We have seen a ton of earphones and headphones in the market. In fact, Xiaomi sells both. But there’s a big divide between the two options when it comes to sound quality and experience and flow. Xiaomi has decided to create a neckband earphone to bridge the gap. How will it fare? Is it better than the Xiaomi Airdots? Let’s find out!
Xiaomi Neckband Earphones
Inside the Box
Inside the box are the earphones and the instruction manual.
Before we get to the design of the Xiaomi neckband, let’s discuss the form factor. Xiaomi again has nailed the quality and finish of the neckband. It’s super sturdy and it does have a feel of a premium product. When it comes to the design, it has a long neck and with earphones that have a different shape. The earphones look almost identical to the earphones Apple sells. In terms of sound quality and design, this is probably the best. The middle portion or the neck is nice and thick, but yet still flexible which makes it the perfect option for around your neck. It weighs around 35 grams, and considering it’s a neckband, it makes sense that it has that weight. On the left side of the neckband is the controls.
Along the side, there is a small micro-usb port with which you can charge the Xiaomi neckband. The neckband also has a built-in microphone with which you can speak pretty seamlessly. There are button controls for start/stop, volume control, skipping a song or going back and to launch a voice assistant.
So we can’t talk about design without talking about how you’ll look wearing it. To be honest, it’s a little weird. The neckband rests over your neck and then similar to normal earphones, the wired earphones connect to your ears. It’s wireless. You might get a few looks now and then, because it’s not a style of earphones that is popular and used by everybody.
Function and Use
So how does the Xiaomi neckband work? Firstly this is a Bluetooth earphone, which means it’s powered by a battery. There is a small battery inside the earphones that can be fully charged within an hour. This gives you a battery life of about 7 hours, which is double the amount given by the Airdots. Firstly, you will need to connect it via Bluetooth which is a straightforward process. You will need to pair your neckband with your phone.
Using it is pretty easy. You have a button to pause and play. If you double press the same button, you can access siri and other personal assistants through which you can give voice commands pretty easily.
Long pressing the same button will turn off the neckband. This way you can conserve your battery as per your choice.
To control the volume, you have the volume rocker buttons, but long-pressing the same button lets you go to the next song or go to the previous song which is a pretty nifty addition.
The sound quality of these earphones is pretty awesome. You can make some pretty amazing voice calls with this neckband too.
- It has the amazing form factor and the build is great
- Perfect for working out
- The battery life of 7 hours and it takes only 1 hour to recharge
- It has dedicated buttons for all functions
- The microphone lets you make hands-free calls
- For people who don’t like wearing a neckband, this is a con
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