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Huawei FreeBuds Pro review: Review

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Huawei introduced the FreeBuds Pro headset in September 2020 as one of its biggest productions in recent times. As with all headphones, the main focus was on external noise cancellation.

Comfortable but with a questionable design

Unlike the FreeBuds 3 headset, which followed the design of the Apple AirPods, FreeBuds Pro offers a new take on what TWS should look like. Despite this, the square “stem” had more in mind than engineering than design, given that Huawei heaped a lot of hardware inside the earphones to enable all “Pro” features.

However, due to the design, the buttons are a little difficult to remove from the charging case, partly because they are more difficult to grip and partly because the magnet that helps them stay inside is a little strong. Putting them back is also a bit of a hassle, but over time a person gets used to it.

Although the design may not appeal to most people very much, you will certainly appreciate the comfort of FreeBuds Pro. There are three sizes of rubber tips, and Huawei still allows the tip fitting to be tested through the AI ​​Life app (available on Google Play and the Huawei AppGallery).

Huawei FreeBuds Pro review Review

Resources

Huawei FreeBuds Pro headsets have three noise control settings, but this only works with the proper application. The options are “Off”, “Awareness” and “Noise canceling”, with the latter having four intensity settings.

Called “Dynamic”, “Cozy”, “General” and “Ultra”, they are just sophisticated names to define the intensity with which the user wants the noise cancellation to have.

The “Awareness” feature amplifies the surrounding noise, allowing you to hear essential sounds, such as a car horn or someone talking at a higher volume trying to get your attention. There is an additional sub feature called “Enhance voices”, which does exactly what the name says.

Like all true wireless headsets, FreeBuds Pro also supports gestures, but they are like nothing you’ve ever seen. Instead of hitting, you have to pinch the button with two fingers. After getting the hang of it, the various combinations of tweezers work effortlessly.

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Hardware

FreeBuds Pro comes in a white, black or silver oval charger case with a button on the side. There is a 580 mAh battery inside, supporting wireless charging, and each button carries a 55 mAh cell. Huawei promises 4 hours of music playback with ANC enabled or 7 hours with the feature turned off – easily, among the most durable headphones out there.

The charging case can also be charged with a USB-C cable provided in the box. A full charge of 0 to 100% for the case and buttons takes about 75 minutes to charge – which is a decent result for completely discharged batteries. But with wireless charging support, you’re unlikely to need to do full charges as it makes it easy to recharge them quickly every now and then.

In addition, if you have a Huawei phone, the battery percentage increases every time the user opens the box to see if they need to be plugged in soon.

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Audio quality

An important aspect when considering wireless headsets is the audio quality – both for listening to music and for calls. Huawei’s FreeBuds are among the best in performance in their shape – the 11 mm drivers provide even decent bass, while the rubber tips that fit perfectly in the ears prevent any interference from the world around.

The bass is certainly more pronounced than in FreeBuds 3 and, although the treble has suffered a little, the overall performance is much more balanced. The bass is usually the big problem for tiny headsets like these, but Huawei has done a good job of overcoming most of its rivals.

True wireless headphones are made for mobility and comfort, and Huawei did just that. FreeBuds Pro offers great comfort and clear sound on Spotify or even Tidal with its lossless audio.

Verdict: Huawie Freebuds Pro

1612531603 70 Huawei FreeBuds Pro review ReviewHuawei FreeBuds Pro headsets may even be the best ANC wireless headsets on the market, but the unusual design and relatively high price are downsides. The Huawei AI Life app is not available on the App Store, which means that Apple users are missing out on a lot of the fun.

Even so, FreeBuds Pro emerges as one of the best choices for anyone who owns a Huawei smartphone or at least is on the right side of the Android / iOS split line. The approximately € 170 that these headsets cost are cheaper than rivals Samsung and Apple.

For those who want a proper noise-canceling experience, first-rate audio and don’t care about the design, Huawei FreeBuds Pro headsets are a great choice.

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