Less than a year after the already very convincing FreeBuds 3i, Huawei is back to the charge with a new pair of intras true-wireless aggressively priced noise canceling. A speed that does not deprive the FreeBuds 4i of very tangible improvements.
Huawei FreeBuds 4i
Introductory price €99.99
- Manufacturing & accessories
- Comfort & support
- User experience
- Active noise reduction
The FreeBuds 4i are certainly not free from defects – in addition to their disappointing noise reduction, we especially think of their controls which are too scanty. But that does not prevent them from boldly teasing many supposedly more prestigious models, thanks in particular to extremely solid comfort and sound performance. A great success.
- Clear, detailed and dynamic sound.
- Very responsive bass, flattered without ever becoming boomy.
- Remarkable comfort and support.
- Excellent autonomy.
- Very compact storage box.
- Lack of neutrality, slightly aggressive mediums.
- Disappointing noise reduction.
- Poor voice pickup in hands-free kit mode.
- Very few controls available on the earbuds, customization of controls impossible on iOS.
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 5100
Introductory price €179.99
Despite its ergonomic qualities (intuitive and complete user experience, good comfort/support, good battery life), the Backbeat Pro 5100 will struggle to stand out in terms of sound performance. They fail to recreate the very good surprise of the first Backbeat Pro (headphones) and deliver a particularly flattering and energetic sound rendering; too energetic even, which immediately limits the listening volume or the listening time. We prefer the Elite 65t, just as complete, but with a slightly softer and above all flexible sound reproduction, or the Beoplay E8, for example.