Not just smartphones: Redmi he decided to jump on something else. And in addition to RedmiBook 14, suitcases e washing machines, the Xiaomi sub-brand has thought of proposing its own true wireless headphones. And no, I'm not talking about nor the AirDots nor of the most premium AirDots Pro, even if the name Redmi AirDots just think about it. And not only that, since the similarities with Xiaomi headphones are not few. But not in the price: all you need is 20 / 25 € to grab a very valid product.
Review Redmi AirDots
The Redmi AirDots packaging cannot fail to mention the look adopted for the new Xiaomi Mi Band 3 box. Inside the equipment is what one would expect from a product of this kind. In addition to headphones and houses there are two pairs of additional rubber pads and manuals.
Design and construction quality
At first glance these Redmi AirDots are equal in all respects to the aforementioned Xiaomi AirDots. The company has preferred to take an already engineered product, re-brand it and make some small changes. Not only in headphones but also in the charging dock, complete with the logo I remained unchanged on the body. The door still persists microUSB, but on a low-cost product I did not expect otherwise. But the also persists magnetic closure, a bonus does not give poco in this price range.
As I said, headphones have the same look as Xiaomi, with dimensions poco invasive (as far as in-ear) once worn. This is also thanks to the low weight of only 4 g with earphones. One of the few differences with the Xiaomi we find in the certification IPX4, making them resistant in case of rain. Unlike other TWS products, including the Xiaomi counterpart, the Redmi AirDots have i physical keys, choice I like when the headphones are so small. Otherwise there is always the risk of having involuntary touches even if you just place them in your ears. Unfortunately the available commands are too basic: with a click you put in Play / Pause, with a double click you activate the voice assistant (useless) and holding down turns off the headset. You can also manage calls by clicking to accept / close them or by holding down to reject them.
Connectivity and call quality
Unlike the more expensive AirDots Pro, the AirDots (both Redmi and Xiaomi) enjoy support to the Bluetooth 5.0. This means one absent latency during music playback but above all video, without delay when viewing YouTube, Netflix and so on. The range of coverage is the standard one, around 10 meters even indoors. The pairing takes place in a simple way: keeping the keys pressed we activate the headphones, the left one connects to the right one, with the latter being connected to the device to be combined. Once this is done, the next few times it will be sufficient to turn them back on to make them automatically connect to the last connected device. And I've never experienced any sound bugs or signal interruptions.
If you are looking for headphones to handle your calls, avoid them. Not because they are to be thrown away, for heaven's sake, but your interlocutor will end up never calling you again. As good as the audio in the headphones is (and stereo), the same cannot be said of that captured by the microphones. Unless you are stationary in a quiet place, it will be enough to move outdoors to get worse not by poco the microphone audio. The absence of a noise reduction system is felt. It should be noted that they can be used in mono mode, but only with the right earphone.
One of the aspects on which Redmi has decided to file costs is in this department. Unlike the Xiaomi counterpart, in fact, here we find support for the standard SBC (Sub-band Coding) instead of AAC. This implies that the audio signal that reaches our ears is at maximum 328 kbps and, in case you are using more refined sound sources, you will not be able to take advantage of this detail. It must be said, however, that in the first place you cannot expect too much from a product that costs this way poco. Additionally, platforms such as Spotify they reach a maximum of 320 kbps, so during streaming audio you will have no problems (unless you use the expensive TIDAL, which goes up to 1141 kbps).
Having said this, listening with the Redmi AirDots turned out to be quite pleasant. We notice a certain prevalence of low frequencies, an aspect that never hurts me but that could slightly turn the nose of the most "purists". The volume is full-bodied but not exaggerated, thanks to dynamic drivers by 7.2 mm integrated inside the headphones.
From this point of view nothing changes from the Xiaomi AirDots, with headphones that integrate a battery from 40 mAh one. This allows to obtain an autonomy of poco more than 4 hours with medium / high volume. To recharge them, the transport dock comes to our aid, inside which there is one 300 mAh which allows you to reload 2 / 3 times. Finally, the dock takes about 70 minutes to recharge, while the headphones take almost 1 an hour and a half. To communicate the charging status there is a special LED on the dock.
Conclusions and price
All the defects that I have listed of Redmi AirDots, or physical keys and microphone quality, are lost when you look at the price. Online are sold to only 20 / 25 €, a fee almost paltry when it comes to true wireless headphones. A price that makes the existence of Xiaomi AirDots, whose cost is around 35 €, almost useless. In short, if you are looking for low-cost TWS headphones, don't miss them.
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