Today, electronics manufacturers compete fiercely with each other, releasing interesting new gadgets on the market. So the “boom” of the last decade has been wireless headphones connected to a smartphone using Bluetooth technology. In this segment, the Chinese giant Xiaomi has also emerged, in the assortment of which there are several lines of headphones. They quickly became popular around the world for their ease of use, high quality sound, and low cost. The rating of Xiaomi AirDots headphones will help you compare the models with each other and evaluate their functionality.
The headset got this name because it is installed directly into the ear canal. In-ear headphones are popularly known as “vacuum” headphones. Their design was spied on in medicine, where the hearing aid became the progenitor. They differ in that they provide good sealing and sound concentration. Soft ear cushions fit snugly in your ears and do not allow extraneous noise to pass through, due to which there is a “immersion” in the music.
Xiaomi Redmi AirDots 2 – sound quality (pre-order price – $ 11)
The novelty is the older brother of the previous model, which sold more than 3 million in just a couple of months. Air Dots of the 2nd generation look the same as the 1st – compact earbuds with removable ear pads.
These headphones are equipped with 7.2 mm speakers, which, according to the manufacturer, provides better sound in the entire frequency range. Another feature is support for Environment Noise Reduction technology, which is responsible for noise suppression during a telephone conversation.
The headset is synchronized with a smartphone using Bluetooth 5.0 technology. The highlight of this model was to be the voice assistant “XiaoAI Voice Assistant”, but it is only relevant for the residents of China, not the Russian Federation.
As for autonomy, the Xiomi Redmi Aei Dots 2 headphones will last 4 hours on a single charge. If you use the supplied charging case, the time will last up to 12 hours.
- price-quality ratio;
- build quality.
- inconvenient to get out of the case.
Xiaomi Redmi AirDots S – sound, ergonomics
This version received several improvements at once: intelligent noise reduction, easier connection, game mode. Externally and in terms of sound quality, there is no difference between the AirDots S and the standard Xiaomi AirDots.
Immediately it is worth pointing out the difference – a simplified connection. If earlier you first had to connect the left earphone to the right one, and that one to the phone, now both are connected at once. It turns out that way much faster.
The size of the speakers is also 7.2 mm. The microphones are of high quality, the sound is processed by the DPS noise reduction technology, which blocks out external noises. That is, good audibility is provided, even if you are on a noisy street. As for the game mode, its task is to reduce the audio lag when playing a YouTube video.
The sound is clear, even, without wheezing (even when listened to at full volume). The mids and highs are decent, especially considering the price of the headset.
Autonomy is enough for 2 hours of use when listening to music at an average volume level. To fully charge, the headphones are placed in the complete case for 30 – 60 minutes.
- when removed from the case, they immediately connect to the smartphone;
- no main headphone (you can listen separately);
- difficult to pull out of the case;
- weak bass.
Xiaomi Redmi AirDots (Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic) – the basic version, which will make it clear whether such headphones are needed or not
Standard earbuds, the outer part of the body of which is occupied by a large mechanical button (although you cannot switch tracks with it). Pairing with a phone is as easy as shelling pears from the case and they will start looking for available devices. This is one of the first versions of the TWS headset, so there is a master earpiece here – the right one. If desired, Air Dots can be connected to different devices (for example, one “ear” to a smartphone, the other to a computer). Thanks to the new dongle, they do not lose communication at a distance of up to 10 meters from the source.
When buying wireless headphones, first of all, priority is given to the quality of communication, autonomy and ergonomics. But in terms of sound quality, everything is in order here: the low frequencies “do not stick out”, they do not press on the ears, the middle ones are neutral, the high frequencies are accented. In a nutshell, you can’t make out the smallest details of the track with them, but you will get pleasure from listening. They sound better than “noname” TWS-headset up to 3000 rubles. At least there is quality control.
If you connect via Bluetooth 5.0, then the autonomy of the earbuds is 3 and a half hours. Taking into account the case – 13 hours 12 minutes.
- decent sound at this price;
- build quality;
- working hours.
- there is no way to switch tracks.
Xiaomi AirDots Pro (Mi True Wireless Earphones) – price, autonomy, noise reduction
Apple’s AirPods appeared and the world was divided into 2 parts: some continued to use wired headphones, others began to appreciate the benefits and convenience of wireless. But the price of “apple” devices is high, so the Chinese offered an alternative – Xiaomi Air Dots Pro (full name – Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones).
In terms of design, the headset is similar to AirPods, with only one difference – it is in-ear, that is, with a deeper fit into the ear. On the back of the headphones there is a touch control panel. Next to the silicone cap is a special sensor that detects the presence of the earphone in the ear (if you remove 1, the music will pause). On the sides – a microphone used for the active noise cancellation system.
The control is convenient and comes down to tapas on the touch panel (single, double touches, hold). What a pity – Xiaomi engineers never implemented the track switching function.
One charge lasts for 3 hours of listening to music. The headset charges up to 100% in 1 hour. The case itself adds about another 7.5 hours of autonomy.
- automatically pause music when removed from your ear;
- sound range;
- quick and easy setup.
- brand case;
- audio lag in games.
Such a headset, in contrast to an intra-canal one, holds on to the outer side of the auricle, that is, it does not “clog” the ear. The sound quality in them is not so “deep”, but more natural, and there is no discomfort that nothing is heard around.
Xiaomi Air 2 SE – autonomy, price, sound, sharpened for good voice transmission
This is the budget version of AirDots Pro (almost 2 times cheaper). Semi-open headset, no silicone tips, with 14.2mm drivers. They are connected using a Bluetooth 5.0 module, and a signal is sent to each “ear”. There is a noise reduction function, where 2 independent microphones are responsible for cutting off sounds.
Control – touch (panels are on the back of each earphone). If you get it out of your ears, the music will automatically pause. When paired with a Xiaomi smartphone, the MiUI shell will provide extended information. There is support for the voice assistant XiaoAI (though only for China).
In terms of sound, the situation is twofold. These headphones, to be honest, are not the best choice for listening to music. Bass is there, dynamic, but there are very few of them. Mids and highs sound clear, volume level. It makes no sense to compare with flagship gadgets in this parameter. As for the quality of the speaker, everything is in order with it – audibility is ensured even in noisy places.
Autonomy – 5 hours (volume 70%). The case provides 4 more recharges, and this is a total of 20 hours.
- sound quality tailored for voice transmission;
- good microphone;
- working hours;
- work separately;
- signal quality.
- case size;
- there is no charge indication on the case and headphones.
Xiaomi AirDots Pro 2 – reliable build, autonomy, balanced sound
Outwardly, this is a copy of the same AirPods – the same case made of glossy white plastic, a similar shape. On the back there is a touchscreen control panel. There is also an IR sensor that determines if there is a headphone in the ear, if not, it stops playing music.
Connected via Bluetooth 5.0, with any Android or iOS smartphones. The radius of action is about 10 meters. A distinctive feature is support for the LHDC codec (audio signal quality – up to 900 kbps). There is noise reduction technology (ENC). The microphone is excellent, so the headset is well suited for phone calls – the connection is not lost, the interlocutor hears speech clearly.
The sound quality is good: the high and middle frequencies are detailed, clean, there is bass, which, in principle, you would not expect from this type of headphone. The maximum volume level is medium – people’s voices will be heard on busy streets. In general, headphones pay more attention to voices and vocals.
Autonomy – 4 hours, with a case – 14 hours. In the charging case, the headset charges in just 40 minutes.
- voice control + gestures;
- work separately;
- support for the latest codecs;
- high-quality sound;
- since these are earbuds – ears do not get tired.
- configurable through an app that is completely in Chinese;
- the quality of the case.
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 – the best affordable headphones for basic tasks
This model differs from Pods and AirDots in thicker cylindrical “legs”. The body is plastic. The assembly, taking into account the price, is excellent. The headphones are lightweight, hardly felt in the ears. There is no noise isolation here, so listening to music in a noisy environment will not work. There is also no protection from moisture – for sports this is not the best model.
14.2 mm dynamic radiators are responsible for the sound quality. The signal is transmitted using AAC and SBC codecs. For most users who don’t need FLAC quality, this will be enough. The bass here is deep, audible even at high volume, which is unusual for earbuds. Voices sound natural, but fast, aggressive music “diffuses”, sounds unintelligible. High frequencies are coarse, simplified, relegated to the background, but you quickly get used to such a presentation.
The functionality and control are similar to the previous models (again, the option to switch tracks was not added). The headset works from built-in batteries up to 5 hours. The case gives +15 more hours. The case, along with the headphones, is charged in 1.5 hours.
- sound quality (support for the AAC codec);
- good microphone;
- work separately;
Xiaomi AirDots Pro 2S – build quality, support for Hi-Res LDHC codec
This is an improved version of last year’s Pro 2. The design is the same, connected via Bluetooth 5.0. Features: support for LDHC Hi-Res audio codec (high quality audio recordings), intelligent voice control, dual noise reduction microphones (ENC), 14.2 mm drivers. Even if you use codecs of a class lower, the sound is still decent: with excellent bass and clear sound in all ranges.
The headset connects automatically to Xiaomi phones (with MIUI shell), it is worth lifting the case of the charging case. The manufacturer claims that it has improved the Bluetooth chip, which has reduced latency and interference between devices.
Another addition is the Qi wireless charging case. This gives 24 hours of autonomy, compared to the 14 hours provided by its predecessor. The earbuds themselves last 5 hours on a single charge (Pro 2 – 4 hours).
- microphone with noise reduction;
- sound (Hi-Res);
- case dimensions;
- Qi wireless charging;
- working hours.
- there is no instruction in Russian;
- sometimes the signal is interrupted (for example, if you cover the smartphone with your hand).
Xiaomi has already released a lot of devices, including headphones, which should be selected taking into account the requirements put forward for them. For listening to music – one, preferably vacuum. If the goal is to listen to podcasts or watch TV shows, then simpler earbuds will do. The popularity of the Xiaomi headset is due to the price-to-quality ratio.