In March, Huawei introduced the Freebuds 4i, an earbud model that, despite its low price, was able to convince with its impressive sound and several practical features. The Freebuds 4 should now represent the even more valuable upgrade to the i-series. Compared to the little brother, the first thing you notice is the changed fit in the ear.
While the Freebuds 4i still came with silicone attachments, the new model dispenses with the rubber stoppers, which means that the Freebuds 4 hang loosely in the ear like classic earbuds. So the seat is less firm, but you hardly feel the Freebuds 4 when listening to music. In addition to the good ergonomic workmanship, this is the main reason for the remarkably low weight. The small earplugs weigh just four grams, making them one of the lightest models on the headphone market.
But this airy lightness has its price elsewhere. With the ANC switched on, the Freebuds 4 do not manage more than 2:30 hours of uninterrupted music playback. On the other hand, the buds in the extremely narrow case are fully charged again after just 30 minutes. Anyone who can do without ANC increases the mileage to just under four hours.
Deactivating active noise suppression is not as big a renunciation as you might think. In our test laboratory, we determined an average attenuation of only 7 decibels. The competition usually achieves significantly more here. After all: The ANC does not have a negative impact on the sound.
Sound and controls
When it comes to operation, the Korean earplugs also tend to show two faces. While the control of the buds with typing gestures works excellently and also offers some features in the form of multi-pairing and direct volume control on the earpieces that even significantly more expensive competitors are sometimes unable to provide, the Huawei app is unfortunately one little disappointment.
The setting options are quite limited, and the equalizer in particular offers only a few options. When it comes to sound, however, the Freebuds 4 do not make any compromises and are powerful and dynamic in all frequency ranges. Even with the Freebuds 4i, we liked the clear mids and highs, which the big brother now resolves even more finely.
In terms of bass, you shouldn’t generally expect miracles from earbuds, but Huawei offers considerable power here too. In this way, the overall strong hearing impression is rounded off in a pleasing way.
The extremely handy design, the good usability and the very good sound make Huawei’s new earbuds an excellent audio companion for everyone who wants it small, light and comfortable. Only those who place great value on potent ANC and long endurance could be disappointed by the Freebuds 4.
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