Battle for the earbuds
At some point, headphone manufacturers practically forgot about the people who prefer in-ear headphones. The market has essentially split between large on-ear headphones and compact vacuum earplugs. Both of them outperformed the earbuds in many respects because the form factor itself simplified the race for better noise cancellation.
Huawei FreeBuds 4 will bring back to life those who cannot stand plugs and “mugs”, but want to listen to music in modern headphones. The compact earbuds hold well in the ear, they are lightweight and at the same time do not lose in sound. Each earbud weighs 4 grams – enough to stay in your ear, but not fly out even when playing sports. Huawei FreeBuds 4 has an IPX4 moisture protection standard, which allows them to be used during physical exertion even in the heat that was established in Moscow.
The sound you hear
Obviously, every form factor in the case of headphones is a compromise. In this case, you are exchanging the opportunity to walk without problems with headphones all day long and not notice the sounds of the surrounding world that will accompany the music. For some, this approach has advantages: at a low volume level, you can even communicate with people without taking out your headphones (although according to etiquette it is better not to do this anyway). Plus there is no risk of getting lost in space and missing an important sound such as a signal from a car or an electric scooter behind.
Again, when using plugs, the sounds of the city and the music seem to merge. And your favorite tracks turn into OSTs of your life. Huawei FreeBuds 4 has an active noise cancellation system so that the sounds of the surrounding world do not dominate in locations like the subway. And active-noise control can also be used indoors: thanks to it, the sound is clearer and deeper. The only thing is that it immediately affects the battery life. From 4 o’clock it is reduced to 2.5-3. However, Huawei FreeBuds 4 has a fairly powerful case that provides up to 4 full charges without connecting to an outlet.
It is stupid to expect revelations in the sound from headphones of the middle price segment: strengths and weaknesses will be in one way or another in every model of any manufacturer. In the case of Huawei FreeBuds 4, you won’t get the deepest bits possible, because that is almost impossible in the case of earbuds. But the absence of a bias towards low frequencies allows you to better hear vocals or thinner instruments.
Gestures and multitasking
Finally, about the functionality that became almost mandatory in 2021, but which is still nice to see in gadgets. First, it supports Bluetooth 5.2 and pairing with multiple devices at the same time. And for this you don’t even need to connect headphones to other Huawei devices – the option works with all smartphones and laptops. In the Harmony ecosystem, everything connects much faster and smoother. Another pleasant thing: in the AI Life application there is a function “Find an earphone”, which allows you to turn on the music at maximum volume and find the lost earbud in the apartment or bag. A set of options complements the volume control gesture controls, complementing TWS’s usual play / pause or ANC toggle taps.
Huawei FreeBuds 4 has a small range of colors: white or silver. The second option is rarely used for headphones and allows you to stand out in the crowd.
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