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OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Review:- Nailed It!

- Updated: 9th Mar 2023, 22:48 IST
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    Review Summary
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    OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Price in India and Variants
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    OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Box Contents
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    OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Specs at a glance
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    OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Design and Comfort
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    OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Connectivity and Features
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    OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Sound Quality and ANC
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    OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Mic Quality and Battery
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    Verdict
Review Summary

OnePlus tried to acquire the premium audio market with its OnePlus Buds Pro in 2021. However, it missed out on some essential features i.e, no option to tickle with equalizer settings, decent noise isolation and weak noise cancellation:- which make truly wireless earbuds deliver a flagship experience. Learning from its earlier miscues from its predecessor, OnePlus is back with its latest entrant in its audio portfolio and i.e, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2.

The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 are the flagship true-wireless earphones; a successor of the OnePlus Buds Pro following the same design but with significant upgrades to make it a better proposition. It brings a lot of intuitive features, a collaboration of Dynaudio, premium design and a custom equalizer tuned by oscar winning composer Hans Zimmer. You must be wondering, at the price of ₹11,999, are they really an upgrade over first-generation Buds Pro and what do they have to put under the hammer? Let’s find out in Cashify’s review of the OnePlus Buds Pro 2.

PROS

  • Impressive Audio Quality
  • Wireless Charging
  • Multi-device pairing 
  • IPX4 certified 
  • Comfortable Fit

CONS

  • Average ANC 
  • Hi-res limited to a few devices
Key Specs
Battery Capacity60 mAh
Highlights:
  • 60 mAh

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Price in India and Variants

The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 comes at a price of Rs. ₹11,999 in India. These buds are available in two colours: Obsidian Black and Arbor Green.

Consumers can purchase these buds directly from OnePlus India’s official website portal or other platforms like Amazon India, Flipkart, Myntra and other partners.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Box Contents

The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 packs the following items inside the box:

  • OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Case 
  • A pair of earbuds 
  • Type-C Cable 
  • 2 Pair of Silicon Tips
  • User Manual

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Specs at a glance

Before we proceed further about the OnePlus Buds Pro 2, let’s see what on-paper specs look like:

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Supported OS: Android & iOS
  • Battery: 520 mAh (Case), 60 mAh Per Earbud
  • Weight: 47.3 g (With Case)

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Design and Comfort

In terms of design, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 follows the same footprint as its predecessor. It eschews the same AirPods Pro-like short protruding stem and squeeze gesture area on both earbuds. From silicon tips to its rounded earbud design signature, it distinguishes a lot of its characteristics from Apple’s beloved AirPods Pro. Fit is a very subjective topic and it totally depends on the shape of your ears. Meanwhile, Each of the earbuds weighs around 4.9 grams, it feels lightweight and throughout my usage, I didn’t encounter any fatigue or discomfort while wearing them for longer sessions.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Design

Each earbud harnesses a glossy metal accent on its stem coupled with two silver charging contacts, a microphone placed towards the bottom and two speaker grille on its head. This design approach makes it extremely comfortable to wear and fits snugly into your ears delivering a perfect fit for your workout sessions. There’s no second thought that this design is premium.

It offers IP55 certified rating that can suffice water damage and sweat with the OnePlus Buds Pro 2. It borrows the same pressure-sensitive controls from Apple AirPods Pro to control playback, switching between noise controls and answering or rejecting calls.

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The lack of volume controls might be a bummer for some. These gestures can be customized easily within the HeyMelody app. It is available in two colours:- Arbor Green(replacing the white version and Obsidian Black). For conducting this review, we’re rocking the Obsidian Black Weighing around 48 grams, tossing this charging case into jeans doesn’t feel bulkier at all. The built-in proximity sensors on each earbud help the music to pause as soon as they’re removed from your ears which works flawlessly well after the latest OTA update.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Comfort

It also resembles the same design (a rounded rectangular charging case) from its previous iteration, except for the ‘Dynaudio’ branding engraved outside and inside the case. This matte finish keeps the smudges, fingerprints and scratches at bay. It sports a tiny LED notification light on its front for sharing the battery status and a Type-C Port for juicing up the battery. This case is also IPX4 rated which offers water resistance.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Connectivity and Features

The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 supports Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity with three supported audio codecs:- SBC, AAC and LHDC. The only omission is LHDC (Low Latency High-Definition Codec) is a rare audio codec and is only supported by a limited number of devices like the Oppo Find X5 Pro and the OnePlus 11. The LDAC is more widely available than the LHDC for hi-res audio playback. With Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity, it establishes a stable connection between smartphones, there were no audio hiccups that were faced during our usage. If you’re someone who keeps fiddling with two devices, manually disconnecting and reconnecting can be a surreal pain, it supports Multipoint pairing where it can be paired with two devices simultaneously.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Connectivity

With Google’s Fast Pair, long press and hold on the pairing button on the case and it’s ready to be paired with your Android device. Just like Airpods Pro and WF-1000XM4, OnePlus Buds Pro 2 supports Spatial audio with head-tracking for a 360-degree audio experience. However, it’s worth noting that this feature is currently limited to OnePlus 11. These earbuds can be paired with Android as well as iOS devices and managed by the HeyMelody app to access a bunch of controls. The Game mode reduces the latency rate to sync the visual and audio for a lag-free gaming experience.

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The Zen Mode Air bundles 5 ambient sounds to download on the earbuds for listening while gym or yoga sessions for a relaxed and focused workday. Meanwhile, the Earbud Fit Test helps in choosing the right sized ear tips for a perfect seal and fit, Golden Sound refined the sound quality on the basis of ear canal structure and by running various hearing tests for a personalized audio experience. After the completion of the frequency report, the EQ is adjusted which tweaks the treble on the heavier side and tunes the audio on the loud and bassy side.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Sound Quality and ANC

It harnesses dual 11mm+6mm audio drivers, an upgrade from its predecessor which bundled a single-driver setup. These drivers are co-designed by Dynaudio, a Danish firm audio company which was started way back with the Oppo Enco X lineup and appeared to have succeeded. Let’s dawn on the most beautiful section while reviewing an audio peripheral i.e, sound quality and that’s where the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 just shines with its warm sound profile delivering punchy bass, treble and impressive instrumental separation.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Sound Quality

The highs and lows remain unmuffled and bass thumps don’t cut down on the lows as well. While listening to songs like Toosie Slide by Drake or Therefore I Am by Billie Eilish, the excessive thumping bass and treble don’t undercut the vocals and instrumental claps.

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It consists of five EQ presets to choose from:- Balanced, Bold, Serenade, Bass and Hans Zimmer Soundscape Tuning. The Bold preset puts an emphasis on both highs and lows, the Balanced preset delivers a flat-sound experience, Serenade preset makes the treble more noticeable and the Bass preset delivers a thumpy bass response. Of course! If you feel that the bass is not aggressively thumpy, the BassWave feature enhances the strength of the bass boost as per your desired taste. However, this EQ can also be tailored manually as per your liking.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 ANC

Uttering Active Noise Cancellation, noise cancellation is moderate and it’s difficult to recommend them while seeking them against its rivalries. It hushes on low frequencies well but the higher and mid frequencies remain usual. But as soon as you fire up some music and increase its volume, it was very rare that I heard any outdoor noise while travelling in a train, car or in a room. To sum up, this ANC experience is not bad but not enough to compete with others.

It comes with four noise control modes:- Mild, Moderate, Max and Smart. Throughout our time, it was set on max settings mostly. However, we noticed a slight difference between switching these modes in a louder environment. It also has a transparency mode which lets in the ambient noise from the surroundings.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Mic Quality and Battery

The microphone quality deserves applause which most premium true-wireless earphones mostly lack. The three microphones in the earbuds cancel out the external noise with their noise reduction functionality, making the receiver carry forward a conversation smoothly in a home environment and crowded areas.OnePlus claims that the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 can deliver a battery of upto 39 hours of battery backup with its charging case. The charging case holds a 520mAh battery, meanwhile, the earbuds hold a 60mAh battery which can be charged with the case itself for three cycles.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Mic Quality and Battery

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Throughout our time with them, it managed to stand up to what it claims; churning out 8-9 hours without ANC and 6-7 hours with ANC enabled with the standard AAC codec is not a problem. With ANC enabled, it can withstand 19-20 hours on a full charge and approximately 30-31 hours with ANC turned off.

The battery life is good enough for today’s standard. This charging case can be charged up by plugging in a USB-C and it also supports wireless charging. With the perks of fast charging, juicing the case for 10 minutes can offer 10 hours of playback which is magnificent.

Verdict

At the price of ₹11,999, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 is a worthy successor to the first-generation OnePlus Buds Pro in every sense and is an easy recommendation for someone who’s looking for an excellent audio experience with a thumpy bass signature, a satisfactory comfort for a prolonged music session, durable build quality and good battery life. Not just that, it also ticks several features which other brands usually miss out on like Multipoint connectivity and an impressive microphone quality for calls.

The ANC is not the best in the segment but it blocks out the noise on higher volumes. It supports Hi-Res wireless audio with LHDC codec but for that, your device should be compatible with this codec which is limited. If you’re okay with not-so-hot ANC performance, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 won’t disappoint you.



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