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Oppo Enco Buds review: Small yet powerful

A few months ago, we came across and reviewed the Oppo Enco X and were absolutely smitten by the nifty pair of wireless TWS earphones. Now the company is out with its younger sibling in the form of Oppo Enco Buds. We took them out for a run, played a few games and also attended a Zoom meeting with it. So how did they perform? Read the rest of our Oppo Enco Buds review to find out.

Oppo Enco Buds review: Design

In the (large for these TWS) card box exterior, you get a pill-shaped sparkling white charging case kept in the middle. Pull it out and you will see twin Oppo Enco Buds earphones inside. The charging case is well built and not flimsy at all like we have seen with some of the Realme wireless earphones. Apart from the LED indicator, the case also has USB Type-C charging port but the cable is not part of the box.

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Users only get two extra silicone tips (large and small) and a quick start guide in the box, other than the Oppo Enco Buds and its charging case. To keep the costs low and also lessen the carbon footprint there is no charging cable or charger in the box.

Both the Oppo Enco Buds are also dressed in pearly white and get magnetically fixed within the charging case. Pull them out and you will find them to be really light. Each weighs about 4 grams and the case weighs 37 grams. The Oppo Enco Buds fit nicely in the ear and create a vacuum so that they do not fall off, even when you are running.

The exterior of the Oppo Enco Buds also has feather touch controls on them. You can tap to pause/play songs, double-tap to go to the next song or triple tap to turn the game mode on/off. Both the earbuds have microphones on them and connect to the device/smartphone simultaneously using binaural BT transmission.

Oppo Enco Buds review: Performance

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These are a really sweet piece of earbuds in a budget. When we wanted them to sing they not just sang, but brought the thump with them. The engineers at Oppo have done a superb job. The amount of bass one gets from Oppo Enco Buds is exceptional. We tried a couple of apps like Spotify and Amazon Music with them and at each step, they amazed us. No matter what kind of music you are into these nifty audio earphones will deliver. They are good for binging Netflix shows too.

So next, we tried them with games like BGMI and COD: Mobile. Since Oppo has built them for gamers as well, we had to give them a go with our favourite games. Oppo says it has 80ms super-low latency (when game mode is on), we could feel the effort made. When compared to others in the bracket these came out to be on the podium. The shot to sound latency in a game is extremely low and we enjoyed our time playing FPS games with it.

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There are 8MM dynamic audio drivers in each of the Oppo Enco Buds and as said they are good for music, voice calls and even gaming. Bluetooth 5.2 is supported, and they have a range of 10M. We tested it out and the sound was good up to 8 meters without walls, but with walls or doors in between the range reduces to about 4.5 meters.

Both the Oppo Enco Buds have a 40mAh battery inside, which the company claims to last for 6 hours. This is just about right. We got about 5.5 hours of playtime from them, after which we had to put them back in the case. The case with its additional 400 mAh battery can provide between 17-19 hours of added playback time. In case you are in a hurry, just put them to charge for 15 minutes in the charging case and you will end up getting 60 minutes of playback time.

Verdict

These are plug and play earbuds. By that we mean you can instantly connect them with any BT smartphone or laptop. These also have the capability to auto-connect with an Oppo phone when the case opens. The total charge time of the case with Oppo Enco Buds inside them is about 3 hours. Also, these earphones come with IP54 dust and water resistance rating.

One thing we were expecting from them was more comfort. The plastic exterior is not super comfortable, but just about fine. So, at a price of Rs 1,799 are they worth buying? That is a definite yes. If you are looking for good (less expensive) wireless earphones for music or gaming, you can buy them without a doubt.

Pros

Excellent price

Superb sound

Sturdy case

Cons

Comfort could have been better

Charging time is high

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