Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

Oppo has stuck to the basics by focusing on sound quality, good fit, battery life and ease of use. But is this enough to make it the best TWS earbuds in the sub 2,000 range?

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OPPO Enco Buttons

Pros

  • Comfortable to wear
  • Long battery life
  • Easy to use

cons

  • Highs can dominate the mids

The Enco Buds mark Oppo’s entry into the cheap, truly wireless earbud country. Amid tough competition from leading brands such as Boat, Noise, and more, it’s not easy to set yourself apart – even if your product is competitively priced. However, the Oppo Enco Buds distinguish themselves with a long battery life, above-average sound in the price range and a design that makes the earbuds comfortable to wear. While some companies focus on providing a wide range of features, Oppo has stuck to the basics by focusing on sound quality, a good fit, battery life and ease of use. But is this enough to make it the best TWS earbuds in the sub 2,000 range? Let’s find out in our Oppo Enco Buds review.

Small, comfortable and easy to use


The Oppo Enco Buds fit into the channel with earbuds that weigh just 4 grams each.

The Oppo Enco Buds fit into the channel with earbuds that weigh just 4 grams each. (Prakhar Khanna / HT Digital)

The Oppo Enco Buds fit into the channel with buds weighing just 4 grams each. The light weight makes them comfortable to wear for a long time. In my time with the device, I had no complaints about the fit. The Enco Buds are easy to connect and won’t fall out of your ears, even if you shake your head to the tune of bassy songs. Meanwhile, the case weighs 37 grams and features a USB Type-C port for charging. It doesn’t have wireless charging, but that’s one of its luxury features, which isn’t yet the norm in the budget segment.

The charging case is small and pocket-sized. It has a solid construction and the magnetic lid does not feel flimsy. You get a small indicator on the front to let you know if the earbuds are in the pairing stage and how much battery life is left in the case. As soon as you open the lid, the earbuds pair with the last connected device. You don’t get a pairing button though, which can be a bummer on some TWS earbuds, but that’s not the case with the Oppo Enco Buds.


OPPO Enco Buttons

OPPO Enco Buttons (Prakhar Khanna / HT Digital)

My experience is that the Oppo device is easily connected to my OnePlus smartphone. If you want to connect them to another device, make sure Bluetooth is turned off on your smartphone (the last paired device). As for the sales package, it contains three pairs of earbuds in different sizes and a charging cable for the case.

Touch controls are easy to learn

The Oppo Enco Buds offer touch controls on both earbuds. You can tap once to play or pause the music; double tap to skip to the next song or triple tap to activate low latency mode. By touching and holding the earbuds, you can decrease or increase the volume of the left and right earbuds, respectively. The controls are customizable with the HeyMelody app. The touch controls are not fussy and I could do what I wanted with ease. They are also easy to learn. However, I wish there was a beep or something for every percentage of the volume being turned up or down. When you touch and hold, the action happens, but there’s no way to know what percentage of the volume you’re on.


OPPO Enco Buttons

OPPO Enco Buttons (Prakhar Khanna / HT Digital)

Another feature, or lack of it, that some may like and others may not – there is no sensor on the earbuds. So the music doesn’t pause when you take out an earplug. This allows you to keep listening to things with just one earbud in the ear. You can use both independently. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.2 and support for the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. They also have an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance – you can definitely practice with them in your ears.

Oppo Enco Buds sound clean


OPPO Enco Buttons

OPPO Enco Buttons (Prakhar Khanna / HT Digital)

The new Oppo earbuds feature 8mm dynamic drivers with a frequency range of 20-20,000 Hz. As mentioned above, they have support for SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. These sound above average for a pair of earbuds available below 2,000. There is a fair amount of thump in the lows. The sound is detailed and the soundstage is decent. I did notice that loud sounds can overpower the details of a softer sound. In addition, the treble can sometimes be a bit higher than required. In general, the earbuds are on the bass side.

The Oppo Enco Buds do not come with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). However, the absence of ANC doesn’t mean you won’t get isolation. The passive isolation on these earbuds is quite impressive. The snug fit is able to block out any amount of ambient noise. To be honest, I wouldn’t take any more ANC than crappy ANC, any day. The quality of the microphone is also decent. Your voice may sound a little muffled, but that’s expected from something in this price range. That said, you won’t have any problems taking calls for work indoors.

Earplugs that last a long time


OPPO Enco Buttons

OPPO Enco Buttons (Prakhar Khanna / HT Digital)

The Oppo Enco Buds can play for 24 hours on a single charge, while the earbuds last up to six hours. The claims are almost true. I listened to podcasts and music at about 50-60% volume and the earbuds lasted about 5 hours and 10 minutes. In addition, the case was able to fully charge the earbuds three more times. The battery life of Oppo Enco Buds is therefore better than that of the competition in this range.

Oppo Enco Buds Review: Verdict

Bee 1999, the Oppo Enco Buds are one of the best earbuds out there in this price range. I say this bearing in mind the comfortable fit, long battery life and clean sound. These are no-nonsense earplugs. They rival the Realme Buds Q2 Neo, which sounds slightly better than the Enco Buds – but also costs 2500. If your budget is 2,000, the Oppo Enco Buds will not disappoint you.

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