Realme, which itself started out as a brand with the backing of the much bigger and more established Oppo, has come a long way in India since its launch in 2018. After launching its popular range of reasonably priced yet versatile audio products, including the recently announced Buds Q2 Neo, Realme has now backed a new brand called Dizo to compete in the same segment. Dizo recently announced its first affordable audio products, including the GoPods D, which I’m reviewing here.
Priced at Rs. 1,399, the Dizo GoPods D have a lot in common with the Realme Buds Q2 Neo in terms of both looks and specs, but are priced just a hint more affordably. The new earphones will also compete against the competition from brands such as Redmi and Noise. Now is this the best pair of true wireless earphones under Rs. 1500 in India? Find out in this review.
App support and low latency gaming mode on the Dizo GoPods D
Let’s get this out of the way early on; the Dizo GoPods D are very similar to the Realme Buds Q2 Neo and Buds Q2. That said, I like how the earphones look and feel. Each earphone has a patterned outer surface that doubles as a touch control panel. The earbuds don’t weigh much at all. They have a snug fit in the canal and are comfortable to wear for a long time.
The Dizo GoPods D is available in two colors – black and white. The touch panels allow you to control playback, activate a voice assistant and activate the low-latency game mode. These controls worked well for me, mainly because of the large flat area of each touch-sensitive zone. You can’t control the volume through the earphones and must do it with your source device.
The charging case, while simple, is well designed and small enough to fit in your pocket if needed. There is only a single discreet Dizo logo on the lid and there is a Micro USB port for charging on the back. Even at this price, micro USB charging on the Dizo GoPods D is disappointing. There is no pairing button – the earphones are in pairing mode by default when not connected to a device. On the front is a small indicator light that indicates the charging status of the case.
In terms of specs, the GoPods D are nearly identical to the Buds Q2 Neo, with 10mm dynamic drivers, 20-20,000Hz frequency response, Micro-USB charging and IPX4 water resistance. For connectivity, the earphones use Bluetooth 5, with support for just the SBC Bluetooth codec, which is the only major difference between the GoPods D and the Buds Q2 Neo – the latter also supports the AAC codec.
The sales package includes a charging cable and a total of three pairs of silicone earbuds. There is no active noise cancellation, but there is ambient noise cancellation to improve the quality of the audio picked up by the microphone during calls.
App support for budget true wireless earphones is still quite uncommon, so the Dizo GoPods D headset stands out in this regard. Dizo’s association with Realme is put to good use here, with the earphones working with the excellent Realme Link app. For now, this only works on the Android app, with the iOS app not yet updated to support the Dizo GoPods D at the time of this review.
There are only a handful of things you can do with the app, including viewing the battery levels for the earbuds (but not the case), selecting one of three equalizer presets, controlling the low-latency game mode, and customizing the touch controls. This isn’t as comprehensive as you can get with high-end, feature-packed headphones, but a lot more than I’d normally expect from true wireless earphones at this price.
The Dizo GoPods D have decent battery life for the price and feature set, with the earbuds working for about four hours per charge. The charging case added three full extra charges for the earphones, for a total battery life of 16 hours per charge cycle. There’s also fast charging, with a 10-minute charge that gives you two hours of listening time on the earbuds.
The sound quality on the Dizo GoPods D is decent for the price
While the mid-range and high-end true wireless earphones segments undergo major changes every few months, the budget segment has remained largely consistent in terms of design, features, and audio quality. There are several options priced around or below Rs. 1,500, but the Dizo GoPods D will mainly compete against the Redmi 2C true wireless earphones.
There aren’t too many fancy features on the Dizo GoPods D, and the focus is firmly on design and the listening experience. Indeed, the sound quality is completely satisfactory and enjoyable at this budget point. The sound is clean for the most part and free from significant shortcomings in frequency range coverage and sonic signature. The sound suits most popular genres, with reasonable bumps in the bass and treble.
Listening to Ferry Corsten’s Fire, the Dizo GoPods D were loud, aggressive and powerful (in a good way). While the bass in this song’s fast, attacking electronic beats tended to overwhelm the rest of the frequency range at high volumes for the rest of the frequency range, most buyers at this budget level will probably enjoy this. The loudness combined with the sound isolating fit helps overcome most noisy outdoor environments.
Despite the potentially overbearing bass, the sound never felt too muddy or off-putting, and the occasional hint of detail could be heard. With The Avalanches’ If I Were A Folkstar, the GoPods D were able to capture some of the detail and definition that make this beautiful sample-based track so enjoyable, but the soundstage felt a bit narrow and limited.
At very high volume levels, the sound felt a little rough, but setting the volume to about 50 percent made for a fairly engaging and clean listening experience. Perhaps support for higher quality codecs has made a difference here, allowing for a bit more data to be used by the earphones, but the sound is comfortable and nonetheless completely acceptable as long as you can handle a little extra bass.
There are some useful extra features on the Dizo GoPods D:ENC for voice calls and a low-latency mode for gaming. As on the Realme Buds Q2, the low-latency mode improved response time somewhat, but not significantly enough to make a real difference in lag-prone multiplayer games. Call sound quality was acceptable in indoor and somewhat quiet outdoor environments, with the ENC reducing some environmental factors, such as wind.
Most affordable true wireless products simply focus on form factor rather than features, so the Dizo GoPods D stand out for a number of key reasons, namely app support and fast charging. When it comes to the basics, the GoPods D is competent and offers a decent overall experience for the price. You get a comfortable fit, good battery life and acceptable sound quality. At Rs. 1,399, there’s enough in this pair of earphones to make it worth considering.
While there are some downsides – Micro USB charging, only SBC codec support, and a slightly overbearing bass attack – they may be worth overlooking due to the price and the fact that you get a product that gets supported by Realme. Options from brands like Noise and Redmi might also be worth considering, but the Dizo GoPods D offer a good overall experience for Rs. 1,399.