Realme Buds Air 2 review: An honest pair of true wireless headphones for Android smartphones

Foreword: We highly recommend that you check out the full Realme Buds Air 2 Neo test to properly approximate the “very short” Buds Air 2 test. Since the two models are relatively close, this short test is mainly about the differences you need to know.

Realme Buds Air 2 Neo on the left, Realme Buds Air 2 on the right

At first glance, the Realme Buds Air 2 differs from the Buds Air 2 in the branch design. This significant difference does not affect the overall quality of workmanship, which is quite correct, nor the accessories supplied. Working with the case with one hand is always risky, especially since the headphones are even more strongly magnetized in the case when they are stored inside.

The case still fits easily in a trouser pocket.

The case still fits easily in a trouser pocket.

On the other hand, the wearing experience is clearly a little different from its “Neo” counterparts, by the way, for the better: the headphones are more invisible in the ear (which is not surprising, given that the contact part is more compact) and therefore less prone to small problems too notable support that we observed. Although they are not completely forgotten, the Buds Air 2 provide a pleasant feeling of comfort even with relatively long use.

No major changes in terms of user experience are expected, which is generally correct, especially with Android devices: with the exception of the presence of a wear sensor in each earbud, which allows you to take advantage of auto-play pause/resume (can be deactivated in the companion mobile app) and active noise cancellation when wearing headphones (not deactivated), the Realme Buds Air 2 are similar to their “Neo” version. On the other hand, the battery life of the headphones on a single charge does not exceed 4 hours 20 minutes / 5 hours, depending on whether the RBA is activated or not. However, the carrying case provides four additional refills.

Another important point: the hands-free kit offers serious reception and conversation quality, which allows you to make calls in adverse noise conditions (on a moderately noisy street) without having to repeat yourself or speak too loudly to speak yourself. understands their interlocutor.

In terms of listening, the Realme Buds Air 2 and Air 2 Neo tend to have the same foundation, but here, too, they differ on a few points that tip the scales in favor of the former. The Buds Air 2 are indeed a little better, and as such they can offer pretty correct performance: the recovery is a little more balanced, readable, a little more airy and, above all, a little less grueling. The sonic signature of these true wireless headphones is colorful nonetheless, with a punchy, even punchy look and a well-defined sonic presence that will once again require you to stay wise with listening volume due to ear fatigue.

  • Frequency Response Measurement (Balanced Black, Bass Boost Orange, Vibrant Blue) | © Digital

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Frequency Response Measurement (Balanced Mode – Black, Bass Boost – Orange, Bright – Blue), Harmonic Distortion Measurement, Square Wave Measurement at 50 and 500 Hz, Impulse Response Measurement (Low Latency Mode – Purple)

The sound fidelity is correct, the bass is always a bit soft and the second part of the spectrum gets lost when there is a lot of information to decipher (many instruments rich in harmonics of the pieces). A slightly more extended and detailed treble response would also make the soundstage a bit less compact.

Like the Buds Air 2 Neo, the Buds Air 2 provide very low passive isolation. Activating Active Noise Cancellation is therefore essential if you want to cut yourself off as much as possible from certain noise sources, and it’s a bit more convincing in this model as well. The proposed attenuation is fundamentally no more important and remains light enough, in particular for erasing voices. However, it is less cranky than the Buds Air 2 Neo (no major performance issues other than still significant wind-induced breath sensitivity).

Significant Arguments

  • Homogeneous sound reproduction, the first part of a well-balanced spectrum.

  • Hands-free set of very good quality.

  • Convenient carrying.

Weak points

  • A sound signature that would benefit from being softer and less timid at extreme high frequencies.

  • Improved audio fidelity.

  • Very low passive isolation/very ineffective active noise cancellation on vocals.

  • There is no volume control.

  • No headphone support in the iOS app (and thus very limited features).

How does assessment work?

Not a real surprise, the Realme Buds Air 2 bring a slightly more polished and controlled experience than their Buds 2 Air Neo siblings, positioning them as a model to consider if you want to invest as little as possible in a pair of headphones. true wireless. However, other slightly more expensive models can be a more interesting investment due to a more reliable price / quality ratio, and for all users, not just Android users.

Additional Notes

  • Production and accessories

  • Comfort and Support

  • Comfort

  • Service

  • User Experience

  • Autonomy

  • Audio

  • Active noise cancellation

  • IP certification

  • Delay

  • Free hands

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