Xiaomi mi true wireless earbuds basic 2 vs xiaomi mi true wireless earbuds basic s: what is the difference?

     

The Redmi Earbuds S, also known as the Redmi AirDots S, are a pair of affordable truly wireless earphones by Xiaomi. Despite the pricing, the company markets these as full-featured wireless earphones with an attractive, lightweight design, 12 hour battery life, splash-resistance, & a dedicated low-latency gaming mode. As for the price, the Redmi Earbuds S will set you back by a mere $24 or so in the Indian market.

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That"s not a lot of money even for wired earphones, so lớn deliver a truly wireless earphone experience on such a tight budget was likely not easy. So the question is, does mi have yet another cracking value proposition at its hands or is it yet another pair of forgettable công nghệ bluetooth không dây earphones clogging up Amazon? I picked up a pair lớn find out.

Design

The Redmi Earbuds S have what has now become a very common design for truly wireless earphones. You get the classic in-ear style thiết kế along with a case that also charges the earbuds.

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The Redmi Earbuds S come in a rather small và good-looking case. It"s tall, so it won"t fit inside the coin pocket in your jeans, but the overall volume of the case is quite low so it won"t take up a lot of space inside your main pocket or bag.

The case has a matte finish on the exterior with the Redmi biệu tượng công ty embossed on the top and product information printed on the bottom. The matte finish looks decent but can get scuffed & my unit even had some scuffs out of the box.

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Before moving inside, there are two more things on the outside. On the front, just below the lip for opening the lid, is a tiny red LED that shows the charging status for the case. The LED is behind the plastic that shines through it và isn"t visible when it isn"t lit. On the back of the case is the microUSB connector for charging. MicroUSB is still common in this price range, so that wasn"t a surprise. But with phones — even in the budget end of the market — increasingly getting USB-C ports, you might kết thúc up having to lớn carry a separate cable just to charge these earphones with your phone"s charger.

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The lid for the case opens quite easily with two hands but as is usual for cases this shape, opening with one hand is a bit of a challenge & may lead to lớn the case being dropped. Inside, the two earbuds are in a standard layout with their speakers pointing down. The case uses two pogo pins for each earbud lớn charge them. The receptacles for the earbuds are the only glossy bits on this case and the product in general.

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The case is really light, especially with no earphones inside them. The overall build chất lượng is quite decent for the price. The lid opens & closes with a reasonably well-weighted mechanism & shuts tight with only a little bit of play.

The earbuds have the same matte finish as the case. They have a pill-shaped design that fits the cavity of your outer ear quite nicely, although your mileage may vary. There"s also an LED on each that"s hidden away và glows khổng lồ alert you of charging or pairing status.

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Both earphones have a large multi-function button on the outside that spans nearly the entire width of the earbud. The problem with this kiến thiết is that it is nigh on impossible khổng lồ place them in your ears without pushing at least one of the buttons. This could result in all sorts of things happening, from playing music before you are ready or launching the voice assistant on your phone.

I have mentioned this in previous nhận xét but having buttons on the earbud themselves isn"t a great idea. Khổng lồ use these buttons, you are required to lớn push on them, which pushes the earphones deeper inside your ears every time và creates an uncomfortable sensation. The buttons on the Redmi Earbuds S are also very clicky and make a loud click in your ears every time you use them. Xiaomi mi has also tied a lot of functions lớn these buttons; eight of them, lớn be precise. This also includes the game mode (which we will talk about later) that requires three continuous presses of the button, which is more annoying than you can imagine.

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The Redmi Earbuds S are rated IPX4 for sweat and water-resistance. This means you can use them for a workout but also in light rain without having to worry about damaging them, although it"s not recommended to lớn shower or swim with them.

Overall, the Redmi Earbuds S thiết kế gets a B- for the clumsy button design. Unfortunately, it"s more of an issue with the TWS form-factor in general, which leaves very little space khổng lồ put basic functionality, and not every sản phẩm can afford lớn have the AirPods" gesture-based design. So now we are stuck with stabbing our ears every time we have lớn play or pause our music.

Comfort

The Redmi Earbuds S are a reasonably comfortable pair of earphones. The earphones come with three different ear tip sizes, all of which are made out of rubber. The default kích thước fits me perfectly and the earphones sit comfortably in my ears without feeling lượt thích they would fall out. This is important as they vì chưng not have any other appendage to lớn keep them in lượt thích some of the sporty models.

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The rubber ear tips also afford some amount of passive noise isolation, which coupled with the sound of the music is usually enough lớn drown out the surroundings without needing active noise-cancellation. I wouldn"t even mind using them for short flights.

As mentioned earlier, the earphones fit my ears quite well despite having smaller than average ears. Having said that, the oblong shape might not necessarily fit everyone well.

Features và Software

The Redmi Earbuds S tư vấn Bluetooth 5.0, however, they cannot be used with two devices at the same time. The công nghệ bluetooth 5.0 connection does mean, however, that both earphones are connected directly lớn your phone rather than one serving as a master for the other. This means, you can use either of the earbuds individually for calls or music & you can remove one of them and put it in the case và the other one will continue playing without missing a beat. If you were already listening to one, then putting in the other one causes a small pause and then both start playing.

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The Redmi Earbuds S only support the standard SBC codec. This is common for budget earphones although increasingly we are seeing more models adopt the AAC codec as well. There isn"t a big difference between the two so the lack of AAC here isn"t a huge deal. You might, however, miss out on more advanced codecs like aptX depending upon your unique of music, although those codecs are rarely in truly wireless earphones.

The Redmi Earbuds S has no companion app. You just pair them directly & any sound adjustments you have lớn make will have khổng lồ be done through the connected device or music player app. There"s also no way lớn update their software.

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Performance

The Redmi Earbuds S are mediocre sounding pair of earphones. The problem here is with the tuning, which has a reverse S-curve signature that creates a dark, muddy sound with overwhelming high-bass emphasis but very little presence in the higher frequencies.

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The bass on the Redmi Earbuds S is elevated but more in the mid-bass & high-bass region. The low-bass is quite tame by comparison so you don"t get too much rumble in the low-end. On the other hand, there is plenty of boominess in the sound.

The mid inherit this boominess as the low-mids are also quite exaggerated. This causes the sound khổng lồ also sound a bit honky. Male vocals are most affected by this và they just don"t sound natural, with a nasal và boomy quality to them. Most of the percussion instruments are also affected by this.

On the other hand, the entire treble range is quite anemic. While some may prefer the softer S và T sounds, there is no denying that the high-end has very little detail and energy. Without the high-end sparkle, the entire sound signature just comes across as dull & muddy, with all energy being focused in that lower mid-range.

The earbuds bởi vì have decent imaging & stereo separation but the soundstage is quite ordinary and typical for in-ear design.

Now, it"s possible to lớn improve the sound signature & I was able to lớn dial in a custom EQ that fixed most of my complaints with the sound signature. It"s basically an S-curve that brigs down the mids and adds more energy to the high-end for a more balanced sound. I did this in the Spotify phầm mềm but you could vì it in any other phầm mềm or device that has an EQ function. The Redmi Earbuds S EQ reasonably well & I didn"t hear any additional distortion as a result of the EQ. However, we don"t test audio based on what it could be with EQ but rather how it ships out of the box, và here the Redmi Earbuds S perform rather poorly.

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Custom EQ in Spotify for iOS

Unfortunately, the issue aren"t limited khổng lồ the sound quality. I also faced some connection issues with the Redmi Earbuds S over a variety of devices. Sometimes, the sound would pause briefly và cause the paired phone khổng lồ briefly show its volume bar as if it just paired and unpaired quickly in the background. Another issue was more flummoxing, where the earphone would just drop sound every second at a constant cadence. This just went on until the earphones were put back in their case và reconnected.

By far the weirdest one is where the sound just goes mono & gets super compressed. It sounds lượt thích dunking my head underwater as the sound becomes a bit distant & monophonic. Restarting the earphones or just toggling the trò chơi mode would fix this until it just randomly happened again later.

This sort of behavior isn"t acceptable even for the most bargain-basement wireless product as we are compromising on basic functionality. A wireless sản phẩm that cannot maintain a stable connection even under ideal conditions (paired phone two feet away with an unobstructed line of sight) is simply broken.

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Now speaking of that trò chơi mode, xiaomi mi claims that it reduces latency down to 122ms, which sounds like a lot but not bad for bluetooth in general. In practice, the game mode on the Redmi Earbuds S is great. Trying these earbuds in Fortnite with a OnePlus 8 Pro resulted in a massive drop in latency from when a button was tapped on the screen và when the shot was fired. The game mode makes it seem near-instantaneous, which is about as good as you can hope from bluetooth audio. I wouldn"t mind using these earphones for gaming as long as it doesn"t require voice chat.

Lastly, the microphone performance is adequate. Voices do sound a bit nasal and tinny as there"s virtually no bass or highs being recorded but for voice calls this shouldn"t be a big issue.

Battery Life

The Redmi Earbuds S have a claimed battery life of 4 hours when used continuously and 12 hours when combined with all the juice inside the case. I mix the earphones lớn play my usual chạy thử track on loop at a reasonable volume to see how long they last before both the earbuds die.

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In my usage, I consistently got just about 3.5 hours of usage from the earbuds. I would then allow them lớn charge completely inside the case và repeat the process. Combined, I did manage lớn get just over 12 hours of cumulative battery life before the case was completely exhausted. The case then takes about a couple of hours lớn charge on its own without the earbuds in it & the earbuds also take about the same amount of time to charge within a fully charged case.

The overall battery life is not good. Depending upon your use case, you might get by with 3.5 hours, especially if you only listen on short bursts like, say, during workouts or work commutes. However, for anyone wanting to lớn listen for longer periods, such as, while working or traveling, then it"s not going khổng lồ be enough.

Conclusion

As mentioned in the beginning, the Redmi Earbuds S are a very affordable set of truly wireless earphones. This does allow it some concessions, such as less than stellar sound quality, mediocre battery life, or imperfect design.

However, in my testing, the Redmi Earbuds S had some connectivity issues, which could not be ignored. These were over various connected devices with various apps, so the source was not khổng lồ blame. The issue was entirely with the earphones & as stated before, connectivity issues with wireless products are not something we take lightly.

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The Redmi Earbuds S are also underwhelming in every other aspect, which then begs the question, why should one buy these at all? Being inexpensive is a contributing factor to lớn a purchase but shouldn"t be the sole reason for it, and the only redeeming quality of the Redmi Earbuds S is that they are inexpensive.

Overall, the Redmi Earbuds S get a pass from me. I know that the combination of truly wireless with affordable pricing can be tempting but it seems we are still some way off from getting a sản phẩm that does this well and the Redmi Earbuds S certainly don"t.

Pros

Decent build qualityLow latency with trò chơi modeLow price

Cons

Mediocre sound qualityConnectivity issuesBelow average battery lifeInconvenient button designmicroUSB charging