enco buds: Oppo Enco Buds review: ‘Paisa vasool’
Good battery life
Good call quality
Comfortable to use
Almost every major smartphone manufacturer is now racing to make affordable true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds and Oppo joined the wagon last year. Although Oppo already had a couple of affordable TWS earbuds in the market, the Enco Buds stands out as the most budget friendly earbuds launched so far by the company in India. Oppo Enco Buds are priced at Rs 1,999. At this price point, the earbuds face direct competition from Boat Airdopes, Realme Buds Q2, Skullcandy Dime and many others.
The company claims that the earbuds are packed with features such as AI-based call-noise cancellation, touch controls, IP54 rating, 24 hours of battery life and others. We put these claims to test. Here is our review of the Oppo Enco Buds after using it for a couple of weeks.
Oppo Enco Buds: Design
The first thing to notice about the Oppo Enco Buds was the case of the earbuds that clearly draws inspiration from the company’s Enco W11 earbuds. The other things that came with the earbuds include two extra pairs of silicone ear tips and quick start guides. The charging case houses a 400mAh battery and it feels comfortable to carry around, weighing just 45.2 gram.
It has a glossy finish with the brand’s name at the top end and some key details printed at the bottom. The USB-C charging port is added at the backside of the case, right below the hinge. The case sports a small light in the front that indicates charging. Overall, the case feels pocketable but is prone to fingerprints and scratches.
Just like the case, the earbuds inside also look a lot like Enco W11 earbuds. WIth a weight of 4 grams each, we found them to be lightweight and pretty comfortable to wear for a good amount of time. The earbuds come with medium-sized silicone tips attached, which should be a good fit for most users.
Oppo Enco Buds: Performance
Talking about the performance, the Oppo Enco Buds do a pretty decent job. The earbuds are easy to pair with both iPhones and Android phones. The process is quick and simple as you don’t need to press any pairing button on the case. During our review, we used the earbuds with an iOS as well as Android device. Having said that, the HeyMelody app for the Enco Buds is only available for Android smartphones. While the audio quality may impress, you will not be able to make some adjustments to the touch controls. Spatial Audio helps in delivering a pleasing experience but the true prowess of the earbuds can be felt while using an Android phone.
On Android, the HeyMelody app offers various details and adjustments that are necessary when using the earbuds on a day to day basis. The app helps in adjusting the touch controls and it also tells about the battery life of the charging case and each earbud. There are 4 touch control gestures available on both the earbuds – single-tap, double-tap, triple-tap and touch and hold. The taps can be configured as per your requirement to increase/decrease volume, control music, command voice assistant or activate Game mode.
In terms of audio quality, the earbuds do a fair job. The 8mm dynamic driver offers pretty imposing bass but the vocals and trebles can be sharp at higher volumes. The tracks that we heard on the earbuds offered an immersive experience.. The Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity with LHDC offers better audio-video synchronization and reduces audio delay. We used the Enco Buds to play BGMI and watch videos on YouTube. We barely noticed any audio delay using the Game mode. Oppo claims that the earbuds offer AI based call-noise cancellation feature and the difference was quite noticeable. After using the earbuds for a few days for regular calls and Google Meet calls we can say that the calling experience on these earbuds is decent.
The Enco Buds charging case packs a 400mAh battery. It took us around 2 hours to fully charge the earbuds along with the charging case from flat 0% using a USB-C cable. We were quite impressed with the battery life of the earbuds. According to the quick start guide provided by the company, the earbuds can get up to 24 hours of playback time with the charging case and 6 (at 50% volume) hours without using the case. But while using the earbuds, we were able to get a runtime of 5 hours (at 70% volume) before we had to recharge again.
Oppo Enco Buds: Verdict
Overall, Oppo Enco Buds are good quality earbuds. With impressive features, the earbuds are easy to use and carry around. Battery life, touch controls and HeyMelody app also add up to the value of these earbuds. Just like any other gadget, these earbuds also have few shortcomings and the biggest of them are the bossy bass output and sharp sound at higher volumes. The limited access to the dedicated app also limits the target audience to Android smartphone users. Having said that when you look at the price, the Oppo Enco Buds earbuds are a good and value for money option for anyone looking for an affordable pair of earbuds.
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