Bluetooth headsets took off and the Realme does not want to be left out of this segment in Brazil. THE Buds Q is the first Chinese TWS launched in the country for R $ 229, a good price that makes it compete with other entry wearables. The model has long battery life (up to 20 hours), smart touch control and Bluetooth 5.0.
But how does this phone behave? Can it be better than Edifier X3 and Redmi AirDots 2? Does the battery really last? That’s what we’re going to find out now. I used Realme Buds Q with video, music, games and also videoconferencing, and I share my experience of use in this review.
Video review of Realme Buds Q
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Design, comfort and case
The Realme team turned to French designer José Levy to design Buds Q, which is inspired by gravel. I know that not everyone cares about it, after all what matters is the sound, but it is good to see the brand worry about the visual and not choose the Control C + Control V, as often happens in the TWS headphones industry.
Realme claims that these earbuds are lighter than a sheet of bond paper, each weighing 3.6 grams. I will confess that I did not feel any significant difference when compared to the A4. Anyway, I have to point out that Buds Q is incredibly light.
They fit perfectly in the ear canal and are comfortable, but that does not mean that you will not experience slight discomfort after hours with the headphones on, nothing absurd. In the box, the company added other tips (P and G) that follow the color of the product, remembering that Buds Q is available in white, black and yellow. The earphones are still resistant to water and sweat (IPX4), good news for those who work out or run.
The charging case has a minimalist design and, in fact, resembles a gravel. At the front is a charging LED and at the back is the Micro-USB port that made me wrinkle my nose as soon as I opened the product box for the first time. Most likely, Realme opted for this connection to cut costs and make it more affordable on the market.
Features and connectivity
Realme Link is the official application for configuring Buds Q, available for Android and iPhone. It does not offer any shortcuts to adjust the audio and equalize, but it allows you to define actions for the headphones, such as ringtones to trigger a virtual assistant, fast forward or rewind a track, pause and play.
In addition, there is the game mode (or Game Mode) which, as the name suggests, is dedicated to games and promises to solve latency problems. It can be activated both in the app and by touch, by pressing the headphones for two seconds. Testing the feature with Asphalt 9, the changes are hardly felt and the performance was very good without noticeable delays in Game Mode and in normal mode. On the other hand, I was able to notice a slight delay in PUBG, especially in the steps, in both configurations, but it is nothing serious.
I also tested Realme Buds Q on the computer with videos: again latency showed up and the delay always came up after a few cheats in the audio. I even noticed this problem on the phone, with a Realme 7. At least the pairing of the headphones with the devices is very accurate.
Sound and battery quality
The sound quality of Realme Buds Q surprised me a lot. It is not great because there are some inconsistencies that I will comment on below, but for an entry product, the performance is satisfactory and can please many people. The sound is very energetic and with deep bass, not exceeding the limits.
In Pray For Me, by The Weeknd, the treble and midrange sound harmoniously, the beats are highlighted and are not intense. Already in Love Never Felt So Good, from Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake, it annoyed me the excessive stridency in hot parts. And the situation gets even worse during the peak of the song, when the trebles and instruments end up in conflict.
A calmer song like Yellow, from Coldplay, Buds Q emphasizes the vocal, but does not drown out the instruments, which gives me a sense of balance and pleases me. Despite the interesting sound for the category, I realize that this phone is only lost, even in agitated tracks, like the pop, which tends to burst too much in some parts.
Realme has not added any noise cancellation technology here, after all, one more embedded feature could make the product more expensive. But thanks to the good fit that I mentioned earlier, Buds Q is able to insulate well from outside noise. It is not 100% efficient, but the answer is very positive. In phone calls, the situation is different: in places with a lot of noise the person on the other side may not understand you. Also, I found it a bit low and the user will have to raise his voice in a few moments.
Speaking of batteries, Realme promises up to 4 and a half hours of playback and, in total, with the case, it is possible to have up to 20 hours. In my tests, the headphones turned off for lack of charge after 4h25min, it is not a spectacular time, but neither is it terrible. Redmi AirDots 2, for example, can last for about 4 hours. For the sake of curiosity, in another test, I stayed 1h in a class by Zoom with the headphones connected to the iPad and the battery went from 100% to 70%. In summary, the autonomy of Buds Q is just ok and could be better.
Realme Buds Q: is it worth it?
Realme Buds Q has its limitations, like any incoming headset, but it can cater for anyone looking for an affordable, comfortable TWS with decent connectivity. Is the game mode a relevant differentiator? It could be, but it is not. In practice, you will not see a significant improvement in latency; for the gamer audience, it is important to take this into account so as not to get frustrated afterwards.
If you don’t mind that, then Buds Q does a good job. The sound quality is good, taking into account the product category; everything here is light and the user will have no trouble carrying the gadget on a daily basis; and the 20-hour autonomy with the case is very interesting. A fast loading system, which is a trend, would be most welcome.
AirDots 2 is the great rival of Buds Q and can be a good option for those who are on a tight budget and cannot pay more than R $ 200 on the Realme gadget. Edifier X3 is another major competitor; it offers up to 24 hours of playback with the case; and it also stands out for having reduced noise in phone calls.
Realme Buds Q Bluetooth Headset
- Light and comfortable
- Attractive price
- Balanced bass
- Excellent fit
- Pop can get squeaky too easy
- Case could come with USB-C
- Game Mode is just ok