Our today’s hero is wireless earbuds from Realme. Almost one year has passed since the release of the rather popular Realme Buds Air, which is very reminiscent of Apple’s flagship headphones. Currently, I received an updated generation of TWS earbuds for testing – this is the Realme Buds Air Pro.
Thus, in this review, you will learn about the main differences between the two generations. And also I’ll tell you what I liked and disliked in the updated generation.
The main criterion when choosing any wireless earbuds is their cost. So, let’s tell you how much the Realme Buds Air Pro will cost you. Now you can get the earbuds at a pretty tempting $70. That’s almost $30 more expensive than the Realme Buds Air model.
But what are the main differences between the two generations? Let’s take a look at the technical side of the new model to find out its real value. This is a 10 mm dynamic driver, active noise cancellation, and transparency mode. Also, the earbuds received support for fast charging, game mode, and a Realme S1 chip with Bluetooth 5.0.
Definitely, the improved generation of earbuds is at times different from the first generation. But let’s check how the earbuds behave in real life. So, let’s start our in-depth and detailed review of the packaging.
Realme Buds Air Pro: Specifications
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Unboxing and packaging
Just yesterday I published a review about the budget smartphone Poco M3, which came in a bright yellow package. So, the main color of Realme is also yellow, so the box of the Buds Air Pro model is made in yellow.
On the front of the box, I found – this is a drawing of earbuds with the designation of the model and company name. On the back of the box was a list of the main features, in the form of icons. So far, the earbuds are only available for the Chinese market and I’m not sure if there will be a global version.
Now about the package contents, I found inside the box – a charging box with earbuds, various documentation, a Type-C charging cable, and a set with various ear tips.
Overall, I liked the quality of the box and the components used. Only to the disadvantages, I can attribute – these are not the best quality silicone ear tips. But now let’s talk a little about the materials used and the build quality.
Design, build quality and materials
The appearance of the Realme Buds Air Pro earbuds is very reminiscent of the past generation. But here the main difference is the presence of replaceable silicone ear tips. Therefore, this model belongs to ear tips, where the sound is not scattered, but only in the ear canal.
As for the quality of materials, the Realme earbuds received glossy plastic. Of course, it looks pretty, but from a practical point of view, it is not so durable. Therefore, after several months of use, expecting scratches or abrasions will not come as a surprise to you.
As for the build quality, I had no problems, the headphone case is made monolithic and I did not find any extraneous noise during use. But choosing the right size of ear tips was not an easy task for me.
For example, for my standard ears, I chose silicone ear tips rather carefully. But as a result, I found, the standard ear tips are not of the best quality. Therefore, if you have the opportunity, get yourself foam ear tips.
After the correct size of the ear tips, the earbuds are held tightly in the ear canal, but running or playing sports will be a little problematic. Because sometimes it will seem that they are about to fall out of the ear canal. In addition, the Realme Buds Air Pro has received minor sweat and splash protection under the IPX4 standard.
The outer part of the headphone case received touch control with an LED indicator. There are a microphone and charging hole at the bottom of the leg. But from the inside of the earbuds, you can see the proximity sensor and channel designation.
The headphone charging box is also made of glossy plastic. By the way, I can note that the earbuds are supplied in two colors – black and white. I have a black version on my review since I was already rather tired and bored with the white color.
As for the build quality of the charging box, I have some comments on the Buds Air Pro. For example, this is the presence of a slight backlash on the covers and even with strong shaking, the earbuds can easily fall out of the box.
On the front of the box, there is one LED indicator of operation, and at the bottom of the case, there is a Type-C power connector. Also on the back of the charging box, you can find a button for quick pairing or factory reset.
Connection, latency, and control
Like the previous generation of earbuds, the Realme Buds Air Pro received a completely identical connection. It uses Bluetooth with version 5.0 and the earbuds support AAC and SBC audio codecs. That is, nothing new has been added here or an improvement?
But no, as the main feature is the game mode, which will give you an excellent value for the latency level. The manufacturer says about 94ms super-low latency. This mode really works and you can safely play games or watch videos on Youtube without any discomfort.
The touch controls remain the same in functionality as the first generation. That is, you can stop, play music, switch tracks, and call the voice assistant. But you won’t be able to control the volume of the music.
It is also worth mentioning the proprietary Realme Link application, where you can customize functions to your liking. And also choose the modes of operation, which I think is worth talking about.
Sound and microphone quality
Whereas the previous generation had a 12mm dynamic driver, the Realme Buds Air Pro got a 10mm dynamic driver. But this does not mean weaker sound quality due to the fact that the size of the driver has become smaller – on the contrary, it will save your ears. Since do not forget that these earbuds are earplugs.
In addition, the manufacturer talks about a new operating model, which is called a bass boost. During this mode, the low frequencies are well filled with a strong force and have a really good and deep sound. With this, of course, the bass is quite strong and massive.
The mid and high frequencies are well-tuned, the volume is sufficient. Therefore, listening to music at 100% volume level will be very painful for your ears. Overall, I liked the sound of the updated Buds Air Pro earplugs.
Now about the competitors, if we compare the sound quality with such models as Huawei Freebuds 3i and others, then Realme will have a much more pleasant sound.
Now about the modes of operation, active noise cancellation copes with its tasks without unnecessary problems. For example, you can easily activate this mode and use it in noisy places in your city. Active noise cancellation is about 35 dB, it is like top-end earplugs from brands we know.
In addition, I liked the work of the transparency mode, which works in the opposite direction of active noise reduction. That is, when activated, you will hear noises from city streets or your interlocutors better than without using it.
Yes, I cannot compare the sound quality with the flagship models from Apple or Sony, as Buds Air Pro models are still growing and growing.
A little more about the quality of the microphone. Things are not as bad here as I expected. In a quiet place, even budget earplugs do well. But in loud places, Realme surprised me in a positive way. That is, the interlocutors heard me clearly and without unnecessary questions.
Battery and run time
It’s not hard to guess that the battery life will depend on the selected operating mode and volume level. For example, my practice showed the result of about 5 hours and 10 minutes with the active noise canceling function turned on and the volume level at 50%.
If you use the same volume level but turn off the ANC function, the result will grow to 6.5 hours. The total time taking into account the charging box will be up to 25 hours of battery life.
At the same time, TWS earbuds received fast charging and in 10 minutes of charging the earbuds, you can listen to up to 2 hours of music.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
Realme Buds Air Pro is wireless earbuds I can refer to my list of positive devices that I can recommend for purchase. They also have their disadvantages, but there are few of them and they are insignificant in comparison with their cost and advantages.
Let’s first tell you the positive points that I liked. First of all, the presence of active noise reduction and transparency mode. The earbuds also boast good battery life, wide touch control functionality, and even the presence of a gaming mode with minimal latency.
The disadvantages I can attribute are the lack of a volume control function, not the most comfortable fit, and the glossy plastic of the case.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Black Friday is already on the horizon, so there are currently no discounts on the new model of wireless earbuds. Now you can buy Realme Buds Air Pro for $71.99. But I also have a DISYOUPIN111 coupon for $4 off
Definitely, I can recommend TWS earbuds for purchase, since they received a large and wide functionality, for example, ANC and ENC and others.