OPPO launched their latest addition of the Enco Air series recently and I got to experience two weeks of full testing and review of the new OPPO Enco Air2 Pro True Wireless Stereo (TWS). It is one of the latest TWS that I’ve tested and I think this one can be considered as my second favourite, right after OPPO Enco X2 TWS.
While it carries the “Pro” in its name, it is basically an upgrade to the previous Enco Air TWS. And it sits right below the Enco X2, in my opinion. The upgrade from the previous Enco Air is, however, quite a lot. They redesigned the earbuds to look better, lighter and with the inclusion of the silicone buds. Nope, they don’t have the silicone bud on the previous version. And the audio quality is much clearer and punchier. More on that later.
Design and Features
The design of the case still has the same pebble shaped look to it. If I were to skip this case over the water in a pool, it would probably go quite far. Having said that, the pebble shaped case is quite compact, thin enough that I can fit in my jeans pocket with almost no bulge. And the shape feels nice to hold too.
Opening the top reveals the two earbuds. The earbuds fit snugly into each of their pockets and are held down by magnets so that it will stay in place. The case is also the charging base for the earbuds. It holds 440mAh of battery juice and can hold its power up to a week before I start charging it again. On the downside, the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro does not support wireless charging like the Enco X2. But it doesn’t matter, charging up via the USB-C port takes less than an hour to reach 100%.
Speaking of battery, each of the earbuds holds about 43mAh capacity and each can last up to 4 hours of continuous play by my count with ANC turned on. It can go longer if you keep the volume to a minimum level or when you turn off the ANC.
In the box, you will also get a USB-C charging cable and two other replacement silicone buds of different sizes. I didn’t replace the silicone buds as the default (medium sized) one is just nice. It feels really comfortable and light that I would usually forget that I have earbuds in my ears.
Now, to pair up the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro TWS is super easy. You can simply do it either by pairing it via your phone’s Bluetooth settings or use OPPO’s HeyMelody app to do the trick. Both methods work. If you want to pair using the Bluetooth settings, just look for OPPO Enco Air2 Pro in the device list, tap on it and connect. If you’re using the HeyMelody app, just open up the app and it will prompt you to pair with the auto detected device and you’re done.
Using the HeyMelody app is better, in my opinion. With it, you can tune your new OPPO Enco Air2 Pro earbuds to your liking. On the main app page, you can immediately see the battery level for each of the earbuds. And below it you can select the Noise Control whether to have the ANC on or off, as well as transparency mode. You can also choose the Enco Live sound effects that will either boost your bass level or have it in original sound or listen to clear vocals. The setting that I will always have turned on is the Game Mode. This minimises the latency between my phone and the TWS. With the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro supports the latest Bluetooth version 5.2, the response time is really good.
Tapping on the next tab on the app shows the earbud controls. From here you can customise each tap and/or hold function on the earbuds. The touch control sensor is located in each earbud, near the top of the long “leg” on the tiny indent. That is the touch spot to control the touch and hold gestures. You can set it up for either the left or right earbud, each can be different. Controlling music with the tap and hold gestures is easy and once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s fun.
Also to note that I would take this OPPO Enco Air2 Pro out for a run, if that ever happens. Why? With Transparent mode turned on, it is safer to use an earphone when you’re out jogging. This is because it will also enhance sounds from your surrounding to make your aware of any traffic coming your way. It is also water and dust proof with IP54 rating.
This is the fun part.
My audio preference has always been a little weird, but probably common. I love punchy bass but at the same time I need the highs to be crystal clear to support the vocals. It’s pretty much a balance between the highs and the lows with the mids to be in the middle (duh). On full blast, if the bass is solid and stable, it means good. And that’s exactly my first test.
Choosing a tune that has strong bass is a little challenging but I will always test it with Metallica’s Enter Sandman. The beginning of the song is a rather hard bassy drum whereby my home speakers would shake the whole house on full blast. If the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro can have the same effect on my eardrums without any shatter noise, it passes the test.
Indeed, it almost passed my bass test. I said almost because I almost feel the punchy bass on full blast, but not enough to please my eardrums. I would say, another 10% boost on the bass should do it. However, I am pleased with the vocal clarity that it produced. Even the background acoustic feels just right to me. So in this case, it is well balanced across the board.
The earbuds are powered by 12.4mm Titanized Diaphragm Drivers that have a vibration area 89% larger than that of typical 9mm diaphragm drivers. They can deliver deeper bass and a wider sound field to maximise your listening pleasure. After listening with the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro for a while, I do realise that the overall audio quality is pretty solid and consistent.
I did mention that the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro is faster and with lower latency. This is pretty much true because I seldom use a TWS for my gaming sessions. My go-to game on a nightly basis is PUBG Mobile. And gamers will know how crucial it is to have a reliable and fast wireless earphone or earbuds. So this is a reason why gamers prefer a wired earphone instead.
But with the new OPPO Enco Air2 Pro, the response time between the phone and the TWS is low, thanks to the Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity. If you have a phone that supports Bluetooth 5.2, it would be better. I really enjoyed playing my game with the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro plugged into my ears. It feels nice not having any wires getting in my way. And the audio quality is just as good. Love it!
Would I recommend my friends to buy the new OPPO Enco Air2 Pro TWS? Oh yes I would. The case size is small and thin, so fitting it in a jeans pocket feels comfortable and keeping it in a bag won’t take up too much space. The earbuds feel light and fit snugly in my ears.
Pairing it up is easy and fast. The HeyMelody app is easy to use and it has many functions. Audio quality is satisfying but I could use a punchier bass. Having said that, the overall quality is above average, in my opinion. Of course, the OPPO Enco X2 sounds a little better to my ears.
As for its affordability, I can say it is affordable for its quality and class. At RM339.00, it is a steal. There are two colour variants, White (the one I’m using) and Grey. You can already make a purchase for the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro at OPPO’s official online store right now.