Huawei continues to work on offering important audio alternatives, not only within the section of the most "premium" products, but its range of headphones makes countless features available to all users that would otherwise be impossible.
We analyze the Huawei FreeBuds SE, the economic alternative with noise cancellation and a lot of autonomy. We are going to analyze this low-cost version of the most common Huawei headphones, as well as if they are really worth it at a price that is hard to believe when you try them.
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Materials and design: Quality and appearance
How could it be otherwise, when you open the box of the Huawei FreeBuds SE quality is perceived. A «jet» finish for this mint green color that is the analyzed unit, although They are also offered in white for the most classic users. A very compact size in pillbox format, which has a single USB-C port on the back, an LED indicator on the front and a connection button inside.
The opening system is the classic one, with sufficient resistance and a perceived quality in terms of the finishes of the device quite high, which on the other hand does not surprise us either considering our experience with the brand.
- Earpiece size: 20,6*20*38,1 mm
- Charging case length: 70*35,5*27,5 millimeters
- Headphone weight: 5,1 grams
- Charging case weight: 35,6 grams
The packaging is the Huawei classic for these cases. Inside the box we will find the charging case and the headphones already inside. In turn, two extra pads of small and large size, since the ones that have the headphones inserted are medium in size.
It should be noted that we are dealing with a “mixed” system of intraural headphones, that is, that are inserted into the ear, which will benefit the audio cancellation system, but with a design quite similar to that of normal FreeBuds, which, from my point of view, is a very favorable point at comfort level. in our tests We have not noticed that they fall off easily.
- We have loved it, you can buy your unit at the best price on Amazon, with a discount coupon of 10 euros they stay at only 39,99 euros.
We are very struck by the length of the USB to USB-C cable that is included with the product, and not precisely by excess but by default. The cable is too short I'd say about four inches.
We are also clear that it will not be a problem for almost any user, since we all have a multitude of these cables.
Inside, these headphones They have a good number of sensors, something that makes us think that we are facing a much more expensive product than it is. The three main sensors are:
- Sensor G
- Hall effect sensor
- Infrared sensor
Obviously, each of these sensors works to offer us some extra functionality, which we will be talking about throughout the analysis, as usual.
These FreeBuds SE have Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, one of the latest versions available on the market. Similarly, it is fully compatible with the emerging pairing system for Huawei and Honor devices, such as their mobile phones or computers.
At the resistance level, these headphones are IPX4 certified, For now, they will assure us that we have the facility to use it in our training sessions or under light rain conditions, since they will not be negatively affected by sweat.
Sound system and quality
As for the sound, these FreeBuds SE use a 10-millimeter driver (dynamic driver), made up of an ultra-sensitive polymer diaphragm. According to Huawei:
Subtle vibrations bring out rich textures within a vast sound field. Vocals are accentuated within a three-channel balanced audio framework, making it the perfect medium for appreciating all of your favorite music.
Sound quality The mids and highs have seemed quite adequate to me, they are correctly adjusted as standard and it does not suffer when playing demanding music in these parameters, where we have correctly differentiated the various instruments and vocal differences.
The basses are powerful enough, although in excessively commercial music it can cover the rest of the content, although it is precisely what is sought in those genres.
Autonomy and functionality
The Huawei FreeBuds SE They have a range of 6 hours for music playback on a single charge, extreme that we have been able to verify in our tests. If what we are looking for is to have conversations, we stay around 4 hours.
In total, counting on the charges that the case will provide us, we could reach a range of between 20 and 24 hours of autonomy:
- Per earphone: 37mAh
- Charging case: 410mAh
The charging time will be 1,5 hours for the earphones and 2 hours for the charging case, so we do not have fast charging or wireless charging.
With the AI Life app we can manage the gesture Control System, which is limited to a double-tap system, as well as automatic playback when we put them on our ears.
- The microphone offers sufficient quality to hold calls regularly, without having a "professional" or "premium" result.
Notably we do not have noise cancellation in music playback, only during phone calls. For its part, the processing system offers a good elimination of lag in games, in our tests they have been quite competent in these terms, something that is usually quite problematic in headphones with a reduced price.
The FreeBuds SE are usually priced around 39 euros, something incredible if we take into account its functionalities, the quality of the sound and the integration that they offer us. The most successful color is undoubtedly the one we have analyzed (mint green), but the white version offers a plus of elegance thanks to its good finishes.
If you want to get into true wireless earphones, Without a doubt, these FreeBuds SE are an option at an unbeatable economic price.
- Editor's rating
- 4.5 star rating
- FreeBuds SE
- Review of: Miguel Hernández
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- DesignPublisher: 90%
- Audio qualityPublisher: 80%
- Micro qualityPublisher: 75%
- ConfigurationPublisher: 90%
- AutonomyPublisher: 90%
- Portability (size / weight)Publisher: 90%
- Price qualityPublisher: 85%
Pros and cons
- Materials and design
- Audio quality
- Price range
- Short USB-C cable