Reviewing Realme Buds Wireless: Are they the top choice for budget-friendly wireless earphones?

Realme, a prominent Chinese tech company renowned for its smartphones, has been expanding its product lineup in recent years. In addition to smartphones, they’ve introduced various products, including earphones. Last year, they unveiled the Realme Buds, priced at INR 499, followed by the more recent release of the Realme Buds 2, available at just INR 599. Building upon this momentum, Realme ventured into wireless technology with the introduction of the Realme Buds Wireless. Intrigued by this development, I decided to purchase a pair for personal use. After using them extensively, I’m ready to share my thoughts on the Realme Buds Wireless in this review.

Review of Realme Buds Wireless:

Introducing the Realme Buds Wireless, a cutting-edge product available at an affordable price of just Rs. 1,799 in India. As stated on the official website, these wireless buds boast sound quality finely tuned by renowned DJ Alan Walker, along with an impressive battery life of 12 hours. Positioned amidst a competitive market, it’s set to challenge the likes of Xiaomi’s Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones, boAt Rockerz 255, JBL T205BT, OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2, and 1More Stylish Dual Dynamic Driver. On paper, the Realme Buds Wireless seems to offer more features compared to its competitors. We aim to provide an unbiased review, encompassing all the positives and negatives, to help you make an informed decision about this product. Stay tuned for our comprehensive analysis on We Observed.

Design, hardware, and features of the Realme Buds Wireless:

The Realme Buds Wireless (Model: RMA108) arrives in a sleek package containing three pairs of silicone ear tips, the Realme Buds Wireless with pre-attached ear wings, a Micro-USB charging cable, and accompanying documents. Available in three color options – Yellow+Black, Orange, and Green – I received the yellow-and-black variant. Despite not being a fan of yellow on my phone’s back, the color scheme surprisingly appealed to me on this product. Weighing just around 30g, it’s incredibly lightweight, ensuring comfortable wear even during extended use.

Sporting a neckband-style design, the Realme Buds Wireless offers affordability without compromising on functionality. The flexible neckband, accented with metal parts at the ends, seamlessly connects to the main speaker module/earbuds via cables. The earbuds are housed in plastic, with the charging port located on the underside of the right module, alongside playback, call, and volume control buttons.

The magnets embedded :

A notable feature is the magnets embedded in each earbud, serving not only to keep them together when not in use but also acting as a power switch. However, after a few days of use, I encountered an issue where the magnets weren’t strong enough to keep the buds attached securely, leading to unintentional activation and connection with my phone, diverting calls without my knowledge.

Moving on to sound quality, the Realme Buds Wireless boasts an 11.2mm bass boost driver equipped with Multi-layer Composite Diaphragm and Japan Daikoku Voice Coil technology. Collaborating with DJ Alan Walker, the earphones promise powerful and dynamic bass response with Dynamic Bass Boost (DBB).

Terms of connectivity:

In terms of connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0 ensures stable connections, supporting SBC and AAC codecs. Battery life, often a concern with wireless earphones, is addressed with a 110mAH Lithium-Ion battery offering up to 12 hours of playback on a single charge. Moreover, fast charging capabilities allow for 100 minutes of music playback with just a 10-minute charge. The earbuds are also sweat-proof with an IPX4 rating, although the charging port remains exposed.

Evaluation of Realme Buds Wireless: Functionality and Durability, along with Battery Efficiency:

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Having tested the Realme Buds Wireless extensively, I found them to be quite impressive in terms of both design and performance. The earbuds fit snugly in the ears and are well-supported by ear wings, ensuring a comfortable wearing experience. When it comes to sound quality, particularly with electronic music, they truly shine. Perhaps influenced by inputs from DJ Alan Walker, the audio reproduction for electronic tracks is exceptional, boasting clarity and effectiveness.

Pairing the earbuds with devices:

Pairing the earbuds with devices like the Nokia 6.1 Plus, OnePlus 7T, and iPhone 11 was a breeze, and the connection remained stable throughout, without any dropouts. I tested them using both SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs, playing a variety of tracks from different sources, including streaming platforms like YouTube Music, Gaana, and Spotify, as well as some personal favorites like Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round Midnight”.

The sound signature:

The sound signature of the Realme Buds Wireless is characterized by clear and detailed audio with a wide soundstage, particularly excelling in reproducing instrumental sounds. While the low-end frequencies may not receive as much emphasis, the overall listening experience remains enjoyable, even with bass-boosted tracks. However, in some instances, particularly during heavily synthesized segments of electronic tracks, the punchy bass may feel somewhat lacking.

Despite these minor nuances, the overall audio experience is rich, clear, and crisp. One common issue with wireless headphones, particularly when dealing with bass-heavy tracks at high volumes, is power consumption. However, the Realme Buds Wireless effectively manage such tracks without compromising performance.

Moving on to vocal-oriented tracks

Moving on to vocal-oriented tracks, the earbuds continue to impress, with crystal-clear vocals and well-defined instrumental accompaniments. However, in tracks where heavy bass and vocals are mixed, there’s a noticeable suppression of the vocal part, with the bass dominating the audio balance.

In addition to music playback, the Realme Buds Wireless serve well as wireless hands-free devices for voice calls, with the microphone effectively capturing and delivering clear audio, even from a distance. Connectivity remains stable within a range of 10 meters, without any dropouts.

Battery life

Battery life is another area where the Realme Buds Wireless excel, offering an impressive 9 hours and 30 minutes of playback on a single charge at moderate volume levels. Fast charging is also supported, with just 12 minutes of charging providing enough power for several hours of playback.

In conclusion, the Realme Buds Wireless offer a compelling combination of comfort, performance, and convenience, making them a solid choice for those in search of wireless earbuds. While they may not be without their minor drawbacks, their overall performance and features make them a worthy option in their price range.

Final Thoughts on Realme Buds Wireless:

I was pleasantly surprised by the Realme Buds Wireless, especially considering its affordable price. Its build quality is impressive, and it offers great performance. The earphones are comfortable to wear, and the sound quality is unique, clear, and crisp, with the ability to handle heavy bass effectively. The battery life is also a welcome bonus.

When compared to other popular models like the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones, boAt Rockerz 255, JBL T205BT, OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2, and 1More Stylish Dual Dynamic Driver, there are slight differences in sound quality, but the Realme Buds Wireless confidently holds its own. At just Rs. 1,799, it offers excellent value for money.

However, one issue I encountered was the weak magnets, which sometimes caused the earphones to power on automatically when not needed. Despite this minor flaw, I believe the Realme Buds Wireless is a great choice for anyone in the market for wireless earphones.


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