensitive to high frequency changes and sounds
- Average battery life
Ratings (out of 5)
- Design / comfort: 4
- Audio quality: 3.5
- Battery life: 3.5
- Value for money: 4.5
- Total: 4
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