Tech and mobile accessories giant, Oraimo recently launched the Oraimo Freepods 3 – 2Baba Edition tuned for Afrobeats in Nigeria on September 28th, 2021 which is an upgrade to the 2Baba Freepods 2 that was unveiled in October 2020. Oraimo’s brand is famous for bringing accessories with a good specification sheet at an affordable price.
In one of the articles published earlier this month, we talked about the top 5 True wireless earbuds to buy in 2021 and Oraimo Freepods 3 made the top 5. Innovative companies like Apple, Samsung, Redmi, OPPO, and others are releasing impressive wireless earbuds into the market but at a high cost but Oraimo is closing the gap with its affordable Freepods 3. We will be explaining in this article a detailed review of the Oraimo freepods 3.
What’s in the Box?
The box is actually a basic one but inside the box is where you find the beauty.
- The Oraimo Freepods 3 wireless earbuds
- Charging case and USB cable type-C
- User manual
- Extra ear tips
- Bluetooth version 5.2
- 8+28 hours play time
- 4-mic beamforming technology
- Environmental Noise Cancellation
- 20-hour battery life
- Enhanced bass
- Intelligent touch controls
- IPS5 rated water and dust resistance
- Bluetooth range : 10m
- Ergonomic charging point
- Charging case with 500mAh
- Earbuds with 45mAh
- Voice assistant support – depends on the brand and model of the device.
- Colour : Black
Stylish Design and Build Quality
The earbuds attract users with its premium design and distinct look. The Oraimo FreePods 3 earbuds has the ‘2baba tuned edition’ signature inscribed with a gold text on the circle of the touch sensor. It is also available in two black and white colour options, like its predecessor.
The Freepods 3 is lightweight and fits in comfortably into the ears, with extra tips to select from. It makes the bud perfect for sporting activities. The charging case opens and closes smoothly and the buds fits into the case pefectly.
Under the case is the USB type-C charging port and at the back we have the model number, battery capacity and voltage input. At the front is the ‘Oraimo’ and one love signature by the brand ambassador 2baba.
Oraimo has upgraded the Freepods 3 with the addition of a new feature – awareness and base mode. To activate awareness mode, you have to remove the ear tip attached to the earbuds. The awareness mode allows you to know what’s happening around the surrounding while listening to your favourite music. While the bass mode is when you have the tip on, it provides a better bass quality and blocks excess noise from the environment.
The earbuds have a great sound performance when it comes to music and call quality was decent. However, keep in mind, the mic is not that powerful and callers at the other end might sometimes complain about the sound quality.
Impressive Battery Life
The earbuds are powerful when it comes to the battery life. It gives you up to 8 hours play time and the charging case provides extra power for up to 28 hours which means the earbuds can be charged two to three times via the case. The battery life is quite impressive as 5 minutes charge time gives you 40 minutes of Play time. Charging the case from 0 to 100% takes about 2 hours. The three Led light on the charging case indicates the battery level from low battery to fully charged.
Each earbud comes with a protective film under the charging point, you have to remove it so it can charge. The Freepods 3 charges via the fast charge USB type-C and it took up to an hour.
IPX5 dust, Water, and Sweat rating
The earbuds IPX5 feature shows that the company understands what there customers need, and they put that into consideration. With the dust in Lagos including other parts of Nigeria, and due to the everyday sweat because of work and hustle as a Nigerian, you will need this function.
The Noise Cancellation Technology
The 2Baba tuned Afrobeat edition earbud features the noise cancellation technology with the option of the ENC or ANC. If your are regular commuter or always around noisy places then the freepods 3 should be your upgrade. Please note that even though the active noise cancellation comes with the earbuds, it doesn’t entirely remove unwanted background noise but it can give you a bit of silence needed while listening to music.
The latest version of Bluetooth, version 5.2. was introduced in January 2020 at CES by the Bluetooth SIG, and we are happy to let you know that the Oraimo Freepods 3 features Bluetooth version 5.2 for connectivity with a range of up to 10m.
How to pair and set up the Earbuds
- Remove the earbuds from the charging case
- Red and Green light flashes indicates that the Freepods 3 is ready to pair.
- After pairing with the user device, the light stops flashing
- A custom voice prompt from 2baba of a successful connection follows
Note: Pairing is done only once except after reset. Once the earbuds are returned into the charging case, it disconnects automatically and to reconnect you just have to open the case.
Oraimo Freepods 3 Earbuds Touch Controls
Most companies are making earbuds work best with exclusive features and functionality, so that’s another thing to consider as you shop around. Here is a list of Oraimo Freepods 3 touch control functions:
- To play or pause music tap on any of the earbud twice.
- To play the next track, tap and hold on the right earbud or for previous track tap and hold on left earbud for 1.5 seconds.
- To answer or end call, tap on any of the earbud once or twice.
- To reject a call, tap and hold on one earbud for 2 seconds.
- Tap three times on any of the earbud to activate voice assistant present on your device
- After earbuds are disconnected, tap three times on one earbud to clear pairing list and turn off.
Oraimo Freepods 3 Vs freepods 2: Why you should upgrade?
The biggest change Oraimo made to the new freepods 3 earbuds is the addition of active noise cancellation and a bigger battery for the earbuds.
|Oraimo Freepods 3||Oraimo Freepods 2|
|45mAh battery on buds, 500mAh on charging case||37mAh battery on buds, 500mAh on Charging case|
|Awareness and Base Mode||No Awareness mode|
|Bigger charging case||Smaller charging case|
|Type-C cable||Micro USB cable|
|Bluetooth Version 5.2||Bluetooth Version 5.0|
|Premium and stylish design||Glossy black finish|
|Active Enviromental Noise cancellation (ENC)||Reduced background noise|
|Price: 14,900 naira ($37)||Price: 11,400 naira ($28)|
|Great bass and sound quality||Great sound quality|
Oraimo Freepods 3 Price and Availability
The oraimo Freepods 3 is priced at 14,000 naira online and in stores nationwide. For readers in Ghana, it is available online for ₵180.00 while in Kenya it is selling on Jumia store for KSh 3,299. Please note that price might be slightly different across stores.
Limitations of 2Baba Tuned Afrobeat Edition of the Oraimo Freepods 3
No earbuds are perfect, of course, we must have the good and bad. Here are few limitations of the Oraimo freepods 3 before you place your order:
- Volume control can only be done using the connected device and cant be done using the earbuds
- During calls, the other call can’t hear clearly
- Active noise cancellation but doesn’t efficiently block out the noise around
- No quick function to automatically pause your music when you pull the earbuds out of your ears
If you want an earbud with premium sound quality for music and calls, good bass and perfect noise cancellation feature then the Oraimo Freepods 3 is a good buy.
It is exceptionally great in the bass quality compared to 2baba freePods2 which was reviewed early may this year. For users that dont want to spend too much but need a better sound quality while playing their favourite music we recommend the Oraimo freepods 3 because they’re a great set of earbuds.
Note: This review was not sponsored by Oraimo.