The Xiaomi AirDots are their wireless earbuds. These are very handy for answering calls and listening to music without any wires. Given the budget, these earbuds perform very well. With simple usage and pairing making them even more convenient.
Pros & Cons
No volume control
Mid-level build quality
A bit about Xiaomi
Xiaomi started in 2010, it is one of the largest tech corporations in the world and the largest smartphone brand within China. It was the youngest company on the Fortune Global 500 list for 2019. They are heavily invested in smartphones but also produce a host of other devices. From electric scooties to smart TVs to a DIY robot kit. Xiaomi is one of the top 5 producers of smartphones in the world. Their Redmi AirDots are wireless earbuds which have also done well in the market due to their quality versus the pricing.
Xiaomi Redmi AirDots
With wireless earbuds being the new norm, almost every brand is producing them. Headphone and smartphone brands, both have been making their iterations. Xiaomi has made their own version and calls them AirDots. These are about a 5th the price of Apple's AirPods as not everyone wants to spend so much on their accessories.
Set inside a small pill-box that is also the charger, they are held in place by small magnets. They are a curved rectangular shape with angular ear stalks that sit in the ear well and stay in place. They are made from plastic and are relatively lightweight.
Both the buds have a single button on the top of the chassis, making it easy to access them on the go. Each of the buds also has a small LED light that lets you know the status of the battery and about the pairing. They show red when charging and flash white when the buds are ready to pair. The pairing process is simple and if there is a previously connected device they automatically connect to it when removed from their case.
The buttons have a few different actions. A single click answers incoming calls and also hangs up calls. If one wants to reject a call they need to press longer. Otherwise, clicking once will play or pause audio and a double click will launch the voice assistant your smartphone has on default.
The range is from 25 to 30 feet with a clear line of sight from one's smartphone, if one goes to another room the signal drops. The Xiaomi AirDots have an IPX4 rating, meaning they can handle splashes but not submersion.
The Xiaomi AirDots do not have volume control on them, but given these are very budget-friendly buds that is not a dealbreaker. The splash resistance means they can easily be used in the gym too. The 7.2mm drivers produce ample sound for one to enjoy their music.
A single charge gives about 4 hours of playback time, which is roughly what most wireless earbuds manage. The battery is at 300mAh and can be charged in 20 minutes with fast charging. The cable is a microUSB instead of the USB Type-C.
For the price, the Xiaomi Redmi AirDots perform very well, especially when compared to other wireless earbuds in a similar price range.