Redmi AirDots series of true wireless earphones have been positioned as entry-level TWS headphones among the previous product positioning, but with excellent basic functional experience and a very cost-effective price, they have very considerable sales. Recently, the release of AirDots 3 Pro, Redmi’s first noise-canceling headphones, completely broke my impression of the AirDots series of headphones.
Although the Redmi AirDots 3 Pro true wireless noise-cancelling headphones are only an iterative upgrade of Redmi AirDots 3 released at the end of February from the product naming point of view, earth-shaking changes have taken place in both the appearance design and the functional configuration. The texture of the product has been greatly improved compared to the previous generation, and the functions are new active noise reduction, adaptive noise reduction, transparent mode, dual device connection, wireless charging, etc. Let me experience this product in detail below!
| 1. All-round upgrade of appearance design and texture
Product packaging and accessories
As Redmi’s first noise-cancelling headphones, AirDots 3 Pro has also changed the packaging box, with a significant improvement in the texture of the packaging box and a more design sense. The front is designed with the latest “MI” brand LOGO, the newly designed AirDots series product logo in the middle, and the headphones appearance rendering and product name: Redmi AirDots 3 Pro at the bottom.
The back of the box is designed with a rendering of the overall appearance of the headphones, as well as Bluetooth 5.2, active noise reduction, adaptive noise reduction, fast game mode, dual device connection, long battery life, support for wireless charging, wired fast charging, fast pop-up windows, 8 Highlights of the product functions, as well as some product parameter information, etc.
On the side of the box is the product name: Redmi AirDots 3 Pro.
The items in the box include earphones, charging cables, three pairs of silicone eartips of different sizes, product manuals, and operation guide cards. The charging cable and eartips are consistent with the color of the headphones.
Three additional sets of eartips of different sizes, a total of four sets of eartips, meet the personalized wearing needs of different groups of people, and achieve the best audio and noise reduction experience.
The appearance and texture of the Redmi AirDots 3 Pro noise-canceling headphones has also been greatly improved compared to previous generations. The charging case is very small and exquisite, with a vertical oval shape and a silicone-like touch. Very comfortable and skin-friendly in the hand. There is an indicator light in the middle of the front of the charging case, and the lower position is the pairing function button.
There is a Redmi LOGO on the back of the charging case.
The Type-C charging interface is located at the bottom of the charging case and is equipped with a metal-like decorative ring.
Open the charging case, the headphones protrudes out of the charging cockpit, which is very convenient to take out and wear.
The headphones is in the charging cockpit.
The earphones are placed in the right and left order in the charging cockpit and can be worn directly without adjustment after being taken out.
Take out the earphones, the metal thimble in the charging cockpit charges the earphones.
The overall appearance of Redmi AirDots 3 Pro noise-canceling headphones.
The Redmi AirDots 3 Pro headphones body uses the same process as the charging case, which is very comfortable and skin-friendly. The back of the earphone is designed with a touch back panel similar to a spar, which presents different light perceptions at different angles. Greatly enhance the texture and recognition of this product.
The front of the headphones is a metal contact for charging.
An opening for a call microphone is provided at the bottom of the headphones.
The feedforward noise reduction microphone on the top of the earphone is equipped with a silver metal mesh, which not only prevents foreign objects from entering the cavity, but also has a decorative effect, which enhances the product texture through different materials. The L/R logo is also printed, which is convenient for users to distinguish quickly.
The circular sound mouth is provided with a metal mesh cover to prevent foreign objects from entering the sound cavity. A small pressure relief hole is provided at the bottom of the sound tube to balance the air pressure inside and outside the earphone.
After actual measurement, the overall weight of the headphones is about 52.1g.
A single headphones weighs about 4.9g.
The charging status of the headphones is displayed. The indicator light is always on when charging, and the indicator light is off when fully charged.
The earphone wearing effect is displayed. The skin-friendly material is matched with the earphone appearance curve design, which is very comfortable and stable to wear.
Redmi AirDots 3 Pro noise-canceling headphones are available in gray and black, and the spar-like touchpad on the back has been adjusted according to the color scheme. The overall look and feel of gray is relatively more personalized, and the back touchpad gloss is more intense; black is relatively more convergent, and the back gloss gives a sense of stability and mystery.
Redmi AirDots 3 Pro and its predecessor product appearance comparison
As can be seen from the comparison chart, Redmi AirDots 3 Pro noise-cancelling headphones have undergone a comprehensive reconstruction in addition to the bean-like appearance. The vertical charging case is more convenient for one-handed opening and closing. The body is treated with a silicone process, which is delicate, soft and skin-friendly; the earphone body is treated with the same process, and the back touchpad adopts a spar-like design, showing warm and moist The luster of jade greatly enhances the texture of the product.
| 2. More functions and experience
Pop-up window connection, individual adjustment of multiple control modes
In terms of connection, Redmi AirDots 3 Pro supports quick connection in pop-up mode. After the connection is successful, the remaining battery power of the headphones can be learned through the pop-up window.
In terms of interactive operation, Redmi AirDots 3 Pro supports three modes of double-click, triple-click, and long-press to distinguish between the left and right ears, so as to achieve more interactive options, and various controls can be performed without a mobile phone. You can also personalize settings on the MIUI Bluetooth settings page or the Xiaoai classmate APP to meet the different usage habits of different users.
Three-speed adjustable noise reduction, adaptive and smarter
Active noise reduction will be mainly applied to flagship TWS headphones in 2020, and now in 2021, although noise reduction effects are different, low-end and mid-range products are also beginning to carry active noise reduction functions. And the early “one size fits all” noise reduction mode has also begun to be abandoned, and multi-speed adjustable noise reduction and adaptive noise reduction functions have begun to become the mainstream.
Redmi AirDots 3 Pro uses dual active noise reduction technology that combines feedforward and feedback microphones. It supports four noise reduction modes: mild, balanced, deep and adaptive, with a maximum noise reduction depth of -35dB. It can be preset in MIUI Bluetooth settings according to different usage scenarios, and then switch by long pressing the headphones touchpad. Among them, the adaptive mode will intelligently adjust according to the level of environmental noise to achieve the most comfortable noise reduction effect.
Redmi AirDots 3 Pro supports transparent mode. After turning it on, you can easily obtain information about the surrounding environment without removing the headphones. The vocal enhancement function is also supported in the transparent mode to achieve a clearer vocal effect.
Fit detection to provide the best noise reduction and audio experience
Redmi AirDots 3 Pro supports headphone fit detection. Users can select earplugs that are more suitable for their ear canals through detection to achieve the best noise reduction effect and audio experience.
Phonetic hot words, one sentence becomes a thing
Voice hot words is one of my favorite features of the editor. After it is turned on, you can perform a variety of controls without waking up the voice assistant by long pressing, which greatly improves the user experience. Currently, it supports “Xiaomi Ai”, up/down song switching, and +/- volume.
In the actual experience, the voice control is very accurate and sensitive, and it can be controlled with only a small sound. And the use of non-Xiaomi brand phones is almost the same as that of Xiaomi phones. The biggest difference is that other brands call “Xiaomi Ai” to wake up the phone with its own voice assistant. The disadvantage is that the volume can only be increased or decreased by one level at a time, requiring continuous voice control.
Try new functions in the laboratory
In addition to the basic functions supported, there are many new function applications in the Xiaomi Ai APP laboratory that you can freely choose to open or not. Including smart scene broadcast (time, greetings, weather, recommended music), hourly hour, anti-lost reminder, search for headphones, dual device connection, adaptive chat mode and automatic game mode.
Among them, the adaptive chat mode is a function of the transparent mode. After being turned on in the Xiaomi Ai APP, the headphones will automatically detect the user’s speaking state, and automatically turn on the transparent mode when speaking is detected. The noise reduction mode can be automatically restored after a certain period of time, or it can not be restored again, and act as a wake-up speech transparent Mode use.
In actual tests, the detection accuracy is also very high. Through the testers talking loudly all around, the free chat mode is not activated, but the user only needs to speak in a low voice and it will be automatically turned on. And when the hot word switch and adaptive chat are turned on at the same time, it can also automatically detect whether the spoken word is a hot word. If it is a hot word, it will automatically trigger the hot word to perform the corresponding operation. If it is not a hot word, it will enter the open chat mode , The experience is very humane.
Xiaomi Audio Lab professional tuning, 4 kinds of sound effects can be adjusted freely
In terms of configuration, Redmi AirDots 3 Pro does not use the previous generation hybrid driver (according to product positioning and main functions, this is also expected), but uses a 9mm composite diaphragm dynamic driver that supports AAC audio editing Decoding, the sound quality has been professionally tuned by Xiaomi Audio Lab.
In the Xiaomi Ai APP, there are also preset four sound effects: equalization, treble enhancement, bass enhancement, and vocal enhancement. After switching, there are obvious changes in the sound style. You can freely choose the audio effect that suits you according to your personal preferences.
Three wheat noise reduction, clear call
In terms of call performance, Redmi AirDots 3 Pro has a built-in special call microphone, feed-forward and feed-back microphones with active noise reduction function, three-microphone coordination, and call noise reduction algorithm implemented by neural network model, which can accurately pick up people during a call. Sound, reduce the impact of ambient noise, and achieve a clear call effect.
Convenient wireless charging, 28 hours of battery life
Redmi AirDots 3 Pro uses a Type-C charging interface in terms of charging life, supports fast charging, charging for 10 minutes and listening to songs for 3 hours; supports more convenient wireless charging functions, supports Qi wireless charging standards, and can support reverse wireless A mobile phone device with charging function can be used for emergency charging.
Based on the bluetooth 5.2 low-power chip, the Redmi Buds 3 Pro has a single battery life of 6 hours when the active noise reduction function is not turned on, and the overall battery life with the charging case has reached 28 hours. After the active noise reduction function is turned on, the battery life will be reduced, but the overall battery life of more than 20h is sufficient for daily use.
| 3. Summary
Redmi AirDots 3 Pro noise-canceling earphones have a very small and exquisite appearance in terms of design. The charging case has a vertical oval shape, which is easy to open the lid with one hand. The silicone-like touch is very comfortable and skin-friendly in the hand. The headphones uses the same process as the charging case. The back of the headphones is designed with a spar-like touch back panel, which presents different light perceptions at different angles, which greatly improves the texture and recognition of this product.
In terms of function, the active noise reduction function with the maximum noise reduction depth of -35dB can effectively reduce the external environment noise. The three-speed adjustable noise reduction and adaptive noise reduction mode can freely adjust the noise reduction effect according to the use environment to achieve the best reduction Noise experience; AAC codec, Xiaomi Audio Lab professional tuning and 4 different styles of sound effects to meet the daily needs of listening to songs.
Unique voice hot words, voice control can be performed directly without manual activation, and the accuracy and sensitivity are also very high. The self-adaptive chat mode is a further upgrade of the transparent mode, which accurately detects the user’s use status, and can intelligently turn on the transparent mode without manually switching the noise reduction mode.
On the whole, Redmi AirDots 3 Pro, as Redmi’s first noise-canceling headphones product, has undergone a comprehensive upgrade compared to the previous generation AirDots series in terms of design, product texture and function, but still insists on a very cost-effective price.