Redmi Buds 3 true wireless earphones review: lightweight semi-in-ear design, Qualcomm chip blessing

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The product layout of the Xiaomi TWS headset series is very extensive. The two brands of Xiaomi and Redmi have a variety of product sales, including cost-effective entry-level products and flagship noise-cancelling headsets that support active noise reduction. In order to form a certain difference, the products of the two brands are clearly distinguished in appearance design. The Xiaomi series are mainly designed with a handle, while the Redmi AirDots series have a bean-like appearance.

Recently, Redmi launched a brand-new Buds series. The first product, Redmi Buds 3 broke through the original appearance and adopted a handle-like semi-in-ear design. The overall volume is very small. The weight of a single headset is only 4.5g, providing lightness. Comfortable wearing experience. The headphone handle adopts an integrated design, and the absence of a mold line makes the overall look and feel more refined.

In terms of configuration, the Redmi Buds 3 true wireless headset uses a 12mm composite diaphragm large-size dynamic, Qualcomm QCC3040 bluetooth audio SoC, supports bluetooth 5.2, supports aptX™ Adaptive HD decoding, and cVc call noise reduction technology. It also supports the complete MIUI interconnection ecology, with pop-up mode connection and the function of checking the remaining power. Let’s experience this product in detail below.

|1. Redmi Buds 3 true wireless headset unboxing

Product packaging and accessories

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The Redmi Buds 3 true wireless headset packaging box is relatively simple in design, but uses a new Buds series of colorful coating LOGO on the front, presenting different color perceptions from different angles. Other aspects include the Redmi brand LOGO, the appearance rendering of the product headset, and the product name.

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On the back of the box, there is a rendering of the charging case, which shows a number of product features. Including bluetooth 5.2, aptx Adaptive, clear call, 12mm dynamic, IP54 dustproof and waterproof, long battery life. And some product parameter information, product model: M2104E1, earphone input: 5V⎓70mA, charging case input: 5V⎓500mA, charging case output: 5V⎓150mA, wireless connection: Bluetooth 5.2, single headset battery capacity: 35mAh, charging case battery Capacity: 310mAh etc.

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On the side of the box is the product name: Redmi Buds 3.

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The items in the box include earphones, charging cables and product manuals.

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The charging cable uses a USB-A to USB Type-C charging interface.

Product appearance design

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Redmi Buds 3 true wireless headset charging case is very small in size, and the whole machine uses high-gloss surface material, which is more resistant to dirt and easy to clean. On the basis of smooth and round body, a straight line design is added to make the whole machine look more three-dimensional.

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There is an LED indicator and a pairing button on the front of the charging case.

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The Type-C charging interface is located at the bottom of the charging case.

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The earphone is placed vertically in the charging case, protruding from the cockpit, and can be easily taken out. It can be worn directly without adjustment.

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The charging case cover adopts an integrated shaft structure.

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The overall appearance of the Redmi Buds 3 true wireless earphones.

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The Redmi brand LOGO is printed on the inside of the charging case cover, as well as some parameter information of the charging case.

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The thimble for charging the headset is located at the bottom of the charging case cockpit.

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The overall appearance of the Redmi Buds 3 headset adopts a handle-shaped semi-in-ear design, and the body texture is consistent with the charging case.

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A straight line design is also added to the back of the earphone handle to enhance the sense of hierarchy of the product. And the headphone handle adopts an integrated design, and the absence of the mold line makes the whole machine look more refined.

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The back of the earphone handle is provided with a circular call noise reduction microphone, and the opening is covered by a black metal mesh cover to prevent foreign objects from entering the cavity. The lower touch area is designed with a circular concave surface, which is more convenient for blind operation.

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The bottom of the earphone handle is a metal contact for charging the earphone, and a voice call microphone is set in the middle.

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The inside of the earphone handle is designed with the L/R logo, as well as the product model and CMIIT ID number.

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A small pressure relief hole is provided on the top of the earphone.

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The inside of the earphone is provided with an optical in-ear detection sensor and a tuning hole protected by a metal mesh to ensure air circulation in the sound cavity.

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A close-up of the sound mouth of the earphone, which also uses a metal sound hole cover.

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The earphone wearing effect is at a glance. The earphone curve fits closely with the contour of the ear canal, making it very comfortable and stable to wear.

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After actual measurement, the weight of the Redmi Buds 3 true wireless headset is about 41.1g.

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The weight of a single headset is 4.3g, which is very light.

Redmi Buds 3 true wireless earphones have changed the previous bean-like appearance in appearance design, adopting a handle-shaped semi-in-ear design. The integrated headphone handle design makes this product more refined. The use of straight lines, the circular metal mesh cover of different materials, and the circular concave design of the touch area enhance the sense of hierarchy of the product.

The curved design of the earphone can better fit the ear canal when worn. With a lightweight body of 4.3g, it provides a very comfortable and stable wearing effect and reduces the discomfort caused by long-term wearing.

|2. Redmi Buds 3 true wireless headset review

Interactive experience

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In terms of pairing and connection experience, Redmi Buds 3 true wireless earphones support a complete MIUI interconnection ecosystem, support pop-up mode connection and check remaining power.

For other products, you need to press and hold the pairing button to enter the pairing state, and search for the product name on the mobile phone to pair. After a successful pairing, the subsequent use of the cover to automatically connect back, and the cover to automatically disconnect. It is a complete set of connection system in the current TWS headset market, which is very convenient to use.

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In terms of interactive experience, the headset adopts touch operation, supports three modes of double-click, triple-click and long-press, distinguishes the use of left and right headsets, and further optimizes the operation logic. Through the pop-up mode, you can enter more settings of the headset and preset convenient controls.

The headset pause/play function is set to long press, and long press also supports waking up the voice assistant. Double-click and triple-click are used for up/down song switching and +/- volume function, which can be combined according to usage habits. The use logic is clearer and easier to control.

The earphone also supports the optical in-ear detection function, which can accurately identify the wearing state of the earphone, and realize the automatic suspension of playback when the earphone is removed, and the playback can be resumed automatically when the earphone is re-worn.

Wireless audio experience

As a TWS headset product featuring comfortable wear, Redmi Buds 3 true wireless earphones are also perfect in terms of basic audio experience. Since it is a semi-in-ear earphone, it is equipped with a large-size dynamic 12mm composite diaphragm to compensate for the low-frequency loss caused by insufficient airtightness of the semi-in-ear earphone, and provide more surging low-frequency performance.

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The adopted Qualcomm QCC3040 bluetooth audio chip supports bluetooth 5.2 and Qualcomm aptX Adaptive audio decoding technology, which provides a stable connection for the headset while also bringing a high-quality wireless audio experience. The author uses it with Xiaomi 11 Pro which also supports aptX Adaptive. In terms of the overall listening experience, the music bass is comfortable, and the mid-to-high frequency vocals are clear and loud enough to meet daily use.

aptX Adaptive audio decoding technology can also automatically switch between aptX HD high sound quality and aptX Low Latency according to the scene of the user using the headset, providing the best wireless audio experience in different usage scenarios of music/games.

Voice calls

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In terms of voice calls, Redmi Buds 3 true wireless headsets have built-in two high-sensitivity microphones to form a pickup array. With Qualcomm cVc call noise reduction technology (echo cancellation and noise suppression), it can dynamically reduce environmental noise according to the surrounding environment and effectively reduce calls. The echo in the process provides a clear voice call effect.

Charging, battery life

The Redmi Buds 3 true wireless earphones use a Type-C charging interface in terms of charging battery life, support fast charging, and can achieve 1.5 hours of music playback within 10 minutes of charging.

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The compact and lightweight body provides a comfortable wearing effect, and accordingly has a certain influence on the built-in battery capacity. However, based on bluetooth 5.2 low energy technology, the single battery life of the Redmi Buds 3 true wireless earphones still reaches 5 hours, and the overall battery life of the charging case is 20 hours, which can easily cope with the battery life needs of daily use scenarios.

Laboratory expansion function

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In addition to the above basic function experience, in the “Lab” menu of more settings, you can also preset smart scenes, turn on low-battery reminders, hourly time, anti-lost reminders, and use extended functions such as finding headphones. And the new features are still being updated, and you will be able to experience more features in the future.

|3. Summary

The Redmi Buds 3 true wireless headset is the first product of the new series in appearance, and the overall design has certain characteristics in the current TWS headset market. The charging case design is lightweight and portable. The handle-shaped semi-in-ear earphones are designed with an integrated earphone handle and straight lines to enhance the product’s sophistication and three-dimensionality. The curve of the earphone fits closely with the ear canal, making it more comfortable and stable to wear.

In terms of experience, it is still the first choice to use with Xiaomi mobile phones, which can provide more complete functions. In terms of interaction, it supports convenient connection in pop-up window mode, and supports multiple interaction methods such as touch, voice, and ear detection. The optimization of touch logic is clearer in use.

In terms of wireless audio experience, Redmi Buds 3 uses a large dynamic 12mm composite diaphragm, Qualcomm QCC3040 bluetooth audio chip, supports bluetooth 5.2, supports Qualcomm aptX Adaptive audio decoding technology, and can provide surging low-frequency performance and rich mid- and high-frequency details. The cVc call noise reduction technology works with the dual microphone unit built in a single headset to dynamically reduce environmental noise and achieve a clear call effect.

With the rapid development of TWS headsets and the continuous growth of user wearing time, wearing comfort has become a very important consideration for users when purchasing products. Therefore, many brands have launched semi-in-ear headset products one after another. While ensuring comfortable wearing, Redmi Buds 3 also provides a good basic functional experience, and can also have an overall battery life of 5+15 hours, still presenting its cost-effective route.


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