Realme Buds Q2s Review – UPDATE 2023
Throughout the past year, Realme has introduced a number of wireless audio solutions. We recently examined the Realme Buds Air 3 and were pleasantly surprised by their performance considering the cost.
The design of the Realme Buds Q2s is unremarkable. They come in a thin, clear oval-shaped plastic case with an oval-shaped lid. The lid feels overly light, which is not a good thing, and it is easily scratched and dented. At the back, there is a USB Type-C charging port.
The earphones are compact and portable. The majority of ears can fit fairly nicely. I had no problems using them continuously. They feature an in-ear design with respectable passive noise cancellation.
Touch-sensitive controls are present on the earbuds, and the Realme Link app on the smartphone you’re linked to lets you switch between single-tap, double-tap, triple-tap, and touch-and-hold controls.
The earphones are cozy to wear and provide effective passive noise suppression, but the case should have been made much more solidly. True wireless earbuds from rival brands including Dizo, Jabra, JBL, OPPO, and Soundcore offer casings that are better.
Even without turning on Volume Enhancer from the app, these earphones are incredibly loud right out of the package. At 50% level, they are clearly heard for the majority of uses. The Realme Link app has three sound profiles: Bright, Dynamic, and Bass Boost+. The Bright profile was rarely used with the majority of the company’s previous audio products, but with the Buds Q2s, it is the only one that can be used, unless you want boomy, excessive bass.
Even more so than in Bass Boost+ mode in the majority of their earlier goods, the default audio in the Dynamic profile itself is too bass-heavy. The logical choice for a more balanced sound is to switch to Bright mode. Although initially perceived by some as being a little low, the bass is adequate. Most crucially, unlike in the other two modes, the bass does not completely dominate or muddle the midrange frequencies in this mode. The mids have a solid presence and excellent vocal clarity.
The instrument separation is comparatively more distinct, and the audio detail is audibly substantially improved. Given that this is the Bright setting, the highs sound sharp and are typically well-tempered, but occasionally, especially at higher levels, they can seem a little harsh. The soundstage isn’t very large, but it’s typical for this price. Even without enabling Game mode, the latency is relatively minimal. There was no audible lag when streaming content from OTT sites between the audio and the visual. Here, the call quality is about average. While folks on both ends of the call could hear each other reasonably clearly inside, there weren’t many complaints. When used outside, the mics do take up a lot of background noise that can interfere with conversations. For calls, the firm does mention Artificial noise cancellation, but I suppose it still needs improvement. Yet once more, the Buds Q2’s sound quality wasn’t excellent, so I didn’t have high expectations.
AAC and SBC audio codecs are supported by the Bluetooth 5.2 chip used in the Realme Buds Q2s. The Balanced equalizer preset has them tuned with a bass-heavy audio tuning. With the Realme Connect app, you may choose between the Bass Boost+, Balanced, and Bright equalizer settings.
There is a decent amount of bass in the Balanced mode, but it is bloated and muddy. The highs lack crispness, while the mids are muddled. For the price, the soundstage is rather average and respectable.
Mids sound much better in the Bright option, while the bottom is still adequate. However the highs become a little sibilant (the S and T sounds become sharp and piercing). Moreover, the overall audio in this mode sounds hollow.
The bass is incredibly dominant and permeates every other sound spectrum when the Bass Boost+ setting is on. This equalizer setting would not be liked by even EDM and bass enthusiasts.
While watching videos, I did not experience any observable delays, but even in game mode, I could feel latency when playing Apex Legends Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile.
The earphones provide respectable passive noise reduction, as was already mentioned. It’s odd that Realme eliminated ANC, which was featured on the Buds Q2, from the Buds Q2s. For the price, the call quality is reasonable. Although vocals are easily understood, they have a slightly robotic quality.
As opposed to SBC, the Realme Buds Q2s utilize the AAC codec, allowing for greater quality audio transmission. Moreover, they lack ANC, which was a feature of the Realme Q2 from the previous year.
Moreover, they don’t have wear detection sensors, so when you remove the earbuds out of your ears, the music won’t immediately stop. The Realme Buds Q2s are said to have an 88ms latency in game mode.
The Realme Buds Q2 have an IPX5 rating, whereas the earbuds have an IPX4 rating. Via the Realme Connect app, they may be managed. Realme phones can also use Quick Pair and Quick Play, however non-Realme phones cannot use Quick Pair because they lack the Google Fast Pair capability. problem, but they have a robotic sound about them.
According to Realme, its new earbuds have a battery life of up to 7 hours when used alone and 30 hours when used with the case. These numbers were tested, nevertheless, with the volume at 50%.
The majority of users would like to use these earphones at a volume of about 70 to 80 percent, and with similar usage, the earbuds last for about 5 to 6 hours. So, you can reasonably anticipate that the case’s battery will last 20 to 25 hours. On a single charge, the majority of users can anticipate using them for about a week.
It is acceptable that the case requires more than two hours to fully charge. It’s great to see a USB Type-C port because it makes charging simple.
An acceptable set of totally wireless earphones, the Realme Buds Q2s. These sound bass-heavy yet are really comfy. Although the audio tuning may have been more balanced, some individuals might prefer it. Moreover, they lack wear detection, and their IP rating is lower than that of the Realme Buds Q2 from the previous year.