Xiaomi has always been characterized by throwing the house through the window with its prices. If we talk about headphones, their acquaintance’s Piston or the small AirDots follow this line, offering relatively good sound quality, taking into account the small price they ask for them. However, the company keeps the right to compete in higher leagues, and today its most ambitious in-ear alternative passes through our analysis table.
This is the Xiaomi Mi True Wireless, also known as AirDots Pro. A proposal focused on those users who want a Bluetooth audio experience with active noise cancellation, without wanting to overcome the 100 Euro barrier. Despite being an economic alternative, within the Xiaomi catalog, they are the highest priced proposal. Let’s check if they live up to expectations.
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless – Technical specifications & Features
|FEATURES||XIAOMI MI TRUE WIRELESS|
|Diaphragm unit||7 mm, neodymium magnet|
|Compatibility||iOS and Android|
|Loading time||1 hour approx. for full load (according to manufacturer)|
|Autonomy||Up to 3 hours a charge, up to 10 hours with box (according to manufacturer)|
|Carrying case||USB type C|
|Additional features||Noise cancellation, IPX4 water resistance, AAC codec support|
|Weight||5.8 grams per headset (with case 58 grams)|
The Xiaomi Mi True Wireless reproduce audio in the spectrum of audible frequencies by the human being, in other words, from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. The frequency spectrum becomes relevant to give you an idea about the depth of the sound (the higher the frequency spectrum, the better the sound sensations), which in this case is within the expected range of non-professional headphones.
Regarding connectivity, we do not find the least problem. Xiaomi headphones are compatible with any device that has Bluetooth 4.2, so both iOS and Android are well received at the time of pairing. I would have been grateful for compatibility with Bluetooth 5.0, but a few headphones of this price, little more we can demand.
Noise cancellation, IPX4 protocol, and fast charging Features
Charging the case, how could it be otherwise, is done through a USB Type-C port. When charging the headphones, we can enjoy 100% of the battery of the headphones in just one hour. We will talk about autonomy later, but the fast loading figures are promising.
The cancellation of active noise is the main protagonist in these headphones, as well as the IPX4 protocol, protection that guarantees to splash safety. This means that True Wireless is not aquatic, and should not get wet, if possible. However, they shouldn’t have too much trouble with sweat. Be that as it may, we recommend its subsequent cleaning if we have done sports, since the sweat is highly corrosive, and with the passage of time, with high probability, it ends up deteriorating the state of these headphones.
Comfortable Design and Audio Play Back up to hours
The construction and finishing of both the case and the headphones themselves, are more than worthy, taking into account the price of the product. The finish is finished in polycarbonate, but from the first moment, it shows that it is of good quality. The headphones give a feeling of solidity, robustness and a good finish, without providing a premium product experience at hand.
Similarly, the lightness of each headset is appreciated, since each of them weighs only 5.8 grams. The same happens with the box, which does not exceed 58 grams. Like the headphones, it is made of polycarbonate, with good quality, a fairly comfortable method to open it, and a discreet side button that will make the functions of linking the headphones with the phone.
Offering a good noise cancellation in this type of headphones is not easy since the pavilion of our ear is completely naked. The solution to this is to offer different types of pads, to find the one that perfectly suits our ear canal. To do this, Xiaomi has equipped these Mi True Wireless with three different pad sizes.
In our case, we have found ourselves comfortable with those that came built into the headphones. Although we have run with them and performed a variety of physical activity, they have not fallen or made the risk of doing so at any time. They have a good fixation, are quite ergonomic, and do not end up bothering us when we wear them for hours.
Going deeper into the box, it has a restrained size, so we will not have too much trouble if we want to wear it in pants. The reduced weight helps with its transport, something that will be necessary if we want to use the headphones for several hours, as we will later discuss in the autonomy section. As a curious fact, note that it costs a little to take the headphones out of the box for the construction of the holes that house them, but over time the trick is caught.
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Mixed Reviews about User Experience
Using the Xiaomi Mi True Wireless is as simple as taking them out of the box, hitting the side button of the same (an action that starts the pairing process), and start playing the audio of our device. At the level of user experience, there are a couple of details that have won us, and another pair that we have not liked so much. The first positive detail is how intuitive they are at the operation level.
To handle them, we use gestures, somewhat chaotic at first, but as the days go by we end up doing each of these gestures in a very intuitive way. In addition to these gestures, the AirDots Pro stop playing audio when we remove one of the two headphones from the ears. Translation? In the classic situation in which someone requires our attention and we take off a headset, playback will stop immediately.
- Double right tap: pause the music or reactivate it
- Double left tap: invoke the virtual assistant
- Three seconds by pressing on the power button: turn off noise cancellation
For our analysis, we tested the headphones with both iOS on an iPhone XR and Android with a Xiaomi Mi 9T and an Alcatel 3. The experience has been identified in both systems, saving the invocation of the virtual assistant, which varies according to the operating system (Siri vs Google Assistant).
Noise cancellation Feature Xiaomi Mi True Wireless
The second positive point has to do with its cancellation of noise (the quality per se of the audio will be discussed later). Although they do not achieve, by pure physics, the isolation of circumaural proposals, the Xiaomi Mi True Wireless manage to isolate us from the outside. This is quite effective when we are playing music, but not aggressive enough to prevent that, if someone tries to talk to us, we will not listen to what he is saying.
What we did not like so much about these headphones is that they do not have any application. It is quite curious how Xiaomi, who pampers so much care and dedication to MIUI (its Android fork), has not been happy to provide an application to equalize and adjust the sound of these headphones to the user’s taste. Alternatives of the competition in Android usually come from the hand of complete applications that allow you to change the sound modes. In fact, if we use a Xiaomi mobile we will see that we have several sound modes in the settings, but they are only available if we use cable.
On the other hand, despite being a characteristic inherent to Bluetooth audio, the latency is exaggerated, to the point of preventing us from enjoying such basic tasks as watching a video. It is understood that Bluetooth, today, does not have the immediacy of the cable connection, but the delay in tasks such as that mentioned is too marked.
To such an extent that, watching a video, we perfectly notice that image and video are completely untouched. We have done tests on virtually all platforms, even with videos recorded by the phone itself, and the result has been the same.
This has caused our use of True Wireless to be limited to music playback, where it perfectly fulfills its mission. However, given the price of them, it is somewhat frustrating not to be able to enjoy watching videos, since the lag between image and sound completely prevents a satisfactory experience. We do not know if the latency is due to lack of compatibility with aptX or some type of construction error, but it is certainly a point to consider.
Sound Quality is Great for 79.99 euros
To test the sound quality of these headphones we have listened to music both locally (MP3 320 Kbps) and streaming (Spotify at 320 Kbps), of various genres. In those genres with a predominance of serious sounds, as we anticipate, we quickly notice the lack of them, although the audio is consistent and adequate to what we can ask for less than 100 euros.
The lack of application mentioned above can be overcome with the equalizer integrated into the applications, so the lack of seriousness can be partially alleviated in this way, even if it is not the most optimal. In short, audio that is enjoyed, and to which for the next generation we ask for something more serious.
As for the microphone integrated into the headphones, it is useful when making calls without picking up the phone, but its quality is quite fair. The sound is somewhat metallic and canned, being below what you could ask for headphones of this price range.
The Xiaomi Mi True Wireless is proposed as an in-ear alternative below 80 euros, with noise cancellation, touch controls, good design and water-resistance as the main benefits. For the price we pay, we get the expected sound quality. If we want to listen to music, they are an alternative more than recommended, even for the sports field (despite not being headphones with a design-focused purely on the sport).
However, the problem of latency should be used to consider its use in certain situations. They are not the most suitable headphones for consumers of multimedia content, so if you like to watch videos from YouTube, Netflix, HBO or any type of platform, you should keep in mind that the audio delay will prevent you from enjoying the deliveries as you deserve.
We are grateful for the inclusion of touch gestures, splash resistance, and excellent noise cancellation, although we must not ignore that autonomy can go down within two hours if we play loud music. One of lime and one of constant sand for headphones that we liked, but that leave us with the feeling that they could have given something more of themselves in the face of the overall experience of use.