Realme Buds Q review: decent tunes for bargain hunters

Chinese producers are presently inflicting fairly a stir throughout the smartphone market spectrum with a big selection of units and their corresponding equipment. Take the BBK Group, for instance. They are actually gaining a foothold with its rising manufacturers reminiscent of OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, and Realme. The latter is one which targets those that need loads of worth for their cash. Hence, it’s no shock that the brand new Realme Buds Q True Wireless headphones can be found at a knock-down worth that may shock many. But at that extraordinarily low worth level, is there high quality efficiency to comply with up with the wonderful worth level? This Realme Buds Q evaluation blew me out of my socks.



  • Incredibly low worth
  • Good sound with a number of bass and clear treble
  • Good battery life for the cash
  • Customizable contact operation
  • Very gentle and compact


  • Insecure becoming
  • Low noise isolation
  • No put on detection
  • App requires a cloud account
  • Obsolete MicroUSB connector

Realme Buds Q launch date and worth

The Realme Buds Q true wi-fi headphones have been out there in Germany since June 2020. The really useful retail worth slapped by the producer stands at an especially inexpensive £29.99. Although the mannequin is accessible in white and yellow in some areas, solely the black model is accessible in Europe on the time of publication.


Realme Buds Q design and construct high quality

Wow, these are surprisingly gentle. I’ve by no means seen nor used such light-weight earbuds earlier than. Each earbud ideas the scales at a mere 3.6 grams. Together with the bundled charger, your entire shebang weighs simply 37 grams.

For those that spend loads of time touring across the city jungle, the compact dimensions could also be a nice level to pay attention to, however the miniaturized kind issue of the Realme Buds Q just isn’t essentially conducive to sporting consolation.
In my evaluation, the earbuds are usually not securely fitted every time I put on them – which provides to the stress of unintentionally dropping one (or each!) of them since they’re so gentle and hardly noticeable. The tapered finish just isn’t flat sufficient to be wedged firmly within the auricle and stay there. This causes the earbuds to loosen after a number of steps and even easy chewing actions, therefore I’ve to right the match time and again. Thankfully, the relative looseness of the Realme Buds Q by no means fairly managed to have it fall out throughout your entire period of this evaluation.

The Realme Buds Q are very gentle. / © NextPit

The small earbuds and the charging case are formed like a pebble which have been smoothened over by millennia of waves washing over it, that it appears virtually fragile. However in actuality, that isn’t the case. They are made out of sunshine however robust PC+ABS particular polymer composite materials. In addition, Realme didn’t skimp on the sealing regardless of the small speaker compartments and the low worth level. The Buds Q have IPX4 certification ranking, which gives safety in opposition to each water splashes and sweat, which suggests you might be greater than able to sporting a pair of those dangerous boys out for a long term within the rain with out lacking a beat.

Setup and operation

The built-in R1Q chip is provided with Bluetooth connectivity and may due to this fact be linked to a smartphone in a short time. As quickly as you open the charging case and take away the earphones, they may seem straight within the pairing display or are instantly linked ought to it have been paired to your system earlier on.

The producer recommends the Realme Link app with a purpose to maximize its operational functionality, for which this app is accessible solely on Android and never for iOS. To make issues worse by doubtlessly eliminating a section of potential customers (maybe Realme discovered that iPhone customers merely would bypass such an affordable factor), this app annoys with the requirement of a cloud account registration earlier than you should utilize it. Where else on earth is there such a modus operandi in the case of earbuds? So far, I’ve scoured excessive and low and never discovered something prefer it. The solely benefit to having this cloud account can be the flexibility to handle different Realme units through the app – however over right here in Germany, solely their smartphones can be found to reap the benefits of this app. When it involves headphone utilization, the app gives all however one unique perform: you’ll be able to assign completely different instructions to the contact controls on the edges of the earphones in line with your individual desire.

By default, everytime you double faucet, triple faucet, or contact and maintain it for two seconds, you may start audio playback, pause playback, skip to the subsequent monitor, or reply, reject or finish a name. Touching and holding down each contact surfaces concurrently will see the headphones enter gaming mode.

In this mode, the latency supposedly reduces itself to 119 milliseconds, which is minimal at greatest in providing an improved gaming audio expertise.

NextPit Realme Buds Q case headphone
You can execute completely different instructions with out having to select up the smartphone. / © NextPit

A easy contact won’t be registered, making certain that you don’t activate a command accidentally if you regulate the earbuds into a cushty place. Realme additionally eradicated the damage detection sensors, so the headphones won’t cease working except you command them to take action together with your finger or place them within the charging case.

By default, you might be unable to return to the earlier monitor. But this may be simply remedied through the app, along with enabling Google Assistant. If you agree with the manufacturing unit default capabilities as a substitute, your Realme cloud account just isn’t required. This is particularly reassuring for iOS customers, because the app just isn’t out there for the iPhone. Nevertheless, you may nonetheless take heed to music utilizing the earbuds on smartphones from each side of the cell working system divide.

Realme Buds Q audio

How ought to earbuds that retail for a mere £30 sound, you ask? I positive had that query swimming in my head earlier than I started the evaluation. The reply is: Amazingly good!

The Realme Buds Q are much more highly effective and dynamic than the value suggests.
This might be because of the built-in audio system. With a diameter of ten millimeters, they’re comparatively massive and due to this fact able to stashing good {hardware} beneath the hood. On the opposite hand, Realme has additionally tweaked the drivers on the software program facet. Thus, the headphones make an impression with robust ranges of bass and treble. This may scare off Hi-Fi purists, but it surely’s lots of enjoyable with digital music.

Upon extra cautious listening, nonetheless, it turns into obvious that there are shortcomings on this pair of earbuds. The Realme Buds Q are unable to resolve all aural particulars of very complicated compositions. In the center frequencies, a number of the tracks sound contourless. But that’s criticism on a really excessive stage in view of the value. More related in actuality is that the small Realme Buds Q solely defend exterior noise on a average scale. You cannot anticipate any assist from noise-cancellation know-how reminiscent of ANC at this worth level. As anticipated, Realme has avoided putting in it in a finances mannequin.

Realme Buds Q battery

There is nothing unsuitable with the battery life.
According to the producer, the headphones’ 40-mAh battery capability permits as much as 4.5 hours of music playback time at 50% quantity on a single cost. In whole, Realme guarantees a most of 20 hours of playback time, which implies that the 400-mAh battery of the charger delivers 15.5 hours of reserve juice. It’s astonishing that such high-capacity batteries have been in a position to be applied in such a small case. The Realme Buds Q are extra sturdy than many a mannequin that’s twice or 3 times dearer.

NextPit Realme Buds Q case
The earplugs are charged within the egg-shaped charging case. / © NextPit

You can see how a lot energy is left within the True Wireless headphones in Realme’s app or within the Bluetooth menu of your smartphone. There isn’t any show for the remaining cost on the charging case. There can be no perform for quick charging. And it can’t be juiced up through USB-C, however with a reconditioned micro-USB plug. But these are compromises one should make to cater to the low worth. Surely everybody has a legacy micro-USB cable mendacity round someplace!

Final verdict

With Realme Buds Q, the newcomer has pieced collectively a convincing true wi-fi headphones package deal inside the finances section. At this worth level, this pair of true wi-fi headphones provide excellent sound and battery efficiency. Even higher-end options reminiscent of an IP ranking and customizable contact operation are a part of the package deal. This is made potential because the producer determined to chop corners properly – by dishing out with the motion-detecting sensors and USB-C connectivity, all within the effort to make each greenback rely. The considerably insecure match could be annoying although, however much more costly headphones are usually not proof against this. That is why this shortcoming doesn’t diminish the formidable general impression of this bargain provide.

It’s arduous to consider that the really useful retail worth of £30 permits them to show a revenue. Perhaps the younger model is just ready to forego an affordable revenue margin with a purpose to achieve market share and a focus first with such a tempting provide. In any case, the bait is certainly very enticing, and for my part, has no catch.

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