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Review – Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic (a.k.a. Mi Air2 SE or Mi AirDots 2 SE)


Introducing, Xiaomi’s sequel to the famous Redmi AirDots. This time around, it has a lot of different names which I don’t understand why. As far as I know, it’s called the Xiaomi Mi Air2 SE, but locally in Malaysia, it’s referred to as the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic. Then, there’s also the Mi AirDots 2 SE, which looks identical.

Either way, in this review, I’ll be calling it the Mi Air2 SE. And with its super low price, is it worthy of becoming the successor of the Redmi AirDots (a.k.a. the Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic)?

Unboxing

The packaging design is pretty much the same as any other Xiaomi audio device. It has a blue and white packaging design and that’s pretty much it.

Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE

Opening up the box, the contents are pretty simple. We only have the Mi Air2 SE, a USB-C charging cable, and also user manual. The user manual is unfortunately fully in Chinese since our unit is from China.

Design

The Mi Air2 SE has an indicator LED at the front of the case which is pretty typical. And this time around, it has a clean white design and one USB-C port at the back for charging.

Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE

Opening up the lid, we can see that the earphones themselves are sitting there nicely, in a clear white design too. There is an indicator LED at bottom of each stem to indicate the status too.

Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE

Now, unfortunately, the entire Mi Air2 SE is made out of cheap lightweight plastic – which is rather soft, so it can get scuffed up easily. Fortunately, the plastic makes it really lightweight it feels like I didn’t wear anything while it’s on my ears.

Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE

Now, the earphones themselves have the same design as the Apple AirPods. There’s nothing particularly wrong since I absolutely love this design of earphones since it hangs on my ears instead of plugging into my ears. For me, I feel that the AirPods designs are much more comfortable.

But, the earphones are huge… and they do look gaudy.

Features

There is an indentation on each earphone and that is where the touchpad. Again, unfortunately, there are still not that many features that can be done with the earphones themselves. Here they are:

  • Wearing both sides:
    • Right side: double-tap to play/pause
    • Left side: double-tap to the voice assistant
  • One-sided mode: double-tap to play/pause
  • Phone calls: tap 2 twice to accept/end call
  • Reset: Put both earphones in the case, long-press both touch panels for 7 seconds

There are no volume controls and track control, which is very unfortunate since that is one of the biggest complaints that we all have on the original Redmi AirDots.

Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE

Sound quality

The sound quality of the Mi Air2 SE is actually not that bad. It has good bass and I can definitely hear them – but there’s no thumping bass since this earphone doesn’t create a seal around the ear.

The mids and highs are okay but there’s nothing really extraordinary about it. Overall, I enjoy the sound that comes out of it.

Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE

While some people might prefer in-ears for better sound quality, I personally prefer this type of AirPods design because it hangs on my ear and does not strain my ears after wearing it for long hours.

Battery life

I’m actually very impressed with the battery life here. We can get about 5 hours of listening time at 100% volume – the maximum possible. You can get much more than 5 hours if you lower down the volume because volume correlates to battery consumption.

The case provides for about 5 more charges – which I think is surprisingly good.

Should you buy the Xiaomi Mi Air2 SE?

I think the new Xiaomi Mi Air2 SE is very different compared to the first generation of the Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earbuds. But, then again, it sounds good. Though if you want to wear a good pair of true wireless earphones – not earbuds – then this is a good choice.

Xiaomi Mi Air 2 SE

Over at Banggood, the price of the Mi Air2 SE is just at about USD $38.99. Or for Malaysians, you can get it at Shopee for only about RM70. That’s a great price for all that the Mi Air2 SE offers!

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