The ZMI sub-brand from Xiaomi has introduced a completely new model of wireless earbuds called ZMI PurPods Pro.
I cannot say anything in detail about the ZMI brand, since this is the first time I come across it. But I can say in advance that my first acquaintance was successful. I was able to test the PurPods Pro earbuds for several days and now I have some opinion about the build, sound, and microphone quality. Therefore, in this review, I will share with you all the nuances and aspects.
If we talk about cost, the price tag for Xiaomi ZMI PurPods Pro wireless earbuds is quite tempting, given its features and characteristics. For example, now the price of the new model is about $65. That is, I can attribute the headphone model to the mid-budget class of devices.
ZMI offers a very wide range of features, such as active noise canceling, transparency mode, and Bluetooth 5.2 version. In addition, it boasts wireless charging and even great battery life.
At first glance, it may seem that the earbuds have received flagship features. But is this really so, let’s figure out how they work in practice and check their build quality and wearability.
Xiaomi ZMI PurPods Pro: Specifications
|Xiaomi ZMI PurPods Pro:||Specs|
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Unboxing and packaging
The ZMI PurPods Pro earbuds are delivered in a rather interesting box, which is made in black and gold. On the front of the package, you can find a picture of the earbuds and charging box, as well as the name of the model and company.
There is a list of technical specifications on the back of the package. For example, here you can see such features as Type-C connection, maximum charging current, signal range, and more. But I will note that the ZMI model of earbuds was not created for the international market. Therefore, all designations and inscriptions are made in Chinese.
Inside the package, I found – this is the charging box itself with earbuds. Also included are a user manual, a warranty card, a small Type-C cable, and three pairs of additional ear tips. Ok, now I think it’s worth talking about the quality of execution and ease of fit.
Design, quality of materials and workmanship
Xiaomi ZMI PurPods Pro wireless earbuds are made according to the design of the popular version of AirPods Pro. But I cannot call them a clone, since there are a number of strong differences in their appearance. For example, this is a slightly different shape of the leg with a special cutout for easy removal of the earbud from the ear canal.
A few words about the build quality, here everything is assembled at the highest level. I did not find any extraneous sounds or squeaks. But the materials used are not the best, since here the manufacturer decided to use glossy white plastic.
I prefer the matte finish, but unfortunately, the glossy plastic is used here. Therefore, any small scratches or fingerprints will easily remain in the headphone case.
As for convenience, with the right choice of ear tips, the ZMI PurPods Pro earbuds sit pretty well in the ear canal. In general, I could listen to music or watch movies for hours and there was practically no severe fatigue. Yes, playing sports in them is not the greatest pleasure. When running fast, they can easily fall out and get lost. But if you work out in the gym, then I did not notice any special problems while wearing PurPods Pro.
Naturally, the manufacturer did not forget to install slight protection against water under the IPX4 standard. Thus, TWS earbuds are not afraid only of sweat and a little rain, but you cannot completely wet them.
Touch control is located on the side faces of the earbud case, but I’ll talk about its functions in the next section. Also, three microphones are used on the headphone case for better sound during calls. But apart from that, these microphones are designed for active noise canceling and transparency modes. But at the bottom of the leg, two charging contacts were installed.
A few words about the charging case are worth mentioning. It is also made of glossy white plastic. At the same time, the build quality is excellent. This is especially true for the metal hinged lid, which opens with a pleasant click.
Other features I can attribute are a button on the front of the box with a corporate logo. If you press the button, the LED will light up. For example, if the LED is green, the battery charge is sufficient, but if it is red, you should put the charging box on a charge.
At the bottom of the box, there is a Type-C connector port and a contactless charging module is also built inside the box. The wireless method also has fast charging. Now, I think it’s worth talking about the signal quality and the wireless method used.
Connectivity, latency, and touch control
I think that many of my regular readers have noticed the appearance of the Bluetooth 5.2 version of the wireless connection even on budget TWS earbuds. For example, just the other day I tested the $40 FIIL T1 Lite model, which also had Bluetooth 5.2. As I said, the ZMI PurPods Pro earbud model also has the same connection with a mobile device.
I can say that the coverage of Bluetooth 5.2 is far superior to its predecessor Bluetooth 5.0. The manufacturer ZMI promises about 200 meters of signal coverage. But in fact, you can safely use earbuds from a signal source at a distance of 15-20 meters.
If we talk about the delay, then there is practically none. PurPods Pro uses an automatic method to enable Game Mode. But it only works on MIUI UI. Although I used a different user interface and did not notice a strong latency when playing games or watching videos on YouTube.
In terms of touch controls, I had to get used to switching it a bit. Since the touch panel is located on the side of the legend. In addition, the control functionality is not as large as we would like it to be.
For example, with a long hold – modes are switched, one-touch – play, pause, accept, or put a call. Also, double-tap – the next track, and triple tap – call the voice assistant. Of course, I can mention the useful automatic pause function when I removed one or both earbuds from the ear canal.
Music and microphone quality
Each ZMI PurPods Pro uses a 9mm dynamic driver. By its sound, I did not identify any strong problems. Indeed, the earbuds play very well, given their cost.
Low frequencies have a pleasant structured bass with pronounced notes of depth and volume. Yes, it may not be as voluminous as I would like, but the bass is clearly present here.
The mids and highs remind me of some hybrid sounds. There are also brightly playing musical instruments in these ranges. In addition, the vocalist’s voice was clear and played in the foreground.
When compared with more expensive earbuds, for example, with the OnePlus Buds model, then I did not find a strong difference between PurPods Pro.
I would also like to note that high frequencies play even better than any models of armature earbuds. Therefore, the detail in PurPods Pro is at a high level. Also, my recommendation is to cut the high frequencies a little, but you get the perfect musicality.
The work of active noise cancellation on the new TWS earbuds copes with the tasks set perfectly. For example, the noise from the surrounding world while driving in transport or city streets will not interfere with listening to your favorite music. Also, I liked how transparent mode works. This mode works in the opposite direction of the active noise canceling mode.
The last thing I wanted to talk about in this section is microphone quality. As strange as it may sound, the microphones are also excellent here. Even in noisy places, the interlocutors heard me clearly and without any questions.
Battery and run time
Another major feature of the ZMI PurPods Pro is battery life. The manufacturer promises about 10 hours on one charge level. My result was a little less than about 9 hours and 15 minutes with a volume level of about 70%.
If you use active noise canceling mode, then PurPods Pro can play for about 7 hours. Using the charging box, the total battery life will be approximately 30 hours. This is an excellent indicator for its class of earbuds.
In addition, the earbuds received fast charging. That is, for 5 minutes of charge, you can listen to music for about 2 hours at 50% volume level. Also, the charging box has received fast wireless charging.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
Xiaomi ZMI PurPods Pro are simply perfect TWS earbuds in terms of their design and sound quality. I have not tested such good earbuds for a long time, which can easily compete with more expensive models with price tags starting at $100.
In this model, I liked the build quality, comfortable fit while wearing, the presence of a game mode, active noise cancellation, transparency mode, and sound quality. Also, the battery life is just excellent and I think that’s thanks to the Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connection.
But it was not without its drawbacks, I can attribute to them – this is not a very multifunctional touch control and the use of glossy plastic.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Despite its shortcomings, I can definitely recommend the new model of ZMI PurPods Pro earbuds for purchase. The price tag is currently only $65.99 and I think this particular model will become a bestseller.
Thus, if you have the necessary budget, then you will definitely not be disappointed in choosing new wireless earbuds. Since you cannot find the best option for this money.