OnePlus Buds Z2 review

OnePlus Buds Z2

OnePlus has introduced its latest truly wireless earbuds the OnePlus Buds Z2. the earbuds come with a 11mm dynamic driver, IP55 water and dust resistance, Dolby atmos support, 3 mics setup, and 92ms Ultra low latency. Additionally, it has features Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, Active Noise Cancellation and transparency mode.

Pros

  • EQ and ANC customization
  • Nine different ear tip sizes
  • Software ear tip fit test

Cons

  • No Bluetooth multipoint
  • Case is a fingerprint magnet
  • A bit low bass

Price and availability

The OnePlus Buds Z2 come with a two colour variants such as Obsidian Black and Pearl White. It is Price $89.99. You can purchased this product from the company’s official website and Amazon.in.

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Box Content

OnePlus Buds Z2
  • Pair of OnePlus Buds Z2 earbuds x1
  • OnePlus Buds Z2 charging case x1
  • User guide x1
  • Silicon eartips x3 (S, M, L)
  • Safety and Warranty card x1
  • USB Type-C charging cable x1

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OnePlus Buds Z2 : Design

If you want to buy cheap headphones with lots of features, OnePlus Buds Z2 is the right choice for you. This look and feel more like Apple’s competition. This is because the One Plus Z2 comes with a 15% shorter stem than its predecessor. OnePlus offers the size of three ear tips in a box. Moreover, you can take an ear tip fit test to make sure your ears have the right fit. However, you can also get this feature on other headphones like Sony, Samsung, Beats and Amazon.

The charging case looks just like most other headphones. Includes a charging case with a matte finish surface and a USB Type-C charging port on the back. OnePlus recommends rinsing earbuds with a quick rinse – however do so at your own discretion as the device’s warranty does not cover fluid and dust damage.

In addition, earbuds offer IP55 water and dust resistance with hydrophobic nano coating for better protection. Designed for occasional rinsing for easy cleaning, Buds Z2 always looks fresh. The charging case can also handle some mild splashes of water with its IPX4 rating. Thus, do not sweat it, you will never worry about these earbuds getting too wet and wild.

Call Controls,

OnePlus has significantly improved onboard touch controls compared to the original OnePlus Buds Z. You can now fully customize how each top on the earbud will handle music playback or voice assistant. Additionally, pressing and holding any earbud for one second now switches between noise cancellation and transparency modes, while pressing for three seconds connects the earbud to another device.

Call commands:
 Single tapDouble tapTriple tapTAP AND HOLD
In regular usePlay/PauseNext TrackPrevious Track

Alternate between 2 noise control modes
Call scenariosAnswer / End a callReject incoming callPrevious Track

Alternate between 2 noise control modes

Automatic ear detection is present, so earbuds will automatically pause your music when pulled out of the ear. Additionally, the mono listening option enables users to listen to all audio through a single earbud.

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Should you download the HeyMelody app?

The HeyMelody app allows you to customize the OnePlus Buds Z2. But, it doesn’t have the same quality as Sony headphones and Apple‘s app-level but changes are enough to keep your attention invested. Such as general customization, battery status and OTA firmware update. You can also edit the onboard touch controls by adjusting the settings for each combination of taps on any earbud.

According to application version 1.0.3 and firmware version 500, there is no custom EQ functionality or way to adjust the preset sound of earbuds. This is a crucial missing feature and was also our biggest grip with the OnePlus Buds Pro. Which means you have to turn to the third-party EQ option instead.

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OnePlus Buds Z2 : Sound Quality

OnePlus Buds Z2

The sound quality about these earbuds is always the best. However, the biggest disadvantage of having these earbuds is the lack of custom EQ. Which means you’re probably stuck with how they sound out of the box. You can always tweak the EQ settings in the streaming app of your choice, but those settings will not be there if you listen to the media in any other app.

Sound quality is where the OnePlus Buds Z2 really starts to show its value. These earbuds suffer from the same frequency response as many cheap headphones trouble with significantly boosted bass and a slightly quieter midrange reproduction.

Lows, mids, and highs

We target consumer accounts for a slight increase in low and high frequencies that most people enjoy. The OnePlus Buds Z2 takes this boost to a much more significant climax. Bass notes sound twice as loud, sometimes louder, than midrange instruments such as the piano and guitar.

If you enjoy EDM, the OnePlus Buds Z2 can be a fun listening experience. On the 1:40 drop of Younger’s Kayago remix by Sinabo Se, the kick drum and baseline have a slight extra omph while the high-hats, snaps and claps have an extra presence from OnePlus’ high-frequency boost. Buds Z2.

How good is the microphone on the OnePlus Buds Z2?

The OnePlus Buds Z2 features a triple microphone on any earbud that provides decent call quality. With a microphone placed at the base of the stem of each earbud, the earbuds are able to focus better on sound than other true wireless earbuds. Microphones also work very well to reduce background noise, so individuals can hear me on the other end of the call, even when I’m in a noisy environment like a gym. Listen for yourself and let us know what you think.

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How well does the OnePlus Buds Z2’S Noise Cancellation?

However, with this price range, this OnePlus Buds Z2 offers a huge amount of noise reduction. Tightly fitted ear tips provide 30dB noise reduction around 3kHz. Turning the ANC to the maximum setting reduces noise by 20dB at low frequencies, such as the roar of an airplane engine, and renders them as loud as a quarter of the noise they make without buds.

The combined effect of passive isolation with ANC means that most environmental noise will only be heard from half (400-650Hz) to one-eighth (2.5-3.5kHz). Surprisingly, the OnePlus Buds Z2’s noise reduction performance is superior to both the OnePlus Buds Pro and AirPods Pro.

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How long does the OnePlus Buds Z2 battery last?

In our test of continuous playback at 75dB (SPL) with ANC, earbuds lasted 4 hours, 22 minutes on a single charge. Similar to other true wireless earbuds in this category. Combined with the charging case, you can extend the earbuds for up to 38 hours of playback by turning off the ANC.

Quick charging the case inside the earbuds gives 5 hours of listening time out of just 10 minutes of charging. The case charges via USB-C and does not support wireless charging. Despite the packaging reading of “buds for life”, the OnePlus Buds Z2 will not last more than two years of normal use due to battery degradation

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How is the connectivity of OnePlus Buds Z2?

OnePlus Buds Z2 has Bluetooth 5.2 with SBC and AAC Bluetooth audio codec support. Bluetooth 5.2 offers better performance than Bluetooth 5.0 for a slightly faster pairing and longer battery life compared to the original OnePlus Buds Z. However, id does not support Bluetooth Multipoint connectivity. So. you can no connect your device with two or more connection.

Apple device owners get the best connection quality from the AAC Bluetooth codec. While AAC is often unstable on Android devices. However, the standard SBC codec will work fine, albeit with a lower transfer rate than a high-quality codec like aptX.

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Conclusion

OnePlus is nothing if not ambitious when it comes to price-cutting. For its price, the OnePlus Buds Z2 offers a ton of value with good sound cancellation, strong durability and solid microphones.

However, the OnePlus Buds Z2 has a lot of flash without all the objects to back it up. Earbuds flatten out when it comes to the most important component-listening experience of any headphones. Advanced features like Dolby Atmos and low-latency listening are limited to OnePlus phones, while the lack of a custom EQ means you’re mostly stuck with bass-boosted default sound.

If you like bass and you have a OnePlus phone, go ahead and choose OnePlus Buds Z2. Everyone else can think of their options before jumping on these earbuds.

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FAQ

Do you need a OnePlus phone to use the Buds Z2?

While you can use the OnePlus Buds Z2 with a non-OnePlus phone, the OnePlus Buds restricts many features of the Z2 to OnePlus device owners. You can only listen to Dolby Atmos content on OnePlus 7, 8, or 9 series phones. Low-latency gaming mode reduces earbud latency to 94ms, but that functionality is also only supported on select OnePlus devices. OnePlus users get instant pairing on their device, while Android users get Google Fast pairing, and iPhone users get stuck manually in Bluetooth settings.

How does the OnePlus Buds Z2 compare to the OnePlus Buds Pro?

For just $ 50 USD more than the OnePlus Buds Z2, the OnePlus Buds Pro has many additional features. OnePlus Audio ID matches the sound of the Buds Pro in your ear via a hearing test, while the Zen Mode provides white sound sound files on Air Earbuds. The OnePlus Buds Pro has three volume cancellation levels instead of just two, and it supports stem squeeze to control playback instead of more phoenix tapes outside the Buds Z2.

There’s still no custom EQ for the OnePlus Buds Pro, but these earbuds have a more neutral sound signature with significantly less bass. Finally, the matte black and reflective silver finish of the OnePlus Buds Pro looks much better than the cheap-looking glossy plastic of the OnePlus Buds Z2.

What are some alternatives to the OnePlus Buds Z2?

If you don’t need ANC, Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 is a great option. These earbuds look good and have a good battery life. Plus, if you have a Samsung phone you can take advantage of the Samsung Scalable Codec, Wireless PowerShare and more bonus benefits. Of course, if you’re willing to go a little beyond the budget, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 could be more in your lap with its good ANC, wireless charging case and somewhat customizable sound.

The Beats Studio Buds is probably the most direct competitor to the OnePlus Buds Z2 for just $ 99 USD. Sacrificing bad sound cancellation for better sound quality, Nothing Year 1 is also extremely light and comfortable.

If you prefer to customize your headphones according to your specific specifications, Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro may be for you. The Liberty Air 3 Pro offers nine different ear tip sizes with full EQ control, custom noise canceling and ear tip fit test.

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