Along with the North, OnePlus also launched a pretty good pair of true wireless headphones and simply called them OnePlus Buds. They have not made much noise because they are quite simple, but this does not mean they should be neglected among the many choices offered by the market.
The specimen included in the media kit is light blue, like the OnePlus Nord we reviewed, in fact the color is called Blue Nord. Extravagant without a doubt and as far as I'm concerned it is a bit too much, fortunately OnePlus has also provided two more canonical colors in white and gray.
The design of the case is pleasant, but above all we appreciate the featherweight of just 37 grams. The other side of the coin though is the perceived build quality which is certainly not memorable, tapping it sounds "light" and the matte finish helps make it look cheaper than it is. On the other hand, it does not scratch and after a well-made fall it has not suffered any apparent damage, after all the hinge is solid thanks to a metal reinforcement.
On the back there is a button for resetting the Bluetooth connection and an LED indicating the residual charge of the case, at the bottom the only Type-C port for charging (wired only).
Opening the lid reveals another color, yellow in our case and with a glossy finish of the plastic at the point of contact with the caps. The spring that holds the lid open has the right force and allows you to open the package with a finger and close it with a light push, then a magnet does the rest and brings the case back to the closed position with an adorable "clack".
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The two caps are in shiny plastic, again in Blue Nord color but this time shiny, with the final part of the chromed stem, very kitschy. Aesthetics apart, they appear well finished and with a slightly above average weight (4.7 grams) which gives them a feedback of a certain quality.
They are of the non-in-ear type (half-in-ear), classic in short, or if we want "Airpods", the earpiece part of the headset is particularly large and this makes them extremely comfortable. However, I realize that this is an extremely subjective point and, unlike the in-ear headphones, here there are no rubber pads of different sizes, so it either goes or doesn't fit your pavilion, no possibility of adaptation.
Personally, I found them stable and comfortable, even better than the Airpods and Huawei Freebuds 3 that I really liked. They are IPX4 certified so they offer a minimum degree of water resistance, just enough to avoid problems in case of rain or sweat, although their shape does not make them the most suitable tool for sports.
- Dimensions and weight
- Headphones: 18,81×16,13×37,89mm – weight 4,6g
- Case: 52,21×59,62×37,89mm – weight 37g
- size: 13.4mm
- sensitivity: 97dB ± 3dB at 1KHz
- response frequency: 20Hz – 20KHz
- 3 for each earphone
- sensitivity: -38dB ± 2dB
- Bluetooth 5.0 – 10m range
- Type-C charging port
- earphone (each): 35mAh
- case: 430 mAh
- charging time (earphones + case): 80 min
OnePlus declares 30 hours of playback for the OnePlus Buds. We verified about 5 hours of autonomy for each full charge and about 4 full charges provided by the case, plus 30%.
Data in hand, it is an abundant 25 hours of playback at 50% volume, then subject to variations based on the number of reconnections or calls. Really not bad result. Furthermore, the charging of the headphones inside the case is rather fast, in about 15 minutes you get 2 hours of playback.
Amazing! I did not expect such a round and full sound from the OnePlus Buds, especially considering the price range in which they are offered. The sound imprint is mostly shifted to the bass, but with a minimum of equalization it is possible to bring out a more balanced and precise sound.
Let's not forget that these are half in-ear headphones, so the audio quality is even more noteworthy. Much of the credit is to be divided between the perfect fit (at least on my ears) and the particularly high volume. It must be said that the AptX codec is missing (AAC and SBC supported) but I have not found it a real limitation for the use for which these earphones are designed.
Also very good on call where the three microphones work best to reduce the disturbing noise of the environment in which you are. Attention, these are not headphones with active noise reduction, simply an algorithm processes the sounds picked up by the microphones and eliminates them during calls, in other words it cleans the audio quality for those who listen to you, that's all.
The operating base is the classic one for true wireless headphones, they connect in an instant (they support the fast pair) and thanks to the latest generation BT you can always have information on the charge level of both drivers and the case, then there is an additional feature represented by automatic play / pause when wearing and removing from the ears. Also useful is the extended tap command (right or left is indifferent) which exchanges the connection with the last two devices used, perfect for switching from notebook to smartphone and vice versa.
In addition to this you will have a customizable function for double-tapping on both drivers separately, the curious aspect is that only with OnePlus smartphones you will have the possibility to control the function and reassign it, while with all other smartphones it will be active on the command by default (next track and previous track for left and right earphones). With a OnePlus instead you can choose between play / pause, voice assistant recall, previous track and next track.
Google Pixels are an exception to the feature find device, strangely, it is only available here and on OnePlus products and consists in making the two headphones sound at maximum volume with a high frequency whistle to be found in case of loss.
In summary, if you own a OnePlus smartphone you can take advantage of the find device function and choose the command for double-tapping on both drivers. If you have a Google Pixel smartphone, only the device finder will be available, if you have any other smartphone, the double-tap function will be blocked on the skip. It's not over though, because only by pairing with a OnePlus smartphone is it possible to update the headphones. I feel like saying … find a friend with a OnePlus if you want to buy them!
It should be emphasized that the two headphones are independent, so they can work for calls and for single multimedia listening, not a leader headphone to which the other is connected. Merit of Bluetooth 5 and OnePlus optimization, which has great stability between connection, reconnection, pairing etc. but above all a practically non-existent latency when watching videos.
Only with OnePlus smartphones by activating the Fnatic function the latency will be even lower, but in reality it is difficult to notice the difference since already in normal mode it is really minimal.
The OnePlus Buds are offered at 89 euros, a justified price for those with a OnePlus smartphone, of which they represent an excellent add on. The audio quality is above average and the smart functions are a nice convenience for everyday life.
If, on the other hand, you do not intend to combine them with a OnePlus product, they remain a decent choice but it is possible to spend less while maintaining roughly the same experience of use, perhaps taking into consideration the products that we have recommended in our guide to buying the best true wireless headphones.
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