Currently, smartphone users have seen the need to use an accessory in an almost mandatory way, we mean hearing aids. In the market there are a large number of options for all tastes and budgets, however the TrueWirelessStereo (TWS) are one of the most recurrent alternatives.
Recently launched the Huawei FreeBuds SEhearing aids that seek to offer an experience TWS of good quality in the most affordable price segment. Just like smartphones, there are low-cost TWS earphones, which naturally have limited features. However, the Huawei FreeBuds SE they have a semi design in ear, 10mm dynamic drivers and a high-sensitivity polymer cone for balanced sound, plus autonomy of up to 24 hours.
The formula used to design the Huawei FreeBuds SE seeks to break the myth that cheap TWS are of poor quality. So do they sound good? Are they of good manufacture? These and other questions are what I will try to answer with this in-depth review.
Before going into the details, let’s review its technical sheet:
Huawei FreeBuds SE data sheet
|Huawei Freebuds SE|
|Microphone||2 microphones with call noise cancellation support|
Quick pairing in EMUI 10+
|Control||Double tap (customizable via Huawei AI Life)|
|Drums||Headphone: 37 mAh (6 hours of music)
Case: 410 mAh (24 hours of music)
|Additional features||touch controls
Noise cancellation on calls
Pop-up notification (Huawei devices only)
IPX4 cerfification in headphones
|Dimensions and weight||Earphone: 20.6 x 20 x 38.1 mm and 5.1 g
Case: 70 x 35.5 x 27.5 mm and 35.6 g
|Price||MX $999 pesos|
The FreeBuds SE we tested are blue, well-packaged in a neat box, with a large product photo on the front, model and logo printed in gold. On the back we see several outstanding features of the product.
When you open the box you will find the following:
- Huawei FreeBuds SE green 1 pair
- charging case
- USB-C battery charging cable
- User’s guide
In addition, in the box there are two sizes of extra silicone rubber tips to choose from depending on your ear, which provide a light and breathable fit.
The Huawei FreeBuds SE have a elegant glossy finish, with a compact size and comes in two colors, blue and white. They weigh just 5.1g per earbud and the ear tips have a semi-in-ear design that fits the curve of the outer ear. There is an elongated cane, at each end we find a microphone. The back of the stick houses the touch controls.
each earphone it has two metal pins on the inside of the baton, which will make contact with their counterpart in the case to charge the battery. The inside of the earpiece has a small Infrared sensor to detect when we wear them, which will automatically stop playing music when we take them off.
The charging case has in a capsule designIt’s blue and it’s made of shiny plastic. There is a LED light on the side front to show the operating status: green, yellow or red to indicate the level of charge, if it is white and flashing, it indicates that it is ready to connect with other devices.
When you open the case, both earbuds intersect to save space, making it compact and easy to carry. There is a magnet to hold the earphones so they don’t move. inside too there is a button that allows you to enter pairing mode and connect to other devices. On the back of the case there is a USB-C port for charging.
Pairing and operation
connect them to a smartphone It is easy, these headphones use bluetooth 5.2, which offers better connection stability. They include the automatic connection detection system with HarmonyOS, we simply open the cover of the charging case, a window will appear on the phone screen, just press “connect” and they are ready to use. A Huawei PC or tablet works in a similar way.
The headphones are compatible with Android and iOSso we can also connect them to other brands of devices such as tablets and computers, without any problem, we just have to connect them through the Bluetooth menu as usual.
They have touch controls on both sides of the headphones, whether playing music, pausing or changing songs. They can also be used to answer incoming calls when connected to a smartphone.
We can also download Huawei AI Life app to configure additional touch commands, such as play next song, play previous song, invoke voice assistant, and update firmware.
Because there are no features like ANC, not many settings available for FreeBuds SE within AI Life, the app also does not support sound settings via software, such as bass, treble, and equalizer.
The FreeBuds SE has 10mm dynamic drivers, as well as an ultra-sensitive polymer diaphragm, to offer clarity and fine details in the sound. The audio sounds pretty neutral, nothing is more dominant and I personally like it that way. everything is balanced, so they do not overlap. The separation between vocals and instruments also sounds pretty good.
The treble is smooth and supple, while the bass is soft, while vocals are emphasized in a balanced three-channel audio framework, these features make them ideal headphones for playing pop music. We can also use them to listen to podcasts and the radio, being these last two cases in which I have used them the most.
The Huawei FreeBuds SE do not have active noise cancellation (ANC)but thanks to its dual microphones, are capable of isolating target sound from ambient sound with high precision to attenuate external noiseensuring clear sound during calls.
The quality is consistent with other TWS headphones in its category, being quite reliable for indoor use with standard noise. If you usually need headphones to make calls, in crowded and very noisy places, you may have to invest a little more to get headphones with ANC.
Thanks to their IPX4 certification they are resistant to splashes and dust, we can use them, even in some sports activities. Not waterproof, they are safe to use even if lightly splashed with water or sweat.
Are they suitable for gamers? The headphones do not have a low latency mode and although they use the Bluetooth 5.2 standard, this minimizes the lagbut above all, it allows you to speed up the automatic pairing process, so, to play more professionally, you may have to look for a more premium option.
I have been using these headphones for about a month, and I can say that they have become my workhorse to carry everywhere.
Battery and autonomy
One of the attractions of the Huawei FreeBuds SE is its battery life. Each earphone is equipped with a 37mAh batterywhich provides up to 6 hours of continuous music playback and 4 hours of calls.
Meanwhile he charging case is 410 mAhthat provides up to 18 hours of extra chargefor 3 additional full charge cycleswhat gives a total of up to 24 hours of listening time.
The hearing aids take about 1.5 hours to fully chargewhile it will take about 2 hours to charge the case to its full capacity via the USB-C port.
In our experience, these headphones hold up to a full day’s worth of even extensive use, as long as you have the case handy. full. Which is very good for headphones in this price range. These capabilities were previously only seen in premium hearing aids.
The Huawei FreeBuds SE They are wireless TWS that offer good sound quality. With a semi-in-ear design, helps fit comfortably in the ear. They are light with and have great autonomy.
Without being Hi-Fi headphones, and despite not having ANC, the Huawei FreeBuds SE have features, such as IPX4 waterproofing, easy-to-use touch controls, noise attenuation on calls, which given their price range of less than a thousand pesos, are still quite attractive.
If you are looking to get closer to TWS, compact and with more than acceptable audio, the Huawei FreeBuds SE are a great alternative.