After creating a relative stir in the Indian smartphone market, Realme entered into the mobile accessories space with its Realme Buds wireless earphones. Soon after that, the company announced several audio products marking its presence against the likes of other popular brands like Xiaomi.
Following its launch spree, the company has recently announced its first Active Noise Cancellation earphones — Realme Buds Wireless Pro and Realme Buds Air Pro– in India, Price-wise both the earphones are quite affordable and are placed under Rs 5,000 bracket which is certainly a surprising factor for ANC earphones.
We have been using the Realme Buds Wireless Pro from quite some time and we have tested the affordable neckband style earphone’s ANC capabilities in different scenarios and here’s what we have to say about Realme’s Rs 3,999 neckband ANC earphones.
Realme Buds Wireless Pro: Design
Realme Buds Wireless Pro is the successor to already popular Realme Buds Wireless earphones and genetically, the Wireless Pro is somewhat similar in terms of design and build quality. The earphone features a contemporary neckband style design. The neckband is made in two parts — the soft and flexible neckband and the slightly thick ends which feels a little plasticky and houses the buttons, charging ports and other hardware elements. Each end of the band is further connected to the earphones via rubber-coated tangle-free wires. The build quality of the headphones is good and design-wise it isn’t that bad either despite its cheaper price tag. The neckband comes in two colour options — Party Yellow and Disco Green.
The flexible neckband not only helps in keeping the entire earphone’s weight in check but also adds to the durability and most importantly pocketability without causing any damage to it.
Control placement of the earphone is on the left side where you can find a big single slab button which is divided into three parts for play/pause, volume up and volume down. There’s one more button to toggle between the noise cancellation modes. The left side also has the microphone for taking calls and a USB Type-C charging port. The buttons offer decent feedback when pressed, however, the slight slab button does not offer any kind of separation between the functions which causes a lot of wrong presses while using it.
On the right, there’s Realme branding and nothing else.
Realme has also re-engineered the design of the earbuds with a slightly angular design for a better and sung fit into the ears. Each buds houses magnets with MFP (Magnetic Fast Pair) technology that automatically turns on/off the earphone and also connects it to the last paired device. Basically, the earphones automatically turn off when both earbuds are attached together and end up saving battery and connecting to the last device when detached automatically.
Realme Buds Wireless Pro: Performance and features
The biggest highlight of the Buds Wireless Pro is ANC which, according to the company, cancels up to 35db of noise. Apart from this, the earphone comes with an extensive list of features such as Environmental Noise Cancellation feature is also present in the earphone that eliminates the surrounding noise during the phone call. Then there are other features like low latency gaming mode, transparency mode, fast charging support, high-res codec support and more.
The earphones come equipped with 13.6mm bass boost drivers that claim to offer loud and clear sound output. There’s Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity options and the earphones are backed by Realme S1 noise cancellation chipset. In terms of codec support, the Buds Wireless Pro bring Sony LDAC to the table. If you will look closely in the market, not many wireless earphones in this price range offer high-resolution codec support. SBS and AAC codecs are also supported on this earphone.
Talking about the audio quality of the earphones, Realme has taken a slightly different tuning approach with the Buds Wireless Pro. The overall sound signature of the earphone is balanced that means it is neither bass heavy nor high on treble output. During our testing, we really liked the sound signature of the earphone. The earphone offers ample bass effect to satisfy most users’ needs and at the same time, vocals are crisp and clear too. That makes this earphone a good companion for binge-watching movies and shows on OTT platforms. The earphones also offer a good surround sound effect while watching movies or shows. Remember the end fight of the movie Avengers Endgame, the moment when Tony Stark says ‘And I am Iron Man’ — the vocals were extremely clear. Also, the entire fighting sequence on the earphones felt really good as well. Music listening experience is also good with the earphones. We listened to tracks from different genres like Bollywood, Hip Hop, EDM, Jazz and more and the earphones performed as expected.
Coming to the noise cancellation performance, we have tested the earphone in different scenarios — in a traffic situation, in-flight noise and regular usages. In our test, the Realme Buds Wireless Pro does an average job as in most of the case with the music turned off, we could easily listen to background noise. Also, the earphones do not eliminate voices coming from TV or someone speaking around you.
Apart from this, Realme also has something for budding gamers. The Buds Wireless Pro comes with a low-latency Game mode which reduces the latency to 119ms. We tried playing a few titles like COD Mobile, Free Fire and we did not notice any delay between the action and the audio. The only downside is that the Game mode does not work with LDAC codec turned on.
Realme Buds Wireless Pro in-ear headphones also come with Realme Link app support which brings all the necessary controls for the device at one place. Although the app still lacks equaliser support, users can toggle between different noise cancellation modes, turn on the game mode, bass boost+ and other settings. The app also let users customise button press options as per their need.
Call quality on the headphones is also good and we received no complaints from our callers.
Realme Buds Wireless Pro: Battery
Realme Buds Wireless Pro is rated to deliver up to 22 hours of battery life with ANC off and around 16 hours with ANC turned on. During our test, the earphone managed to deliver around 15 hours of battery life which according to us is really good. The earphone took around 1.5 hours to charge it from 0 to 100 per cent. Also, the earphone comes with fast charging support that delivers an hour of listening time with ANC turned on.
Realme Buds Wireless Pro: Verdict
Realme Buds Wireless Pro comes at a price of Rs 3,999 and at the asking price, the in-ear headphones offer tons of features such as ANC, LDAC codec support, Bass boost+ mode, game mode and more. On top of that, the Buds Wireless Pro has a decent build quality with sound quality that does not fail to impress and shows good dynamic range. But the mediocre noise cancellation that fails to suppress background noises like someone talking or sound coming from TVs does leave us demanding for relatively effective Noise cancellation implementation from Realme. Overall, the Buds Wireless Pro is a sufficiently good pair of earphones that offers good sound quality, solid battery life, satisfactory sound signature and average noise cancellation.