In the Indian market, Realme has released an updated version of its new wireless earbuds called Realme Buds Air 2.
I have previously been able to test past generations and have been very pleased with both the sound quality and the build quality. If you are interested in my opinion on the Realme Buds Air and Realme Buds Air Pro versions, then I will leave a link here.
The main feature of the new generation of TWS earbuds is its cost. The official price for Realme Buds Air 2 in the Indian market was 3299 rupees or that’s about $45.
As you might guess, the price tag for the new earbud model is significantly lower than its big brother Realme Buds Air Pro. Let me remind you that the price for the Buds Air Pro version will cost you about $55.
As for the main features, the earbuds received good features and let’s talk about them. The first feature that surprised me was the presence of the active noise cancellation function and the transparency mode. It is rare to find inexpensive earbuds for such a low cost.
I also liked the Bluetooth 5.2 version of the wireless connection, the 10mm dynamic driver, the game mode with minimal latency, and much more.
Therefore, I propose to start my in-depth and full review to find out how well the new generation of earbuds performed in real life.
Realme Buds Air 2: Specifications
|Realme Buds Air 2:||Specs|
|Driver size:||10 mm driver|
|Wireless connection:||Bluetooth 5.2|
|Frequency response:||20-20000 Hz|
|Bluetooth protocol:||AAC and SBC|
|Battery:||30 (400) mAh|
|Charging time:||90 mins|
|Weight:||4.1 (35) grans|
|Music time:||5 hours|
Unboxing and packaging
Like any product from the Realme brand, the new Realme Buds Air 2 earbuds come in yellow packaging. This is a small box where you can see a picture of the earbuds with the model name on the front of it.
But on the back of the package are the main features of the earbuds. For example, I can refer to them as active noise cancellation, 25 hours of operation, game mode and others.
Meanwhile, the charging box itself with earbuds is located inside the package. The package also includes a standard list of items such as a set of additional ear tips, a Type-C charging cable in yellow and instructions for use.
Considering my initially low cost, I was completely satisfied with the package and the quality of the components themselves. Now let’s take a look at how well the earbuds and charging box were made.
Design, build quality and materials
First of all, I want to talk about the Realme Buds Air 2 charging box, which received a completely similar appearance to its older brother Realme Buds Air Pro. That is, it is the same glossy and shiny plastic as its predecessor.
I really like the way the charging box lies in the hand, as it has very nice and smooth curves. On the side of the case, you can find a button for pairing or resetting settings. But at the bottom of the box is a Type-C charging connection.
The front side of the charging box has one LED indicator that indicates the battery level. Also next to it is the name of the brand.
At the same time, the lid opens very smoothly and I did not notice a strong backlash even in the open position. Therefore, the build quality of the charging box is also at a high level, like the big brother of the Buds Air Pro. Okay, now let’s talk about the earbuds themselves.
Here the manufacturer completely redesigned the design compared to their predecessors. Yes, these are all the same in-ear wireless earbuds with a leg like the Apple AirPods Pro. But only the leg itself is made in a cylindrical shape and it seemed to me a little unusual and strange.
As for the materials used, I can note that the headphone leg is made of glossy plastic. But the earbud case itself with a sound guide received matte plastic in its performance. I liked the combination of the two materials and besides that, the earbuds look good in the ears as well.
The manufacturer offers two types of color to choose from – white and black. But in white, the leg got gray, and in black, the leg is made of dark blue. It’s a bit unusual, but I’m very happy with the mix of color options available.
During my testing, I cannot say that the earbuds fit badly in the ear canal. No, quite the opposite, for example, in my ear canal I could easily wear earbuds for several hours without taking them off. But after 2 hours, my ears demanded a short break to rest. It is also worth noting here that the weight of one earbud does not exceed 4.1 grams.
In addition, I liked how the earbuds performed in sports. They sat firmly in the ear canal and I did not have the feeling that the earbuds could fall out of my ear at the wrong time. I also liked the IPX7 sweat and rain resistance.
On the front of the housing of the Realme Buds Air 2 earbuds, you can find a touch panel with an operation indicator. The lower part of the leg received two contacts for charging and a hole for a microphone. On the inside, there is only a channel designation.
Connection, delay and control
I was a little surprised that for such a low cost of the Realme Buds Air 2 earbuds, the manufacturer offers a Bluetooth 5.2 version of the wireless connection. Also, the earbuds received AAC and SBC audio codecs.
I had no complaints about the signal quality during my test. That is, the data transmission was stable even at a distance of 20 meters without obstacles.
I also liked some of the features, such as the automatic pause when removing one of the earbuds from the ear canal. Also, the earbuds got Google fast connection. For example, when you open the lid of the case, a pop-up window appears on your smartphone with earbuds connected. Moreover, this feature is available on any Android device.
If we talk about the game mode, then after its activation through the mobile application, the latency in games will be almost invisible. The manufacturer promises about 88 ms of latency, but I can’t verify this. But as my practice has shown, the latency in games was very comfortable.
As for the touch control, everything here is the same as for its other models from the Realme brand.
- Double tap to play, pause, accept or put a phone call.
- Triple-tap toggles the track forward.
- Holding down for about 2 seconds toggles between normal and active noise canceling and transparency modes.
Yes, through the realme Link mobile app, you can change the touch controls a bit. But initially, the functions of adjusting the volume, switching the track back and calling the voice assistant on the smartphone are not available here.
Sound quality, ANC, transparency mode and microphones
The new generation of Realme Buds Air 2 wireless earbuds uses a diamond carbon driver with a size of 10mm. This is a unique driver with a good size for in-ear earbuds.
Therefore, the volume level during my test was very high and hearing music even at 80-85% volume level was problematic due to the high volume level.
I also liked the performance of the new R2 chipset, which performed excellently in terms of signal and sound transmission. Thus, the low frequencies really surprised me, because listening to my favorite music, I found new notes in the sound. I also liked the volumetric and massive bass, which gives good dynamics.
As for the mids and highs, they are also well tuned and sound even better than their predecessors. At the same time, the voice of the vocalists plays very clearly and clearly, and I did not find any problems with playing musical instruments. And yes, it’s worth noting that in order to achieve the best sound, you need to choose the right size of the ear tips.
Recently, the work of active noise cancellation really amazes me. Even on inexpensive TWS earbuds, the ANC function does the job well. In the case of the Realme Buds Air 2, I also found no problems. Active noise cancellation blocked noises from noisy streets and allowed me to enjoy my favorite music.
The same can be said about the transparency mode. After activating it, I could easily listen to music and communicate with my interlocutors. That is, all the surrounding sounds will be clearly audible to you, but during this mode, the sound quality drops significantly.
But on the quality of the microphones, Realme has done a good job. I compared the quality of the microphones on the Buds Air 2 and Buds Air Pro, then the new earbud model had the microphones much better tuned. At the same time, the interlocutors heard me clearly and without unnecessary questions.
Battery and run time
The battery life of the new Realme Buds Air 2 remains almost the same as the Buds Air Pro models. Each earbud has a 30mAh battery capacity and the charging box has a 400mAh battery capacity.
In my practice, earbuds with active noise canceling turned off lasted about 4 hours and 50 minutes. And if you activate the ANC function, then the operating time on a single charge will decrease by about 1 hour. In this case, the total operating time with the use of the box can reach values up to 25 hours.
But there is only one type of charging on board the charging box – this is Type-C connection and there is no wireless charging in the Buds Air 2 model. The full charge time was about 2 hours, and the earbuds themselves charged in 1 hour.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
If you have been looking for high-quality wireless earbuds with active noise canceling at a low cost, then the Realme Buds Air 2 is a good choice.
This is true, the new earbud model has proven itself worthy, even competitors can envy the presence of a large abundance of functions. For example, I liked the automatic pause function in the model, the presence of the transparency mode and even the sound quality with a microphone at a high level.
The minor drawbacks I can attribute are not very multifunctional touch controls and the lack of wireless charging of the case.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Currently, the new Realme Buds Air 2 earbuds are only available in the Indian market and are not yet available in any other country. At the same time, the official cost for TWS earbuds was $45.
Therefore, I can easily recommend the earbuds for purchase. But as soon as this model is available on Chinese stores, I will definitely update the price and add the best deals.