OnePlus isn’t a new player in the audio segment and in the past it made its presence felt with the Bullet headphones that are still available on the market. OnePlus Buds, however, starts a new chapter for the company that has somehow revolutionized the mid-range smartphone segment in India. With OnePlus Buds Z launch around the corner, this is how the original Buds fared!!
OnePlus Buds offers a number of features for the existing OnePlus community (people who use an OnePlus device) and is definitely a good enough competitor to Apple’s AirPods. This is the best AirPods alternative for people who own an OnePlus device and are budget conscious. So is it worth the penny you spend? Check out:
Starting with the charging case, the oval-shaped case comes with a USB Type-C port at the bottom. The retail box comes with documentation and a USB cable for charging. Note that there is no charging adapter, which means you will have to rely on your laptop, phone adapter to charge the OnePlus Buds case. The sleek finish of the charging case gives it a less shiny feel, and that’s what most of us like.
The OnePlus Buds’ case out fares the AirPods’ case, which is a bit shiny. It has a better grip and does not slip while holding. It feels premium despite its minimalistic appearance. However, we have to point out some astonishing similarities between the OnePlus Buds case and the second generation AirPods case. In particular, the back of the case has almost the same design elements as the AirPods’, with the shape of the case being the difference.
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Speaking of the robustness of the case, the magnetic closure feels satisfying and gives you confidence while wearing it. The case quality of the OnePlus Buds is superior to other rivals in the under INR 5000 category. However, the OnePlus Buds doesn’t come with an LED indicator. The buds come with an IPX4 rating that makes them splash resistant, which is good enough for everyday use.
One of the most striking things about the OnePlus Buds is that they come in three colors, including gray and Nordic blue, which look impressive. While there is also the standard white, which has somehow become the most boring color for the TWS segment but the gray and blue color variants are cheerful.
Pairing is one of the highlights of the OnePlus Buds and we can surely say that the OnePlus Buds are at the top of that list in terms of quick pairing. Open the case and if you are an OnePlus user, the Buds pairing notification will automatically appear on your device. Shortly after detection, the Buds are paired with a single tap.
TimesNow news team has tested it with different products, from OnePlus 5T to OnePlus 8 Pro. However, the same cannot be said for other Android or iPhone devices – “We would have liked OnePlus to provide even 50 percent of those granular controls and ease of use for non-OnePlus devices”.
Speaking of sound quality, the OnePlus Buds perform solidly and won’t let you down while listening to music or making calls. The audio performance is impressive. It’s worth mentioning that OnePlus Buds balances the ups and downs during a track effortlessly and offers decent lows.
13.4mm dynamic drivers offer powerful sound and Dolby Atmos offers a good stereo experience. The Buds come with a noise cancellation algorithm that improves sound clarity using the three microphones that help filter out background noise.
Speaking of performance during games, OnePlus users will once again gain an advantage over other devices, as the Buds come with low latency that syncs with Fnatic mode. OnePlus claims a minimum latency of 103ms during gaming, which is not a very good figure compared to other TWS options in this price range.