The Redmi Buds 5 Pro offers excellent value for money. For less than S$100, you'll get a pair of true wireless earbuds that sounds pretty good, has decent noise cancellation, and comes with plenty of features, including in-ear detection, and the ability to connect to two devices at the same time.
- 11mm bass driver and a 10mm tweeter
- 52-decibel active noise cancellation (ANC)
- In-ear detection
- 10 hours of playtime per charge, 38 hours in total (ANC off)
Design-wise, the Redmi Buds 5 Pro has a similar ear stem design as the previous model. There's now a “marble texture” effect on the exterior to jazz up these earbuds. Meanwhile the lower part of the charging case for the black version that I tested now uses vegan leather, giving it a slight textured feel. I have no complaints about the comfort. These earbuds are light, and stay in place securely despite vigorous head-bopping. I usually find touch controls on earbuds to be finicky, but this was not the case for the Redmi Buds 5 Pro. I actually didn't have much of an issue with accidental or extra taps. They are also IP54 rated, and can withstand some splashes.
To get the best out of these earbuds, you'll need the Xiaomi Earbuds app (available for iOS and Android). For example, the dual device connectivity feature, which lets the earbuds stay connected to two devices simultaneously so you can answer a call on your phone while watching a video on your tablet, requires the app. Everything from finding your earbuds to firmware updates to adjusting the noise cancellation level go through the app. There's plenty of customisation, too. You can change the gestures for the touch controls. Toggle the in-ear detection feature to stop music playback when you remove an earbud. Or play around with audio effects like dimensional audio, which is Xiaomi's take on spatial audio, and seems to make things sound more hollow and echoey. There's also an equalizer to manage the sound, like boosting the bass or enhancing the voice.
With two types of drivers (11mm bass and 10mm tweeter), the Redmi Buds 5 Pro punches above its weight. It sounds better than other earbuds I have tried in this price range. You get thumping, well-defined bass that verges on overpowering, and gets a tad boomy at times. The mids are really solid, and anchor the sound in less bass-heavy songs. The trebles are clear. Overall, these earbuds sound balanced. However, the soundstage could be wider. When there are multiple instruments or voices, they tend to clump together.
Noise cancellation is very decent. These earbuds are pretty good at reducing the lower frequencies. But speech and other higher frequencies are still audible. However, I'm more than satisfied, especially at this price point. In terms of battery life, Xiaomi says the Redmi Buds 5 Pro will last around 10 hours on a single charge, and this seems spot-on. More importantly, the Redmi Buds 5 Pro is listed at an affordable S$99, and is going for S$80 currently. It's available at Shopee, Lazada, and Amazon SG.
Note: Review set provided by Xiaomi.
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