Redmi Buds 3 Lite review: Decent headphones
Redmi is synonymous with value-for-money smartphones in India and it has enabled parent company Xiaomi to reach the pinnacle of handset business in India within a very short time of its arrival in the subcontinent. and never once has it slipped its position to rival brands.
Besides phones, Redmi has introduced several products including affordable smart TVs, smart wristbands and watches, and headphones. They are also doing well.
Recently, the company unveiled the Redmi K50i 5G along with the Redmi Buds 3 Lite for Rs 1,990. I’ve been using the latter for just over a week and here are some thoughts.
Design and build quality
The Redmi Buds 3 Lite comes with a compact, pebble-inspired case that is visually appealing. It is smooth, but on the other hand, it cannot repel fingerprints. And, it also picked up scratches when kept in my office backpack. However, the headphones are well protected and the magnetic cover does a great job of keeping them intact at all times.
Moreover, the headphones come with an IP54 dust and water resistance rating, which means they can also withstand accidental water splashes and sweat.
Redmi Buds 3 Lite comes with dual-level silicone earbuds, a first for the company. The material used for the headphones is soft and sturdy. They adapt perfectly to the ears and stay in place.
Whenever I use wireless headphones, I always worry about losing them on the bus during peak hours between home and work. But, I must write, that the headphones remained intact in my ears. The headphones were pre-applied with medium-sized eartips and they were perfect for me. It should be noted that the company offers the nibs in two other sizes, small and large, separately from the retail box.
However, I’m a bit disappointed that the company doesn’t offer the Type-C charging cord with the box. You only have to rely on the power bank or the phone charging cable.
User interface and performance
Setting up the headphones is quite easy. You just need to open the lid and name “Redmi Buds 3 Lite” on the device list on Bluetooth and start the pairing process. After that, users never have to repeat this process again.
Once opened, the headphones instantly connect to the companion phone. It supports advanced Bluetooth 5.2, which guarantees a good wireless connection up to 10 meters from the device. I was able to leave the phone on the top floor and walk downstairs without experiencing any connectivity issues.
It also features sensitive input touch points. Double tap to skip to next track or answer calls. With three taps on the right/left earbud, it will reject incoming phone calls or end the call, or invoke the voice assistant.
By pressing and holding one of the headphones, it will play music or pause. If you press and hold both earbuds, it will enter or exit game mode.
When it comes to audio quality, it is surprisingly good, better than most earbuds in the sub-Rs 5,000 price range. Each earbud comes with a 6mm driver tuned by the Xiaomi Sound Lab owner to deliver the best-in-class audio quality. Does it deliver?
Yes, to some extent. The sound output when listening to music is quite good. I could hear the songs clearly, whether it was the background acoustics or the artist’s voice. Plus, the silicone tips do a decent job of cutting out noise from outside. But, if you’re stuck in traffic, the horn will sound.
Although the device supports Environmental Noise Cancellation (ENC), I encountered noise issues during a phone call during peak hours. The microphone picked up more road and car horn sounds than my voice. I had to repeat the conversation with the person on the other side of the call. But, in an office space, I had no problem at all.
When fully charged, Redmi Buds 3 Lite can provide up to five hours of listening time and, with the case, up to 18 hours of audio.
I didn’t have the anxiety of the battery dying in the middle of a call or video conference, as the LED lights show the status of the battery capacity. It also supports fast charging; just ten minutes can give up to 100 minutes of music playback.
The Redmi Buds 3 Lite is a decent product. In fact, the design, and especially the sound quality while listening to music, is surprisingly good for its asking price.
However, as mentioned above, during the phone call, the mic’s ability to pick up the user’s voice outdoors and in traffic is not so great.
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