Here’s our review of the Oppo Enco W31 wireless earbuds.
Product: Enco W31
Key specs:: 3.5 hours of battery life, IP54 dust and water resistance, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 5.0, 7mm dynamic drivers.
Oppo ventured into the wireless earbud segment with its Enco series. One of the latest is the Enco W31 which seems to be heavily inspired by the Apple Airpods 2. At ₹3,999, it is much cheaper than Apple’s.
It’s no news that most of the wireless earbuds we see today are inspired by the Apple Airpods. But if you can get over the fact that the Oppo Enco W31 looks like a copy of the AirPods, then you should go for it. This is why.
Starting with the Oppo Enco W31 case, it’s a cute and attractive circular one. It also looks like a CC pillow and can definitely be mistaken for it. However, the charging case is not premium quality and you can feel it is not really sturdy. It has a USB Type-C port for charging, which adds 15 hours of music playback.
The wireless earbuds that come in white and black colors have a glossy hue. The earbuds fit quite comfortably and it also has different sized earbuds. I had the black colored Enco W31 and the design looks pretty good overall. Nothing to complain about here.
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I was quite surprised by the audio quality of the Oppo Enco W31. Frankly, I wasn’t expecting much, as audio isn’t Oppo’s strongest point. But the overall audio quality was quite impressive and I really enjoyed listening to music with the Enco W31. The library was quite mixed with pop songs, hip hop songs and even live music.
Oppo Enco W31 offers balanced mode and bass mode. To activate bass mode, you need to tap the left side twice. It delivers pretty good extra bass, even on bass-heavy tracks. You can switch to Balanced mode for a more neutral sound.
To go to the next song, you have to tap twice on the right side. Since there are only two touch controls, not much work is required. But the touch controls don’t respond well. I had myself tapped “twice” several times to switch between the two modes or play the next song.
Phone calls to the Enco W31 were pretty clear on both sides. I couldn’t test it outside for calls in a noisy environment. This is one area where most wireless earbuds don’t do well. But inside it works very well.
The Enco W31 also supports voice assistants that you can access by triple tapping on both sides. However, this only works on Oppo phones. You can still manually use Google Assistant or Siri on your phone with the Enco W31.
Another Oppo exclusive feature is quick pairing along with the battery status of both the earbuds and the case. There is no app for customizations or firmware updates. Oppo is likely to introduce one soon now that the audio lineup is quite full.
In terms of battery life, the Enco W31 lasted about a week. It should provide 3.5 hours of music playback and 15 hours with the charging case.
The overall experience with the Oppo Enco W31 is quite good. It lacks some features, but gets all the important details right. For its price of ₹3,999, the Oppo Enco W31 ticks all the key boxes, and yes, it is a definite purchase.