Realme Buds Air 2 review
If you are looking for genuine wireless stereo earbuds at an affordable price, take a good look at Realme Buds Air 2. There is hardly anything wrong with these earbuds and a long list of things that are right.
For € 49.99 / INR 3299 (regularly less), you get a comprehensive list of professionals – active noise reduction, 25 hours of playing time, Bluetooth 5.2, low-latency game mode, wear detection, a compact form factor and most of all – excellent sound.
Unboxing and features
Realme Buds Air 2 comes with a single USB-A to USB-C cable, 2 extra pairs of rubber tips (S / M / L) and the case.
The knobs themselves are in-ear and do a better job of isolating noise from the outside than, for example, an open-ear design like the Huawei Freebuds 4 or Apple AirPods 2nd generation.
As TWS earplugs go, these are among the more compact and discreet. They are also among the few that fit women’s ears as well as men’s.
Each knob has smart detection sensors that pause what is on when you take the knobs out of your ears. The sound restarts when the knobs are set back.
Training fans will appreciate the IPX5 rating of the knobs, which means they are sweatproof and do not handle a little rain. Just remember to keep the case dry.
Speaking of which, it has a reset button and a USB-C port for charging. There is no wireless charging, but you should not expect it at this price.
The case is completely black and shiny. It is very fingerprint-prone and gets greasy and greasy every few days. Another small complaint we have is how hard it is to get the buds out of the case – the magnets that hold the buds in the case are strong and there is hardly any place to grab them and pull them out.
The Realme Link app is the place to check Realme Buds Air 2. But be careful to select a site that sells Buds Air 2 when setting up the app, otherwise they will not appear in the list of supported devices.
Buds Air 2 supports Google’s fast pairing with Android phones. When you connect them, the Realme Link app displays a widget with the suitcase battery and each button.
This is where you can switch between normal mode, the self-explanatory noise reduction and transparency mode, which amplifies the sound of your surroundings so you can interact with them or people without taking the buds off.
You can choose which audio profile you want to use with the Bass Boost + settings, which turn music into a messy mess; Bright that tones down and down the middle and heights, resulting in no rumbling and a creaking sound; and Dynamic, which you need by default.
Realme Link allows you to customize the tap controls for each knob. By default, you can double-click for play / pause, triple-tap for the next track, and long-press both buttons to switch between ANC and transparency mode. But the app lets you set custom controls per. Button so you can double-click the left button to return to the previous track and double-click the right one for the next track.
Now we come to the real power of Realme Buds Air 2 – Volume enhancer. When you turn it on, you get a warning of possible hearing damage, and if you accept it, Realme Buds Air 2 will be the loudest earplugs you have ever heard.
Sure, distortion becomes apparent in most songs, but the sheer volume these buds have in this state is insane. Think of it as a superpower you don’t have to use every day, but have if you need it.
Realme Buds Air 2 comes with Bluetooth 5.2, which is slightly better than Realme’s other TWS earbuds. There is also game mode, which enables low latency transmission of 88 ms during game sessions. You will need to enable it in the app.
Sound quality, active noise reduction and battery life
Realme Buds Air 2 has a 10mm ‘Bass Boost’ sound driver that enables quality sound. I tested Buds in their dynamic state, which gave the best balance.
You can expect the fan-pleasing bass-and-mid-heavy sound that is typical of this type of product, and that’s no bad thing. There is lots of volume and lots of character to the sound that comes from Buds Air 2.
Medium and high is most dominant and can get a little overbearing in certain songs at max volume. Bass is well controlled and discreet. Under no circumstances should you activate Bass Boost + mode as it upsets the balance and results in a muddy, rumbling sound.
When it comes to prolonged wear and tear, Realme Buds Air 2 are the best ears this reviewer has ever tested. They are very light and sit securely without leading to pain with prolonged use.
Together with the excellent microphone quality, the user-friendly and user-friendly Realme Buds Air 2 makes great for phone calls.
Active noise reduction is rated at up to 25 dB – this is the only place where Realme Buds Pro beats the Air 2s as they are rated at up to 35 dB.
Buds Air 2 relies on their custom R2 chip to attenuate low-frequency sounds like a motor housed on a train, plane or bus or a fan. The result is not very impressive. Switching between ANC and normal mode results in a tangible reduction of the sound initially, but it is not nearly as effective as some other ANC knobs we have tested.
Even constant noise like the vacuum cleaner one Saturday remained mostly audible. I have this test where I rub my fingers gently close to my ears – if I hear the sound well enough, the noise reduction is not very effective. I do not hear it with anything like AirPods Pro or Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro or Sony WF-1000XM4. But they all cost four times as much as Realme Buds Air 2, so that’s not a fair comparison.
Let’s let it be – the ANC is effective at reducing noise, just not to a point where it’s impressive.
Battery life is excellent. With the ANC off, I got a little over 5 hours of constant music playback at 100% volume. Realme claims up to 5 hours with ANC off and AAC quality at 50% volume, which I surpassed at 100% volume – impressive.
The case charges the buds approx. twice from nothing to full, and even it charges in about 1 and a half hours.
Are you going to buy Realme Buds Air 2?
There’s no reason why you should not. These are by far the best buds Realme has released. They sound good, they are very tall as they are and come with an extremely high condition. They are also among the most comfortable pairs of in-ear TWS ‘, and they can walk for hours.
But most importantly, Realme Buds Air 2 came well above their grade. They are cheaper than Realme Buds Pro and mostly deliver just as good, if not better sound quality and features.
They can also be compared to much more expensive pairs of TWS earplugs around. For the regular user, the one who enjoys good sound quality and a list of useful features – Realme Buds Air 2 does not disappoint in any respect.
A solid choice at a good price.