Not the first name mentioned when it comes to audio, but Huawei demonstrated its capabilities in the field by launching a series of headphones and speakers with impressive feature list.
In which the most prominent is the pair FreeBuds Pro, is the tiny True Wireless that has 30 hours of use, active noise cancellation, touch controls, wireless charging and a lot more. Are these features actually effective? Along with that is an even more important question, how high are these headphones?
The pair of headphones are packed in a very small box that fits neatly in the palm of your hand.
This small box is not because there is nothing inside, but the company has a reasonable accessory arrangement to not spend a lot of space. FreeBuds Pro comes with a long USB Type-C charging cord and 2 rubber pads, plus a pair already built on the ear.
And here is the FreeBuds Pro charging box, still with a rounded design but a lot cleaner than the box of FreeBuds 3 pairsso that it’s easier to put in your pocket. This box is also finished with matte plastic instead of glossy plastic, in accordance with the ‘trend’ of the design of the market. smartphone.
Next to it is a button to switch FreeBuds Pro into connection mode.
So small, these charging boxes give a pretty strong time use. When used alone, FreeBuds Pro gives 7 hours of continuous music playback, and combined with this charging box will increase to 30 hours. In comparison, the FreeBuds 3 pair only lasts 4 – 20 hours, although its size does not differ too much.
Not only that, like the True Wireless headsets from other major tech companies, the FreeBuds Pro charging box also integrates wireless charging and fast charging, both useful in cases of ‘needing’. ‘. If you are on the street and cannot find a socket to charge your headphones, you can place the charging box on the back of the new generation smartphones with power sharing to be able to continue listening for a longer time. again. And once you have found a socket for wired charging, the charging speed is also very fast, so the time you have to wait is significantly reduced, according to the company announced, only 10 minutes of charging has reached 30% of the battery.
Unlike the charging box, the FreeBuds Pro is finished in glossy plastic, with the version we have today is Silver Gray, in addition to porcelain White and Carbon Black. This color must be said is quite special because there are few pairs of headphones on the market, but when combined with glossy plastic, it will easily leave fingerprints, so users also need to clean more often to Retains the ‘shiny’ look of the headset.
This pair of headphones uses a special rubber cushion, with a large diameter as well as cut in an oval shape, not a circle. Unlike the Apple AirPods Pro pair with a hard plastic mount, the FreeBuds Pro cushion is still rubber, so if you find one with a large enough diameter, you can still replace, but the process is also should be more difficult. Therefore, those who use this pair of headphones should keep the included buffers carefully, very not to lose.
After choosing the right cushion, FreeBuds Pro feels quite comfortable to wear. The sound tube of the headset is made quite short, so it does not go deep into the user’s ear canal, but due to the reasonable general design, these headphones are firmly attached to the user’s ear without causing trouble for long use.
A nice feature of this pair of headphones that many people will ignore, but extremely useful in practical use is that the external microphone of the headset (located on the ‘tail’) has a windless design. , avoiding the phenomenon of making noise when we go fast on the road (also known as microphonics).
Huawei AI Life app
The FreeBuds Pro feature list definitely doesn’t stop there. These headphones have a smartphone app called Huawei AI Life, which has all we need to do with the headset. The first 2 steps we need to do is upgrade the software of the headset (the upgrade process is quite fast, about 2-3 minutes), then check the tightness (fit) with different types of cushion.
When using the tightness test feature, the headphones will create a short track, then continue to use the microphone inside to see if that track is leaking out or not. If the sound does not leak out much, then we have chosen the right type of cushion, ensuring sound quality as well as active noise cancellation.
Referring to the ANC, this is one of the most effective pairs of active noise headphones today. In the software, we find 4 noise canceling modes including Dynamic (adaptable to the environment), Cozy (gentle, for low noise), General (normal) and finally Ultra – For the most virtual noisy environments such as planes, trains. Right at the General FreeBuds Pro level was able to block most voices, sirens on the road with ease.
I often use headphones when working at home or in small cafes, Cozy mode is now more reasonable when it blocks small sounds, while reducing unnecessary pressure on the ears (but anyone who has used headphones with ANC will understand this). But if you do not want to adjust much, just to keep noise in Dynamic mode, FreeBuds Pro will automatically analyze the environment to adjust the intensity accordingly, we do not need to worry anymore.
Different ‘environmental listening’ features
Even the Awareness feature (I call environmental listening) has different modes, including a normal mode that lets all outside sounds in, or Voice Mode when headphones filter only. voice and block other noises. I don’t use this feature very often, because every time I need to talk to someone else my headphones will be removed, FreeBuds Pro also has a sensor so that when removed it will automatically cut off the music!
User guide as well as adjustment of headset operations
Finally, there is a button control system. FreeBuds Pro is integrated with a touch on the ‘tail’ of the headset, with full operations such as press 1 time to receive calls, stop playing music, press 2 and 3 times to switch, press and hold to tune noise cancellation and swipe up and down to adjust the volume, each press makes a small ‘click’ sound like we are pressing the physical button, quite similar to the Apple AirPods Pro. All these operations can be customized using the Huawei AI Life app, but I don’t change anything as the default is already pretty ‘logical’.
One feature missing in this app is the ability to adjust EQ (Equalizer), which we will need to do in music applications. And when learning about sound quality right here, we will see that FreeBuds Pro will need a little help from EQ to get the best quality of performance.
So how do these headphones sound? Huawei FreeBuds Pro from the first time of listening has clearly shown to be a pair of headphones towards the vibrant music genre, when pressing a lot on the bass range, the overall sound is dark and quite thick. In the post Just a taste Of Starkid group, the drum sounds stand out completely on the background, each time we emerge, we do not need to listen carefully to realize clearly. FreeBuds Pro’s bass has the advantage of a lot of volume, but emphasizes the mid-bass to create bounce, impact instead of sub-bass – if combined with a closed sound like this, then may cause tinnitus, echoing ear fatigue.
The midrange of this pair of headphones because standing next to the bass has quite strong force, so it is pushed back slightly, rather than standing right next to the listener. However, due to the guaranteed detail, it is still possible to ‘cut’ through the sound background, there is always the required clarity. Voices of Emily Loizeau and Andrew Bird in the song London Town comfortable, ‘laid back’, listening in a short time does not make much impression but is in harmony with the general sound quality so it feels easy to hear.
The point where FreeBuds Pro needs to add EQ to make the sound quality more comprehensive lies in the high range. This tonal range is quite enough, but the brightness is not high, so there is not as much ‘ground’ as the mid and high range. We can understand that Huawei aims for a rich bass quality for those who listen to young music, but this high range is highlighted a little more, the overall sound can be more balanced.
‘Ty billion’ technology in a pair of tiny headphones
Perhaps the criteria that makes the pair of headphones FreeBuds Pro This is Huawei’s ability to ‘cram’ as many cutting-edge technologies as possible into a compact design, and certainly with this criterion the company has succeeded. Using this pair of headphones, we no longer feel ‘jealous’ of other brands’ products, not’ wish it had this’ because of any feature FreeBuds Pro can offer. Combined with that is a bold sound quality and emphasizes the bass range to increase the excitement of Pop, Dance songs …
There are two things that I want Huawei to do better in the future, which is to increase the brightness in the high range so that the sound quality can be more balanced, easy to combine with songs with slow tempo (as mentioned We can also do some work with EQ) and find a way to perfect the design to make the headset less dirty and fingerprints.