Today, truly wireless headphones in an affordable price range cost a dime a dozen. Each claims to offer better battery life and sound for a fraction of the price. But only a few truly live up to their hype.
So when Redmi released the new Redmi Buds 3 Lite for just Rs 1,499, I wasn’t too keen to try it out. But when I did, I was surprised!
If I had to describe the design of the Redmi Buds 3 Lite in one word, it would be compact. From the case to the headphones themselves, they’re really tiny and compact, perfect for people with small ears who often have headphones that fall out due to poor fit.
The tiny buds have no stem design and fit snugly in the ear canal. For added comfort and support, you get three sizes of silicone tips and two sizes of silicone wings (small and large).
They’re IP54 dust and splash resistant, so they can easily survive sweaty workouts, but are best kept in your bag during the rain.
The overall build quality is decent. The plastic doesn’t feel premium or cheap. Also, despite having a nice matte finish on the case, it is easily prone to scratches.
Pairing and gestures
Redmi Buds 3 Lite pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth 5.2. However, unlike more expensive TWS headphones in the market, this one does not have fancy pairing features.
You need to manually remove both earbuds to begin pairing and go to your phone’s Bluetooth section to connect. Post pairing, the buds automatically connect when the case is opened, which is good.
However, to pair another pair, the previous pair needs to be reset and for that, users need to press the button on both earbuds to activate the reset and then start the pairing process again.
It might be a little bulky for some users, but at this price I think that’s excusable.
As mentioned earlier, the audio driver features capacitive touch buttons that trigger the smart assistant on your phone when pressed and held down (Siri in the case of an iPhone and Google Assistant if you had an Android device), while the taps worked to pause and skip tracks.
I wish I had the ability to change the volume using gestures, but I think that’s too much to ask of those tiny sensors. Tap to pause and double tap to skip the track worked great.
Redmi Buds 3 Lite sports a 6-millimeter dynamic driver which, in my testing, was a little bass-heavy – a common trait among budget headphones. That said, they were by no means terrible.
While listening to Tims’ “No Woman No Cry,” the headphones did a good job of emphasizing the vocals. This was also evident in other loud tracks like Abida Parveen’s Tu Jhoom and Naseebo Lal, however, I felt the headphones failed to make the vocals any clearer.
The soundstage on the ear cups was wide but nothing that wouldn’t blow your socks off. Listening to Gangubai Kathiawadi’s Meri Jaan voiced by Neeti Mohan, you feel that lack of depth. However, the headphones did a fantastic job of reproducing tabla and other percussion.
Listening to Pasoori and Thagyaan from this year’s Coke Studio, the headphones really showed how comfortable it is to produce the right amount of low frequencies, translating into punchy, but not overpowering hits.
Eventually what fixed most of the issues for me (including the slightly muffled treble) was turning the volume up slightly (which was more than I was comfortable with) to get the level of sharpness that I expected. Although your experience varies greatly.
Redmi Buds 3 Lite sports two microphones for taking calls. Now, truly wireless earbuds, regardless of brand, are quite vulgar when it comes to taking phone calls, especially in a noisy environment.
However, Redmi has paired the microphones with a noise reduction algorithm that identifies and extracts human voices while canceling background noise. This results in the wearer’s voice being much clearer and much less muffled. The test found that while it wasn’t as crisp as a boom mic or those found in high-end TWSs, it was still pretty clear.
Alternatively, it’s important to note that Redmi Buds 3 Lite lacks the active noise cancellation we’ve seen on other headphones, the buds still passively cancel outside noise, and they do a pretty good job of TO DO.
Redmi Buds 3 Lite claims to offer five hours of music playback on the earbuds alone and a total of 18 hours of playback including the charging case.
In my use case, I was able to easily use the headphones for four hours for calls/music because their low-profile design made me feel like I wasn’t really wearing anything.
Using the case as well, I was able to extend my use up to two days until I needed it charged, which is decent. Plus, charging the headphones for just 10 minutes offered enough juice to use them for just over an hour, which was also a welcome inclusion.
Should you buy Redmi Buds 3 Lite?
Redmi Buds 3 Lite offers decent build quality, good sound, is comfortable to wear and also looks decent. Sure, it’s not loaded with features like active noise cancellation and smart pairing when using multiple devices, but it’s still a solid piece of gear you can rely on, especially if you’re someone you know. one who takes a ton of phone calls.
For a price of Rs 1,499, if you’re on a tight budget and looking for a great sounding pair of TWS headphones, it really doesn’t get any better than this.
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