Affordable true wireless earphones are pretty common nowadays in the market, unlike a year ago when it is quite rare to find an affordable one. But over time brands are putting out these budget-friendly ANC earphones with tons of key features.
Today let’s talk about the realme Buds Air 3; it was released alongside the realme 9 Pro and the 9 Pro +. It features a 42dB active noise cancelation, which according to them it is their most powerful NC yet, plus the high-performance certification from TÜV Rheinland.
Good Design, Comfortable fit
Decent ANC for the price
Good Connection stability
Sound quality lacks drive
Occasional issues with touch controls
What’s inside the box?
There is not much to talk about its unboxing, since once you lift the cover you will be greeted by the unit itself. Underneath it is two extra pairs of ear tips, manuals, and a USB C cable for charging.
Design and Build
Realme Buds Air 3 comes in three color variants; it has Starry Blue, Nitro Blue, which comes with vertical white racing stripes, and the unit that we have which is the Galaxy White. The pebble-like case has a different look than the Realme Buds Air 2; although they do have the same shape, it introduces a new flat surface with the Realme logo on it. The case is lightweight and also comfortable to the hand thanks to the glossy feel.
Again, the realme logo is placed on the flat surface above the lid of the case. Upfront is the LED indicator that indicates the pairing and battery status; over to the right is the pairing button and underneath is the USB-C charging port.
Once you flip open the lid, you will see the earbuds themselves. Pulling out the earbuds, it have 2 different colors. The stem was silver while the earpieces were white. At the lowest part of the stem are the left and right indicators. It also offers two extra ear tips in case the pre-installed one doesn’t suit you; it also gets an IPX5 rating for water resistance.
Pairing and Connectivity
Realme Buds Air 3 offers Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, which is a bit higher than other TWS on the market, so pairing the device won’t be much of a hassle. If you have already paired your Buds Air 3 to a smartphone, once you open up the lid, as long as the Bluetooth on your mobile device is turned on, it will automatically detect and instantly pair with it.
Functions and Controls
The silver outer stems of the earpieces are touch-sensitive for controls, which can be customizable via the realme Link app (available on Android and iOS). Touch controls are decent and acceptable, although there were times that some gestures don’t register when they have to like triple-tap oftentimes register as double-tap. With the touch controls, you can cycle through playback, ANC, and hear-through modes; you can also launch the voice assistant and activate the game mode feature.
The realme link app lets you customize the touch functions. You can control the noise with the ANC or transparency mode, some sound effects, game mode, and even set up a dual device connection.
Even though it is rich in features, the realme Buds Air 3 offers a decent step up from its predecessor in terms of performance. It has good ANC quality while maintaining a reliable connection at ease. It supports SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs means that Android and iOS sound quality are pretty much alike. Thanks to the 10mm dynamic driver, we pretty much enjoyed our video and music playback.
As for its battery, the earpieces can last up to 5 hours on a single charge, plus you can fully juice up your earpieces with the case three more times in case you are outside. In total, it can pretty much offer you almost 24 hours of usage before you even need to charge the case. Even though the charging case is smaller than its predecessor meaning it stacks fewer charges than before, the battery life of each earpiece makes up for this, which is okay.
Realme as always offers value-for-money products and the Realme Buds Air 3 is still one of them. It has improved sound quality and active noise cancelation than its predecessor, plus the more compact size and shape that comes with impressive and useful features, especially the dual connectivity. So for the price of Php. 3,990 the realme Buds Air 3 is a good budget-friendly TWS.
Realme Buds Air 3 Specs, Price, and Availability
- Driver: 10 mm Dynamic Bass Boost drivers
- Connectivity & Ports: Bluetooth 5.2, USB Type-C
- Wireless Range: Up to 10 meters
- Protection: IPX5 Water Resistance
- Features: Active Noise Cancelation, Transparency mode, Super Low Latency mode (88 ms), gesture touch controls, in-ear detection, realme Link app
- Battery Runtime: 20 hours of music playback
- Battery Charging: 1 hour charging time (earbuds), 2 hours (with case)
- Colors: Nitro Blue, Starry Blue, Galaxy White
- Weight: 4.20g
- Price: Php. 3,990