Mi Neckband Bluetooth-Today, Manu Kumar Jain, CEO of Xiaomi India, has definitely stopped working.
Starting with the Redmi K20 series offer now available in the Asian country
and ending with the introduction of a “new” pair of Bluetooth headsets,
the Xiaomi Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones.
Why do we write “new” in quotes? Very good because it is not a new product in itself,
but a review of Mi Neckbands released a little over a year ago
and you can find our review on this page.
The Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones are a recent launch from the Chinese smartphone maker, and are priced at Rs. 1,599.
These affordable earphones attempt to get the basics right, keeping things simple in an effort to offer the best value for money.
Does this pair of earphones succeed? Read on to find out.
Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Design and Specifications
Unlike many of the options in this segment that have fancy designs and features
you wouldn’t expect to see on affordable wireless earphones,
the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones keep things simple.
There is just one colour – black – and every part of the headset sticks to this colour.
The neckband is flexible and has plastic ends for the battery and controls, while the earbuds are metal.
We found the headset to be comfortable to use, with the earbuds fitting in our ears securely.
Like a lot of similar products, the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones have magnets on the ends of the earbuds that let the two stick together when not in use.
Unlike with the Realme Buds Wireless and OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2,
the magnets don’t control power; that is done through a multi-function button on the neckband.
We do prefer this implementation, since it keeps the controls uncomplicated
and makes the earphones less likely to be turned on accidentally, wasting power.
The earbuds use dynamic drivers, and the 120mAh battery can be charged through a Micro-USB port on the neckband.
We got close to eight hours of battery life on a single charge,
which is on par with what we’ve experienced with similar headsets in this price segment.
Unfortunately, the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones aren’t rated for dust
or water resistance, so you’ll need to be careful using them in rough conditions.
Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Performance
Like the Realme Buds Wireless, the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones don’t offer too much by way of sound quality.
However, this headset does get the basics right, offering a sound that is comfortable to listen to,
and it performs capably with all genres and styles of music.
Bass lovers and anyone looking for a bit of drive and excitement in their music will be particularly happy with this headset.
We listened to a variety of genres using an Android smartphone and an Apple laptop as the primary source devices.
Although it wasn’t what we’d call powerful, the low end was tight, articulate, and well defined.
The highs were similarly driven, but there is a definite bias towards the lows on this headset.
Moving on to You Get What You Give by The New Radicals,
we found the mid range to be significantly duller than the rest of the frequency range,
and the sound was a bit soft and underwhelming on this track. While the lows and highs retained their strong nature,
the inability of the earphones to draw out the best in vocals was a bit disappointing.
The low end did tend to overpower vocals just a bit,
but that’s more a complaint against the dull mid range, rather than against the bass of this headset.
Till recently, our recommendation to anyone looking to buy wireless earphones for less than Rs.
2,000 was to increase its budget. However, recent months have seen a couple of launches
that are finally worthy of our recommendation — the first was the Realme Buds Wireless,
and now the second is the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones.
At Rs. 1,599, this headset gets the basics right, offering a great combination of sound quality, battery life, and comfort.
There are some similarities to the Realme Buds Wireless here, particularly when it comes to sound quality and battery life.
The Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones don’t look as good and are a bit simple in function,
but the latter is actually a good thing — this is a no-nonsense pair of earphones
that only falls short in terms of codec support and water resistance.
If you’re looking for a new pair of affordable wireless earphones,
you should definitely consider the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones.
- Simple, easy to use
- Strong bass, decent soundstage
- No AAC codec support
- No water resistance
- Somewhat dull mid-range