October 2, 2023

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If imitation is the sincerest type of flattery, then Apple’s AirPods have obtained the largest praise with the launch of its first really wi-fi earphones — Realme Buds Air — that look starkly just like the second-generation AirPods however value lower than half of their worth. It is likely one of the many really wi-fi earphones that we count on to flood the worldwide and Indian market because of the immense recognition of the Apple AirPods.

At Rs 3,999, you get the promise of instantaneous and secure reference to the smartphone, as much as 17 hours of battery life and accessible good controls. However does the promise maintain? We discover that out in our evaluate:

As talked about above, the design of the Realme Buds Air is closely impressed from the Apple AirPods. Maybe selecting the design of the world’s ‘hottest in-ear headphones’ is a safer wager for Realme for its first really wi-fi earphones.

Identical to the AirPods, you get a wi-fi charging case that works with Qi-compatible charging pads. The case is fairly compact but sturdy and homes a single button and LED mild on the entrance aspect. Relying on the battery life, you will notice inexperienced, yellow and purple color on the LED indicator. You possibly can cost the case utilizing a wi-fi charger or make use of the USB Sort-C port on the backside. Within the field, you get a small Sort-C cable together with the Realme Buds Air.

Total, the design of those Realme earphones is sort of delicate. These really wi-fi earphones have Realme branding with a small textual content ‘Designed by Realme’ written on the again. That is the one branding you will notice on them, simply as you see on the AirPods. Realme clearly thought that if it was going to get ‘impressed’ by Apple then it shouldn’t go away any stone unturned.

Opening the highest of the case and urgent the button is sufficient to join it to the Realme Buds Air to any machine. And if the machine is already paired, the method is much more easy as opening the case and plugging-in the earphones additionally works.

We have been fairly glad with the match of the Realme Buds Air as they snugly match the ear capsule. However that being stated, this will not be the case with everybody as some could discover it slipping simply.

The Realme Buds Air come powered by a customized chipset — R1 chip — and pack 12mm dynamic driver. They provide Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and a characteristic known as Tremendous Latency Mode. So as to activate this mode, it’s a must to lengthy press each the buds collectively and you’ll know that the mode is activated while you hear the noise of a automobile engine beginning. This mode is simply usable in instances the place you are feeling that there’s lag within the visible and audio output however that does drain extra battery so you could use this characteristic much less.

Simply as it’s the case with Apple AirPods, the Realme Buds Air include assist for contact gestures. As an example, double faucet will reply a name or play or pause music. Triple faucet will skip the tune, lengthy press on one aspect will open voice assistant or finish name. The instructions have been in sync with the gesture more often than not however in one of many uncommon circumstances a easy contact on the bud additionally opened the voice assistant.

We have been impressed with the good in-ear detection characteristic of the Realme Buds Air that ensures that the audio/video pauses the second consumer takes off the Buds. So in case that you must converse to somebody you don’t want to achieve out to your machine to first pause no matter you’re listening to.

When it comes to audio high quality, you will have to offer it some days for the Realme Buds Air to get higher. That’s as a result of because the drivers on the earphones burn, the audio high quality will get higher and higher. Whereas initially you could really feel that the vocals are uninteresting, after continued utilization for a while, you are feeling that the bass is sort of heavy and the vocals are additionally fairly clear. Nevertheless, even after some days of utilization, we felt that there isn’t simply sufficient treble as it’s not too sharp. The robust level of those headphones is certainly the bass. When it comes to name high quality, you could sometimes hear complaints from the one who you might be chatting with within the quantity ranges of the audio output. Many a instances the individual on the opposite aspect fussed about an excessive amount of disturbance at our finish.

Total, you get a satisfying efficiency from the Realme Buds, contemplating its worth.


Talking of battery, you possibly can count on three hours of steady battery life from the Buds Air, which is a bit lower than what we might have appreciated. That is particularly problematic for those who plan to make use of these on an extended flight or plan to binge watch one thing in your machine. We have been left with no selection however to plug them again within the charging case. Whereas utilizing the Realme Buds Air you possibly can at all times verify the battery standing in your cellphone.

With the charging case, you will get roughly 15 hours of whole juice, which can also be a bit lower than what you want if you wish to change your wired earphones with the Realme Buds Air. We have been impressed with Realme to incorporate the wi-fi charging assist for as much as 10W at this worth.


Total, we will say for the asking worth of Rs 3,999, Realme Buds Air provide greater than their value. You get them in Black, Yellow and White color choices. White must be your superb selection if you’d like folks to consider you’re utilizing AirPods as any on-looker could discover it exhausting to inform them aside from far. And this similarity does not finish on the design as you get wi-fi charging assist and similar gesture controls in Realme Buds Air. We’d suggest which you could choose them not a lot for the audio high quality, however if you wish to really feel the ‘AirPods expertise’ with out burning a gap in your pocket.

Photographs courtesy: Shaurya Shubham


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