Xiaomi has introduced another budget model of TWS earbuds with the Special Edition designation and the name Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE.
In this article, I want to share my impressions of the build quality, talk about the sound quality, and also find out the main competitors and identify weaknesses.
The initial price tag for Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE is up to $25 and this is not much for modern TWS semi in-ear earbuds.
Like the predecessors of Mi Air 2 or Mi Air 2S, the new Special Edition model offers a 14.2 mm dynamic emitter, a dual microphone with noise reduction. Also, the device boasts good battery life and the presence of a Type-C port.
Of course, these are not all the functions, so let me start a detailed review with the appearance and see what the manufacturer put inside the box.
Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE: Specifications
|Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE:||Specs|
|Driver unit:||14.2mm Dynamic|
|Bluetooth protocol:||AAC, SBC|
The device comes in a typical box, like previous generations of wireless earbuds. This is a rectangular box in combination with blue and white, where on the front you can see a picture of the earbuds and its name, and on the opposite side the main features.
Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE earbuds are only available in China, so all designations are in Chinese, respectively. When the global version will be presented and whether it will be at all is still unknown.
Inside the box, I found a charging box, earbuds, a small Type-C charging cable and instructions in Chinese.
Since these are semi in-ear earbuds, additional silicone ear tips are not included. Otherwise, I am completely satisfied with the configuration and now let’s find out about the build quality of the new earbuds.
If you compare the appearance of the new generation Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE with its predecessors Air 2 and Air 2S, then you will not find a fundamental difference in design.
The new model received an absolutely identical appearance and they remind me of the shape of a log, aren’t they?
Naturally, like previous models, the new generation of TWS earbuds Mi Air 2 SE is made of white matte color and the manufacturer does not offer other colors. But instead, you can buy a protective silicone case for an additional small fee, which offers a wide selection of colors.
As for the build quality, I have no complaints in particular with Xiaomi. The device performed well and as for its price, I did not find any strong flaws.
In terms of wearing, I have no comments, Mi Air 2 SE earbuds fit my ear canal well and I could wear them for almost half a day and even forgetting about their existence. In addition, they do not fall out and sit quite reliably in the ear canal.
On the front of the earbuds, you can find a touch control panel with a microphone and an LED indicator. At the bottom is the main microphone.
On the inside of the Mi Air 2 SE case, there are charging contacts with a magnetic connection and a label with a channel designation.
It is worth noting that in the sound guide, there is an ear detection sensor. It is designed to automatically pause if you remove one of the earbuds from your ear. The function itself works quite positively and I’m glad that it is here, even on budget earbuds up to $25.
If the design of the earbuds has not changed much, then the charging box has changed a lot. The first is the opening of the cover, the new generation of the Mi Air 2 SE received an opening along the length of the case, and not at the top, as is usual with most wireless semi in-ear earbuds.
The lid itself opens thanks to the magnetic connection and it practically does not play. On the front of the box, you can find one small LED indicator, and on the opposite side, there is a Type-C port for charging.
In general, if the appearance and build quality completely suit me, as for budget TWS earbuds with a price tag of $25. Now I want to talk a little about the quality of the signal and talk about the sound.
Connection and Control
Even the low-cost TWS semi in-ear earbuds use Bluetooth wireless technology with version 5.0. Despite this, the earbuds received only AAC and SBC codecs, but the aptX codec is not provided onboard.
While opening the cover of the charging box, a pop-up window for pairing will appear on your mobile smartphone and here you can see the remaining battery charge. I like this feature, which works pretty well.
The control is quite adequate and it did not cause any irritation for me:
- Double-tapping on the right earbud pauses or plays a track.
- To receive a call, you need to touch any earbud twice.
- Double-tapping on the left earbud calls the voice assistant function on the smartphone.
A typical and common problem for most TWS earbuds is the lack of volume control.
In terms of sound quality, I am completely satisfied with the sound of low frequencies, which have a small bass and dynamics.
Middle and high frequencies have a clear and pleasant sound. But the most amazing thing about this model is its volume. They are really loud and have a decent volume margin. At the same time, even at maximum volume, the earbuds play with a fairly clear sound.
Of course, I can not compare this model with the flagship earbuds from Apple or other brands, but as for the initially low cost, the earbuds play pretty well.
The sound quality is very similar to past models and if you hear them in turn, it will be difficult to detect a big difference.
But the quality of the microphone is pretty good and even in loud noisy places, the interlocutor will hear you clearly.
During my use of the new Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE earbuds, I was able to achieve about 5 hours of battery life at a volume level of about 70%. As I mentioned, listening to music at 100% volume level is not possible at all.
There is also a charging box, which can provide an additional 4 times additional recharges. Therefore, the total battery life will be about 20 hours.
The charging time through a Type-C connection will take you about 1.5 hours.
Conclusion and Reviews
Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE is a lite version of full-fledged Xiaomi Mi Air 2 earbuds, but I can’t call it worse. It is made of the same materials, plays at a similar level and even battery life is slightly better.
Of course, TWS earbuds have their drawbacks, for example, the lack of volume control, and there is no protection against water.
Despite shortcomings, I can safely recommend earbuds for purchase. Since at a low cost it is difficult to find a quality product that matches the low price and technical features.
Price and Where to buy cheaper?
Currently, you can purchase the new generation Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE wireless earbuds at a low price of $24.75 with a 28% discount.
If you have long wanted to buy semi in-ear headphones, but you didn’t have enough money for Apple AirPods, then you can find funds from the family budget for an inexpensive version.