Realme Buds T300
Realme Buds T300: More than two years have passed since Realme released their Buds Q2 true wireless (TWS) earbuds. In addition to having excellent sound quality, they also had a ton of features, such active noise cancellation (ANC), which was unheard of in TWS earphones for under Rs 2,500 at the time. It makes sense why, over the duration of their stock, they were difficult to beat in the segment. With its improved hardware and long feature list, the new Realme Buds T300 appears ready to take over even though it isn’t its exact replacement.
It’s not just about following in the footsteps; it’s also about going up against the competition. Additionally, based on the specifications sheet, it poses a serious risk to the OnePlus Nord Buds 2, a good all-around device in and of itself. We have an intriguing competition to deal with today. Watch how it transpires.
Design and Comfort of the Realme Buds T300 (8/10)
Upon examining the charging case, it is easy to deduce where the design inspiration came from. It is distinctly Apple; neither this product nor this brand is the first or the last to enter that pool. Nevertheless, Realme did a fantastic job with the build quality, and the T300 has a refined and well-rounded appearance. The buds and case are quite polished, yet they have a nice finish and don’t appear cheap. They are more likely to get fingerprints and smudges on the white version we received, but they are still quite noticeable.
Realme Buds T300: The interior of the case is grey, which breaks up the otherwise all-white scene. The case is quite portable, light, and small. It has a 460 mAh battery, a USB-C charging connector that is positioned closer to the base, and a little charge indication LED. Although there isn’t a button for Bluetooth pairing or reset on this device, you may still accomplish that task by touching and holding both buds at once for a short while. The contact zones are indicated by a tiny depression at the rear of the buds.
Realme Buds T300: Although the touch sensitivity is normally not too awful, there are moments when the triple clicks don’t register. At 4.1 grams apiece, the buds are relatively light. They fit comfortably and snugly, and they stay in place when jogging or working out. To further increase their durability, the buds are IP55 rated splash and dust resistant. The three bundled pairs’ appropriately sized silicon tips provide respectable passive noise isolation and eventually aid in improving ANC as well.
Realme Buds T300: Highlights and Details (8/10)
A 12.4 mm dynamic driver with a titanized diaphragm is installed in every earbud. Each of them has a set of microphones for ANC and calling. For inexpensive earbuds, the Realme Buds T300 can block out background noise up to 30 dB, which is an impressive result. The Realme Buds 5 Pro and other midrange earbuds do not offer variable levels of noise canceling. The options are ANC On, ANC Off, and Transparency mode. Everything has been kept straightforward.
Wear detection sensors have been dropped, however ANC is still included. The SBC and AAC codecs are supported by these Bluetooth 5.3 compatible TWS buds. Additionally, you get 360-degree Spatial Audio Effect, but don’t expect it to always improve the final product. The Realme Link app allows you access and customize some functions of these earbuds. On Realme phones, the app is pre-loaded; on other devices, it must be installed. The app is accessible on both iOS and Android platforms.
You may customize the controls, change the sound profile, and do a lot more with it. Double and triple tap gestures can be assigned to play/pause, previous/next track, voice assistant, volume control, or nothing at all. You can navigate between the ANC profiles with touch-and-hold. Although volume control is provided here, some gestures will need to be skipped because there aren’t enough gestures to assign all the functions to. This slot would have been available if wear detecting sensors had been present.
Performance of Realme Buds T300: 7.5/10
The loudness of these earphones is the first thing you notice. You may also use the app’s Volume Booster to make them louder if you need them to be for whatever reason. Even outside, I hardly ever had to go over 50% throughout the test run. With no barrier standing in the way of the buds’ stable connection to the source device at ten meters, the wireless range is also not a problem. Let’s now discuss the sound quality.
The Realme Buds T300’s default sound signature is notably bass-heavy. You receive four sound presets in the Realme Link app – Clear Vocals, Nature Balance, Clear Bass and Bass Boost, in the increasing order of bass. Clear Vocals is not a bass-heavy song, but it is too focused on the mids to be a fun musical piece. However, it can be used in podcasts. Even the generally better-sounding Nature Balance has too much bass that overshadows the mids. The final two have excessive bass and a lackluster vocal clarity, making them almost useless.
It’s unlikely that bass enthusiasts will be dissatisfied with the output when using Clear Bass. The 6-band equalizer, which allows you to customize presets and adjust the audio to your taste, is the actual attraction here, much like it is with all Nord Buds. The sound settings are just a formality. You are welcome to experiment until you get an outcome that you like. For a much better balance, try bringing the mids up and reducing the upper bass. Alternatively, try our custom EQ, which is visible in the app screenshot, and adjust it more if needed.
Realme Buds T300: Following those adjustments to the sound, the T300 outputs a more lively sound that is sharper and more balanced. There is still enough wallop in the bass, but a little tighter and not as boomy as previously. The highs are crisp without seeming sibilant, and the vocal clarity is significantly improved. This soundstage is appropriate for the part; it’s not overly wide. When streaming videos from OTT platforms, the latency is minimal enough to not result in any discernible lag between the audio and visual elements. In game mode, it is said to be able to descend even lower, to 50 ms.
The T300’s sound quality is adequate for a pair of TWS buds that cost less than two thousand dollars, but what really sets the product apart is the effective ANC. The maximum ambient noise reduction these buds can achieve is 30 dB, which is 6 dB more than the Nord Buds 2. Putting numbers aside, this ANC works flawlessly and significantly muffles some low-frequency background noise, such as the fan’s whirr. Additionally, it reduces some midrange sounds, such as human voices, but not completely.
That being said, the ANC works incredibly well to cut down on background noise when using public transportation. At best, the Transparency option is mediocre and might use some improvement. It would have been better if it had concentrated only on the vocal frequencies instead of amplifying all other noises. Even while this mode isn’t great for carrying on a long conversation, it helps you stay aware of your surroundings when you’re outside. In general, the ANC is maybe the greatest TWS earbud available for less than Rs 3,000. And to begin with, only few provide ANC in that budget.
Realme Buds T300: 7 out of 10 for call quality
Inside, the T300’s call quality is excellent, with participants easily audible to one another. You can still be heard clearly in crowded outdoor settings, but your clarity decreases in calmer settings. Although the circuitry for background noise cancellation performs a respectable job of controlling background noise, it also affects how clear your voice is. When I walked outside onto a busy street, the caller noticed right away that my voice was becoming less clear. Nevertheless, these earphones are still quite useful for making calls.
Realme Buds T300: 8.5 out of 10 for battery life
Impressive is the Realme Buds T300’s battery backup. The business promises 30 and 40 hours of total playback time with the charging case in identical conditions and at 50% volume, and 6 and 8 hours of audio playback for the buds with ANC turned on and off. The earbuds actually managed to reach pretty near to those numbers, with the volume remaining at 50% for the most part of the testing period. They were used for slightly more than 5 hours with ANC turned on and slightly less than 7 and a half hours without it. They can be recharged four more times with the case.
Depending on how often you use ANC, that equates to a total battery backup of 25 to 37 hours for the case and buds combined. These are some of the greatest numbers in the category. And if that wasn’t enough, they also allow quick charging. It’s excellent that a 10-minute charge may provide nearly 7 hours of playback without ANC. It takes slightly more than an hour to fully charge the buds and case.
Realme Buds T300: Cost and evaluation
Realme Buds T300 retail for Rs 2,299, but they are currently available for Rs 1,999 with a one-year warranty. You receive outstanding value for your money considering its features and performance. The T300 has a good appearance, good sound quality (after using the equalizer), is long-lasting and easy to wear, has an amazing battery backup with quick charging, and has superior ANC compared to other TWS earbuds in the sub-3K range.
There are a few small issues with it, but overall, the benefits greatly exceed the drawbacks, and at Rs 1,999, there’s not much to be upset about. In terms of competition, we are unable to find anything that comes close to 2K that has all the features that the Realme Buds T300 has. If you don’t care about ANC, then the Oppo Enco Buds2 does sound a little better for a few of hundred Rupees less.
You will have to spend $3K on a comparable substitute, so take a look at the OnePlus Nord Buds 2. However, other from the unique look and better call quality outside, there aren’t any other reasons to choose that over the T300 for the extra cash. All things considered, the Realme Buds T300, which costs about Rs 2,000, is a fantastic all-around product that surpasses the Realme Buds Q2 in practically every way. It may not have been intended, but it is the ideal replacement for the Q2.