March 8, 2021

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Huawei Freebuds Pro Review: It is a High-end Product and All-round True Wireless Earbuds

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Nowadays, true wireless earbuds are gaining acceptance gradually, and even those who were once reluctant to pay hundreds of dollars for wired headphones are now often willing to pay the same price.

The reasons are simple. One is that smartphones no longer have the traditional 0.13inch jack. The convenience of real wireless itself has become another reason for the popularity of this kind of products. Functions like no need for cable trimming and convenient storage plus other functions such as active noise reduction have become the reasons for the popularity of high-end real wireless earbuds.

Huawei Freebuds Pro is obviously Huawei’s own “suit” match. After all, the match of the same brand has a higher degree of adaptation and is more suitable than cross-brand match. So, for Huawei users, is this Huawei’s own high-end true wireless worthy of the price?

 

Another comprehensive true wireless earbuds

To be honest, Huawei Freebuds Pro has nothing new in appearance design and is a very common design in the market at present. This simple, white design, which Apple are well-known for it, is common on real wireless headphones from different brands at different price points. But in terms of styles, there’s nothing special about it.

The charging box of Huawei Freebuds Pro is designed with white plastic and silver mirror decoration, and the Huawei LOGO is also printed on the mirror decoration. This silver part also acts as the opening and closing rotating shaft of Huawei Freebuds PRO charging case, so the opening and closing texture, smoothness and stability of the charging case itself is very excellent in the category of true wireless earbuds.

But the body itself is not as comfortable as the charging case.

Firstly, problems of how it is made. In fact, Huawei FreeBuds Pro assembly itself is fit, but earbuds before and after the cavity between the tolerance is very big, obviously under the assembly of the fit will appear obvious not coaxial phenomenon, on the visual perception gap are also obviously, although this is not true sense of aperture, radian, just before and after the cavity between itself. It is easy to find out a lot of examples on the search engine as well.

If this is a true wireless earphone priced at less than 60 bucks, then the gap caused by different axes may be tolerable, but for a high-end true wireless earphone priced at 189 dollars, such tolerance control of parts indeed needs to be strengthened.

Despite this problem, the texture of Huawei Freebuds Pro is not bad. First of all, the plastic material itself does not look cheap, and the silver charging contact is also very beautiful in my personal opinion. And the handle, which is inspired by piano keys, doesn’t affect power distribution, and even the long microphone wind-resistant duct on the handle is a novelty.

This earbud handle is also equipped with operation functions. In addition to tapping and sliding operations common in real wireless products, Huawei Freebuds Pro can also be operated by “pinching”, which means that this earphone has more operation methods, but it needs time to get used to it.

However, many people are unable to remove the earbuds cavity from the charging box for the first time. In fact, they only need to push the earbud diagonally upward to remove it. Otherwise, they can only pull their fingers down into the curved gap between the cavity and the charging box to remove it.

But this is not a reasonable design, first of all, the push out this step must be more troublesome compared to another true wireless product, and if you need to turn the instruction to learn how to remove the headset from charging box body, so just shows the true wireless in the human body engineering design is not reasonable, good design should be designed to adapt to people rather than to adapt to the design, and on the market most true wireless headphones can be learnt quickly from charging box is convenient.

Huawei Freebuds Pro has a built-in 0.43inch moving coil unit. The brand new built-in three-microphone system has two out-of-ear microphones and one in-ear microphone, which can make both call and noise reduction work. The built-in bone voice print sensor and the wind noise resistance catheter mentioned above also help to further reduce noise. The handheld call mode and the ability to make video recordings also bring convenience.

In addition, the design of smart dual antennas helps Huawei Freebuds Pro to have better connection stability, and the minimum 180 milliseconds algorithm also improves the use experience (especially in games).

In terms of battery life and charging, Huawei Freebuds Pro has a built-in 55mAh battery in the earphone and a built-in 580mAh battery in the charging case. According to the official statement of Huawei, it has a 5-hour battery life after noise cancellation and a maximum battery life of 22 hours with the charging case. In addition, Huawei Freebuds Pro has two versions of wired charging and wireless charging. We have the wired charging version, so the wireless charging part of the experience is naturally impossible to say.

 

Tuning and noise reduction are both good

In terms of the tuning style, the style of Huawei Freebuds PRO is relatively mild. It doesn’t matter whether it is plain or just fair. I think both are OK.

This style is obviously not like many common true wireless, in order to cater to a part of the user for the one-sided pursuit of low frequency sense of quantity, and adjust a strong sense of low frequency style. Huawei Freebuds Pro is relatively restrained on this point. Although the sound is not distinctive enough or the silver is nice enough, it is not widely used.

However, the problem of Huawei Freebuds Pro does not lie in the tuning style, even I think this style is completely OK for ordinary users who do not play Hi-Fi, but the relatively limited sound quality is the biggest shortcoming of Huawei Freebuds Pro.

In terms of quality, information content and details, Huawei Freebuds Pro is relatively weak, so it is not difficult to understand that the evaluation of this earbud is divided in terms of actual performance. Some users who cannot perceive the quality itself will think that Huawei Freebuds Pro will sound good, which is indeed the case. Users who can distinguish the quality will obviously be dissatisfied with the weak quality of Huawei Freebuds Pro.

 

In fact, both views are correct.

Huawei Freebuds Pro can hardly be said to be bad in terms of tuning style. If you care more about sound than quality and are also a user of Huawei mobile phone, then this model is suitable for you. If you’re a user who pursue high quality, there might be a better option for the same price. As for what kind of music is suitable for this style, I can only say that the function of all kinds of music is that you can listen to everything.

In terms of noise reduction, I think Huawei Freebuds Pro is not the top standard at present, but it has a very obvious suppression of low-frequency noise, especially in the subway, but it is difficult to suppress the mid-to-high frequency whistling sound in the tunnel. This is pretty common with in-ear real wireless earbuds, and the best high frequency noise cancellator is apparently Apple’s AirPods Pro.

And if you are concerned about ear pressure, the Huawei Freebuds Pro can still be clearly sensed. There are models with less ear pressure available. But don’t say I am finding excuse, ear pressure itself is inevitable in noise-canceling earbuds, at most only involves the strength of the problem, which should be acceptable to many users who are used to noise-canceling earbuds.

But if you really can’t accept it, you still have to find another product.

In addition to the basic noise reduction, Huawei Freebuds Pro also has a very popular “transparent mode”, which Huawei calls “pass-through mode”, which also enables you to hear the ambient sound clearly while wearing headphones, which is very suitable for many occasions where it is not convenient to take them off.

Through mobile phone, Huawei Freebuds Pro can adjust a variety of contents including operation mode, switch on and off functions such as smart wearing, and perform earbuds fit detection. It should be emphasized that the above functions in Huawei phones (such as Huawei MATE30 Pro 5G) can be operated directly in the settings, while in other Android phones, Huawei Smart Life Apps need to be installed for use.

What needs to be noted is that the smart life application cannot run independently, but must install Huawei’s HMS architecture at the same time, which may not be friendly to users of other brands. At least, I don’t want to install an additional HMS on other brands’ phones.

And for Huawei users, or users of every mobile phone brand has to face this problem. Even if you’re not as tightly tied to your system as Apple is, you don’t have to choose if you want the best system experience.

Although Huawei Freebuds Pro is not very good in sound quality, it has good tuning, and the quality is not high but not bad. And in the experience of both good noise reduction, operation and use is not too obvious shortcomings, to say the sound quality is really close to the value, but the overall experience will not make people feel too fooled.

 

Qualified “high-end earplugs”

Huawei Freebuds Pro, which has a relatively high positioning, is actually a mobile phone accessory in essence. Yes, it is quite advanced.

I have no doubt that a tech giant like Huawei can make a truly wireless earbuds experience, and the Huawei Freebuds Pro certainly does. It is also a product that does a good job in materials, noise reduction and experience, and the “earplugs” for Huawei’s flagship phone does not seem to be cheap.

The problem is that Huawei still needs to pay more attention to workmanship issues such as parts tolerances, and there is a lot of room for improvement in acoustic performance. While some real wireless headphones at this price point (like the AirPods) aren’t great in terms of build and sound quality, there are always products that offer better sound and sound quality at a lower price point, because that’s part of the experience.

If Huawei’s next real wireless does these things well, I think there will be less criticism coming along with it, right?

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