realme Buds Air 2 Neo Review; A Strong Competitor - TeknoGadyet

Thursday, April 15, 2021

realme Buds Air 2 Neo Review; A Strong Competitor

realme has just unveiled two new audio devices in the local market -- its Buds Air 2 Neo and Buds Air 2 -- alongside the launch of the realme C25 smartphone.

realme Buds Air 2 Neo Review; A Strong Competitor
realme Buds Air 2 Neo Review; A Strong Competitor


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It can be recalled that the public gave a good reception when realme released its first TWS earphones in the Philippines, the realme Buds Air Neo. With this, realme proved that they know what their consumers need, not just in terms of their smartphone offerings but also their accessory line.

The latest realme Buds Air 2 Neo shows that realme -- a smartphone-centric tech brand -- is also serious when it comes to its audio offerings. From its design to its outstanding features, this pair of TWS can secure itself a spot on your list of tech must-haves. Here's a quick look as to why.


DESIGN AND ERGONOMICS:

Although the realme Buds Air 2 Neo is the successor of the realme Buds Air Neo TWS, the former doesn’t look anything like the latter. The Buds Air 2 Neo presents itself somehow similar to the realme Buds Q with a small and round body minus the earphone stems.

realme Buds Air 2 Neo Unit and Charging Case
realme Buds Air 2 Neo Earbuds and Charging Case

The package of the realme Buds Air 2 Neo comes in the realme yellow box. Unlike most of the TWS models where you get the earphones inside its wireless charger by default, the realme Buds Air 2 Neo's packaging presents the earbuds right away. It's as if realme wanted the consumers to see the pair's beauty the instant they open the box.

What TeknoGadyet got as a testing unit was the Calm Gray version of the earphones. For this variant, the earphones carry a flashy, colorful detail on the outer part with a gleaming mirror design that also serves as its touch control area. The said touch control can tweak the volume, turn the active noise cancellation feature on and off, and other functions that you can customize through the compatible realme app. By the way, there is another color available, the Active Black, with a purple gradient center.

The egg-shaped charging case looks clean and feels sturdy with its magnetic closure. It has a matte finish which means that fingerprint marks can be less of a worry for users. The case has the realme branding on top, an LED indicator at the front, and a USB-C port at the back. It's light and portable enough to be brought inside your pockets anywhere you go.

realme Buds Air 2 Neo Retail Package
Retail Package

Inside the box, apart from the earphones and the charger, are the usual content, including a quick start guide and instruction manual, extra silicone ear tips, and a yellow USB Type-C cable.

The earphones are light and comfortable to the ears. It also has a secure fit on top of its IPX5 water-resistant rating, so you can use this pair as your workout earphones without worrying about sweat and other accidental liquid splashes.

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PERFORMANCE:

realme claims that the Buds Air 2 Neo is “improved in every aspect.” This pair of TWS earphones comes with a plethora of new features for a realme audio device, mostly anchored on ease of use and outstanding audio performance.

realme Buds Air 2 Neo Gleaming Mirror Design
Gleaming Mirror Design

Among these is its 10mm Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) bass boost driver, which works with a Bass Boost+ algorithm. Needless to say, the Buds Air 2 Neo delivers sound to the delight of bass heads. Its bass is rich and punchy, and the Buds Air 2 Neo does this without compromising other aspects of audio, including the mids and the treble.

Listening to several tracks in various genres using the Buds Air 2 Neo is a fun task. The pair delivered an outstanding performance in terms of vocal and background separation and soundstage. Its touch controls are also responsive enough, although you have to be careful as the touch area tends to be oversensitive at times, so it might accidentally pause or play a track with just a touch of your hair.

Another selling point of the realme Buds Air 2 Neo is its active noise cancellation feature, which the brand claims is capable of reducing background noise by up to 25dB. In real-world usage, its ANC mode is apparent and decent. We like this pair because it also has a Transparency Mode, something that’s used to be found only in expensive audio devices before. This is an ambient hearing feature that allows the user to be aware of their surroundings even with their earbuds.

A partner of this ambient listening feature of the Buds Air 2 Neo is its environmental noise cancellation (ENC) function which gives its dual-microphone set up the capability to silence surrounding noise for clearer calls. We tested this feature, and we can vouch for how well it plays out.

What’s also impressive about the Buds Air 2 Neo is that it has an R2 chip that does the job of providing stable connectivity while consuming ultra-low power. Latency is likewise a strong point for this pair of TWS, and with our few days of experience with the Buds Air 2 Neo, there isn’t a single instance of lag and delay in sound may it be using Netflix, Spotify, and gaming apps.


BATTERY LIFE:

We were able to use the realme Buds Air 2 Neo for more than 7 hours of playtime without the ANC. We tried it out again with the ANC mode on, and the pair gave us a little more than 5 hours of playing time before requiring us for a recharge. It took us around 2 hours to have the earphones fully charged via its USB-C port. The charging case of this TWS can refuel the Buds Air 2 Neo up to four times. It also has a quick charging feature which allows the earphones to be used for three hours from a 10-minute charge.


FINAL WORDS:

realme Buds Air 2 Neo
realme Buds Air 2 Neo

At a price point of Php2,490 or Php1,990 early bird price, the Buds Air 2 Neo is a strong competitor in the local TWS scene, given its well-thought-out features and audio performance. The Buds Air 2 Neo is yet another testament that realme is on the right track in its audio department.

The realme Buds Air 2 Neo can be bought starting April 16, initially available exclusively on realme's official Shopee store.

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