Over the last year, Xiaomi has launched a couple of audio products under the Mi and Redmi branding. The consumers received the Mi audio products well, but Redmi somehow failed to impress the audience, whereas Redmi’s arch-nemesis has been doing a great job. But Redmi is still there in the game, and last month it announced the Earbuds 3 Pro, a spiritual successor to Earbuds 2C. The new earbuds offer some exciting features on the paper, such as dual-driver setup, Qualcomm aptX Adaptive codec support, with a promise of great battery life for Rs. 2,999. That said, the question here is how to do these earbuds sound, and are these features enough to save the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro, or is it just going to be another miss? Find out in our full review.
How do Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro look and feel? And if they’re comfortable to wear or not? These are some of the first questions someone asks while buying true wireless earbuds. Starting with the case, not a big fan of the sandstone pink, but not going to lie; it does look cute. The overall build quality of the case is quite satisfactory, but the case is thick, making it nearly impossible to carry it in the pocket.
Inside the case, you’d find two pill-shaped earbuds, and yes, they do look good. For a second, I was wondering why these XM3’s are pink. The earbuds have this glossy touch-sensitive area, and the controls work perfectly once you get used to them. However, the fit isn’t anywhere near perfect, and it’s more of a hit or a miss. Well, I had a tough time accomodating to these buds, but after a week, I didn’t care about the fit much. It’s tough finding a perfect fit for yourself with these earbuds, so good luck with that.
On paper, the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro offers some unbelievable features for its price. To start with, each earbud comes with a dual driver setup, one dynamic and one balanced armature driver. Second, the earbuds are powered by Qualcomm QCQCC3040 chipset enabling Bluetooth 5.2, SBC, aptX, and aptX Adaptive Bluetooth codec support. However, it misses out on the AAC codec, which could be a bummer for some. The Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro is designed to work best with Qualcomm powered devices, especially the one’s running MIUI. Also, the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro offers fast pairing support for smartphones running MIUI 12 and above, and it works as it is supposed to be, fast.
Does a dual driver setup mean better sound quality? Theoretically, yes, but practically it completely depends on the tuning. So, how do Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro sounds? Well, they sound fine but not as good as I expected. One can figure out the distinction between lows and highs, but the over-amplified bass camouflages the mids. The overall soundstage was quite detailed, but vocals were not at it’s best. The biggest con I would say is that there’s no companion app or a dedicated equalizer to tune things up. Look, the overall experience was underwhelming, but I won’t say that it’s upright bad, and I wouldn’t mind using them casually.
The microphone on these earbuds was also okay but nothing close to being perfect. The audio seemed to be quite muffled and sounded like I was speaking into the microphone from a distance. The earbuds might be good for short zoom calls, but they are not ideal for long calls with your pal.
I didn’t face any major connectivity issues with the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro. Even during gaming, the earbuds were working like a charm. The aptX was kicking in every time I connected the earbuds with a Qualcomm powered smartphone, and there was no lap. However, aptX is limited to Qualcomm smartphones, and with Mediatek powered smartphones, the earbuds communicate on SBC codec, which doesn’t affect the sound quality, but the latency becomes quite noticeable.
The only impressive thing about the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro is its battery life. The earbuds lasted me for around 5-6 hours with volume over 75 per cent, and aptX enabled. But, you might start losing patience while charging these earbuds, as it takes almost 3-4 hours to get juiced up. I would have lost my mind if I didn’t have another pair of earphones.
The Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro offers quite a lot on paper. However, it fails to impress when it comes to the real world. They’re good, but that doesn’t mean that you should buy them. These earbuds target a very niche audience, the one’s using Xiaomi or Redmi smartphones. But if you’re not one of them, then it’s better to look elsewhere.
For Rs. 2,599, the Realme Buds Air 2 offers a better design, sound signature, app support, and ANC. Meanwhile, at Rs 2,999, the Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro has only one trick up its sleeve, a long battery life, but even that’s pulled down by a long charging time. So should you buy them? You can consider them if you own a Snapdragon-powered Xiaomi or Redmi smartphone; otherwise, it’s a straight no.