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OnePlus Buds True Wireless Earphones

MSRP 79 USDNEX score 64%

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Product Overview

OnePlus Buds are sleek true wireless earphones that share the same minimalist design language of other OnePlus smartphone accessories. They deliver up to 7 hours of music playback on a single charge, which is extendable to 30 hours with the charging box.
Like recent OnePlus smartphones, the OnePlus Buds support high-wattage fast charging that allows the user to add 10 hours of music playback in 10 minutes.
For convenience, they support Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity and IPX4 water resistance.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Solid battery life
  • Fast Charge technology
  • Good call quality
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 64% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good sound quality
  • Good call quality
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance
  • Poor call quality
  • Disappointing mic recording quality
  • No aptX support
  • Mediocre sound profile
  • No wireless charging
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Specifications

Variants:
Charging box

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.0
Wireless Range
10 m

Construction

Battery | Capacity
35mAh (earbud) x2 + 420mAh (charging box)
Colors
White / Gray
Drivers
1.34cm dynamic
Form Factor
True Wireless Headphones
Headphone Type
Dynamic headphones

Dimensions

Size | Depth
18.81 mm
Charging boxSize | Depth
24.4 mm
Size | Height
37.89 mm
Charging boxSize | Height
59.62 mm
Size | Width
16.13 mm
Charging boxSize | Width
52.21 mm
Weight
4.7 g
Charging boxWeight
37 g

Function

Fast Charging
10 mins for 10 hours (charging box+earbuds) / 10 mins for 2 hours play time for the earbuds
Weather Resistance
IPX4

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 7 hours (music playback) / 4 hours (phone call) / Up to 30 hours music playback (w/ charging box)
Charging Time
80 mins
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz
Microphone Sensitivity
-38 dB ± 2dB
Sensitivity
97 dB ± 3dB

Production

Debut
2020-07
Model Name
E501A

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score 62%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The OnePlus Buds are an admirable debut and a no-brainer for OnePlus smartphone users. They provide enough performance to make any cheap wireless earbuds but also come with trade-offs. You will need to be in silent settings to enjoy the best sound quality possible. Fast Charge, OnePlus' quick-charging technology, generates 10 hours of charge in 10 minute.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Strong sound quality
  • Strong battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • Poor call quality
  • No aptX support

nextpit[2]

Sentiment Score 66%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following***:
The OnePlus Buds have a 35 mAh battery in each earpiece and 430 mAh for the charging box. The manufacturer claims to deliver up to 7 hours listening time, 4.5 hours on call and a total of 30 hours with the box, which is capable of three full recharges. The open-fit design simply sits in the concha of the ear without burrowing itself into the ear canal.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good sound quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Compact case
Cons
  • No active noise reduction
  • No IPX4 water resistant certification

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
White and gray are available worldwide, with a striking pale blue option in a blue-and-green case. The earbuds each have 13.4mm drivers with the usual 20Hz-20Khz frequency response. A 10-minute charge in the case adds 100 minutes of playback, while a full charge takes a bit more than an hour.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good sound quality
  • Easy to use
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • No noise cancellation
  • No volume control

phonearena[4]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from phonearena have found the following***:
The sound from the OnePlus Buds is rich, clear and full, while the surrounding world is properly silenced. Both earbuds feature little touch-sensitive "discs" that can be used for controlling your music. The Buds' case sports a USB Type-C port for wired charging, with a bit over an hour to fully charge the case and the buds.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No rubber tips
  • No active noise cancelling

rtings[5]

Sentiment Score 17%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The OnePlus Buds are middling for mixed usage. Their bright sound profile lacks a lot of low-bass, which may be disappointing for fans of neutral sound. They're stable enough for low-intensity workouts, but they may not stay in your ears while you're at the gym. Their integrated microphone has a disappointing recording quality, so your voice sounds boxy.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Stable and portable design
  • Decently comfortable
  • Compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs
Cons
  • Mediocre sound profile
  • Poor noise isolation performance
  • Disappointing mic recording quality

techadvisor[6]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following***:
The OnePlus Buds have a 13.4mm dynamic driver in each bud. This is the largest driver OnePlus has used yet in its headphones, and it allows the Buds to offer bass oomph that outclasses its predecessors. Outside of music, there's support for Dolby Atmos - the same tech coming to Apple's £249/$249 AirPods Pro via software update later this year. The earbuds and case combined offer a total of 30 hours of battery life.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive battery life
  • Impressive noise cancellation
  • Good call quality
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No active noise cancellation

techradar[7]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The OnePlus Buds are among the cheapest true wireless earbuds out there from a top-tier phone company. With support for Dolby Atmos coming to in an OTA update to the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 8, they're an even better value if you own a OnePlus phone. The little noise isolation and lack of active noise cancellation sour your experience if you're fussy about the fit.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent noise cancellation
Cons
  • Noise cancellation isn’t as good as Apple’s

theverge[8]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
Without an in-ear seal, the sound still falls short of the low-end oomph you'll hear from the Bullets Wireless 2 neckband earbuds or our top true wireless picks. The Buds can reach up to seven hours of continuous battery life. They're rated IPX4 water resistant, so they can withstand sweat and some splashes of water.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • Limited controls

tomsguide[9]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The OnePlus Buds are a reliable and long-lasting pair of truly wireless earbuds. They're also very reasonably priced, in true OnePlus fashion. Unfortunately, unlike the company's smartphones, they don't outperform alternatives that cost more and so they're just decent for the price.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Bass can be overpowering
  • No wireless charging

User Reviews

References

1. ^ OnePlus Buds review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/oneplus-buds. 2020-08-24. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
2. ^ OnePlus Buds: Coming to terms with the first true wireless headphones from OnePlus. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/oneplus-buds-review. 2020-07-22. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
3. ^ OnePlus Buds Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/oneplus-buds. 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
4. ^ OnePlus Buds Review. [phonearena]. https://www.phonearena.com/reviews/OnePlus-Buds-Review_id4826. 2020-07-30. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
5. ^ OnePlus Buds Truly Wireless Headphones Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/oneplus/buds-truly-wireless. 2020-12-08. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
6. ^ OnePlus Buds review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/oneplus-buds-3793062/. 2020-07-21. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
7. ^ OnePlus Buds review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/oneplus-buds. 2020-10-09. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
8. ^ OnePlus Buds review: cheap AirPods for OnePlus phones. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/21331910/oneplus-buds-wireless-earbuds-review-price-design-sound. 2020-07-24. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
9. ^ OnePlus Buds review: A (pretty) good cheap AirPods alternative. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/oneplus-buds. 2020-07-21. Retrieved 2021-04-20.

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