I tested the first generation model almost two years ago, and it didn’t make much of an impression on me. Then the sound seemed to me not interesting enough, and the noise reduction system’s work left much to be desired. So I re-read my old text and went to study the new Xiaomi Air 2 Pro in the hope that my skepticism will be destroyed.
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Xiaomi Air 2 Pro Review: Packaging
The earbuds came in a huge box of excellent quality. I thought it might be some special modification of the headphones with an extended set – but no, they did not regret the cardboard. However, someone may say that now it is not fashionable and careful care of the environment and minimalism are everywhere, including packaging materials. At least, the box could be made three times smaller because it is not inferior to the packaging of a smartphone in size.
The delivery scope is as follows: USB Type-C cable for charging, interchangeable nozzles of different sizes. And we get not only the usual silicone but also foam! I especially advise you to try foam. With them, the sound insulation is better, and the sound changes for the better.
Xiaomi Air 2 Pro Review: Case
The cover is made of matte black plastic. The surface is slightly rough. I liked the material: no traces and prints remain on the case during use, and no scratches appear with careful use and worn separately from the keys. The case is not the smallest, but also not very large, medium-sized.
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The lid opens with a little effort and slams shut with a sonorous click. The mechanism does not play. The assembly is tight and neat.
The earbuds fit very tightly in the case and can be pulled out with a noticeable effort. In my opinion, taking them out of the case is not very convenient. I’ve tested the earbuds on several people, and opinions differ – perhaps it’s just a matter of habit and personal preference.
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Xiaomi Air 2 Pro Review: Dimensions and usability
The headphones are available only in black. No silver-white modifications are provided. It was difficult for me to look for some key points in the design: Xiaomi Mi Air 2 Pro does not have bright features, and among others, they do not really stand out. The headphones are lightweight. The body is made of matte plastic and supplemented with small glossy inserts, where the touchpads for music control are located.
You cannot adjust the music volume by touching the headphones case. You can only switch tracks back and forth, pause, turn noise cancellation on and off, and start the voice assistant. But in fact, the last function is stupid, since to use the Xiaomi voice assistant, you need to know Chinese, and you will not be able to reassign to the Google assistant.
The earbuds fit quite tightly, but I’m not sure if they are suitable for runs – during testing, there were fears that they would fall out if you actively shake your head.
The standard silicone tips worked well for me. Then, studying the complete set, I found perfect foam. Everything is fine with them too, medium-sized ones.
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I think that the impression of the comfort of headphones will greatly depend on their use duration. Everything is great at first sensations, but if you use the headphones for more than three hours, then discomfort appears in the lower part of the ear. Perhaps this is the fault of the long “legs” or the relatively plump body because there are no complaints about the weight of the headphones themselves – each earphone is only 7 grams.
Because there is a proximity sensor, you can take out the headphones, knowing that the playback will automatically pause.
Xiaomi Air 2 Pro Review: Sound quality
I didn’t have many hopes for audio, but the headphones quickly destroyed my skepticism. I listened to music from my Apple iMac, iPhone 11 Pro, and Pocophone M3. I liked that the sound is clear, the volume margin is huge, and the headphones’ settings are such that the low end does not overwhelm everything else.
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Again, the liking/disliking score is strongly influenced by personal musical tastes. If you are a fan of electronic music with an emphasis on rhythm and want an emphasis on low frequencies to take your breath away, I would look towards other headphones. But on the Xiaomi Mi Air 2 Pro, classic or Lo-Fi sounds pleasant, for the background and a pleasant mood, I recommend the old Fab Samperi album.
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I did not touch the equalizer settings and listened to the music “as is.” To my taste, the upper frequencies are not quite ideal for the headphones, but everything is in order with the middle and bass. There is volume, there is clear sound, and finally, noise reduction comes to the rescue.
Xiaomi Air 2 Pro Review: Noise suppression
The noise reduction works well, except that Chinese comments are a little annoying when you switch between operating modes. As usual, there are several modes: noise reduction is off, noise reduction is on, the transparent mode is when you hear what is going on around you and talk to other people without removing the headphones.
When using complete foam tips, vacuum headphones isolate well from noise, and if you turn on the noise reduction, you can withdraw into yourself and concentrate on work. In conditions of self-isolation, when many have to work from home, this is good help.
On the street, Xiaomi Mi Air 2 Pro is also trying to get rid of the surrounding hum, but they do not drown out the wheels’ sound in the metro.
Xiaomi Air 2 Pro Review: Conversations
There are three microphones in the headphones, but as a headset, the Xiaomi Mi Air 2 Pro has not recommended itself as anything special: the sound is normal. The voice to the interlocutor is transmitted at times in a strange range as if distorted. In general, you can speak on them if necessary, but out of respect for people, I would switch to the phone’s microphone.
Xiaomi Air 2 Pro Review: Connection quality
Headphones keep a stable connection with devices. Pairing works: you need to flip the case’s cover, hold down the large button on the case and hold it for five seconds. As soon as the indicator light starts blinking, we start the search for a new device on the phone, after which you can add a new Bluetooth device.
There is no Multipoint mode. That is, the headphones work with only one device. Simultaneously, they instantly connect to the source, the connection is excellent, and there are no micro-pauses. When I took out the headphones from the case, inserted them into my ears, and you wait for them to find the phone.
As far as I understand, at the time of testing (January 2021), the headphones are sold only in China, and the global version is not on sale. Therefore, they work only through an application in Chinese with all the ensuing consequences: you press the earpiece, and it sounds the action in Chinese. You can download the application, if anything, by the QR code indicated on the box.
The application is needed to update the firmware and reconfigure the headphone control, plus you can see the battery level or change the noise reduction parameters.
In Bluetooth 5.0 headphones, only SBC and ACC have supported codecs.
It is convenient to watch videos. I did not feel unpleasant micro lags and desynchronization of sound and picture. I also have no questions about the quality and stability of the connection: on the street, interference is sporadic, and in the room, you can safely listen to music when the phone-source of sound lies in another room through the wall.
Xiaomi Air 2 Pro Review: Autonomous work
The case is charged using a USB Type-C cable included in the kit, but there is no charging block. But it doesn’t matter. You probably have it. Alternatively, you can use wireless charging, in which case they will be charged in about an hour. If charged by wire, it turns out faster, about 40 minutes. In the same 40 minutes, the headphones themselves are charged in the case.
For headphones, up to 7 hours of operation are declared. If you use a case for additional recharging, we get up to 28 hours. In practice, it almost turns out that way: the headphones will be fully recharged from the case almost three times.
The battery life in daily use is highly dependent on the volume level. I listened to music with active noise cancellation at a volume of about 60-70%. Then it turns out about 6.5-7 hours of work. If you turn it on to the maximum and do not spare the eardrums, then about 5 hours of work in this mode comes out. If you do not use noise cancellation, then the indicators increase to more impressive numbers. With an average volume level, the operating time rises to 9.5-10 hours, which is worth it.
To understand how much the headphones are charged, you need to use either the Chinese proprietary application, look at the Android device’s notification section, and then select the headphones there in the Bluetooth devices.
Xiaomi Air 2 Pro Review: Price
Xiaomi Air 2 Pro wireless headphones are not yet officially on sale – as I said above, there is no global version. So if you are not confused by purebred Chinese origin, they can be ordered for $129.
Conclusion: Should you buy Xiaomi Air 2 Pro?
I prefer the usual “plugs,” but if you like the Xiaomi Air 2 Pro headphones format, I advise you to try them. They work for a long time, the case supports wireless charging, noise cancellation eliminates annoying ambient background, and the headphones’ clear sound does not leave you indifferent.
Xiaomi Air 2 Pro$129
Value for Money9.5/10
- Excellent midrange
- Clean bass response
- Bright highs
- Touch controls
- Beep sounds confirmations
- Customization of touch controls
- Infrared sensor for automatic detection
- Extremely comfortable and pain free fit
- Modern Bluetooth 5.0 with LHDC codec
- Nice build feel for a plastic headphone
- App not on Google Play Store, manual APK file needs to be downloaded and installed
- App needed for advanced functions and detailed battery readings
- Chinese only App
- Risk of falling due to earbud design without rubber sections nor eartips
- Poor packaging
- Controls are actually tap sensitive and not touch sensitive
- Touch controls are not very responsive