Xiaomi recently launched the top version of its Redmi earbuds called Redmi Buds 5 Pro. I already have these wireless earbuds, and today we are going to do a full review of them.
The Pro model of the wireless earbuds has many improvements, such as 52dB active noise-cancelling, 3 levels of ANC, dual 11mm and 10mm drivers, LHDC 5.0 audio support, standard, music and video modes, up to 20ms low latency.
OK, let’s do the unboxing and full review of the Redmi Buds 5 Pro.
As you can see, the earbuds on the box are black, so I have the black version. However, Redmi Buds 5 Pro is also available in white and blue colors, as well as a special E-Sport version of red color.
Although the Redmi Buds 5 Pro is a flagship model, the box design and package contents are the same as the Redmi Buds 5.
I think you have already noticed a feature of the new Xiaomi earbuds. Part of the charging case has a nice texture that looks and feels like leather. However, I think it is plastic. By the way, the white and blue versions have a smooth charging case.
I love that texture on the charging case, I would definitely choose the earbuds in black.
When you open the case, you will see two earbuds. They are made of glossy plastic, but the control panel on the outside has this pattern. At first, I thought it was a protective film, but it doesn’t come off. I think it is a stone or marble pattern, isn’t it? To be honest, I don’t like it very much.
In general, the build quality of the Redmi Buds 5 Pro is very decent. Even with the case lid open, the earbuds do not squeak or fall out.
Xiaomi Earbuds App
Before we move on to the control functions, let’s take a look at the app.
Then, we can select Noise cancellation, or Transparency Mode, or turn them both off.
In Transparency Mode, we can select regular, enhance voice, and enhance ambient sound.
Then, there are gestures available in the app. Here you can customize single, double, triple, or long press control on the right or left earbuds.
I want to customize the control functions for myself. I prefer to play/pause music with a single tap on the earbuds, switch to the next song with a double tap on the right earbud, and switch to the previous song with a double tap on the left earbud.
By the way, I didn’t see a game mode here. Perhaps it is enabled somewhere else in the app. Let’s take a look.
After gestures, there are audio effects available in the app. We can go to Dimensional audio and enable Immersive sound.
Redmi Buds 5 Pro has Adaptive sound, when the earbuds automatically adjust sound based on your ear shape and environment.
Let’s check out the latency in games.
As usual, I will be playing PUBG Mobile, but the latency should be the same in all games.
You know, even though the Redmi Buds 5 Pro doesn’t have a low latency or game mode, the latency is quite low. I think it is really 49ms, as the manufacturer claims.
I feel comfortable playing games on the Redmi Buds 5 Pro earbuds.
However, if you want even lower latency, you should buy the Redmi Buds 5 Pro E-Sports version. The Chinese company claims 20ms of latency in games. I don’t have the E-sports version of the new Xiaomi earbuds, so I cannot test it out.
Like other Xiaomi earbuds, the Redmi Buds 5 Pro can be used for phone calls. There are three microphones on each earbud, such as feedforward, feedback and call. They work together to suppress up to 99% of the noise.
Hey, what’s up! I am testing out the microphone of the Redmi Buds 5 Pro. I am in my quiet office right now, so you should hear me perfectly, right? One, two, three, one, two, three. Now, I am going to turn on the video with street noise on my TV.
Finally, let’s talk about the sound quality of the Redmi Buds 5 Pro.
You know, this is a flagship model of the Redmi earbuds, so it features various technologies that make the sound quality much better than the other Redmi earbuds like the Redmi Buds 5.
The Redmi Buds 5 Pro is equipped with 11mm extra-large titanium plated woofer and 10mm ultra-thin piezoelectric ceramic tweeter. To be honest, I’m not really sure what that means, but it sounds very cool.
What I think about the sound quality of the Redmi Buds 5 Pro, it is amazing. Honestly, I don’t remember the Redmi Buds 4 Pro because I tested them over a year ago, but the sound of the Redmi Buds 5 Pro is much better than the Redmi Buds 5.
I really liked the Immersive Sound because the sound becomes three-dimensional, and it feels like you’re at a concert.
As for active noise cancellation, the Redmi Buds 5 Pro has the highest level of noise cancellation of all Xiaomi earbuds – 52dB.
There are three levels of noise cancellation on the Redmi Buds 5 Pro, such as light, balanced and deep. You know, I even felt a little uncomfortable in deep mode because it is very quiet, like I am in a bunker.
Let’s talk a little bit about the battery.
Although the charging case of the Redmi Buds 5 Pro is about the same size as a charging case of the Redmi Buds 5, it has a larger battery of 700mAh.
The battery capacity in a single earbud is also higher – 160mAh.
However, the battery life of the flagship earbuds is almost the same as the Redmi Buds 5 – 10 hours on a single charge with ANC off, and about 6.5 hours with ANC on.
By the way, the Redmi Buds 5 Pro also supports fast charging, so you can listen for 2 hours after 5 minutes of charging.
So, we have tested the Redmi Buds 5 and the Redmi Buds 5 Pro, and I should say that both are good for their price.
Of course, the Pro model has a more premium design, thanks to the kind of leather on the charging case, better sound quality, thanks to the dual-driver and LHDC 5.0 audio codec, more functions and settings in the app, higher active noise cancellation level, and even lower latency in games.
However, the price of the Redmi Buds 5 Pro is almost twice as high as the Redmi Buds 5. It makes me wonder if it is worth buying the Pro model. I think yes, but if you are on a tight budget, Redmi Buds 5 is also a good option.
Now I am waiting for the Redmi Buds 5 Lite. These earbuds are not released or even announced yet, but I’m sure they will come in 2024.