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realme Buds T100 Review

Has one weird quirk

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realme has a rather confusing line of TWS earbuds. Just a while back we had the realme Buds Q2. And now here comes the realme Buds T100. 

Both are priced relatively close to each other with the Buds Q2 selling for PhP 1,490 and the Buds T100 coming in at PhP 1,299. Other than the price, the obvious differences are the overall design and packaging. 

The Buds Q2 has a rounder, more compact look to it. No stem whatsoever. Kind of like the Galaxy Buds Pro and, to a certain extent, the WF-1000XM line from Sony. The case also looks different and kind of premium for its asking price. 

Meanwhile, the Buds T100 has a stem design – think AirPods Pro – for easier reference. Even the case is reminiscent of Apple’s own TWS earbuds. 

We spoke glowingly of the Buds Q2’s sound considering its price. And the Buds T100 isn’t too far off, save for one real quirk. But we’ll get to that in a while. 

First, here’s a look at everything inside the box.

Buds T100
To list, you’ll find: 

  • The Buds T100 – Charging case and earbuds
  • A yellow USB to USB-C cable
  • Warranty Card
  • User Guide
  • Ear Tips (not in photo, but they’re there. Trust us). 

Unbalanced sound? 

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Okay, so about that quirk. One thing we quickly noticed is how the left and right earbuds don’t produce the same sound. Granted, this truly is the case for some tracks. But even for some that aren’t, the left sounds significantly heavier than the right. 

What we mean is that the lower frequencies all come from the left, while the higher one’s come from the right. This makes for a generally uneven listening experience. You’ll probably get used to it after a day or two, but it will remain noticeable regardless. 

LE SSERAFIM’s Kim Chaewon sounds good no matter how you listen to her

We thought this could be changed in the settings on the realme link app. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. You only get basic equalizer changes: Balanced, Bass Boost, and  Bright. As you may have guessed, changing the setting to either Bass Boost or Bright only increases the imbalance as it emphasizes the high and low frequencies difference on each earbud. So, if you end up grabbing these, it’s best to stick to Balanced. 

Overall, the sound isn’t terrible. It just has that weird quirk. And it certainly beats buying the generic sub-par, wired ones for half the price. 

Easy controls 

realme Buds T100

This is where the stem design comes into play, we think. The controls consist of multiple taps or a touch and hold. You can customize this on the realme link app. 

By default, you tap twice to play/pause, thrice to play the next track, touch and hold the right earbud to up the volume and do the same on the left to turn it down. There’s also an option to add a touch and hold both left and right. You can assign anything, but we left it blank since that kind of looks silly in practice. 

The absence of a single tap makes sense because the sides of the stem seem to be pretty sensitive. This way, there won’t be any accidental taps that disrupt your listening sessions. 

The volume control was a curious choice though. We thought for sure an up and down motion on either earbud would be the volume control. But that isn’t the case. 

Battery as good as advertised

The charging case is standard issue for most TWS earbuds.

Each bud has a 40mAh battery and the charging case adds an extra 400mAh. It promises up to 28 hours of total playback. For the most part this is true. A week since receiving the unit, we haven’t really had the need to plug it in since juicing it up all the way to 100% prior to using it. 

It’s still going strong after a few hours of jamming to some animé soundtracks and bouncing between TWICE’s Between 1&2 and LE SSERAFIM’s FEARLESS

Battery life will depend, obviously, on your frequency of use. On our part, we probably averaged around an hour and a half for seven days. That’s pretty good. 

Noise Cancellation and other features

The Noise Cancellation feature isn’t as pronounced as others in the higher end side of things. That said, it does a good enough job of making sure you hear what you’re trying to listen to even in a crowded environment. But on standby, you barely feel it.

Also worth noting is that it is IPX5 rated, meaning it is sweat and mini-splash proof. You can take this baby to the gym without worries. 

Is this your GadgetMatch? 

For its price, the realme Buds T100 is fine. The left and right sound quirk is odd but it’s not a deal breaker. And it works as advertised everywhere else. It’s just hard to pick this one over the Buds Q2 which is only a couple of hundred pesos more and without any of the quirks mentioned. 

It’s neither excellent nor really bad. It’s just okay but not something that would be on top of our recommendations.

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OnePlus is building its own mechanical keyboard

To celebrate its 9th anniversary

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It’s OnePlus’s 9th anniversary. For almost the entirety of December, the smartphone brand is holding a plethora of events for its fans. Naturally, one of those events involves new products coming to OnePlus. Teased officially, the company has revealed what’s coming: a mechanical keyboard.

Besides smartphones, OnePlus also has a wider lineup of other devices like smartwatches and earbuds. That said, a mechanical keyboard is an all-new department for the company.

Based on the small landing page for the keyboard, OnePlus is creating the device with Keychron, a notable brand for the segment. Unfortunately, the page does not reveal much more about the keyboard. If anything, Keychron’s involvement confirms that the company means business.

As with most mechanical keyboards these days, users can customize the upcoming device’s keycaps. With that, another mystery is whether the brand will sell custom keycaps of their own, or users can buy their own.

Thankfully, interested users don’t have to wait long. OnePlus is scheduled to launch the new keyboard on December 15, right in the middle of its grand celebration for its 9th anniversary.

Since its inception, OnePlus has moved from flagship killer to selling flagships itself to now expanding beyond just simple flagships. Now, the brand is looking beyond.

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Best iPhone 14 Accessories: Battery Packs, Mounts, Wallets!

Also meant for those with iPhone 12 and 13 series

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Are you one among those users rocking the newest iPhone 14 and 14 Pro Series?

Or maybe you’re still using any of the phones in the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 13, and 13 Pro lineup?

Well, this one’s for you!

Look no further as we’ve rounded-up top accessory picks in three easy categories: battery packs, mounts, and wallets.

Curious to find ’em out? Head over to our Best iPhone Accessories video now!

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CASETiFY release new Apple Watch-compatible cases, bands

Choose your color

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CASETiFY has added new options in its lineup of accessories with the release of Apple Watch impact cases and stainless steel Monolink watch bands.

The CASETiFY Impact Watch case comes in plastic and metal variants, both made of durable PC material with a matt sandblast finish to make it water and sweat-resistant.

Moreover, the metal variant comes with an aluminum finish. The plastic and metal options are both available in black, gold, silver, and rose gold colors for US$ 30 and US$ 39, respectively.

Meanwhile, the CASETiFY Monolink watch bands are made of premium 316L stainless steel with a fine brushed finish, making it corrosion-resistant as well.

It is compatible not only with the Apple Watch series 1 to 8, Ultra, and SE, but also other brands of smartwatches, using 20mm and 24mm straps. The watch band will be available for US$ 89.

Lastly, CASETiFY also offers customers essential watch bands made out of upcycled plastic. These come with personalization options and print choice.

With more than 40 designs, these bands retail for US$ 50.

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