I don't know you friends, but when there are rainy days like the one that is falling in these hours, there's nothing more relaxing than to sit back and enjoy a lot of good music. I like to immerse myself in the rhythm that makes me travel with my imagination in beating and rising, and what better help if not rely on good earphones like those that Xiaomi has recently presented in China and that today we have the pleasure to review thanks to sending the sample provided by Gearbest.com, store always ready to offer a preview of the technological gadgets of the Chinese brand.
The packaging of the Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Neckband Earphones it is presented in a simple and elegant way, with a transparent plastic cover that immediately places the Xiaomi Bluetooth headsets as the protagonist. Inside the tray that houses the product we find a user manual with directions also in English, the small micro USB charging cable and a containing opaque plastic 3 pairs of spare parts for the earphones of different sizes to better adapt to the various pavilions and made of soft silicone. The presence of a case for storing the earphones when unused would have been a welcome gift but in full tradition we find nothing else.
The Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Neckband Earphones adopt a so-called arched design as the earphones should be worn by placing the back of the structure on the neck. And right here I want to concentrate for a while as the arc is made with elastic-friendly skin-friendly material, which is not only comfortable to the touch and with the skin but at the same time does not create any discomfort during use in sports sessions. Furthermore, the bow gives stability to the earphones, which are also firmly in activities such as running. The bow can be flexed without fear of ruining the structure, as it will return to the initial shape without deformation. With a total weight of 40 grams and dimensions equal to 205 x 175 x 39 mm, comfort is guaranteed thanks to the ergonomic design of the product.
On the terminals of the arch is located on the left side the control unit and on the right side the stick for the right ear driver. Both modules are made of metal except for the buttons for volume control and music track control on the left side, where we also find the on / off button which also has the function to play / pause the music track or to call up the voice assistant but also to answer or decline an incoming call. Finally we find the small hole for the microphone that also incorporates a small status LED, while on the stick profile we have a small door also made of plastic that conceals the micro USB input for charging.
Yeah, because of course to work the Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Neckband Earphones need one battery which in this case is a unit of 137 mAh which guarantees aautonomy of 8 hours of music with continuous flow, or 10 hours in conversation with a maximum of 200 hours standby values declared by the manufacturer and which I confirm, at least for the music side. Charging takes place via the micro USB cable attached to a source that supplies energy for 5V / 1A, which in about 2 hours it will bring the built-in battery to 100%.
Continuing, we note that the i audio wires (25 cm cable length) covered with soft plastic that will lead us to dynamic dual drivers with semi-in-ear structure and case made of anodized aluminum, similar as design to the most classic headphones that Xiaomi has accustomed us to. Specifically, the new Xiaomi audio gadgets come with a 4.1 Bluetooth chip model CSR8645 with support to AAC audio decoding and technology aptX by Qualcomm, which serves to improve the quality of listening on Bluetooth connectivity and profiles HFP / HSP / A2DP / AVRCP.
For the uninitiated, aptX is an audio codec born in 1980 whose license is currently owned by Qualcomm. This codec is based on algorithms that allow many more data to be conveyed via Bluetooth than is normally guaranteed, translating sound quality into something comparable to CD quality.
The dual drivers they work on a frequency range ranging from 20 Hz to 20000 Hz with an impedance of 32 Ohm and sensitivity of 100 dB. Also a magnet that allows you to join the two small speakers together when we are not using them, avoiding wires that dangle on our stomach and therefore accidental falls of the product. Unfortunately, any type of IPXX certification is absent.
Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Neckband Earphones they connect to the smartphone very quickly, and in my case it was not necessary to enter any code for the pairing, but if it was requested, just type 0000 (4 times zero). There is no integration with the Mi Home ecosystem, therefore no application is needed to use the earphones, and in a certain sense the use without applications or integration with the MIUI interface could be a lack, as I would have expected as for the wired earphones, to be able to go to calibrate the sound from the music application but mine is only a fixed by reviewersorand therefore it does not matter as it is precisely the sound that these earphones give to let them love them so much that they can not do without them anymore.
The range of the Bluetooth is equal to 10 meters, that are definitely real but what surprised me is the fact that even in the face of obstacles, the data flow is transmitted without hesitation, certainly without exaggerations, but in my case I did a test leaving the smartphone closed in a room and I went down under the door of the house (2 flights of stairs) and I could hear the music with the same initial quality. Once you have started the Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Neckband Earphones (just hold down the power button for 3 seconds) a Chinese voice guide, warns us of the connection with the device. At this point if we press the power button twice in a row we will start the voice assistant, while in telephone call activity we could respond (one click) or reject the call (long press). Also if we have left the phone in silence we will be notified of the call with a little trill.
I state not to be an expert audiophile, but I have enough experience to understand when the volume is too high distorts the sound, or when there is a dominant in the high / medium / low frequencies. And all this with Xiaomi earphones doesn't happen. I've tried different musical genres, even tracks recorded in concerts and believe me in some songs the sound was so high quality that closing the eyes even seemed to hear the singer's breath on the microphone. Moreover the immersive experience that the Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Neckband Earphones give us, thanks to an ambient noise suppression system, is really at a level that I had not tried before.
One thing also that I liked is the fact that the Xiaomi earphones enjoy a volume system separate from that of the smartphonetherefore, we could lower or raise the sound level without necessarily acting on that of the phone. To change the volume parameters just click on the command buttons while keeping them slightly pressed we could move forward or backward the music track.
In the market there are many, too many proposals for Bluetooth headsets with very cheap prices but I assure you that there is no comparison for build quality and audio compared to these Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Neckband Earphones. The price of slightly less than 60 euro (at the time of writing) is definitely convenient when compared to more prestigious brands that are worth investing only if we are professionals. Xiaomi instead manages to put a product of premium quality and audio of the highest level within everyone's reach. Then all you have to do is decide whether to buy the Gray color (from us in the test) or Black (actually Xiaomi also offers the Gold variant) through the store Gearbest.com, which as always I recommend for all the technological purchases made in China.
To be able to enjoy a professional sound no longer need to faint by buying gadgets that maybe after a short time we will forget locked in a drawer. Xiaomi with its Mi Bluetooth Neckband Earphones offers a lot of quality that goes perfectly with the bow design that will make it easier to wear both in sports situations and in moments of relaxation.
- AUDIO QUALITY
- ERGONOMIC DESIGN
- BATTERY DURATION
- OFFERS FUNCTIONS (voice assistant, calls, music)
- NO IPXX CERTIFICATION
- ABSENCE OF A CUSTODY TO STORE THE HEADPHONES WHEN UNUSED