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realme Buds Q2s Review

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Overview

Alongside the realme GT Neo 3 launch comes this entry-level TWS, the realme Buds Q2s.

The realme Buds Q2s, the company’s newest True Wireless Stereo (TWS) product, touts a 30-hour Total Playback, 10mm Bass Boost Driver with Dolby Atmos Support, and an 88ms Super Low Latency to ensure that you can “Grove All Day Long.”

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The Spacecraft Voyaging Case Design, IPX4 Water Resistance, Environmental Noise Cancellation (ENC), and three gorgeous colors—Paper White, Paper Green, and Night Black—are also included.

realme Buds Q2s specs

The official price tag of the realme Buds Q2s is only P1,490.

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Design

Design-wise, the Realme Buds Q2s isn’t that special. It comes in an oval-shaped thin plastic case that you can see through. The lid is not very strong, and it is easy to scratch or scuff it. On the back of the device, there is a USB Type-C charging port.

The realme Buds Q2s blends practicality and aesthetics with its Transparent Shell Design and futuristic arc-shaped case. The Buds Q2s magnetically attaches to the case for charging. The realme Buds Q2s have Intelligent Touch Controls & realme Link App Support to operate the TWS without a smartphone or linked device. The realme Buds Q2s feature USB Type-C for easy use with other devices that use the same connector.

The earphones are small and easy to carry. When used for long periods of time, it didn’t hurt too much. Because they fit in the ear canal, they do a good job of blocking out outside sounds. The IPX4 rating for sweat and water splash resistance is one step down from realme Buds Q2’s IPX5 rating, but it’s still good.

For the touch controls on the earbuds, you can set up single-tap, double-tap, triple-tap, and touch-and-hold gestures with the paired phone and the Realme Link app.

The earphones themselves are well-designed and provide effective passive noise cancellation. However, the carrying case could have been more sturdy. But the price tag justifies all these features.

Audio Quality

Realme Buds Q2s have a Bluetooth 5.2 chip that allows for the usage of AAC and SBC audio codecs. The Balanced equalizer setting is bass-heavy in their audio settings. The Realme Link app features an equalizer with three different modes: Bass Boost+, Balanced, and Bright.

Three Modes (via the realme Link App)

(1) The bass is bloated and muddy in Balanced mode, despite being rather strong. The highs and mids are both muddy, and the mids aren’t clear enough. In terms of soundstage quality, it’s adequate for the asking price.

(2) The Bright setting improves the mids significantly while still providing sufficient bass. The highs, however, become sibilant (the S and T sounds become sharp and piercing). When in this setting, the sound quality as a whole is lacking.

Thirdly, the Bass Boost+ setting makes the bass so dominant that it distorts the entire listening experience. This equalizer setting is not suitable for anyone, not even fans of electronic dance music or bass heads.

The realme Buds Q2s’ 480mAh battery, 40mAh for the earbuds, and 400mAh for the charging case will keep you busy all day. Users may listen to music for 30 hours of total playback and 60 hours of standby time. Speaking of everywhere, consumers don’t have to worry about their realme Buds Q2s getting wet because it has an IPX4 Water Resistance rating that protects it from drops and perspiration, making it the perfect exercise partner.

Also, for movie experience, the realme Buds Q2s boast 88ms Super Low Latency for better audio-to-visual sync whether viewing a movie or playing video games. The realme Buds Q2s’ Instant Connection with Bluetooth 5.2 & 10m Communication Range provides superior connectivity and minimal battery consumption even when a linked device is 10m away.

The earphones’ passive noise suppression is good, as was already described. Strangely, Realme deleted ANC from the Buds Q2s, which was a feature of the Buds Q2. The call quality is average for the cost. Vocals seem a little artificial, but they can still be understood.

Conclusion

When it comes to truly wireless earbuds, the Realme Buds Q2s is a solid option. They’re soft and pleasant to wear, but the bass is overpowering. The audio should have been better balanced, but it could be fun for certain people. They also have a lesser IP rating than last year’s Realme Buds Q2 and don’t feature wear detection.

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