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The OPPO Enco X is the company’s latest flagship TWS earbuds offering, and we can’t help but get excited when we heard it’s co-created with Dynaudio and comes with active noise cancellation. Launched back in October 2019 in China, the Enco X are a pair of high-end TWS earbuds. Read on to find out what we think of OPPO’s most premium earbuds to date.

OPPO Enco X Earbuds | TheEffect.Net

OPPO Enco X Earbuds | TheEffect.Net

Design & Build Quality

There’s no two ways about it, the OPPO Enco X look very similar to the Apple AirPods Pro, but they are a tad bit smaller. That being said, because they share a similar shape, it also means these earbuds fit extremely well. They’re comfortable to wear, and the smaller stems are a welcome design cue because this means there’s no stem that constantly touches your face to annoy you. Just like the wireless charging case, the earbuds have a glossy finish, which also means it is very prone to fingerprint smudges. Thankfully, we reviewed the white model but it might be something to be aware of when picking up the black version.

OPPO Enco X Earbuds | TheEffect.NetThe wireless charging case has an oval pebble-like shape, which feels really good in the hands. In terms of build quality, it’s a really good case as also has wireless charging capabilities. On the right, there’s a pairing button, and the USB Type-C charging port can be found on the bottom. Co-created with Dynaudio, they’re responsible for audio tuning, and you can see the Dynaudio logo emblazoned on the case’s hinge on the rear.

OPPO Enco X Earbuds | TheEffect.NetComfort & Fit

As mentioned above, the OPPO Enco X is extremely comfortable. Regardless of what I do with it, it stays firmly in place, not moving an inch. I’ve tired headbanging, jump ropes, running, and even purposeful head shaking just to get the earbuds to move, it stands its ground.

OPPO Enco X Earbuds | TheEffect.NetHaving them in my ears for hours on end, I’ve experienced no audio fatigue or discomfort, and I’ve even been able to lie down directly on them without hurting my ears.

Functions & Usability

Using an OPPO Find X3 Pro (or any OPPO handset for that matter) to pair with the earbuds, you’ll get a quick pair feature, which is very handy. If you’re using any other Android or iOS device, you’ll need to make a quick visit to the Bluetooth settings page on your device to manually pair the earbuds to your phone. If you can’t find the device, try pressing on the pairing button on the side of the charging case.

OPPO does have a ‘HeyMelody’ app for the OPPO Enco X, but there’s not much you can do with it. Apart from getting the right fit, performing firmware updates and changing gesture controls, that’s pretty much all you can do with the app. Despite a lack of customization features, the Enco X actually already performs really well out of the box.

OPPO HeyMelody App | TheEffect.Net

OPPO HeyMelody App | TheEffect.Net

The OPPO Enco X pairs fast to devices, and it can pair with up to five different devices so you can easily switch between them if needs be. On top of that, you can instantly switch between the last two connected devices, as long as you have the gesture control set up. There’s also an audio test you could do on the HeyMelody app, which will let you know if your earbuds are having the right fit with your ears.

Having a USB Type-C port for fast charging, I found myself lazily placing it on my wireless charging pad despite the slower charging speed. I really hate cables, and the wireless charging feature is a great addition.

Audio & ANC Quality

When it comes to audio quality, the OPPO Enco X supports LHDC wireless transmission. Not all smartphones support LDHC, but the OPPO Find X3 Pro does and things sounded clear and crisp and somewhat better than the entry level SBC wireless codec. That being said, It would’ve been better if they included support for LDAC which is already widely supported on Android devices.

Co-created with Dynaudio, the audio profile is tuned by the company and it really shows the difference in audio quality. The OPPO Enco X already offers great audio right out of the box. The highs are clear and bright with no distortion at loud volume levels, and the mids deliver impressive speech and dialogue. As for the lows, I was impressed how much bass could be output on the Enco X.

OPPO HeyMelody App | TheEffect.Net

OPPO HeyMelody App | TheEffect.Net

Listening to music, the OPPO Enco X performs remarkably regardless of the music genre you’re listening to. When it comes to gaming, there isn’t a specific gaming mode available, but it’s still fairly good even if you’re gaming with the earbuds.

ANC Modes & Performance

There are four modes when it comes to active noise cancellation. You can turn it off, have it in transparency mode where it would pick up the surrounding sounds and feed it to your ear, turn on ANC, or have the ANC cranked to the max to cancel out up to 38dB of sound.

OPPO Enco X Earbuds | TheEffect.NetThe first three modes are pretty self-explanatory, and transparency mode works well, but I wish it would’ve been louder in the ears. On Max ANC settings, it does a seriously impressive job too. I couldn’t hear the low rumble of passing traffic, general construction work nearby or much of the general hum whilst on my walk to our offices. So, when you have music on, and the volume is above 60%, you can barely hear anything from the outside world and, being honest, I was really surprised at just how good the ANC is on these earbuds.

Call Quality

Call quality is excellent on the OPPO Enco X, so no complaints there. I can hear the caller very clearly with the right amount of volume, and my voice can also be heard clearly on the receiving end.

Battery Life

In terms of battery life, the OPPO Enco X delivers as advertised. On a single charge, I could get about 4 hours of music playback with ANC turned on. Using it with the charging case, I could get a total of about 20 hours of battery life. With ANC turned off, I could get about 5 hours of music playback, and charging them back up to 100% takes about 2 hours.

Now, these numbers are fine but we do wish the earbuds delivered better battery life when compared to the competition but, given their small and lightweight build, I guess this is to be expected at this price point.

OPPO Enco X Earbuds | TheEffect.NetConclusion

The OPPO Enco X are a good pair of ANC TWS earbuds, but they do work better or more intuitively if you own an OPPO smartphone. Don’t get me wrong, the audio quality experience is still the same even if you’re using other Android or iOS smartphones. The ANC works great, sound is good, and the wireless charging case comes in really handy.

Pricing & Availability

The OPPO Enco X are available on eir and Vodafone for €169.99. You can learn more about them here.

OPPO Enco X Earbuds | TheEffect.Net

OPPO Enco X Earbuds | TheEffect.Net

REVIEW: OPPO Enco X True Wireless Headphones
  • Design & Build Quality
  • Comfort & Fit
  • Functions & Usability
  • Audio & ANC Quality
  • Battery Life
4.2

Summary

The OPPO Enco X are a good pair of ANC TWS earbuds, but they do work better or more intuitively if you own an OPPO smartphone. Don’t get me wrong, the audio quality experience is still the same even if you’re using other Android or iOS smartphones. The ANC works great, sound is good, and the wireless charging case comes in really handy.

John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal. John@theeffect.net