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OnePlus Nord Buds 2 True Wireless Earbuds Review

OnePlus Nord Buds 2

Alongside the launch of the new OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G, the brand also unveils the highly anticipated sequel to their TWS, the OnePlus Nord Buds 2 True Wireless Earbuds, which offer some significant upgrades from the first generation.

I just got my hands on the new OnePlus Nord Buds 2, it's an affordable TWS option for anyone looking for straightforward wireless earbuds. Plus, they pair perfectly with the new OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G smartphone.

OnePlus Nord Buds 2

What's in the Box

OnePlus Nord Buds 2 earbuds
Charging case
User guide
Extra silicon eartips
Safety and Warranty card
Red USB Type-C cable
Nord emoji sticker

Design and Comfort
The simplistic design of the Nord Buds 2 is similar to that of its predecessor. The sleek, curved appearance of the short, pill-shaped steam gives the look a sense of elegance. It's easy to figure out the touch control playback thanks to these shiny, tiny circles that double as touch controls.

OnePlus Nord Buds 2

The earbud's design is standard, with a tiny speaker port enclosed in a silicone ear tip. Each earbud has two microphones, one at the stem's tip and another inside the earbuds, for picking up and filtering out unwanted noises.

OnePlus Nord Buds 2 Unboxing

The earbuds are so comfy to wear, and the small form factor and lightweight design make them perfect for on-the-go use. The default eartips are great and fit snugly in your ear canal, but if you're looking for something more customized, the package also includes extra silicone tips to choose from.

OnePlus Nord Buds 2

The case for the buds looks attractive with its pill case design. The shade of gray on the lid is just a touch darker than the rest of the case, and I like it. The earbuds fit perfectly in their designated pockets.

The lid is nice and tight, but at the same time, it's still super easy to open with just one hand. There is a battery indicator LED that blinks white when the case is opened, letting you know that the Nord Buds 2 are ready to pair. While the type-C charging port is conveniently located at the back.

The Nord Buds 2 are equipped with a 12.4mm driver, these plus-sized drivers deliver crystal-clear sound with a heavy bass drop. Plus, the titanium coating on the larger diaphragm enhances the listening experience.

OnePlus Nord Buds 2

It's also equipped with Active Noise Cancellation technology, providing a maximum of 25dB2 of active noise cancellation. While it’s a standard feature in more expensive wireless earbuds, it's nice to know that this feature is also available on earbuds in a more reasonable price range.

The dual-microphone setup in the Nord Buds 2 and the AI Clear Calls algorithm work together to eliminate ambient noise and make your calls more clear. While the BassWave algorithm dynamically improves the sound quality, bringing out deeper bass and clearer vocals.

OnePlus Nord Buds 2

With its large, tactile touch-sensitive controls on the earbuds, it's quite pleasant and simple to use. The HeyMelody app lets you assign custom functions to each of the buttons, and you can use gesture controls to play/pause music, activate the voice assistant, or switch between two paired devices quickly. 

OnePlus Nord Buds 2

In addition, the app also lets you select from four different equalizer profiles and view the earbuds and charging case's battery levels. The app also lets you update the earbuds latest firmware.

Sound Quality
While Google Fast Pair and H2 offer fast connections for Android devices, Apple users will have to connect the Nord Buds 2 the old-fashioned way. OnePlus smartphone owners can take advantage of the OnePlus Fast Pair feature for speedy pairing and seamless switching between two devices.

OnePlus Nord Buds 2

OnePlus redesigned the Nord Buds 2 sound chambers. I noticed that the bass is more natural and the mid-tones have improved clarity. The HeyMelody companion app is a great way to customize your listening experience. I was able to easily personalize my listening experience with just a few taps. I can choose from preset options which include the Balanced (Default) mode, Serenade mode, Bold mode, and Bass mode with more bass, or create my own EQ settings to get the perfect sound. The new BassWave feature really does enhance the listening experience by providing deeper bass.

The audio quality of the Nord Buds 2 offers a balanced sound profile, clear mids and highs, and impressive bass. It offers a wider soundstage and better instrument separation compared to the original Nord Buds. Additionally, the earbuds feature Dolby Atmos, and the built-in Dirac Audio Tuner enhances the overall audio experience.

OnePlus Nord Buds 2

The Nord Buds 2 also have ANC (active noise cancellation) and transparency mode, which allows ambient noise to pass through the earbuds, providing a more natural listening experience. It's effective at making conversations and environmental sounds clearer.

OnePlus Nord Buds 2 Specs:

In-ear wireless earphone
12.4mm dynamic driver
Titanized vibrating diaphragm
BassWave algorithm
111 dB ± 3 dB @ 1 kHz 179mV Driver sensitivity
20 Hz - 20,000 Hz Frequency response
ANC 25 dB
AI noise cancellation calls
Rated IP55 Earbuds
Bluetooth 5.3, AAC, SBC
Dolby Atmos support
Dirac Toner
Sound Master Equalizer
Compatibility with the HeyMelody app
USB Type-C
27.5 x 21.05 x 24.4mm (buds) dimension
41mAh each earbud
480mAh charging case
Colors: Lightning White, Thunder Gray
4.7g (bud), 37.5g (case)

With a 41mAh battery in each earbud, I was able to rock out for a solid 5 hours with ANC on at 50-60% volume. When ANC is disabled, however, battery life is increased to around 7 hours. The case packs a 480mAh battery and can last up to 27 hours. I was able to charge the earbuds four times more, that's convenient on the go.

Charging the earbuds takes about one hour, but with fast charging, you can get up to one hour of music playback with just 10 minutes of charging. While the case takes about 90 minutes to fully charge. Using the companion app, it's easy to monitor the battery level on both the earbuds and case.

Attractive design
Tiny earbuds
Good solid sound quality
Solid battery life
Competitive pricing
Nice App companion

No aptX support
No wireless charging support
Plastic built

Overall, the OnePlus Nord Buds 2 offer impressive sound quality and a range of features at an affordable price point. While the sound quality is subjective and can vary based on personal preferences, the Nord Buds 2 are a solid choice for those looking for wireless earbuds with good sound quality and useful features. It's also a perfect companion if you own a OnePlus smartphone.

The new OnePlus Nord Buds 2 is priced at only ₱3,990, and it's now available in OPPO stores, and on OnePlus official store in Lazada and Shopee.
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