When it comes to audio devices like a True Wireless Stereo (TWS) for mobile phones, there is no doubt that a certain fruit company’s product is the best so far. While it is very expensive, to me at least, it delivers the best audio experience that is worth every ringgit in your wallet. And also to note that I am a user of that fruit company’s phone.
But when it comes to compatibility and style, I would say that the new OPPO Enco X2 TWS is very close to being a best match to its fruity rival. Not only does it sound great, it has similarities in terms of look and style too. In other words, it can easily be mistaken for a fruity product TWS as I am using a phone made by that same brand.
That is a good thing right? At least now I have a matching product, so to speak.
But don’t let the OPPO Enco X2 fool you. It may be a copy in terms of look and design, it also has its own unique function that will elevate your audio experience to another level. It has become my go to TWS at the moment and I use it everyday ever since I received it for review. So let me give you a tour on the new OPPO Enco X2 True Wireless Stereo.
OPPO Enco X2 and its Key Features
If you are familiar or have come across any of OPPO’s Enco series, you will see a familiar look when it comes to the battery enclosure. It looks like a smooth pebble on a rocky beach. The kind of pebble that you can use to throw and skip over the water for quite a distance. I particularly like this case design as it feels slim and easily fits into my front jeans pocket. I do have other TWS with me and some of the cases are either bulky or thick. Not my kind of case style.
I want to have as little bulge in my pocket as I can and the one for the OPPO Enco X2 is just about right. I received the white colour variant for review. At one glance, it does look like the fruity TWS, right? I really don’t mind the copy of style here as long as it fits comfortably. And it does. I have not experienced a more comfortable fit for a TWS in such a long time. I have zero complaints when it comes to its comfort here. It’s really nice.
The battery case can be charged up via USB-C port and also wirelessly via a compatible Qi wireless charger. I use the latter most of the time and it takes about an hour or so to reach 100%. It does charge up faster via the USB-C cable. The battery can last me about 5 hours of continuous playback for each of the TWS earbuds while the power on the case can last about 2 days if I use the earbuds frequently. It can charge up the buds up to 4 times by my count so far. Still doing some testing on that.
Having said that, I am pleased with the battery endurance on the OPPO Enco X2. And it is also a good thing that it’s using Bluetooth version 5.2 connectivity. With Bluetooth 5.2, it has lower latency and faster connection with a phone that supports BT 5.2. And guess what? I have an OPPO A96 with me that comes with Bluetooth 5.2. I can say that those two are the perfect pairing partners. And I play lots of mobile games, especially games like PUBG Mobile.
When I pair up the OPPO Enco X2 TWS, I will use the HeyMelody app on all my phones in order to experience the best sound quality. But when it comes to gaming, I will be sure to turn on the “Game mode” to activate the lower latency function for better audio response on the Enco X2 TWS. Does it really work?
During my test, I have it on game mode while playing PUBG Mobile on the OPPO A96. The audio response is significantly faster than a connection between a Bluetooth 5.0 or 5.1. Just remember, the OPPO Enco X2 uses the latest BT 5.2 so you will need a device that uses the same Bluetooth version in order to fully take advantage of the low latency audio. And I had a lot of fun playing games with it.
The sound quality + audio response is better than I expected. Firing sound can be heard almost immediately as soon as I press the fire button. I’ve had experience with an older version of Bluetooth and the audio response was quite slow. It has an obvious delay to it. And that can be annoying. But with the new OPPO Enco X2 pairing with OPPO A96, that delay is almost gone. I said almost because there is a slight delay, a very slight delay. If I’m using a wired earphone, that is zero second delay. A very slight delay (like 0.05 second) can be considered very good for a Bluetooth TWS. Something like that.
Now gaming aside. What about the overall audio quality for music and entertainment? When it comes to audio peripherals like speakers, headphones and earphones, I have a keen ear for the acoustics. The level of bass must match the amount of trebles. It must have good balance for me. The highs and lows must be crystal clear with the bass being solid and the treble doesn’t hiss. That being said, I put it to the test.
My song choice is Enter Sandman by Metallica. Those who have heard it, will know the solid bass drum in the beginning coupled with a hard treble from the snare. As soon as the song starts, you can tell whether it will score a high mark in your book or fail miserably. Also to note, I stream the song using the Tidal app and in its highest Master Quality setting.
The excitement drove me nuts for a while but I do have to test it. I set the volume up to the max and there I go. The beginning hard and bassy drum comes on. The sound of the bass is quite solid. I was expecting a harder bass punch but it felt like the OPPO Enco X2 only gave 85% of its true bass potential. Nevertheless, it still feels solid and strong. If I hear some crackling sounds, I know it failed the test. But the Enco X2 pushes on without breaking. That’s good so far. Now what about the treble snare?
As for the highs, it sounded way better than the lack of bass punches. It produces nice crystal clear highs that I feel on par with that fruity branded earbud. This excites me. I love hearing crystal clear notes and vocals. I personally think that the OPPO Enco X2 delivers that nicely. I know it can be better but you get a really good buy for the price you pay here.
On a high note, pardon the pun, the OPPO Enco X2 sounded really good even on max volume. The bass is punchy enough for me but it wins in the audio clarity department. On paper, OPPO collaborates with DynAudio for the enhanced audio tuning with three separate audio profiles namely Real, Simple & Clear and Punchy.
The Real audio profile gives the nearest enhancement to the original audio file with some tweaks to the clarity and surround. It does sound better than having the profile turned off and the improvement is obvious. As for Simple & Clear, it reduces the bass while increasing the highs to make it even more crystal clear. This is great when you want to focus more on the vocals or listening to Podcasts. Finally, the Punchy profile is for those who seek strong hard hitting bass like me. This is my default profile and I have this profile on at all times. Totally worth it.
If you’re wondering about the Active Noise Cancellation function, that worked really well too. You can either choose the Transparency mode or have the ANC on to totally block out any ambient noise. I prefer to have the Transparency mode on at the office so that I can at least hear my colleague talking in case he wants to talk to me. But I will have the ANC on at home when I want to immerse myself in my own zone while listening to some tunes.
There are also the Golden Sound settings where you can calibrate the OPPO Enco X2 to suit your ear by doing a series of tests and fine tuning the audio to optimise how the sound travels without your ear canal. By doing so, you will appreciate the better audio quality when you have the OPPO Enco X2 in your ear.
No doubt, the OPPO Enco X2 is one of the best TWS you can get at the price point right now without going for the more expensive fruity branded one. It has been my go-to TWS at the moment and it is the one that I grab most often whenever I feel like tuning in to my music playlist. I do have a few other TWS at my disposal but somehow, the OPPO Enco X2 is my choice at the moment.
The battery case size is just right for me. I can comfortably have it in my jeans pocket all the time and the pairing is done almost immediately when I take the TWS out of the case. Gaming is fun as it eliminates the wires and the low latency on Bluetooth 5.2 helps a lot. What more can I say, it is my current favourite and maybe it should be yours too.
The new OPPO Enco X2 True Wireless Stereo is now available for RM799.00 at OPPO’s official store. Available colours are white and black. That is as simple as you can get. And it’s worth it for me.