Realme Buds Q: affordable hearing aids, but to what extent? | Digital Trends Spanish


Realme has just arrived in the Mexican market with four different products; one of them is the Buds Q headphones, which stand out for being light and affordable in terms of price. Without further ado, here are the first impressions of this pair.

First, we tell you what you will find in its packaging. Realme decided to put these headphones in a small oval case that doubles as a charging station. Also included are a small USB charging cable – small is literal – and two additional pairs of rubber bands for the user to find the ones that best suit the shape of their ear. Don’t expect to find a fancy packing box for the unit, as it comes in a plain cardboard one.

In addition, the lid of the case feels fragile, so you should be extremely careful not to put on extra weight or so that it does not slip from your hands.

Mobile connection

There are two ways to link these hearing aids to the phone. The first is through the Realme Link application that also allows you to configure the actions that can be carried out on the touch panels represented by the letter R. The other is through Bluetooth, as it is done with other devices that can communicate with the mobile, but they do not have an application.

It is necessary to press the touch area of ​​the hearing aids inside the case in either case. The problem is that there is no visible signal that indicates that the link is in progress.

Once connected to the phone, what is the experience like? The range of the headphones is not wide, which means that there is not much room to move from room to room – it is always necessary to carry the smartphone in the pocket.

Now, actions that can be performed via the pair’s touch zone, such as pausing music – two quick taps – or moving to the next song – three quick taps -, did not always respond in the best way on Spotify during testing made. There were times when communication with the app for no reason.

The response you have when pausing music or stopping playback is not the fastest, compared to what can be found in other more expensive headphones.

Play content

The Realme Buds Q may be one of the most economical propositions of its kind, which has an impact: the sound quality is not the best.

The audio they deliver is not the most detailed and can feel saturated in the occasional song. The problem is also when a YouTube video is played: voices can be annoying even at medium volume.

Yes, sure, these headphones are not for those who are concerned about getting the best listening experience, but for those who want to enter the field of wireless headphones without spending a few hundred dollars.

What is pleasant in daily use is that the Buds Q work in hands-free mode (answer calls) and allow you to interact with the Google Assistant without removing them from your ear.

When removing them, it is necessary to make sure that the playback has been paused, otherwise it will continue; they do not have sensors to pause the audio automatically like other more advanced models.

In terms of battery life, Realme promises a range of up to 20 hours on a single charge, thus considerably reducing the need to find a plug.

Quick conclusions

The Realme Buds Q are positioned as one of the cheapest options on the market with a price of about $ 600 Mexican pesos (about $ 30 dollars, as a reference for other territories).

Although you will not get the best sound experience for that price, you do get wireless headphones that allow you to answer calls or request information from the Google assistant.

Those who have already used headphones of this type, it may not be your best option. As mentioned above, they are for those people who do not have a large budget, but who do want to enter this product category.

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