Considering the increasing popularity of true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds, we opted to review the OPPO Enco Buds 2, primarily due to its association with Dolby Atmos. In this review, we will discuss the design, features, audio quality, Controls, and gaming experience.
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Upon unboxing, we found the OPPO Enco Buds 2, a user manual, and extra earbud attachments. However, there was no data cable included, which led to criticism from users who expected one. We speculated on the reason behind this, considering that most people already have data cables from previous devices.
Design and Build Quality
The case of the Buds 2 has a glossy finish on the sides and a matte finish on the rest, giving it an attractive and sturdy appearance. The buds themselves have a matte finish on the stem and a glossy finish on the earpiece. The overall design is pleasing, and the earbuds provide a comfortable fit due to the silicone tips.
Features and Battery Life
The OPPO Enco Buds 2 boasts Bluetooth version 5.2, ensuring seamless pairing. With an IPX4 rating, it can withstand a few water splashes. The battery backup is impressive, offering 5-6 hours of usage on a single charge, and the case provides an additional 28 hours of backup. The fast charging feature claims to provide 1 hour of backup with just 10 minutes of charging. The touch controls work well, eliminating the need for a user manual. The earbuds come with app support, allowing customization through the Hey Melody app.
Sound Quality and Dolby Atmos Claims
The Hey Melody app provides various sound effects, including Original Sound, Bass Boost, and Clear Vocals. OPPO labels these as Dolby Atmos, which has caused confusion among users due to the low price of the earbuds. However, there is no official Dolby Atmos branding on the product or the user manual. Our attempts to pair the earbuds with a Dolby Atmos-enabled PC yielded no results. It appears that OPPO has used misleading branding, and the sound effects are not true Dolby Atmos. Despite this, the audio quality is excellent, with enhanced bass in Bass Boost mode, clear vocals, and a good overall sound experience.
Gaming Experience and Latency
OPPO claims 80ms latency for gaming. However, our testing revealed some latency issues, particularly while playing Call of Duty. The stereo separation is good, but the latency can be noticeable.
The Buds is a solid choice for music enthusiasts due to its impressive audio quality, including clear mids, crisp treble, and a satisfying bass. The earbuds are not recommended for gaming, primarily due to latency issues. It is important to note that the earbuds do not have true Dolby Atmos support, despite claims made by OPPO. The OPPO Enco Buds 2 is priced at around $22, making it a worthwhile option for music lovers. Avoid falling for the false marketing of Dolby Atmos and remember that it is not supported.
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