With manufacturers slowly getting rid of the headphone jack in favor of slimmer phones, more and more people are turning to wireless earphones more than ever. We also have to give credit to the advancement in technology. Wireless earphones have come a long way both in terms of usability and functionality. This has made the wireless earphones a great alternative for people who are looking for one.
Xiaomi introduced the Redmi Airdots with Bluetooth 5.0 in China on March 2019. Priced at RMB 99 (US$ 15/ INR 990 – China Pricing), the Redmi Aridots pack a 7.2mm driver unit to produce deep bass and high-quality stereo audio. But is it the best in its segment? Should you buy one? Let’s find out in our review.
What’s in the box?
Design and Hardware
If you are familiar with the Xiaomi ecosystem, then you might already have an idea of what to expect. Like other Xiaomi products, Redmi Airdots also follow a very clean and minimal design. Props to Xiaomi for always delivering a sleek looking product. The packaging itself is very minimal – you get the Redmi Airdots in a carry case (which also acts as the charger), 2 extra ear-tips and a user guide.
One thing that you immediately notice as soon as you unbox the device is that it is made completely of plastic and is easily prone to scratches if not handled carefully. The Redmi logo is beautifully embossed on the top side of the plastic carry case and that is pretty much the only branding you see.
The earbuds themselves are made up of plastic which makes them the some of the lightest in the category weighing at 4.1 grams. Even with the carry/charging case, it just weighs 36 grams. The fact that they are lightweight also means that it is a perfect option if you are someone who is very active and like to listen to music for a long time while you are running or working out. As for the comfort, I am able to use it for 2 to 3 hours before I want to remove them. As for the size of the ear-tips, the one that comes pre-installed is a pretty perfect fit for me. It fits really well into the ears and being lightweight, you barely even feel wearing them. Being made completely of plastic, they are prone to scratches; you don’t want to frequently drop them on hard surfaces.
Both the earbuds have a small notification LED indicator to keep you updated about their status. For example, the buds will flash a blue-white color when pairing or connecting to your devices and when they placed inside the carry case, they will turn red indicating that they are charging.
The pairing process is pretty straight forward but the lack of a dedicated app is certainly a slight drawback. Nothing fancy in the pairing process; you can pair the earbuds just like how you will connect any Bluetooth device to your Android.
Open the Bluetooth settings, turn it on and look for new devices. One neat little thing is that, when you connect the left earbud to your device, the right will automatically connect and vice versa. It will show up in the connected devices list indicating which earbud you initially connected. For example, if you have connected the right earbud, it will show an R indicator in the connected Bluetooth devices list.
Once the initial setup is completed, simply taking the earbuds out of the charging case will automatically connect them to your device.
Audio Quality and Controls
Controls are the probably the weakest point of this otherwise good earbuds. All you get is a clicky button on either side of the earbuds which are very poorly imagined. There are two controls: a single click (not tap) which pauses whatever it is that you are playing and a double-click which activates Google Assitant or Siri.
Now, let us talk a little bit about the ‘clicky’ buttons. The only way you get to control anything on your Redmi Airdots is by clicking on the side. And when they are inserted into your ears and you are listening to music, clicking on them pushes the earbuds further into the ears causing discomfort. Had it been a ‘tap’ like gesture, it would have been comfortable to control the earbuds.
Now that we have got that out of the way – let us talk about the Audio quality. Audio quality is the one area where these earbuds impressed me. Be noted, they are in no way ‘great’ but for the price, they are definitely good in my opinion. Though the music is not as loud as I expected it to be, the audio quality is definitely more than what I had expected out of it. The Redmi AirDots come with a 7.2 mm driver which produces deep bass and high-quality stereo audio and supports Bluetooth 5.0. The Redmi AirDots can transfer sound by using SBC Bluetooth codec only and lacks high-quality aptX codec support, but we shouldn’t expect high-quality codes at this price point. To put it shortly, for the asking price, the audio quality on these earbuds are well above the expectations.
Battery life is another area where these earbuds took me by surprise. Each of the earbuds has a playback lifespan of around 4 hours. And this battery life gets extended by the nifty little carry case which is good enough to recharge the earbuds thrice. That comes to around 12 hours of effective use of the earbuds which is by any means great. This is on par with some of the more pricier earbuds.
The charging case has a 300mAH battery and is charged using a micro USB cable (#USBTypeCAllTheThings). With a fast-charging brick, you should be able to charge them in 2o minutes max; no complaints here.
- Value of money.
- Sleek and minimal design.
- Decent battery life.
- Good sound quality for the price.
- Google Assistant and Siri Support
- Non-intuitive controls.
- Average build quality.
Right from the beginning, Xiaomi has proven to very good at making solid tech at cheap prices. Redmi Airdots is no exception. While it is true that they do not sound amazing, may other wireless earbuds at this price range don’t even come close to the user experience that these provide.
If you are cost-conscious and are looking for a decent pair of earbuds, you cannot go wrong with the Redmi Airdots. For the asking price of under $30, these little earbuds punch way above their weight!
Where can I buy Redmi Aridots?
The Redmi Airdots is not officially available in most countries outside of China. But you can buy them from Banggood.com.
Apply the code ‘BGXMCNHK’ at checkout to buy them at just $19.99 (~INR 1370).
Shoutout to Banggood.com for sending us the review unit of Redmi Airdots. This is not a sponsored review. The views and opinions on this product are all our own and in no way were influenced by Banggood.com
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