Realme has launched on the market an updated version of its second generation wireless earbuds called Realme Buds Q2.
Like the first generation, the new version of the device belongs to the ultra budget segment. Therefore, I will not expect great demands from the Buds Q2 earbuds. In this review, I will tell you not only about the quality of sound and microphone, but also you will learn about the comfort of wearing, the quality of performance and other important aspects.
In terms of cost, you can currently get the second generation of Realme Buds Q2 earbuds for just $25. At the same time, the first generation will now cost $21.
Okay, the price doesn’t differ much between the first and second generation, but are there any differences between the earbuds? Let’s find out, for example, the new generation of the device has received a wireless connection Bluetooth 5.0. A 10mm dynamic driver with enhanced bass is also used inside the earbud housing.
In addition, the manufacturer says about the presence of a game mode with a minimum latency of 88 ms. The device also has a special mobile application realme Link app, good battery life and even there is protection against water and splashes under the IPX4 standard.
To be honest, I did not find any significant changes in the new generation of earbuds from Realme compared to the first generation. Therefore, let’s find out in more detail what global changes came to the new version of TWS earbuds, and I will begin my review with the appearance and unboxing.
Realme Buds Q2: Specifications
|Realme Buds Q2:||Specs|
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Unboxing and packaging
Like the first generation, the new version of the Realme Buds Q2 earbuds came in a similar bright yellow packaging. On the front, you could find a drawing of a charging case and earbuds with the name of the company and model. Also, the packaging displayed useful information with the main features.
Since this is an inexpensive version of the earbuds, the quality of the packaging was appropriate. That is, the cardboard packaging was not made of the thickest material.
Nevertheless, I was able to find the following components inside the box. This is a charging case with earbuds, a MicroUSB charging cable, a set of replaceable ear tips and instructions for use.
There is a significant drawback here, which was also present in the first generation of TWS earbuds. As you might have guessed, this is the presence of a Micro USB connection for charging. In fact, I thought the second generation would fix this problem, but the manufacturer decided to leave it as it is.
Design, build quality and materials
If we touch on the topic of appearance, then here the second generation of Realme Buds Q2 has practically no strong differences between the first generation of Buds Q. My version of the device was made in blue, but a black color option is also available to choose from.
Since the first generation I had in black, this time I decided to choose earbuds in blue. In terms of the materials used, not everything is so bad here. That is, the body of the device was made of matte plastic, but on the outer part of the earbuds, there was an interesting pattern and it was already made of glossy plastic.
In fact, this is one global difference that I noticed between the first and second generation of devices. But the shape, weight, depth of the sound guide and other aspects remained completely identical.
As for the quality of workmanship, I did not find any special complaints during testing of the Realme Buds Q2. The earbuds were well assembled and did not emit any abnormal sounds while wearing them. In addition, I can highlight a slight protection against sweat and splashes under the IPX4 standard. Let me remind you once again that exactly the same protection was on the first generation of earbuds from Realme.
On the convenience of landing, I had no particular complaints. In addition, the weight of one earbud was about 4 grams and it was a pleasure to carry the device in the ear canal. It is also worth saying that this model of earbuds suited not only me, but also my wife, and even all my friends. And everyone said that the fit was comfortable and there were no particular complaints about it.
On the outside of the earbud case, there is a touch panel for gesture control. Also here I have not identified any LED indicator. But on the inside, a two-pin magnetic connection is already used.
Okay, now let’s talk about the charging case itself. So in it, I did not notice any changes at all compared to the first generation of TWS earbuds. The case itself received the following dimensions – it is 60 x 44 x 32 mm, and the weight without earbuds was about 31 grams. Therefore, carrying the charging box in your jeans pocket will not be a problem.
As for the build quality, I had no particular complaints, since the lid had practically no backlash, but in the open position it did not fix. Like the earbuds, the box was made of matte plastic and that’s actually good news. Since in practice, even after several days of active testing, I did not find any scuffs or scratches.
But boxing has its drawbacks and the most serious one is the presence of a Micro USB connection for charging it. It is generally unthinkable to use this compound in 2021, right? Another drawback I can single out is only one LED indicator, which was located on the front of the case. But what its purpose I did not reveal, since it is generally difficult and unclear to understand the battery charge level through the box.
Connection, latency and touch control
If you look at the wireless connection, then the updated version of the Realme Buds Q2 earbuds received Bluetooth 5.0 version. This is not the newest generation in wireless communications. Again, the exact same generation of Bluetooth was used on the previous generation. But I did not reveal any special complaints about the quality of signal transmission.
The earbuds are connected to a smartphone without any problems, and further connection will always be automatic after removing one of the earbuds from the case.
In addition, the manufacturer suggests using a proprietary application called the realme Link app. In the application itself, I was able to observe indicators such as the battery level in the earbuds. But the charge of the boxing level was not provided. Also, through the application, you can select sound effects, this is Bass Boost +, dynamic and clear. Below you can set the game mode and the last section is setting up touch gesture control functions.
Okay, now let me activate the game mode feature and talk about the latency level. For example, while watching videos on YouTube, I didn’t have any problems at all. But in games, the delay was about 160-200 ms, and not as the manufacturer assures us in 88 ms. But this does not mean that it was not comfortable to play. In fact, even such a delay is very difficult to feel and it was very comfortable for me to play with the new generation of the device from Realme.
As far as touch control is concerned, there are many useful gesture functions onboard the device, and let’s talk about them in more detail.
- Holding for 1.5 seconds produces play, pause and also accepts or ends a phone call.
- Double-tapping any of the earbuds switches the track forward.
- A triple tap on any of the earbuds switches the track back.
- Holding two earbuds at the same time activates the game mode function.
Also in the application settings you can set the touch control functions according to your taste.
Sound and microphone quality
I think it will not surprise you to know that the second generation of Realme earbuds received exactly the same 10 mm driver as the first generation. This driver publishes a pretty good value in terms of the volume level and in fact, listening to music at 100% will be very problematic.
If we talk about the sound quality, then I cannot call it terrible, since the Realme Buds Q2 received various sound effects, as I said in the previous section. That is, depending on the selected effect, the sound quality at the required frequencies will also depend.
For example, with the active Bass Boost + mode, the low frequencies will play very balanced and will have a rather deep and voluminous bass.
The mid and high frequencies reveal their potential during the dynamic effect. But if you plan to listen to podcasts, movies or even audio books, then in this case, the clear mode will suit you.
Overall, the sound quality was decent for the price. But I cannot call it improved in comparison with the previous generation.
As for the operation of the microphones, I was completely delighted with their sound. Yes, the quality of the microphone may not be very pleasant. But in noisy places he worked well, and my interlocutors heard me very well. In a quiet place, the quality of the microphone performed well as well.
Battery and run time
In terms of battery life, the Realme Buds Q2 device does not really stand out with serious results. For example, the earbuds were able to work at 100% volume level for about 3.5 hours.
In this case, the total value of battery life work was about 20 hours, depending on the distance from the source and the volume level of work.
In addition, I liked the presence of fast charging, which in 10 minutes can give about 2 hours of listening to music. But the presence of a MicroUSB connection is the last century and it is necessary to forget about such a port for a long time.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
After examining the new generation of Realme Buds Q2 earbuds, I cannot call it a full-fledged second generation. Since the earbuds between the first and second generation differ only in appearance and in the presence of a blue color.
The rest of the shortcomings that TWS earbuds had in the first generation remained the same as in the second. That is, the manufacturer did not even try to improve the device. Therefore, I do not see much point in the new generation of the device if you already have Realme Buds Q earbuds.
But I cannot say that the device was very terrible. For example, the build quality and workmanship were pretty good. I also liked the fit and the wearer comfort. In addition, the earbuds received a number of interesting features, such as a mobile application, a multifunctional touch panel and even good microphone performance.
But the shortcomings remained, as I said, the same as they were in the first generation. It’s not that much of a battery life and a Micro USB connection.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Considering its cost, which does not exceed $25.29, I liked the functionality of various functions and other features on the new Realme Buds Q2 earbud model.
But, if you already have the first generation of Realme Buds Q, then I don’t see much point in purchasing the second generation Buds Q2. Since all functions and features have remained the same, with the exception of a slight change in appearance.