Thursday, March 28, 2019

Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro Review - The Best Budget Earbuds?

Xiaomi Airdots Pro Review

Xiaomi is known for manufacturing products that are not only good in quality but also has aggressive pricing. This time Xiaomi has launched the next generation of True Wireless Earphones that is Xiaomi Airdots Pro. On the first look, it looks like cheap Apple Airpods. I am going to review Airdots Pro and discuss with you whether you should bet your hard earned money on this or not. So, let's start.



Also read: Samsung Galaxy Buds Review with Samsung Note 8


Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro Specifications


General

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Brand: Xiaomi
Color: White

Function: Answering Phone, Bluetooth, Microphone, Active Noise Cancelling, Song Switching, Sweatproof, Voice control, IPX4 waterproof, Google Assistant and Siri

Material: Plastic

Type: In-Ear 
Product Details

Compatible with: iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows PC

Connectivity: Wireless

Charging Time.: 1h

Standby time: 10H

Talk time: 10H
Extended Function

Bluetooth: Yes

Bluetooth distance: W/O obstacles 10m

Bluetooth mode: Hands-free

Bluetooth protocol: A2DP

Bluetooth Version: V4.2
Battery Information

Battery Capacity(mAh): 100mAh

Battery Type: Built-in
Dimension and Weight

Package size (L x W x H): 10.00 x 10.00 x 6.00 cm / 3.94 x 3.94 x 2.36 inches

Package weight: 0.1000 kg

Product size (L x W x H): 5.00 x 2.00 x 2.00 cm / 1.97 x 0.79 x 0.79 inches

Product weight: 0.0116 kg
Package Contents
Package Contents: 1 x Pair of Earphones, 1 x Charging Dock, 1 x Type-C Cable, 1 x Chinese / English User Manual, 3 x Pair of Eartips


Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro Design

Xiaomi Airdots Pro Design

The Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro comes in white color and looks premium. The earbuds are designed to wear in the "in-ear" pattern which also helps in isolating some of the outside noise. Though the earbuds and the charging dock are made up of plastic, the build quality is good and feels premium while holding. The charging dock is small in size and is lightweight (each earbud weighs just 5.8 grams) and can be easily carried in your pocket. The tip of the earbuds are magnetic and used for charging when put inside the dock. 

The charging dock has a pairing button, a charging notification light, and a USB type C port to charge the earbuds as well as the dock. There is a small light on top of the earbuds that lights up when you open the dock which indicates they are powered on and ready.

Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro Features


1) Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro - Compatibility

One of the best features of Airdots Pro is that this tiny device is compatible with iOS, Android, MacOS and Windows PC. I tested with all the platforms and it worked flawlessly. It comes with Bluetooth 4.2 technology and worked well with all the devices.

2) Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro - Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)

I was happy to know that Airdots Pro comes with active noise cancellation. This feature we usually get in high-end headphones or earphones. But when tested in the real world, I felt that Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is not that effective. Since this is an in-ear type it already isolates some of the outside noise and turning on the ANC makes it a little better is what I felt.

3) Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro - Touch Controls

Considering the price that is CNY 399, these are a pair of budget Bluetooth earbuds, and wow, these have touch controls. A single tap can toggle play/pause, double tap for next track, long press for activating ANC and voice assistant, either Siri or Google assistant. Touch controls are great to have as you don't have to pull your phone out of your pocket every time. This makes your life easier. However, when tested in the real world, 4 out of 10 times the touch identified by the earbuds were wrong. For example, if I double tapped for next track it recognized it as a single tap and paused the track. 

4) Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro - Sound Quality

The most important thing about buying a new pair of noise isolating wireless earbuds is how it sounds. The buds boast 7mm neodymium iron boron drivers in addition to the titanium-plated diaphragm for improved frequency response. Regarding the audio quality, I have no complaints. These sounds pretty awesome for their price. I am a bass lover, the bass coming out from this tiny instrument was quite good. Talking about the highs, it also handled the treble quite well even on higher volume. 

5) Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro - Call Quality

Made few calls, tested it while calling a friend from a room and walking around the street and these earbuds worked well. My friend was able to hear my voice clearly and I heard him well too. I was using Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for making calls and yeah, it worked well.

6) Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro - Battery Life

I am using these Xiaomi wireless earbuds for more than a week and honestly these last well. I use Samsung Galaxy Note 8 charger and it charges the dock in less than an hour and honestly, I never ran out of battery. You put these into the dock and they get recharged.

7) Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro - IPX4 Certified 


This is great, this device can handle splashes and rain but don't take them for a swim. Xiaomi packs its devices with lots of features which I like. And this time you get waterproof earbuds at this small price.

8) Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro - How it fits?


Since Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro is a pair of truly wireless earbuds, it is important that it stays in your ear. In my experience walking and a little workout doesn't make it fall out of your ears. These are comfortable and can be worn for hours.

Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro - Price and Where to buy?

Currently, this product is available in China only. If you wish o buy, you need to purchase this from Gearbest. This is available for around $66. Prices may vary.



Verdict

So here is the big question. Should you buy Xiaomi Mi Airdots Pro? My opinion, yes you should, these are a very good pair of true wireless earphones that doesn't cost you much. I would say these are the best budget noise isolating Bluetooth earbuds. 

One thing you must keep in mind that most of the wireless earbuds suffer from lag when watching youtube videos on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Xiaomi Airdots Pro is no different. It lags, yes for few milliseconds it lags and you can notice the difference. However, the delay isn't present when using it with my MacBook Pro. But it is much better than others out there in the market. Considering the music, it is pretty awesome in my opinion.


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  1. Is it sure that airdots pro support song switching? In other reviews I have read the they do not support song switching?

    Thanks

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  2. I have one of this and used it on the London Underground and on the flight a couple of times, Low frequency engine noise definitely are taken off by ANC. You can still hear normal sounds like people talking and higher frequency noise.

    I am happy with the sound and the ANC for the plane and underground train with the price I paid for (under 50 Euro)

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