Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro
The Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro is definitely an interesting product purely because of two reasons: Dynamic+Balanced Armature setup and aptX Adaptive codec.
The case is made of strong plastic and it has a matte finish while the buds are pill-shaped and fairly thick too. Not that it was uncomfortable, but we were constantly fidgeting with it in our ears. It has IPX4 ratings for the water resistance.
If you have a Xiaomi phone, you can quickly pair the Earbuds 3 Pro using the Fast Pairing protocol but for every other Android or iPhone, you need to add it via the old Bluetooth pairing method. It doesn’t have a dedicated app and the controls are pretty odd too.
The Earbuds 3 Pro uses dynamic low latency offered by the aptX Adaptive codec to achieve an input lag as low as 86ms. Although, in our testing we noticed that the Earbuds 3 Pro definitely had slightly more input lag while playing Call of Duty Mobile compared to Realme Buds Air 2.
The sound signature of the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro is tuned very similar to Sony’s XB lineup of products with the only difference being that sub bass performance is very bloated, creating a very evident auditory masking effect. We’d pick Realme Buds Air 2 any day.
The Earbuds 3 Pro sounds cleaner in calls and doesn’t alter the tone of voice, but, don’t expect the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro to blow you away or anything. It is just better in context.
We got around 6 hours and 45 minutes of continuous playback on Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro, plus, we get 30 hours of extra charge on the case. The Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro has a good battery life compared to other TWS buds.
In our opinion, the Realme Buds Air 2 offers a better sound signature, controls, app support, ANC, transparency mode, gaming latency, and design while the Earbuds 3 Pro only has a slight edge in the call quality and the battery life department.