OnePlus are really finding their feet when it comes to accessories. We’ve had some really good buds in the past and now OnePlus are coming out of the gates with their latest buds, the OnePlus Buds Z2. This is what I would call OnePlus’s attempt at a ‘flagship’ killer pair of earbuds.
Design & Build Quality
The design of the OnePlus Buds Z2 is similar to the original Bud Z’s, but much more refined and higher quality. OnePlus have updated the stem so that it’s 15% shorter than that of the original OnePlus Buds Z. The Buds Z2 are also lighter, and that’s a good thing as you can wear them for longer. than their predecessor and come in two colours – Obsidian Black and Pearl White.
Comfort & Fit
I’ve been testing the OnePlus Buds Z2 for a couple of weeks now and for my ears, they are incredibly comfortable. Now, like all buds, that will depend on your ears (for example, they felt slightly too big for my wife’s much smaller ears). The Buds Z2 fit well each time. The silicon tips are the oval shape we’ve started to see more and more of, and I find it a much better way to seal your ears than the older circular tips that we were used to seeing.
I’d have no problem wearing the OnePlus Buds Z2 for a extended period of time, and that’s good given their battery life, more on that below.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 are IP55-rated and have a hydrophobic nano-coating, meaning you shouldn’t have to worry if you get them wet. In fact, according to OnePlus, the Buds Z2’s water resistance means you can clean them with a simple run under the tap. And even better news is that the charging case can also withstand a splash thanks to its IPX4 rating.
Audio & ANC Quality
With the OnePlus Buds Z2, OnePlus wanted to redefine what entry-level true wireless earbuds could be. They have created a set of buds with some of the best active
noise cancellation in its price segment (more on the price below), with ANC of up to 40db. They also are fitted out with 11mm dynamic drivers handpicked for bass production and it really shows.
The Buds Z2 feature two noise-cancelling adjustable modes – Faint (+/-25dB) and
Extreme (+/- 40dB) – that give you more control over your music and it works really well. I’ve done some high level testing and played some cafe and plane nosies and the difference between ANC on / off is very clear and noticeable.
The buds also feature a Transparency Mode. You can enable Transparency Mode to hear your surroundings and communicate with those around you without having to remove your earbuds. You can download the HeyMelody App from your App Store of choice and tweak the settings, check for firmware updates and update the tap controls.
The 11mm drivers used are the same as those found in the OnePlus Buds Pro. While we didn’t get a chance to test the Pro’s, from what we understand and have heard, they deliver the same rich bass, razor-sharp treble, and Dolby Atmos support at a much more pocket-friendly price.
OnePlus Buds Z2 come with three MEMS microphones on each earbud that work together to filter out unwanted noise and ensure your voice is heard loud and clear by those you’re speaking with and in my tests they work incredibly well, especially when you consider their price.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 are rated for 5hrs with ANC turned on and 7hrs with it turned off and you get a combined total of 38hours, max, when you factor in the charge in the case. Using the case, you can also get an extra few hours of listening with just a quick 10 min charge as well.
My tests found this to be true as I never got to a point where the buds Z2 ran out of battery, so they should be good for a long flight, epic gym session or a day full of calls.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 are an incredible successor to the OnePlus Buds Z. They have a better form factor, better case, brilliant ANC, sound that punches way above their weight and are just more comfortable to wear. They are highly recommended for their price and perfect for anyone one there looking for new buds for Christmas.
Pricing & Availability
OnePlus is pricing the OnePlus Buds Z2 aggressively, and that’s a good thing. The Buds Z2 are on sale for an incredible 99euro. For that price you’ll find it hard to find anything else in the market that has such a solid package. You can find out more about the Buds Z2 here: https://www.oneplus.com/uk/oneplus-buds-z2
REVIEW: OnePlus Buds Z2
- Design & Build Quality
- Comfort & Fit
- Audio & ANC Quality
- Battery Life
For the price of 99euro, it will be hard to find a pair of earbuds with the feature set of the OnePlus Buds Z2. The ANC and Audio Quality are much more than you might expect from a set of buds this price. The fit really well and last for ages.