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realme Buds Q2 review: One small audio package

Take it with you anywhere and anytime

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We all love a good pair of wireless earphones, especially if you just switched to the wireless life. However, we also want these sets of earphones to be as affordable as a set of wired earphones. As the old saying goes, we can’t really have it all, even with something as trivial as earphones.

The people over at realme thought, “are you sure we really can’t have it all” and decided that maybe, it’s time to change all of that. Enter the realme Buds Q2, the company’s latest offering in the TWS earphone space. It’s quite small and easy to carry around, and it hopes to bring an enhanced audio experience on the go.

So, does the realme Buds Q2 keep up? Let’s find out!

Compact, lightweight, and easy to set up

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Upon unboxing, the first thing I noticed was how small and subtly designed the case is. It comes in either a clean Black or soft yet vibrant Blue color option, which I feel adds to the style aspect of it. Also, with the case being small, it will slot into any pocket easily — whether it’s in your bottoms or your bag.

What I also love about the realme Buds Q2 is the ease in setting it up. For one thing, they already give you instructions on how Bluetooth pairing works on the buds the moment you open it up. Also, if you have any realme smartphone, you can link and customize it through the realme Link app. 

Overall great sound quality

Here’s the thing: the realme Buds Q2 provides impressive sound quality mostly because of everything integrated inside it. For starters, it comes with a 10mm Dynamic Bass Boost driver, which adds depth and bass to the sounds you hear. Essentially, it lets you hear your favorite music the way it’s meant to be.

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In my usage of the device, I could definitely hear some level of depth in most songs I listened to. It isn’t as punchy and in-your-face about it, and it’s also quite loud even at around 50 to 60 percent volume. Also, I felt some level of noise cancellation with prolonged use (but more on that for another segment).

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If there’s one issue I encountered while using it, it was a little bit of latency upon initial use. See, thee realme Buds Q2 also come with an 88ms Super Low Latency mode more suited for gaming. Essentially, it supposedly reduces latency between video and audio while watching videos or playing games. Initially, however, latency was evident but with prolonged use, it became a non-issue.

Decent for gaming and work comms

Another neat feature of the realme Buds Q2 is its environmental noise cancellation, which on paper is great for calls. For the most part, it helps make your voice a little bit more clearer and eliminates any background noise when you’re talking. Whether it’s for a meeting or team comms during gameplay, it’s what it was built for.

I felt it did a decent job in cleaning and clearing up my voice during these situations. For the most part, my teammates heard my voice quite clearly even for a small earbud with a relatively precise microphone. Also, they took note of how there was minimal noise or scratches in my voice every time my microphone was on.

Solid battery life for such a small package

In terms of lasting long, the realme Buds Q2 is no slouch at that. On a single yet continuous usage, I managed to squeeze in roughly four to five hours of total audio (and sometimes video) playback. When maximizing the near two-hour battery life of the charging case, I got about 18 hours of earbud time. Honestly, this is already quite long considering it’s not particularly designed for a full day use. 

Also, the earbuds and charging case take roughly a short time to fully charge up. With the charging case, the realme Buds Q2 took close to two and a half hours to do a 0 to 100 on. Meanwhile, the charging case itself took about two hours, which isn’t that long.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

At PhP 1,290, the realme Buds Q2 lives up to the expectation of a great wireless audio device. It boasts great audio quality in a compact and lightweight package, fit for everyday on-the-go use. With its ease of set up, it’s a daily driver that fits any device you plan to use it on.

It even comes with great hardware-centered features that do their part in enhancing the audio experience a little bit. Things like noise cancellation and bass boosting drivers allow you to fully immerse yourself with the music or games. Plus, it lasts quite long so you can keep listening to your music or play with team comms for hours on end.

realme Buds Q2

For its price, it’s a device that screams “we can have it all” in one package. A great audio experience at an affordable range; I mean, what more could you ask for, right?

Buy the realme Buds Q2 from Lazada

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realme launches Watch 2 Pro, TechLife Robot Vacuum

While teasing more devices

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This hardly comes as a surprise anymore as every brand is coming out with their slew of smart devices. realme is, likewise, venturing outside the smartphone arena as they launch the realme Watch 2 Pro and realme TechLife Robot Vacuum.

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The company is transitioning from their 1+4+N strategy to the 1+5+T strategy. Still tells the normal everyday person nothing at first glance but realme explains it as:

1 — smartphone, as realme’s smartphones are at the center of its AIoT ecosystem
5 — key categories for realme’s AIoT products. These include the True Wireless Stereo (TWS), Wearables, TV, laptops, and tablets.
T — stands for TechLife. This is realme’s open partner platform. It aims to support innovative and dynamic AIoT startups through the sharing of realme’s own sales channels.

TechLife focuses on three product categories: Smart Entertainment (TV boxes, projectors, speakers and game accessories), Smart Care (vacuum robots, air purifiers and body fat scales), Smart Connect (smart sockets, smart light bulbs and cameras)

After announcing the realme GT to take care of “1”, realme is covering “5” with the realme Watch 2 Pro, and the “T” with the Techlife Robot Vacuum.

realme Watch 2 Pro

If you follow tech news a lot, you know how this goes. The realme Watch 2 Pro is supposed to be your partner for an active and healthy lifestyle.

It comes with a variety of monitoring features. These are an accurate GPS system, an Sp02 monitor for blood oxygen tracking, and a heart rate monitor. For an active lifestyle, it comes with 90 sports modes.

It’s also larger than its predecessor. It has a 1.75-inch (4.4cm) display with 600 nits of peak brightness. It’s also again promising up to 14 days of power with its 390mAh battery. You’re also offered over 100 different watch faces so it’ll never feel old.

realme TechLife Robot Vacuum

This device is kicking off realme’s whole TechLife line. It has the LiDAR Smart Mapping and Navigation System, the same state-of-the-art technology used in the navigation systems of modern electric vehicles and aircraft. Sounds overkill for a vacuum but if you want your space spic and span you wanna make sure the vacuum can get to all areas that it should.

The realme TechLife Robot Vacuum has a super-high suction and mopping power of 3000Pa. This means it’s capable of cleaning large amounts of high-density garbage while keeping noise levels as low as 55dB on quiet mode.

It also features a 5200mAh battery, a 600ml dust bin and a 300ml smart electronic water tank, ensuring that users do not have to constantly charge and empty the vacuum during cleaning.

It’s designed to fit into any home with a maximum height of just above 10cm. It has a sleek and classy design with the top cover of the device made from an impact resistant tempered glass.

More TechLife products coming

realme also teased a media-focused realme Pad tablet and their first laptop — the realme Book.

Price and availability

The realme watch 2 Pro will be available starting June 16 for EUR 74.99. The basic realme watch 2 retails for EUR 54.99.

The realme TechLife Robot Vacuum price and availability details to follow.

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Nanoleaf launches new Elements Line

A wood look for smart light panels

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Nanoleaf announces new Elements Wood Look Hexagons, inspired by nature. The wood-like panels have backlit technology and can add an aesthetic to your room. Coming from a successful line of color-changing smart panels, Nanoleaf combines nature and modern technology.

Each of the panels has a wood grain-like texture and is something worth considering if you’re into these types of modern design. Even when powered off, Elements still stands on its own as a design. The panel is also ultra-slim so it may be a hassle-free experience installing the panels.

The Nanoleaf Elements also have a unique glowing effect as each apex of the panel lights up independently. Nanoleaf said that the panels can imitate embers on a fireplace or a moving cloud. Additionally, the panels also glow from the back adding a double-lit effect.

The Nanoleaf Elements also create more comfort and balance as the panels have a wide range of cool to warm white options. The range is about 1,500-4,000K, also with 11 preset lighting Scenes. The Scenes include “Organic” motion, from a fireplace to waterfalls, you can also create a personalized experience with the provided app. You can also select the 1,000 RGB Scenes in the Discover tab.

The panels also include Rhythm Music Sync, Schedules, Touch capabilities, and Circadian lighting. You can also schedule the time for the panels to turn on or off depending on your liking. Circadian Lighting adjusts the light’s color depending on the temperature throughout the day. You can the Rhythm Music Sync at night or any time of the day, play some relaxing jazz music or a coffeehouse playlist as the lights move with the melodies.

Price and Availability

Nanoleaf Elements come in Smarter Kits (7 light panels) and Expansion Pack add-ons (3 light panels).

The panels are Wifi-controlled with the Nanoleaf App, voice commands, or manually with the physical Controller. They are also compatible with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT integrations.

Nanoleaf Elements will be available on June 3rd at the Nanoleaf Shop. Elements will launch globally in Apple stores online later this year. SmarterKits will retail for US$ 299.99 (Smarter Kit) and US$ 99.99 (Expansion Pack).

 

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Sony unveils the WF-1000XM4 with smaller design, better ANC

There’s also a significant improvement in battery life

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Sony has unveiled the WF-1000XM4, the latest product in the company’s long lineup of truly wireless earbuds. The successors to the wildly successful Sony WF-1000XM3, the earbuds come with a range of upgrades that push the ceiling further.

It comes equipped with a more capable Sony V1 chip and a redesigned body outside for maximum comfort, isolation, and fit. The processor, coupled with a pair of microphones on the sides of both earbuds, delivers best-in-class noise cancellation. Sony says the mics aid beamforming technology, making the earbuds bone conduction capable.

to reduce noise cancellation while talking or focusing on your surroundings, the ambient sound mode can be toggled. Lastly, there’s automatic wind noise suppression to prevent any leak. It’s keeping an eye on your voice, disabling ANC automatically when needed. Sony boasts it’s the first in the world to support Hi-Res audio over the LDAC codec.

It gets improved 24-bit amps, redesigned driver units with 20% larger magnets, and an improved diaphragm. There’s also EQ adjustment available with tonnes of presets and has space for customs ones too. It’ll automatically optimize those music streaming apps that offer 360 Reality Audio or Dolby Atmos.

Voice Assistant friendly

The WF-1000XM4 can be connected to your phone via the Sony Headphones Connect app. It’ll let you set up location-based profiles for Adaptive Sound Control. Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Siri can all be summoned by earbuds. Touch controls allow you to adjust your music playback, activate your preferred voice assistant, and toggle between active noise cancellation modes.

While it’s packed with more features, the overall size of the earbuds has come down by 10 percent. It can deliver up to 8 hours of playback with noise cancellation enabled, and 12 hours without it. The case can recharge the earbuds twice, providing total support of 24 hours with ANC switched on. Thanks to quick charging technology, a five-minute plug-in can deliver up to 60 minutes of playback.

Other features include low latency listening, Fast Pair, speak to chat, and Bluetooth 5.2. The Sony WF-1000XM4 is IPX4 rated.

Price and availability

The Sony WH-1000XM4 are available in Black and Silver and are priced at US$ 279 in the US and available for purchase now via Amazon, BestBuy, Sony’s website, and other retail partners. In Singapore, they retail for SG$ 379 and are available in all Sony Stores, Sony Store Online and Sony Authorized dealers.

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