Blackview AirBuds 5 Pro Review – a $50 AirPods Pro Killers?

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What is the main attraction of earphones? What should be one of the main deciding factors if one should buy earphones? Let’s take a deep look at the Blackview AirBuds 5 Pro, when you compare the features with the price, is it a good accessory for anyone to buy?

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Blackview AirBuds 5 Pro: What is the Attraction?

This new true wireless AirBuds 5 Pro is a high-quality earphone that arrived at a ridiculous price. What I mean by calling it ridiculous is that the price is just too good for the quality of the device. Those who have made use of the product have said if it came in double the price, they may still consider buying the Blackview AirBuds 5 Pro.

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The AirBuds 5 Pro is another testimony to the greatness of Blackview in producing rugged devices for everyday use. Already, the Airbuds is receiving much love from fans for its low, and reasonable price, yet solid build, and high-quality performance.

Blackview AirBuds 5 Pro Design

The earphones arrive in a smooth white color but the more attraction here is the ergonomic design which for me is more significant, as I could be irritated by the touch of a product on my skin. Imagine how many technology products that are out there, and that when they come close to the skin, they become irritants.

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The white half-cylinder-like protrusion is cute as it ends with a rounded earpiece, a metal circle on the outside. It is simply nice. Noteworthy is the fact that the lid of the case where the Airbuds live can open up to 90 degrees just like most wireless earphones cases. There’s also the connection or charging indicator and a small button.

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Close the case to reveal Blackview’s name on top of the case. There is a nicely-made dent that you can put your finger in to ply the case open. This case is also snow-white like the earphones themselves. The top lid of the case looks and feels fragile. What eases the mind is the fact that Blackview, the manufacturer, is known for making solid and long-lasting devices.

Surely, the manufacturer of AirBuds 5 Pro puts into consideration how earphones will interact when they touch your ears or your skin. This product is efficient in use and also safe. It is therefore legitimate to say that this product will fit snugly in the ears of most adults. It is comfortable when in use, meaning that you can leave it in your ears for hours on end without any discomfort.

Do the earphones have another color apart from white? I don’t think so, as I haven’t come across one physically or online. Somehow though, it makes me think of the Apple AirPods Pro, which down this review, I will compare to this AirBuds 5 Pro.

The AirBuds 5 Pro comes with three microphones. Someone may wonder why three microphones. Well, two are for listening, and there are right there at your ears, while one is for carrying your voice when you make calls. The earphones also come with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology. Both the ANC feature and the microphones will allow me to make calls with a loud enough and clear voice.

AirBuds 5 Pro Package Components

The package holds the headset, a set of four pairs of replacement silicone ear tips that come in different sizes, for different ear sizes. You have the extra-large to the minimum size. There’s also a manual, and a short Type-C cable used for charging connections.

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Get Familiar with AirBuds 5 Pro Controls

It may not do everything you want, but there are indeed some controls for the earphones. You can do auto pause by just taking them out of your ears. If you were listening to music, it stops just when you take them both out of your ears. For me, that’s cute. But it also exists in other wireless models. I think the sensors are able to detect that the earphones are no longer on you, so they stop working. The left bud allows only one function, while the right bud allows for more functions. If you have a call, and you’re not with your phone, you can’t cancel the call, and if you’re listening to music tracks, you can’t go back to listen to the previous track unless you adjust on the smartphone.

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AirBuds 5 Pro Sound Quality

This Blackview product is renowned for its bass capacity. The bass is punchy, making it one of the salient features for people who value top-notched sounds emanating from music. I believe this is at a good level for Chinese models.

You will be surprised how good the sound is, in fact, it is excellent. At the given price, you wouldn’t expect such sound performance. That’s not to say that I’m comparing the sound here to that of Hi-Fi devices, no because we have to be reasonable with what we expect from this miniature device. However, there’s one thing so clear from the use of the airbuds: you will enjoy both the juicy bass and the high-quality voice transmission. Podcast ogres and music mongers will find it very satisfying.

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Dust Waterproof Technology

AirBuds 5 Pro waterproof technology is sound but for me, that doesn’t mean perfection. Accordingly, it comes with an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means that the product has international protection measures from water and dust. For example, I can use it in the rain but would fret if I have to swim with it. IPX7 means that it can survive deep water. But it is able to do about one-meter deep water for a few minutes, though.

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Can It Damage If It Falls?

The AirBuds 5 Pro is built to last. It can fall several feet and you will still pick it up, delighted that it works fine. You may use it during outdoor activities, and never worry that it will get damaged if it falls off your ears. The best thing you can do is to pick the earphones that fit perfectly into your ears before you go out jogging or engaging in other strenuous exercises.

AirBuds 5 Pro Dynamic Drivers & Bluetooth

The earphones arrive equipped with 7mm dynamic drivers that are made to enhance sound quality. It has a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and both SBC and AAC codec is fully supported. If you’re using an iPhone, just know that the connection will be very good.

The Bluetooth version 5.0 is an equitable latest design, provided to offer robust and quick connections between the earphones and other devices. Bluetooth v5.0 is known for resolving latency issues. Add to that, the 2,4G frequency with GFSK, DQPSK, and 8DPSK modulations.

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Connection: The Good and the Bad

This AirBuds 5 Pro is a wireless device. If you move away from your smartphone too much, it will simply disconnect. Even while you’re close to the smartphone, there could be very temporary disconnections that could get you wondering what’s going on. The earphones are not perfect at maintaining connections, and it is able to catch interference from time to time.

However, it is more stable when you’re watching movies on your smartphone because you don’t move your head sideways often in such cases. It doesn’t even matter if the movie is being streamed online. If you turn your head too fast, you may notice a very brief breakage in connection.

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Blackview AirBuds 5 Pro Specifications

General Specs

BrandBlackview
ModelAirbuds 5 Pro
Release date2021
StausAvailable

AirBuds 5 Pro Technical Parameters

Microphone3
BluetoothV5.0
Transmission Distance10m – 33ft
Bluetooth ProtocolA2DP1.3, AVRCP1.5, HFP1.6, SPP
Batter CapacityEarphones:25 mAh each – Charging box: 480 mAh
Charging Time (h)Earphones: 1.5 h – Charging box: 1 h
Working Time (h)6 h per charge – 28 h via charging box
Standby Time (h)ANC on: 3.5 h & 20 h | ANC off 4 h & 24 h

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AirBuds 5 Pro Battery Life

Battery life in the product is good. I haven’t really checked everything in connection to this, but why bother if I’m already okay with the performance. According to the manufacturer, the charging case has a battery capacity of 480 mAh. The charging time is about one hour. Actually, if everything is good, it will charge fully in 60 minutes, no doubt. If you have your charging case fully charged and you go out, you may not need to charge the earphones for a whole day.

I got to see also that it depends on how to make use of it, the AirBuds 5 Pro may not last as the manufacturer said it would once it is charged fully. This is due to the fact that more volume could mean higher battery usage. I love the fact that the case supports wireless charging.

Active Noise Control (ANC)

As discussed above, this is a good feature of wireless earphones. Cut off the train noise as you go to work. If you ride in a public bus, yes, you can enjoy the music without those annoying interference! For people who hate the sound of rain pelting the rooftops of their house, just as in my case, simply shut that noise out by wearing your AirBuds 5 Pro.

AirBuds 5 Pro Price

There’s no exact fixed price for the AirBuds 5 Pro at the moment. I can tell you that some online sellers have put the price out for it as high as $90. However, if you visit other stores, you can buy them for as low as $49.49 – $59.99. At the time you read this, the price may have changed.

$50 AirPods Pro Killers?

Basically, AirPods Pro is very much available for less than the official pricing of $240, the price has been known to drop to as low as $170 or 190. Airpods are the most popular on the market today. For one thing, they offer reliable connectivity, sometimes more superior to that of the best known true wireless AirBuds. While AirPods win with sound quality, AirBuds are winning with lower price presentations. Nowadays, the sound quality of AirBuds has been stepped up as in the case of the AirBuds 5 Pro. Now, some buyers would forgo putting more money on AirPods. They would rather make use of Airbuds as it steps up in innovative technology when compared to AirPods. Android users are more prone to skipping AirPods these days in favor of AirBuds.

AirBuds 5 Pro Vs Apple AirPods Pro

Here below is a comparison of how these two earphones stack up against each other. The Blackview earphones are a lot cheaper, while the Apple products are very expensive.

Blackview AirBuds 5 ProApple AirPods Pro
CheapExpensive
Good for Android SmartphonesGood for iPhones
Charging case delivers up to 24 hours of chargingCharging case delivers more than 24 hours of charging
—–Quick access to Siri
Quality SoundBetter quality sound
IPX7IPX4
No Transparency modeTransparency mode available

Both products are durable, but I expect something more from a company known to produce only rugged devices over the years. It is good to note that Apple is at the top of defining technology, but Apple products are not fit for everything. Since their inception in 2019, AirPods have been the kings of the market, with these AirBuds technology being upgraded each year, things are not as they used to be.

How to Pair AirBuds 5 Pro to Your Smartphone

Surely, you want to enjoy your new AirBuds 5 Pro as soon as you receive it. Make sure it is fully charged by the first time you want to use it. It takes about an hour to do that. After that, follow the instructions below to pair it with your smartphone. To charge, make use of the USB cable that came with it.

  1. Remove the Airbuds from their case
  2. Lights start blinking, waiting for the pairing
  3. Open the Bluetooth in your phone and look for the AirBuds 5 Pro (Select it)
  4. Once connected, the light from the earphones will stop buzzing

It is that easy to pair it with your mobile smartphone.

Troubleshooting Connection Problems

In case you have a connection problem, take the following steps to resolve it.

  • Long-press both earphones for about three or more seconds.
  • Release your pressure, and then press again for another ten seconds or so. The first long press is supposed to switch it off, while the second long press will switch it back on. If the light blinks, it means you have reset the earphones.
  • Put them back in the charging case for a while, then take them out again. You should see them turning on and getting back to the pairing mode again.

Verdict

The AirBuds 5 Pro is definitely a new product that will blow your mind if you attempt to use it. It is not a perfect product, but it is a product made to satisfy your listening urge in a good way. The price of the AirBuds 5 Pro is ridiculously low because it offers way more than that price. No wonder the earphones are now listed as one of the best AirPods alternatives in 2021.

Why not give it a try?

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