Lately, OPPO has been producing a few variations of their wireless earbuds line-up. The latest that I have reviewed, the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro has become one of my favourite wireless earbuds at the moment and I carry it with me 90% of the time. But OPPO doesn’t just stop there. Their latest iteration of the wireless earbuds is actually an upgrade to the OPPO Enco Buds, the first TWS by the company.
Introducing the new OPPO Enco Buds2, a fully upgraded entry level TWS by OPPO. It comes with a price that won’t break your bank and I feel that anyone who wants to look for a wireless earbud, should have the OPPO Enco Buds2 in mind. Why? Because it’s simple and works really well even for gaming.
Unlike the previous version and the other Enco series, the OPPO Enco Buds2 comes in a rounded shaped battery case instead of the pebble like design. It is somewhat smaller but slightly thicker but the size is really compact and pocketable. The design of the earbuds has been upgraded as well. It now has the silicone buds to go full in-ear instead of half in-hear in the first generation.
Inside the box, you will also get the user manuals and warranty card. Apart from that, you will also receive the silicone earbud replacements in different sizes. The one attached to the earbuds as default is medium size. There is also a USB-C charging cable in the box and the OPPO Enco Buds2 does not support wireless charging.
Pairing the OPPO Enco Buds2 with your phone is easy. You can either pair directly via Bluetooth from the phone’s settings or you can install the HeyMelody app from the Apple AppStore or Google PlayStore. From the app, you can add the earbuds from the pairing screen and you’re good to go. Just fiddle with the settings a little bit so that you’ll get used to it and that’s pretty much it.
You can also select the presets in the Enco Live effects to either have it in original sound, heavy bass or vocal centric. I prefer to have it in the original mode because my own presets have been configured in the music app.
The OPPO Enco Buds2 supports Bluetooth 5.2, which means it can have a really low latency connection rate between devices. If you’re into gaming, you need a device + earbuds that supports Bluetooth 5.2 and above so that you won’t have any audio delays. I managed to play a few rounds of PUBG Mobile with the OPPO Enco Buds2 and it worked really well. I paired the OPPO Enco Buds2 to the new OPPO Reno8 Z 5G, which both launched at the same time.
Gaming sessions with the OPPO Enco Buds2 is pleasant and thanks to the Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, the latency is kept to a minimum and the audio sync is spot on. Simply toggle the game mode in the HeyMelody app. As for the gaming audio quality, I can say that I’m 80% satisfied with it. Though it lacks the deep tone, it produces nice clear highs and mids. I do wish it has a more solid bass to it.
Now, the OPPO Enco Buds2 comes with a 10mm Large Titanized Driver to produce the sound. This driver is known to be a little tougher than the 12mm driver and such, hence it lacked the bass hit. Keep in mind, the bigger the driver is, the more flexible it becomes. And with flexibility, it will be able to produce better bass sound.
Each OPPO Enco Buds2 earbud is touch control enabled. With a double tap on the earbud stem, you can skip to the next song while triple tap is to play the previous song. It’s pretty simple once you get used to it and the responsiveness for it is good. A simple touch can toggle the controls.
When it comes to music quality, the OPPO Enco Buds2 does a commendable job at producing enough clarity and hard bass to satisfy my eardrums. It is not as good as the OPPO Enco X2, but it’s good enough that I pick it up quite often as my daily audio companion. Of course, I don’t expect it to beat the other Enco series but I’m sure it is one of the best in its class as an entry level wireless earbud. At this price range, it is affordable for anyone to own one.
To my surprise, I tend to use the Enco Buds2 quite often without me realising it. It is a no brainer TWS to have in my pocket. The small rounded case is somehow cute and I often have it with me 70% of the time during the review period. After listening to music on the Enco Buds2 constantly for a few days, I came to realise that the audio quality is really good for its price range. If I had a choice between another low budget TWS and the OPPO Enco Buds2, I’d take the Bud2 in a heartbeat.
Those who have read my wireless earbuds and audio review before this, you would know that I will listen to Metallica’s Enter Sandman for the sound test. The bass at the beginning can be enjoyed with a really good audio system or earbud. And with the OPPO Enco Buds2, the bass is good enough for me. It is solid but not as deep as I preferred it to be and yet it is still somewhat satisfying. So I’m giving it a good 7 out of 10 points here.
Audio clarity is good. It is very seldom that I feel satisfied with an entry level earbud. Truly, the OPPO Enco Bud2 is a much improvement from its predecessor.
At this price range, I wouldn’t expect it to outperform the other Enco series. Somehow, it is head to head with the previously reviewed OPPO Enco Air2 Pro. Probably would just lose in the bass battle.Having said that, the OPPO Enco Bud2 is a very capable true wireless earbud.
If you’re thinking of making the purchase, you can head over to OPPO’s official online store and check it out. It is retailing at only RM129.