HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 headphone review: bright earbuds with cool sound
A TRUE WIRELESS STEREO EARPHONE - When paired with a phone over Bluetooth, free buds 3 provides users with a true stereo experience when making calls or listening to music. The two earbuds also undergo smart switching depending on the usage scenario and battery level to provide users with an optimum listening experience.
We are testing FreeBuds 3 – the first inserts in which the active noise reduction technology and several more interesting functions are implemented.
How do they look
Immediately after the release, Fribads 3 were available in white and black, but we were lucky – the news arrived in the editorial office in a new bright red color. The headphones have a compact round case with a magnetic cover made of glossy plastic. In its manufacture, two layers of paint and a UV coating were used – for long-term preservation of color.
Most likely, over time, small scratches will appear on the case, but in a couple of weeks of the test period we noticed only fingerprints that quickly cover the glossy case.
The headphones themselves are reliably magnetized on the charging pad inside the case – if that does not fall out. Perhaps we are not going to compare the entire review of FreeBuds 3 with AirPods. Yes, they are similar, but in fairness – all modern wireless earbuds are similar to each other, and Apple’s only fault was that they were one of the first.back to menu ↑
How to sit
As we said, these are in-ear headphones. Unlike vacuum earplugs to which you can choose comfortable ear pads, Fribads has a fixed shape that either suits your ears (which is more likely) or not (which is sad).
The manufacturer did everything possible for a comfortable fit – a special ergonomic design Dolphin Bionic Design, based on the anatomy of dolphins, helps the headphones to sit securely and directs the sound into the ear canal.
Each earphone weighs only 4.5 g and is almost not felt in the ears. Nevertheless, everyone has different ears, so if you have the opportunity to try on headphones before buying, we advise her not to neglect it.back to menu ↑
Sound, microphone and noise reduction
Headphones are equipped with speakers of 14.2 mm and separate tubes for low frequencies. To transmit the signal, the device uses the modern standard Bluetooth 5.1 with BLE support and 356 MHz audio processing technology. Also responsible for the sound quality is the Kirin A1 processor, which helps microphones recognize background noise; and a vibration sensor with which the headphones recognize your voice and amplify it.
In practice, all of these technologies provide a stable connection between headphones and a smartphone and clear sound of voice over the phone. You can answer calls right on a busy street, and not look for a nook to talk to.
The manufacturer promises that the headphones can even suppress the noise of the wind when riding a bicycle at a speed of up to 20 km / h – we certainly did not check this, but we just worked in them in the office. You can’t even compare the local noise canceler with full-size headphones or vacuum plugs – yes, it helps in conversations (when it cuts off noise to strengthen the voice), but it does not isolate you even from the sound of the keyboard when you are working, not like the noise in the subway. However, we will be honest – the perception of sound largely depends on the listener: the manufacturer also warns about this in his application.
As for music, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 are one of the few headphones that we were not able to find fault with. And this is taking into account the compact form factor, in which in principle it is difficult to use a large driver and some kind of constructive sophistication.
Fribads have a very balanced sound, in which bass, mid, and high frequencies are evenly expressed. In compositions with many soundtracks not like David Bowie – Under Pressure, details are not lost, and “heavy” hits like AC / DC – Highway to Hell sound very rich.back to menu ↑
AI Life app
All headphone functions can be configured in a fairly simple AI Life app. It is offered to download via the QR code, which you will find in the box with the device. There are versions not only for Google Play, but also for the proprietary App Gallery from HUAWEI. You can add to the program all the smart devices of the manufacturer that you have.
On the main screen, in the tab with the headphones, their charge level will be shown – it is convenient that the battery of the case is also taken into account. It is interesting that when working with HUAWEI smartphones, both headphones will discharge evenly. This is achieved through dual channel technology – smartphones based on EMUI 10 synchronously transmit a signal to both headp
Another feature available to fans of the Chinese brand is the function to determine the position of the device. Simply put, if you remove the headphones, playback will stop, and when you return them to your ears, it will start again. Since we tested Fribads 3 specifically with the HUAWEI smartphone, this function worked smoothly.
Also in the AI Life application, you can configure the controls and noise reduction. Both headphones support double-tapping – to switch tracks, activate voice assistant or enable / disable noise reduction. The headset does not notice light tapping – so it’s very difficult to accidentally pause music if you hit your ear.
Noise reduction is adjusted using a circular slider – depending on the surrounding sounds, the intensity of their filtering will change. As practice has shown, it is enough to configure it once so that the noise can remember the set parameters.back to menu ↑
Charge and Run Time
Headphones can be charged both by wire (the USB-C connector is used here) and wirelessly using a charging station. Of course, it’s faster from the standard memory – with such charging, 6 W is used, while with wireless – only 2 W.
For half an hour at the outlet, the case was charged at 70%, and the headphones at 95%. This is pretty fast. A fully charged case is enough for four cycles of charging the headset.
On one charge, the headphones will last about 4 hours in playback mode – enough for several trips on the subway or air travel. However, the operating time also depends on the volume and whether you use noise reduction. With the noise canceled on, the gadget will discharge a little faster.
Is it worth it to buy TWS-headphones HUAWEI FreeBuds 3
If you value good sound and more like earbuds rather than plugs, Fribads 3 is sure to appeal to you. They work on a single charge for a long time, have a sensitive microphone for talking on the phone and look stylish. You should not count on full isolation from external noise – after all, these are small earbuds, not full-size headphones. Also, the buyer may be confused by the price of the device – about 10,000 rubles. But, as you know, you have to pay for quality, so you just have to accept that good headphones can not be cheap.