Review of the Huawei FreeBuds 3: ready to take everywhere
"The FreeBuds 3 have several points in favor, such as their comfortable design and the good experience they offer in music reproduction, so they are a viable alternative for those who subscribe to different streaming music platforms."
Fast communication with the cell phone
Application to control different settings
Somewhat reasonable price
Noise cancellation does not reach the desired level
The tactile response is not as effective
They can be confused with AirPods
The last generation internal wireless headphones, that is, intelligent, speak of the advances in technological innovation of the manufacturers: they include tailored chips, noise cancellation and tactile response, among other features, in small bodies. In addition, for some, they may be more practical and comfortable than headband headphones without wires.
After having tried the Marshall Major III Voice, in which I had a more than satisfactory experience, I spent a week with the Huawei FreeBuds 3 to write this review. The first thing I want to highlight is the great work that the Chinese brand did to create headphones that can be used for a few hours or until the battery runs out without feeling a discomfort in the ears. Those who wear prescription glasses or glasses, know well that the headband type can hurt, mainly because of the pressure they exert on the ears.
Huawei indicates that it applied the Binic Dolphin design in FreeBuds 3, which has the advantage of adapting to the users' ears and, at the same time, delivering a focused sound. Even when walking quickly down the street or down stairs, the couple feels well adjusted, without fear that someone will come off.
To connect the FreeBuds 3 to a cell phone for the first time, you must download the Huawei AI Life application, which also serves to monitor the battery of both the headphones and the charging case, as well as to activate or deactivate the noise cancellation.
Through mobile development, it is also possible to indicate what action should be performed for each headset with two quick touches. For example, you can set the music to pause or play with a double tap on the left, and that the noise cancellation is activated or deactivated with the same gesture on the right.
The link between FreeBuds 3 and the smartphone It is given through the Bluetooth standard. When both devices are close, as expected, there are no interruptions, to which the processor also contributes especially to wearables of Huawei, the Kirin A1, the same that is included in the Watch GT 2. However, when it is necessary to leave the cell phone in one room and move to another with headphones placed with a song or podcast, the audio is distorted or interrupted, which did not happen with the Marshall Major III Voice, for example.
In terms of performance, and the fact of having the noise cancellation active is very influential, it can take between three and four hours of playback, while the case, which is connected via USB Type C to a power source, charge up to four times more to the headphones.
It is not to mention that the case can be placed on a base of wireless charging or on a mobile with reversible wireless charging, and receive energy, so that the best Huawei phones are ideal for this element.
Especially with the internal headphones, it is nice to put them on and have an optimal sound experience when listening to music or podcasts, or watch videos of all kinds. This is the case with FreeBuds 3, which includes 14 mm drivers and an integrated bass system.
The sound they offer, in general, is well balanced; the bass are powerful, the voices in the different songs are clear and the level of detail is stable, for example. In other words, those who listen to music on streaming You will find in these headphones a good "companion" to get the best out of your favorite genres.
With regard to active noise cancellation, these fail to achieve the performance offered by headband headphones with the same technology. In public transport or even when you walk down the street, sounds that could be blocked simply "sneak" into the songs.
It is true that from the Huawei AI Life application the cancellation can be regulated, but even when it is at its maximum level, it is not enough to be a shield strong enough to cover the passage to outside noise.
In relation to telephone calls, in hands-free mode, there is no problem: the caller's voice is heard clearly, while the voice of the caller also passes clearly to the other side. According to the firm, FreeBuds 3 integrate a voice-by-bone sensor, which better captures the voice through vibrations to make it clearer and clearer.
Finally, the tactile response of this pair may be more responsive. In any case, it is appreciated that with a double tap it is possible to pause a song, activate Google Assistant or deactivate noise cancellation, depending on what has been previously configured from the app.
The FreeBuds 3 are smart headphones that are well positioned in its price segment (around 180 dollars), with features such as noise cancellation, compatibility with Google Assistant and autonomous between three and four hours on a single charge.
In addition to being wireless, its design makes it easy to use them comfortably for several hours or until your battery allows it, even when you are doing some activity, such as walking in a hurry or going down the stairs. That's right, it's better than the phone they link with is always close.
The FreeBuds 3 will find their natural public with those people who use smartphones Android (if it is a mobile of the Huawei brand, better) and looking for a good sound quality for your music in streaming without that means having big helmets in the ears. That is, by design, it is easy to be confused with Apple headphones, the AirPods, although those of the Chinese firm are also available in black.