Realme has been very active in terms of smartphone launches already. But a while ago, Realme also entered the Indian audiophile market by introducing the Realme Buds and later the Realme Buds 2. Done with the wireless part and having a significant improvement over audio, the company also launched its wireless earbuds, the Realme Buds Wireless.
The exciting part about the Realme Buds Wireless is its pricing. Priced at ₹1,799, the Buds Wireless tends to take on the Xiaomi’s Mi Neckband. They cost a little more than Mi Neckband, but here’s something more. Realme claims its Buds Wireless to were tuned by the famous DJ, Alan Walker. Does the Realme Wireless Buds live up to what they claim?
To test it out, we used it for two months. To be honest, there’s a lot more going than just amazing specs. So here’s what we liked and what we didn’t in the Realme Buds Wireless.
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Realme Buds Wireless: Design
The Realme Buds Wireless comes with an excellent neckband design. The neckband itself is very soft to touch since it is, made out of silica gel. Realme calls it Elastic Memorize Metal String Necklace, and it is indeed a long name, though. The metallic wiring inside the necklace gives it exceptional durability and provides the battery-case its needed protection. The earbuds have magnets in them which come with excellent functionality, which will be uncovered further throughout the review.
The buttons use a nickel-titanium alloy, which does differentiate from the body casing. There are three buttons to be precise — volume up button, Realme branded button, and a volume down button. The volume keys function as usual, but the Realme button acts as a play/pause button and also answering key.
With the mentioned elements above, the Realme Buds Wireless are very comfortable to wear, and with the silicone ear wings, they stay put in their place. The silicone ear wings are soft at the same time and aren’t too hard as well. They announced it in three colors- yellow, green, and red. Although the yellow one seems to be a mix of black and yellow to match Realme’s branding, on the other hand, we don’t see that on the green and red variants and thus look ugly.
The neckband is soft as well and does have its pros and cons. It wobbles around when you run, jump, or jerk then and now. As a result, I recommend you keep them in the backpack, pockets, or any constrained spaces where it can fit.
Realme Buds Wireless: Hardware
On the hardware part, they come with Bluetooth 5.0 and supports the SBC and AAC audio codecs. Sadly, we don’t have the AptX support, and since it is a budget option, we can’t complain more. The pairing is effortless, and all you have to do is simply detach the magnets, and they’ll go into pairing mode. If that’s not the case, you can also press and hold the “R” button for five seconds, and the wireless buds would go into pairing mode.
The range of these earbuds is up to 10 meters and can work if you are in the other room as well. There is a micro-USB port provided, which acts as a charging port, but we were expecting a USB Type-C port. The sound drivers are 11.2mm drivers which we saw on the Realme Buds 2 preciously. The good thing is that it comes with IPX4 water-resistance.
The magnets in the earbuds pause the music or any media playing when attached back. It turns off the Buds Wireless completely and thus acts as an ON/OFF switch since it doesn’t have a physical button. Overall, we don’t see any significant difference in the hardware, yet given its budget, these things are more than sufficient.
The audio latency is present on the Buds Wireless, and you’ll be able to experience it while watching YouTube videos. The audio delay grows when you are playing games like PUBG or any other game. So keep this in mind before taking a decision, no PUBG on these wireless earbuds.
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Realme Buds Wireless: Audio
It is the sound that judges any earphones, whether it has an excellent design or not, audio plays the most significant part of any audio device. Realme claims that the audio experience on the Buds Wireless is developed by the world-famous DJ, Alan Walker, who is known for his famous works like Faded and On My Way. The tuning on these buds is in such a way that the bass emphasizes more while making the mids, highs, and vocals clear and distinct.
I listened to many genres, from Pop to Rock and many others. Apart from that, I used the FLAC format to get more clarity on the sound with a 60% volume, and it did provide excellent results. The bass was outstanding, while the vocals were evident at the same time. I listened to K-Pop most of the time, which is a perfect mix of Pop and EDM.
The instruments and vocals were crystal clear and on-point at volume up to 80%, but when it reaches 100%, I noticed some audio spillage in some music. Even though the Buds Wireless got tuned for EDM music, other genres also sounded amazingly well. And while we are talking about EDM, Alan Walker’s tracks are r on these earbuds.
One thing that disappointed me is the microphone quality, which could improve further. The outdoor class of the microphone is very poor such that the person on the other side of the call couldn’t hear me at all. But the indoors weren’t a problem at all. As far as I understand, you just need to be in a peaceful environment to get it working.
Overall, the Realme Buds Wireless audio was impressive, and I didn’t expect such good music from a budget wireless headset. The balance between highs and mids was impeccable and excellent. For such a price, the audio is a bang for the bucks.
Realme Buds Wireless: Battery
The battery is another significant part of any wireless earbuds. Coming to the Realme Buds Wireless, Realme ensured a battery backup of 12 hours with playback at 50% volume. My usage of these earbuds included listening to music at different intervals of time. 4 to 5 hours a day with music and other media like videos resulted in 10 hours of battery life with playback at 60% volume.
With usage like that, they lasted for 2 to 3 days in my case. It may vary depending on your usage and volume levels. So the battery life is good overall. Charging the Realme Buds Wireless takes around 1.5 hours, but the only thing that lacks is the USB Type-C port. Instead of that, we get a micro USB port. Since the Realme Buds Wireless come with fast charging support, you can relax. The LED light turns blue when fully charged and stays red while charging.
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Realme Buds Wireless: Verdict
For a price of ₹1,799, The Realme Buds Wireless provide a great value. Whether it be audio, battery, design, or hardware, the Realme Buds Wireless are impressive. The magnetic functionality and the comfort they provide are additionally useful to see.
After the Realme Buds 2, the Realme Buds Wireless is another fantastic audio device from the house of Realme. But good things aside, the Realme Buds Wireless has a lot of room for improvement, and if Realme were to release an improved or the 2nd version of this device with improvements, it’d be a fantastic improvement. Keeping these facts aside, the Realme Buds Wireless is a bang for the buck at its budget pricing.
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