Realme Buds Q Review – Great Sound and Affordable TWS Earbuds

InsideTechno’s Rating: 8.7 out of 10 stars (8.7 / 10)

Don’t have much time to read? You can jump to the quick review and pros & cons below.

Realme Buds Q’s purpose is to offer a dedicated wireless facility for an under 2K (2000 INR) price. On unboxing the Realme Buds Q, you’ll find a charging case, tip sizes, a charging cable, a user guide, and the earbuds.

Most other Realme Buds Q reviews that you see on the internet are based on just first usage. Here we’re sharing our findings after the use of Realme Buds Q for 3 months.

Before we move towards the review, let’s check out Realme Buds Q specifications first.

Realme Buds Q Detailed Specifications

FeatureSpecs
Brandrealme
Product Namerealme Buds Q
ModelRMA215
TypeTrue Wireless Stereo (TWS)
SizeEarbuds: 19.8mm x 17.55mm x 22.5mm

Charging Case: 59.8mm x 45mm x 29.9mm

WeightSingle Earbud: 3.6g

Charging Case: 28.2g

ColorsQuite Yellow

Quite White

Quite Black

Water ResistanceIPX4 (Earbuds only)
Audio FormatsSBC

AAC

Frequency Response20Hz (min.) -20KHz (max.)
Charging PortMicro-USB
Charging Time2 Hours
Battery LifeWith Case: Upto 20 hours

Earbuds: Upto 4.5 hours

50 hours of theoretical standby time

3 hours on a single call

5 Hours – single continuous gaming time

6 Hours – single continuous video watching time

Battery CapacityCase: 400 mAh

Earbuds: 40 mAh (each)

ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0

10m Range

Bluetooth ProtocolsA2DP / AVRCP / HFP
Driver Unit10mm Dynamic Bass Boost (DBB) Drivers
Gaming ModeYes
Latency119ms
MicrophoneOn both Earbuds
Gestures (Controls)Touch based
Power>- 6dBm, ≤ 8dBm
Price~ 1999 INR or ~ 30 USD
Warranty1 Year
What’s in the boxrealme Buds Q – 2 (left and right)

Charging case

Charging Cable

Instructions, safety information and warranty

Eartips – 3 (large/medium/small)

If you are looking for an unbiased review on Realme Buds Q, you are most welcome to read the post below.

Airy Weight

With just 3.6g (single bud) of weight, the Realme Buds Q feels like air on the ears. Their ultra-lightweight feature makes it very comfortable for usage.

Cobble Design

The Realme Buds Q are designed in collaboration with the renowned designer Jose Levy. The design of these earpieces and charging case matches pebbles. They are available in three colour options – Black, White, and Yellow.

In the Realme Buds Q review, we used a black variant that comes with a tint of yellow, a Realme’s trademark, on the ear tip’s inner side. The case of these buds are compact in size and has a magnetic lid with a Micro-USB charging port at the back.

These earbuds are also sweat-resistant (IPX4 Water Resistance), so you can wear them to the gym or for a jog without bothering about sweat.

Realme Buds Q Specification has a touch-sensitive control on each earpiece. However, they are not much responsive as their touch zones are relatively small, so they cannot be easily located. This is the major shortcoming for Realme Buds Q.

Sound Quality

With the Realme Buds Q, things seem different from the other models of Realme, like the Realme Buds Air and Realme Buds Air Neo. These buds provide a clean, much gentler and bass-forward sound with a 10mm Dynamic Bass Boost driver.

These earbuds also support Bluetooth 5.0 with 10 meters wide range. Moreover, due to the sonic signature and tuning features, these buds’ sound is uniform and balanced. The Realme Bud’s sound came across as more calculated and tight than aggressive. These buds come along with AAC codec support and the in-canal design.

For an accessible pair of TWS earbuds, these buds are promising good bass-forward sound quality. For the performance of Realme Buds Q’s sound quality, while listening to music, playing games or watching movies, we would give 10/10.

Call Quality

Although Realme Buds’ mic has 119ms low latency, which is excellent for its price, We don’t recommend the Realme Buds Q for voice calls, as the mic of these earphones don’t have any form of active noise cancellation; thus, in crowded areas or traffic, the sound is not clear.

Moreover, due to the lack of active noise cancellation, the mic’s rubber tip’s tight seal provides only passive cancellation, which is effective only at quiet places like your homes and offices.

In this Realme Buds Q review, we have tried both video calls and regular voice calls, and for both types, the other side complained that there is a distortion in our voice.

On the video call, our voice seems automated. But on a regular call, our speech wasn’t clear to another person, while we could hear him clearly.

Although for earbuds of this price range, we cannot expect to get a powerful noise cancellation technology like Samsung Galaxy Buds or Apple AirPods, but even for this price, sound quality over calls of Realme Buds Q could have been improved.

Battery Life

The Realme Buds Q provides a reliable battery for such an affordable price, ultra-lightweight earbuds and a charging case. Realme claims ’20 hours of non-stop music’, with a 400 mAh battery into the case that comes with 4.5 hours of battery life for each bud on a single charge which is better than what its sibling Realme Buds Air delivers.

It takes 2 hours to completely charge the case and buds and once charged, the case can charge these earphones up to four times over.

After using these buds for three months, we figured out that it is not exactly 20 hours but sufficient enough that I could not find myself searching for the charger.

However, Realme Buds Q does not have wireless charging, unlike Realme’s other wireless Bluetooth models, and it has a micro USB port instead of a Type-C port, which is sort of a shame.

In front of the case, there’s also an LED light at the front, which turns green when the earbuds are fully charged; otherwise, it blinks red.

Realme Link App

The app provided with your earbuds is as important as the other features of the earbuds. But most often users ignore the importance of an app.

What they fail to realise is that the app is provided for a reason. It helps you to configure the settings of your earbuds and enjoy a better experience. Not just that, but it also offers important details related to your earbuds including the battery status.

This is why other established brands like Google and Samsung offer an app with their earbuds. For example, Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro and Pixel Buds offer an app, so you can customise the settings of the earbuds.

While buying Realme Buds Q, one of the most important features one should remember is the Realme Link app, which let you customize and configure the settings. This app will give you access to control the Game mode toggle with ease to enter and to control the double tap, triple tap, touch and hold actions.

Quick Review, Pros and Cons

For the price under 2K, the Realme Buds Q are pretty good wireless earphones. They are comfortable and don’t feel like anything on the ears, the sound is good, the controls are steady compared to other TWS earphones under the same price range, and solid Battery life.

Realme Buds Q is the best suited for the gamer and music lovers. It may not be up to the mark when it comes to noise cancellation, but given the price of the earbuds, it is worth buying.

These Buds comes with 1 year of warranty.

If you are interested in buying the Realme Buds Q, you can order it from the official Realme website or Flipkart.

Good Things

  • Stunning Cobble design
  • Ultra-lightweight earbuds and they fit well in ears
  • 20 hours playback
  • 119ms low latency
  • 10mm drivers
  • Super bass
  • AAC HD audio codec support
  • Realme Link App for settings customisation
  • Good battery life
  • Single bud can be used in Mono mode
  • Affordable

 

Bad Things

  • Poor call quality
  • Inconsistent touch controls
  • Lack of Type C port. It has a micro-USB charging port.
  • Audio tuning could be better
  • No LED indicators on earbuds

 

Ratings (out of 10)

Design9.5 out of 10 stars9.5
Sound Quality9 out of 10 stars9.0
Comfort9 out of 10 stars9.0
Call Quality6.5 out of 10 stars6.5
Connectivity8.5 out of 10 stars8.5
Portability9.5 out of 10 stars9.5
Battery Life9.5 out of 10 stars9.5
Value for Money8 out of 10 stars8.0
InsideTechno’s Overall8.7 out of 10 stars8.7

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