Mi Neckband Earphones Pro review: For the budget conscious
Critic Rating3.5/5

Top Features

*Active noise cancellation
*Affordable
*Performance

Even in the pandemic situation across the world the market of hearables which include Bluetooth earphones as well saw 47.7% growth. Customers these days seek devices that would allow them to maintain some privacy while also allowing them to remotely connect with others. Analysing this potential, Xiaomi also expanded its audio product portfolio and launched an affordable pair of Bluetooth earphones with active noise cancellation on board. The company launched the Mi Neckband Earphones Pro which comes with a price tag of Rs 1,799 and can be a good option for the price-conscious Indian customer. This is the first pair of Bluetooth earphones of the company which offer active noise cancellation. We used this latest offering from Xiaomi to see how it performs on all the parameters.

Design
The Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Pro is a decent looking pair of Bluetooth earphones. The earphones are mainly made of plastic and offer reasonable build quality for the price. As the name suggests, the earphones come with a neckband that is made of rubber. The upper side has a textured finish and the underside has a smooth finish. The control buttons are placed on the neckband and they are nice and offer tactile feedback. The Bluetooth earphones offer one multifunction button, volume buttons and an ANC button. All the buttons are placed on the right side and the micro-USB charging port is hidden under a rubber flap.

The earbuds, on the other hand, come with a matte and glossy finish. The device comes with 3 pairs of silicone ear tips so that you can have a perfect fit. The earbuds also come with anti-cerumen designs which keep the buds clean and wax free. The earbuds also come with an anti-blockage speaker net which doesn't allow small particles to seep inside the device via the speaker net. The rear of the earbuds features a circular textured design that also comes with magnetic support which allows both the buds to stick together. The wireless earphones also come with an IPX5 rating which makes them sweat and splash resistant. In all the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Pro gets a pass in terms of design from us.


Performance
The Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones 2 is a feature-rich pair of Bluetooth earphones under the price of Rs 2,000. The earphones offer active noise cancellation which manages to suppress the surrounding noise. Along with this, you also get environmental noise cancellation which limits the ambient noise and keeps you aware of your surroundings. The earphones also offer low latency audio and support for voice assistants. In order to activate the voice assistant, you have to double-tap the multifunction button placed on the right side of the earphones. Along with this, users can perform different kinds of functions with the help of the buttons placed on the earphones.

You can pause and play the music using the multifunction button. You can skip to the next track by long-pressing the volume button and the volume minus button will take you to the previous track. The active noise cancellation button placed at the bottom right allows you to switch between active noise cancellation and normal mode. The earphones do not come with any accompanying app so you are not allowed to customise the given controls.



Coming to the performance part, the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Pro come with 10mm drivers and they manage to deliver impressive bass performance. During our testing, the earphones managed to deliver lively and punchy bass output. Along with a good bass performance, the earphones also do justice to the mids and lows. The earphones also let you enjoy both the lyrics and instruments.

Talking of active noise cancellation, the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Pro offer really good performance in this department.

With the active noise cancellation on, the earphones suppress the surrounding noise and all you hear is your soundtrack. So, with active noise cancellation on you are not disturbed by the people talking around you or by the sound of the high-speed fans. The earphones offer nice active noise cancellation, but you can definitely not compare to the high-end Bluetooth earphones from Bose and Sony.


Battery
Battery performance is definitely one of the key highlights of Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Pro. The earphones are backed by a 150 mAh battery and as per the company it can churn out 20 hours of playtime with 50% volume and active noise cancellation turned off. During our testing, the earphones managed to deliver 17 hours of battery backup with active noise cancellation turned on. It is a pretty good output for a Bluetooth earphone which offers active noise cancellation. On the other hand, if you listen to music without active noise cancellation then you may get 20 hours of music playback on a single charge. The earphones do not support fast charging so it takes more than an hour to charge them completely.




Verdict
The Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Pro comes with a price tag of Rs 1,799 and it is definitely not a bad deal at all. The earphones come with sweat and splash resistant design and they also offer active noise cancellation in this price range. Along with this, you also get a good 20-hour battery backup with which you can enjoy your long binge-watching sessions. However, if you still want to look for alternatives then you can consider going for the Realme Buds Wireless Pro.


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