Noise Air Buds Pro Review: Feature-rich TWS under Rs. 3000
If you are planning to buy Air Buds Pro by Noise and wondering if it's worth the penny, read this. You ought to be surprised.
- Active Noise Cancellation
- Audio quality
- Quick connectivity
- Comfortable Fit
- Battery life
- Sensor control
ANCNoise reduction up to -25db
Water Resistance RatingIPX5
Charging PortUSB-Type C
Are you looking for an affordable pair of wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation? Air Buds Pro by Noise can be a good choice for you. With the launch of Air Buds Pro, Noise has increased its portfolio of Air Buds series that includes Air buds Plus, Air Buds and Air Buds Mini. The Air Buds Pro was launched in India at an introductory price of ₹2,499. However, the price has now been increased to ₹2,999. Equipped with active noise cancellation (ANC), transparency mode, touch control, quad mic, IPX5 rating for water resistance, among others, the earbuds come across as appealing to buyers on a tight budget. But is it worth the price it demands? To answer this question, I have used the Noise Air Buds Pro for over 10 days, and here is what I observed.
Noise Air Buds Pro: Design
Offered in three different colours- black, white and blue, Noise AirBuds Pro has got the stem style design and comes in an oval shaped charging case. The case has a plastic body and though the quality is good, it does get scratch marks. With the logo, indicator and a sleek rectangular cut in front to enable opening the case easily and a reset button and metallic hinge at back, the charging case has got a decent look.
The earbuds weigh 3.6 grams and are easy to wear and comfortable. It also fits perfectly into the ears and does not fall even while shaking the head vigorously. Also, the earphones get connected or paired with the smartphone as soon as the charging case is opened, making it convenient to connect.
Noise Air Buds Pro: Audio Quality
The sole purpose of any earphone is to provide good audio quality. My expectations for the audio quality were low given its price but boy I was surprised! It has clarity on both the minimum and the maximum volume, and the audio quality does not get distorted when pumped all the way up. Similar to most affordable earbuds, there's an emphasis on bass and the mids; a tune setup that's desirable by most of us, including me.
To my surprise, the active noise cancellation feature did perform well as when it was on. I was not able to hear most ambient sounds, such as whirring fans, passing motorcycles, barking dogs and the likes. You can still here faint voices of people talking though, especially of high-pitched voices. It can be noted that as per the company, Air Buds Pro reduces up to -25db of sound. The transparency mode was also good enough and allowed me to listen to the surroundings even while listening to music.
The wireless range offered is 10m; with my phone staying on the 1st floor, I was able to go downstairs and enjoy undisrupted audio.
Noise Air Buds Pro: Sensor Control
The Air Buds Pro has sensors placed at the top of both the earplugs using which you can control volume, music, call, Siri and Google Assistant, transparency and ANC mode with simple touch gestures. Though it was easy to control the volume and change the music, I struggled in switching between the transparency and ANC mode and also while managing calls.
Even after tapping for three times on the right earbud, the ANC mode was sometimes not getting activated and vice-versa. While on call, adjusting the earbuds led to disconnecting the call often. Some of the basic gestures are vulnerable to accidental touches, which is something Noise should fix. Weirdly, there's no mode for normal audio listening; it's either ANC on or transparency off.
Noise Air Buds Pro: Battery Life
Battery life on the Air Buds Pro is nothing extraordinary. While using the earbuds on transparency mode, I was able to extract around 4 hours of battery life. When the ANC mode is on, the battery lasts for around 3 hours. The case takes around 1 hour to charge completely while the earbuds take up to 1.5 hours.
Noise Air Buds Pro: Verdict
I have enjoyed listening to the Noise Air Buds Pro in my limited time and for its asking price, the audio performance is commendable. The ANC feature is effective and so is the transparency mode. It also scores some nice points with regards to comfort and ease of use. That said, battery life could have been better and those seeking to longer on a single charge should look at alternative options, such as the Realme Buds Air 2 at ₹3,299, which also happens to offer ANC at this price. The Redmi Earbuds 3 Pro are also a good alternative at ₹2,999; although you miss out on ANC, you get a dual driver setup with better audio output. The Noise Air Buds Pro is for someone seeking a taste of everything at a sensible price.