Over the past few years, we’ve seen many manufacturers heading towards the wireless era. Today, we have the Redmi AirDots with us here and with it comes a low price tag – which essentially is what we’ve all come to know when it comes to Xiaomi/Redmi.
The design and Hardware
One thing I really have to applaud Xiaomi for in general is the sleek aesthetic they seem to apply to each and every device they make. It’s not immediately clear who makes the AirDots right away until you look closer at the neat little plastic carry case-come-coffin. There is the only indication that Xiaomi makes these buds from the ‘Redmi’ logo, which is very tastefully embossed on the lid.
Open up that little carry case and you’re greeted by the smaller-than-you’d-expect AirDot buds themselves. The shape is very generic, with pill-like rounded edges and a pretty simple overall aesthetic that I would genuinely call pretty minimal.
At the side of each bud you’ll find a small LED that flashes to let you know the battery status. The buds will flash a blue-white color when pairing or connecting to your devices, then when placed into their carry case will flash red to indicate they are charging. It seems odd to use red to show a pair of headphones are charging but it’s not a dealbreaker.
In general, most Bluetooth earphones and headphones are not been pleasing to audiophiles. The small buds have to incorporate the Bluetooth card, battery, antennas, button circuitry, and the driver. Due to the congested space, the drivers aren’t large and not good enough. So, this segment can’t be expected to sound exceptionally good. Surprisingly even after the small size, the Mi AirDots have a 7.2 mm dynamic driver. Owing to that, it generates a good amount of sound. The bigger driver causes it to get loud and over the weeks of testing, I haven’t turned the volume above 80%.
Battery Life & Connectivity
Now, battery life is where the Xiaomi Mi AirDots really shine. Xiaomi claims the AirDots to have a music playback time of 4 hours and a standby time of a whopping 12 hours inside the case. The charging case can charge the buds 2.5 times which means a total playback time of 14-15 hours. Now, I have to say I have used the AirDots at 70% volume and I have got continuous music playback of 4 hours. The earbuds take around 1.5 hours to charge from 0 to 100 via the charging case which is a good charging time considering the playback.
The charging case has LED indicators which notify you about the case charging as well as earbud charging level. While the earbuds are charging, the red LEDs on the buds light up. When the buds are fully charged, the red LEDs go off. The case charging is denoted by a red LED on the outside which fades out once the case is fully charged. The case can be charged with a regular micro USB charger. It takes around 3 hours to charge from 0 to 100.
- very light weight
- Tiny earpieces
- warm mids
- very affordable
- one color option
- Basic packaging
AirDots are certainly a piece of tech that catches you off guard with how good it happens to be for the price. I would recommend you buy one of this piece of tech from Banggood.com.