Over the past several years, wireless headphones have been an integral part of the popular mobile phone accessories, and due to the available technology and high profitability, apart from reputable and reliable companies, a large number of anonymous brands have also entered this field. Is. The world of wireless headphones, however, underwent a major transformation with the introduction of Apple Airpods in 2018, and all-wireless airbags (known as TWS) became the dominant product in this category. In addition to their sleek design and light weight, TWSs have distanced themselves from their predecessors in terms of sound quality and latency, and now have a say in more professional areas such as Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology. One of the new products in this market is Huawei Airbus Freebuds 4i, which was introduced in early 2021.
Freebuds 4i despite Compared to its bigger brother, the Freebuds Pro, it ranks lower, but on paper it looks attractive with its sleek design, relatively long battery life, and noise canceling technology, and at a lower price, it has a wider range of users. Attracts. Freibadz 4i is the subject of this review. Freebuds 4i is available in the Digital Cement Store.
Freebuds 4i, as its name implies, is a replacement for the previous generation Freebuds 3i, and in the meantime, several changes have taken place in the design and structure of this model. have given. The Freibad 4i is still an example of active noise canceling, or ANC, but is now designed to be smaller and somewhat more subtle, and has undergone major changes in terms of capacity and battery life (of the handsets themselves).
4i should definitely be placed at a lower level than Freebuds Pro; Where, apart from the different design and smaller dimensions, we also see a noticeable difference in terms of sound power with the presence of more powerful drivers in the Pro version. On the other hand, the Freibad 4i has a much lower price compared to the Pro version, and this may make this AirBad a better choice for many users.
Huawei Freebuds Pro
4i It comes in a small square box with a picture of the airbag and its case.
In this box except for yourself The device and its charging case come with a USB-C cable and manuals, and there are two extra series for smaller and larger corners inside the box.
The FreeBuds 4i charging case is completely modified compared to the 3i elliptical case and takes a more common form. Each of the left and right earphones of these headphones are placed vertically inside the case and are firmly fixed in place by a magnet mechanism.
The plastic body of this case does not look great in terms of strength, although in the white version We do not see the fingerprint on the glossy body, but it probably shows itself more in black.
Cover of this cover and mechanism The hinges are also not very strong and bring a cheap feeling. But at a glance at the price of the device, this and other cases mentioned above can still not be mentioned as major negative points, because in most models of the same price, the situation is the same.
This case is naturally charged Wireless is not supported and you have to use the USB-C port at the bottom to charge the internal battery.
by opening the cover of this The cover, the LED light located under the Huawei logo on the front of the device, turns green and indicates that the airbag is ready for use.
On the right side, there is an invisible button of the same color as the body, which can be pressed for 2 seconds while the case lid is opened to turn the lights off. The front and rear airbags are ready to be paired with a new device. Pressing this button for 10 seconds with the LED turning red will return the airbag to factory settings.
Appearance of this case as It was mentioned that it has changed compared to 3i, and for this reason, there are certain changes in its dimensions and weight. The height and width of this case are 48 and 61.8 mm, respectively, and it is 27.5 mm deep. This case fits snugly in the palm of your hand and creates a very positive feeling.
Another very positive point is the weight of this case, which has risen from 51 grams in the 3i to only 36.5 grams. This weight loss, of course, was not without cost, where the internal battery capacity of this case has been reduced from 410 mAh in the Freebuds 3i to only 215 mAh! As another comparison, we should mention the Freebuds Pro, which uses a 60 g case with a 580mAh battery.
Freebuds 4i bears an undeniable resemblance to Apple's AirPods Pro, despite the slight differences in performance, and uses the same ergonomic form of audio output with silicone series.
Dimensions 4i especially in the section The stem has changed from the previous generation, and while the 3i with a height of 41.8 mm seemed larger than the usual models, the 4i with a height of 37.5 mm with a reduction of 4.3 mm, which is much shorter than the AirPods 2 ( (40.5 mm) and still quite taller than the AirPods Pro (30.9 mm).
Weight of each 4i Airbus It is only close to 5.5 grams, which is unchanged from the 3i. This weight is not very noticeable in the ear and offers almost the same weight of 5.4 grams of AirPods Pro. A very important point in this part is the significant increase in the internal battery capacity of each airbag, which has increased from 37 to 55 mAh, thus experiencing a nearly 48% increase in volume without changing the weight.
If the design is compared 4i with 3i we encounter certain differences in both the base and the sound output; Where the base section now consists of two flat sections at the top and bottom with curved edges and its connecting contact is located at the top at the bottom.
Another change to relocation The microphone on the stand belongs to the bottom of the back of the audio driver, which separates the 3i and 4i at a glance.
These changes can also be followed in the audio output, and the more ergonomic form of this part has taken the shape of the inner ear area well. There are three holes on the body of this model, which at first glance, like the 3i, should have three microphones hidden behind them in practice, but only two microphones are used in this model, which includes a microphone in the back and another microphone in Above the top and facing outwards.
Freibadz 4i supports the IPX4 resistance standard, which means that this device can work smoothly in the rain and when sweating, but it can not be submerged.
Freebuds 4i Overall offers a decent design, and while it naturally delivers a poorer experience than the more advanced Freebuds Pro, it can still be very satisfying, even for users. Sports and active also do not cause problems in daily use. Apart from factors such as design and appearance, the main purpose of an airbag is certainly to listen to music and enjoy this different experience away from any restrictive elements such as connection wires and connection jacks. The Freebuds 4i looks similar to the 3i at first glance with a 10mm driver in each of the audio outputs, so you can expect the same sound quality from the two models. In the real experience of this airbag, we encounter a relatively clear and satisfying sound in which the following high-frequency sounds can be detected in the presence of a suitable bass and provide a balanced composition.
The case of this product belongs to its latency, which is commensurate with the price range of the device and shows a clear difference with the top models on the market. This difference, of course, does not matter when listening to music or when calling, and does not pose a problem for users, but when it comes to playing games or watching videos, sound delay not only creates an unpleasant experience, but in some cases it can be decisive. Was. Huawei has defined a low latency mode for this model, but to access it you must have access to a Huawei mobile phone or tablet with the EMUI 11 user interface.
Another feature of Freebuds 4i for Huawei phones is an option called pop-up pair in which, just like Apple By opening the door of the charging case, an image appears on the display screen with the possibility of immediately pairing the airbag with the phone. To use this feature, of course, you need an Android tablet phone with EMUI 10 and above.
What headphones like Freebids It separates the 4i from the myriad of anonymous, branded, and much cheaper models in this category. The ANC option, with its active noise canceling feature, is sure to be removed on paper by receiving external ambient sound through a separate microphone (preferably at least Delivering it) does. This feature, while expensive in TWS headphones, has become a permanent and essential option, but it is still a rare feature in the lower middle category (which should be considered Freebuds 4i).
Enable ANC on Freebuds 4i is not so different from AirPods Pro, ie it is done by touching and holding the hand on the upper part of the stand (just behind the audio output), in which case, apart from the switch between the two on and off options, the alert mode can be activated. This mode can be detected on the paper without removing the headphones from the surrounding sound (for example, street noise) in practice, but if the volume is low, there is no need to activate this option, and if the music is loud, activate Awareness according to experience. We do not help much to hear the surrounding sound.
Activation of any of these modes with a small pause in the playing music is called in the ear by announcing that the sound of this announcement as a critique of this part is relatively weak and when playing a song It is not heard loudly.
We were satisfied with the quality of ANC performance in Freebuds 4i only in terms of its price range, and although it still prevents some not-so-loud sounds from entering the ear, comparing it to the best and naturally most expensive models in its class, It makes a big difference.
Like most other models, the 4i can use gestures to control the headphones; Double tapping on the back of the audio output on both phones will be enough to play or pause the music, and the same combination can be used to make and end calls. On the plus side for Huawei handsets is the ability to automatically detect headphones coming out of the ear, which stops playing music; A feature not included in other handsets.
Squeeze and hold this The section also switches between different ANC modes, including On, Off, and Awareness, as mentioned. Unlike the Freebuds Pro, touching the base of the headphones is not possible, and you still have to use the phone itself (or any Bluetooth device for the sound source). The option to go to the next and previous song, which was accepted in the FreeBooks Pro by pressing the base (twice and three times, respectively), once again has no place in the FreeBads 4i, and only the control over the music is limited to the same Play/Pause song. Another interesting point is that the Play/Pause control on this device is out of the ear (at least in our example) is disabled.
Perhaps one of the most important positive options of the FreeBats 4i apart from its reasonable price is durability Belong to the device, this high durability, of course, is related to the battery of the phones themselves, and the case battery, as mentioned before, not only has not increased, but its capacity has also decreased from 410 to 215 mAh. In the handsets themselves, however, the situation is different and the battery capacity has now reached 55 mAh with an increase of nearly 49% from the previous 37 mAh. Huawei considers a full charge of this battery suitable for 7.5 hours of music playback (with AAC coding) and 5.5 hours of call time when the active noise canceling (ANC) feature is on, and by disabling the ANC option, these two times are also considered by the company. The manufacturer increases to 10 and 6.5 hours, respectively.
Mention this in this It is important to note that these times are obtained in all cases by adjusting the volume to 50%, and we encounter different conditions with increasing or decreasing the volume. 215 mAh battery charging case This model offers almost twice as much capacity as the batteries of phones, so it can be used to charge phones almost twice.
In the real world, Freebuds 4i battery life depends directly on factors such as connection quality and volume, and in practice with a combination of on and off ANC and sound that is often more than 50% may be close to Achieved 6 to 7 hours of battery life; Durability that is probably enough for a full day or maybe two.
Huawei Freebuds 4i An overview can be considered a product with positive points consisting of proper design and appearance, satisfactory battery life and offering ANC in a low price range, which is still due to the weakness in the material and form of the charging case, offering some features not only for Huawei phones and not great. ANC capability suffers. We were very pleased with the sound quality and loudness of these headphones, but the delay in playing the sound, especially when playing fast-paced action games, is quite noticeable. This delay, of course, will be reduced if Huawei has an EMUI 11 phone, as Huawei claims.
Freebuds 4i can thus be considered a good choice for users who want to migrate from wired headsets or normal TWS without ANC and to the more advanced features of this class such as short latency, full audio controllers from the device and deletion Full ambient noise (all for a high figure) is not required. Freebuds 4i is available in the Digital Cement Store.