Realme Buds Wireless, review: neckband headphones as affordable as they are lightweight
Bluetooth headsets can now be purchased at an affordable price. In recent months we have seen how the cost of wireless headphones has dropped rapidly and today it is possible to purchase wireless headphones for less than 30 euros. This is the case of the new Realme Buds Wireless, the new headphones from the Chinese manufacturer that has arrived in Spain with a wide catalog of products, from its competitive Realme X2 and X2 Pro mobiles to these headphones with neck support and Bluetooth 5.0 connection.
They are an interesting proposal for those who are looking for bluetooth headphones, with good autonomy and also want that extra point of stability that the band provides. We have been testing them for the last month and here we bring you our analysis of the Realme Buds Wireless.
Realme Buds Wireless Data Sheet
Realme Buds Wireless
Wireless In-Ear Neck Support
iOS and Android
110 mAh, up to 12 hours (depending on manufacturer)
20 - 20,000 Hz
microUSB, IPX4 water resistance, 30 grams
Design: they surprise by how light, comfortable and stable they are
The Realme Buds Wireless are simple headphones, but really comfortable. Its construction is not the most careful and the materials used do not convey great sensations, but when you put them on you forget about them. And that is a good thing. Having tried other headphones of this style, the Realme Buds Wireless have especially convinced me because their neck support is flexible and very light, so that in the end they do not suppose an extra "weight".
The whole experience of these headphones rotates around the neckband. They are available in black, with the small yellow cable. At the aesthetic level, the upper part is striking but the neck support goes quite unnoticed, making it a modern and beautiful product but without going overboard. But as we say, the most important thing is that they weigh only 30 grams and are flexible. This makes them easy to put on and take off when we wear them, and they adapt well to each person. Of course, they are quite symmetrical and on some occasions we have made a mistake when putting them on.
This good ergonomics of the neckband partially compensates for the headphones themselves. We are facing some in-ear type, with a small rubber to adapt to the ear. This is easily rotated, so we will have to see that we have it as we want.
Once placed, the truth is that they hold well but are one point below other more expensive headphones. That is why the neckband is so important in these Realme Buds Wireless, because if it were not for it, we would be in front of headphones with a rather basic support. But having the band we get that extra stability that will come in handy for example when we are exercising.
I have been testing them for many (although less than I should) days in the gym and running on the treadmill has served me well and I have not had to relocate them. Of course, being so light when I was fast they "jumped" on my shoulders, so the trick was to place the tip of the neckband under the shirt. Thus they were fixed, they did not weigh and the stability was much greater than the Bluetooth headphones type Airpods.
The band is waterproof with IPX4 certification, is made of silicone and has a part in nickel-aluminum alloy. That's where we have the microUSB port and on the other side three physical buttons to increase or decrease the volume and a central one with the Realme logo.
With these buttons we can control music, videos, accept calls or activate the mobile assistant. Of course, let's not wait for buttons with a special touch. We are dealing with cheap headphones and that shows in details such as the buttons. Yes, the inclusion of a small LED to indicate the status of the battery or if they are connected is appreciated.
Despite the cost, Realme incorporates some functions not very common to find such as the 'Magnetic Fast Pair'. This is basically that the two headphones have a magnetic connection between them to come together if we bring them closer and automatically turn off after five seconds. It is a curious addition that allows you to take them more collected and not spend as much autonomy when we forget them, although the magnetic force is not very great and if we store them badly or touch them they separate easily.
Sound: well-made bass for its price range
The manufacturer offers us in-ear type headphones without noise cancellation but with an 11.2 mm driver with Japanese Daikoku Voice Coil technology. We have an impedance of 32 ohms, a hearing pressure of 101 dB, and a frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz. But how do these Realme Buds Wireless sound? The truth is that we are dealing with simple headphones, which do not surprise by their sound but do convince.
With what we have tested, we must say that there is no point where the experience is below what was expected. Although as we say, we cannot ask for much more. The highs and mids are accomplished, the vocals are crisp enough, and the bass is slightly deeper than we've tested on competing headphones in the same price range.
Despite being in-ear type, they do not especially isolate external noise, something that in noisy environments can be a small problem. The maximum volume is also not very high, although they are one point above what the simplest headphones offer. Having tested the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2, these Realme Buds Wireless would place them just one rung below, despite their significantly lower price.
It is appreciated to have Bluetooth 5.0, a version that not all headphones add. Let us tell you that we have not had synchronization problems and the pairing has been quite fast at all times.
At the codec level, the Realme Buds Wireless have SBC and AAC, although they do not have aptX from Qualcomm.
Autonomy: the great advantage of having that "extra space"
With a 110 mAh battery, the Realme Buds Wireless theoretically promise an autonomy of 12 hours with the volume at 50%. And the truth is that sometimes we have obtained even more. With the volume at 80%, we have usually obtained just over 10 hours. For a few days that I used them to work intensively, they lasted two days.
For charging, the Realme Buds Wireless come with microUSB. Here we miss a USB Type-C port that would offer us a faster charge, but it is a price to pay for reducing the cost of the headphones. Fortunately we do not have a proprietary charger or anything strange as it happens in some wearables. Here we will simply connect the microUSB cable and charge it. The charging time is just over two hours to reach 100%.
Realme Buds 2, the wired version
In addition to the Realme Buds Wireless with bluetooth and neck support, we have also been able to test the Realme Buds 2 that could be understood as the equivalent but wired version. The design of the headphones is practically identical, with the black cable instead of yellow and a small stand to organize them.
Its price is 19.99 euros and at the sound level they maintain the same 11.2 mm driver, they offer a slightly higher hearing pressure level with 103 dB but in general the result is very similar. Realme also maintains the magnetic connection between the two headphones, a feature typically seen on more expensive models.
Realme Buds Wireless, Xataka's opinion
When we tested the new Realme mobiles, we warned that this Chinese brand comes stomping. These Realme Buds Wireless are another great example of how things are being done right at this company and with a rather aggressive pricing policy. For 29.99 euros we have wireless headphones that most users will enjoy. We don't have superior sound quality, but they do offer a low-end point and it's hard to find bluetooth headphones of this quality in this range.
When looking for wireless headphones most of us tend to look at the in-ear types of earbuds, more minimalist. But the truth is that the neck support, especially if it is as light and flexible as this, is a great help in terms of stability and also allows the headphones to offer much greater autonomy.
For a little more money we have alternatives that offer a better experience like the Sennheiser Momentum Free, the BeatsX or the Sony WI-C400, but these Realme Buds Wireless are located in that mid-range so interesting for many users who do not need high fidelity either. An interesting purchase that exemplifies how bluetooth headphones are becoming more affordable.
This product has been assigned for testing by Realme. Can inquire our policy of relationships with enterprises.
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