- Type: TWS, in-ear
- Drivers: dynamic, 13 mm
- Acoustic design: open
- Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
- Supported profiles: АSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP
- Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC
- Charging time: headphones – up to 40 minutes, case – 1.5 hours
- Sensitivity: 88dB
- Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Battery capacity: 400 mAh (case)
- Length of USB charging cable: 15 cm
- Weight: headphones – 4.1 g, case – 30.5 g
- Protection class: IPX4 (headphone only)
- Working temperature: from -10 ° С to + 55 ° С
Positioning and price
The realme Buds Air Neo wireless earbuds are the lite version of the realme Buds Air, which came out late last year. The company “lightened” them by removing the noise cancellation system and wireless charging.
Some additional features (such as automatic playback pause when one headphone is removed, etc.) also disappeared, but basically the characteristics, battery life and design remained the same. But this made it possible to reduce the price tag by a third – at the time of writing the realme Buds Air Neo cost $35, while more sophisticated Buds Air cost $55.
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What’s in the box
The realme Buds Air Neo comes in a small cheerful yellow cardboard box. Inside you can find a charging case with headphones placed inside, a compact microUSB charging cable, and, of course, a manual. Everything is standard and nothing stands out.
Design and materials
Of course, one cannot fail to notice the similarity with the famous Apple headphones.
But I don’t see any point in focusing on this either: The TWS headphones aren’t likely to get reinvented any time soon. So there is nothing unique about the design, but it doesn’t make it bad.
The headphones themselves and the charging case are made of white glossy plastic. All parts fit perfectly, no burrs on the plastic, casting defects, etc. The headphones are very light: the case is 30.5 g, and the headphones are 4.1 g each, which ensures their “weightlessness” in the ears.
The charging case on the front has a mechanical button (it is needed for the initial connection of the headphones and a reset) and a light indicator. When there is enough charge in the case, the indicator glows green while the headphones are being removed, and when the charge level drops below 20%, it blinks red. The charging connector (standard microUSB) has been moved to the bottom end. Despite the fact that the lid of the case (surprisingly, considering the price) is not loose at all, it is not sturdy enough either. When you take out the headphones, any careless movement leads to premature closing of the lid, which is accompanied by a characteristic pop. It’s not awful, but unpleasant. The glossy case has a one drawback: scratches form on it rather quickly. You can count on the fact that after some time the pretty appearance will be lost forever.
The headphones themselves looks pretty standard. The main speaker mesh is offset to the side, but there are also a couple of holes – on the inside of the earbud and on the outside. At the very bottom you can see a microphone hole and two charging terminals. In the case, the headphones are in their “anatomical” sockets and are securely fixed with magnets. Each earphone has a touch control area that is located on the outside of the emitter.
Smartphone connection and control
There are two options for connecting Buds Air Neo to a smartphone. The first and also the easiest one is to simply connect the headset like any Bluetooth device. First you need to make sure your earbuds and case are charged. Now open the lid of the case, don’t take out the headphones, and hold the button on the case for 3 seconds. After that, the indicator should blink green. Next, turn on Bluetooth on your smartphone, look for “realme Buds Air Neo” in the list, connect and you’re done. After this simple procedure, the headphones, after removing from the case, will connect to the smartphone on autopilot. And very quickly.
The default controls are quite comfortable and easy to get used to. Although the touch control panel is not highlighted in any way on the headphones, it is difficult to miss – you just need to tap on the upper part of the earphone. Here are all the gestures:
- Double tap: answer incoming call, play/pause
- Triple tap: switch to next track
- Press and hold (2 sec, on one earbud): reject an incoming call
There is one more feature in them – the “game mood”, or the game mode. To activate it, it is enough to simultaneously hold the “buttons” on both headphones for 2 seconds. After that, you can hear the sound of the car starting – it means that the mode is activated.
The main feature of the “game mood” is that the speed of data transfer between the smartphone and headphones increases and delays are reduced. To be honest, I have no complaints about the quality of the transmission even in the default mode, so I could not fully evaluate this feature. Although, perhaps, mobile gamers will find something useful in this mode. You can turn it off in the same manner, only deactivation is accompanied by a pleasant music instead of the sounds of the car engine.
A few words about ease of control. On the one hand, it’s good that the Buds Air Neo doesn’t have physical buttons, just a touch area. But the sensitivity of the panel is not very high, so you have to tap quite intensely. Not very pleasing to the ear. In addition, due to the same weak sensitivity, headphones sometimes recognize triple clicks as double ones, and instead of switching to the next track, they stop playing. We have to restore the playback and again make a lot of movements. It is inconvenient, and there’s no volume control. Therefore, I am in favor of using a smartphone or a smart watch.