Realme Buds Air Pro review: a decent attempt that doesn’t dazzle
The fact that wireless earbuds are becoming increasingly popular and are an important vehicle for the growth of the smartphone company has not been revealed. Realme has never sat in front of this again and has introduced three pairs of TWS since December last year now, they are announcing their fourth TWS pairing in the form of Realme Buds Air Pro.
The Realme Buds Air Pro is priced at INR 4,999 and offers active noise cancellation and 94ms latency. And yes, unlike the original Realme Buds Air, the Buds Air Pro also has a silicone tip for a more comfortable fit. So, do they deserve it? Well, let’s find out in our full review of that!
Realme Buds Air Pro Review: Case & Design
Realme Buds Air Pro has a pebble-shaped housing which is very good to hold thanks to its curved edges all around. The case is made of polycarbonate and has a glossy finish that is available in two colors – black and white. I have a white one and unfortunately, I don’t have to go above and beyond to show the scratches and scrapes on the case.
To improve the build quality, the hinges used are now metal casing. The case is easy enough to open with one hand but can sometimes slide out of your hand just because of the glossy finish.
Unfortunately, there seems to be a flaw in my unit as well. The top of the case is a little off-axis which isn’t that great. But according to Realme, my country is a pre-production unit and there will be no such problems with their final product. While I hope this is true, I ran into quality control issues with the previous Realme offering. Therefore, this statement does not inspire much belief today.
Furthermore the case has a single status LED on the front, under the Realme logo. For aesthetics, the mount button is now located on the right side of the case which is often invisible and helps give the case a clean aesthetic.
The shoot itself has a stem that protrudes from the side of the earpiece. The bud has a silicone tip this time which helps PNC and ANC. Although it fits, the Realme Buds Air Profits my ears and is comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Although it may not be suitable for running or jumping.
The shoots are IPX4 certified which means they need to handle sweat well. Not recommended for use when it rains or while showering. Realme Buds Air Pro also supports wear detection which automatically resumes/plays media when the earbuds are removed or replaced.
Realme Buds Air Pro Review: Touch Controls
Buds Air Pro has touch controls that can be accessed via the upper beak of the bud’s stem.
By default, you can double-tap the buds to play / pause, triple-tap to skip tracks, tap and hold for two seconds to switch between Transparency / Normal / ANC, and press and hold both speakers to activate low-latency playback. Situation.
But if you like, you can tweak the controls from the companion Realme Link app which are really convenient and TWS has nothing much to boast about. I find the touch controls to be hit and miss – certainly not the most accurate. Additionally, using the controls to click the ANC bud seems a little unrepeatable as it makes a strange hollow sound. This makes me appreciate how Apple solved this problem on the AirPods Pro.
As mentioned above, the Buds Air Pro has support for wear detection which means you can pause music by removing the buds. Interestingly, Realme says that when the earpiece is removed from the ear, the touch controls are automatically blocked to prevent accidental touch. Sweet touch!
Realme Buds Air Pro Review: Sound & Call Quality
Realme says it cannot fit the larger driver inside Realme Buds Air Pro due to the additional equipment that must be included in the ANC. Thus, Realme Buds Air Pro has 10mm motors as compared to the 12mm motors on Buds Air. However, this should not be a measure to judge the performance of the two.
Realme Buds Air Pro supports SBC and AAC codecs but lacks aptX support, which is something we’ve seen in competing earbuds like LyperTek Tevi, Creative Outlier Air, or TWS 1More Stylish. Speaking of actual production, the Realme Buds Air Pro failed to astonish me. They have an inherent focus on low frequencies and were able to punch in songs like Late Night by Shamoun Ismail and Tom Merch’s Tidal Wave.
There is also a special Bass Boost mode which can be activated from the Realme Link app. But I don’t recommend making use of it as it turns off completely flat media. For the height, the Realme Buds Air Pro is fair enough but the distortion creeps in to the higher volume. Finally, Realme does a good job with Soundstaging. In Song 25 in Barcelona by JP Saxe, the Buds Air Pro does a great job of ensuring the guitar flicks are placed on the left while the guitar is kept on the right.
For calls, each speaker has 2 microphones and they also have ENC support. I found call quality good. Nothing extraordinary. In a noisy environment, the buds do not perform well at transmitting sound. The Enco W51 at the same price is definitely better in this aspect.
Lastly, when we talk about connectivity, Realme Buds Air Pro has maintained a strong connection with my phone and laptop. If you are using an Android phone, it also supports Google Fast Pair which will automatically recognize the earbuds you have set up the first time.
Additionally, you can choose to use one of the monophonic shoots if you wish.
Realme Buds Air Pro Review: Battery Life & Charging
Realme claims the buds last up to 5 hours on a single charge and I find them fairly accurate. With ANC activity and volume around 60-65%, I can get up to 4.5-4.75 hours of continuous use of sprouts. The case holds two more charges and gets fully charged in about two hours. The same headphones provide up to 3 hours of playback on a 10-minute charge. They take a 100% full charge.
One disappointment is that the Buds Air Pro is lagging behind wireless charging. That’s not something that should be in a pair of TWS that cost less than INR 5k, but given the Buds Air’s cheaper price, it’s sad to see it not reach the Pro variant.
Realme Buds Air Pro review: misc