Oppo Enco Buds review: Comfortable fit, inexpensive hit
Oppo has stuck to the basics by focusing on sound quality, snug fit, battery life, and ease of use. But is this enough to make it the best TWS earbuds in the sub- ₹2,000 range?
- Comfortable to wear
- Long-lasting battery life
- Easy to use
- Highs can over power the mids
The Enco Buds mark Oppo’s entry into the inexpensive truly wireless earbuds land. Amidst tough competition from chart-leading brands such as Boat, Noise, and more, it is not easy to differentiate yourself -- even if your product is priced competitively. However, the Oppo Enco Buds manage to stand out with long-lasting battery life, above-average sound in the price range, and a design that makes the earbuds comfortable to wear. While some companies focus on providing a wide range of features, Oppo has stuck to the basics by focusing on sound quality, a. snug fit, battery life, and ease of use. But is this enough to make it the best TWS earbuds in the sub- ₹2,000 range? Let’s find out in our Oppo Enco Buds review.
Small, comfortable and easy to use
The Oppo Enco Buds feature an in-canal fit with buds that weigh just 4 grams each. The light weight means they are comfortable to wear for long durations. In my time with the device, I didn’t have any complaints as far as the fit was concerned. The Enco Buds are easy to plug in and they do not fall out of the ears even if you are shaking your head to the tune of bassy songs. Meanwhile, the case weighs 37 grams and features a USB Type-C port to charge. It doesn’t feature wireless charging but that is one of the luxurious features, which isn’t the norm in the budget segment yet.
The charging case is small and pocketable. It has a solid build and the magnetic lid doesn’t feel flimsy. You get a small indicator at the front to let you know if the earbuds are in pairing phase and how much battery life is left in the case. As soon as you open the lid, the earbuds pair with the most recently connected device. You don’t get a pairing button though, which can be a bummer on some TWS earbuds, but that is not the case with the Oppo Enco Buds.
In my experience, the Oppo device connected to my OnePlus smartphone easily. If you want to connect them to any other device, make sure that Bluetooth is turned off on your smartphone (the last paired device). As for the sales package, it includes three pairs of ear tips in different sizes, and a charging cable for the case.
Touch controls are easy to learn
The Oppo Enco Buds offer touch controls on both the earbuds. You can single-tap to play or pause the music; double-tap to skip to the next track or triple-tap to activate the low-latency mode. If you touch and hold the earbuds, you can reduce or increase the volume on the left and right earbuds, respectively. The controls are customisable with the HeyMelody app. The touch controls aren’t finicky and I was able to do what I wanted with ease. They are easy to learn as well. However, I wish there was a beep or something for each percentage of volume increased or decreased. When you touch and hold, the action happens, but there is no way to know what percentage of volume you’re at.
Another feature, or the lack of it, that some might like it and others will not -- there is no sensor on the earbuds. Hence, the music doesn’t pause when you take out an earbud. This allows you to continue listening to stuff with just one earbud in the ear. You can use either of them independently. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.2 and support for the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. They also feature IP54 rating for dust and water resistance -- you can definitely exercise with them in your ears.
Oppo Enco Buds sound clean
The new Oppo earbuds feature 8mm dynamic drivers with a frequency range of 20-20,000Hz. As mentioned above, they have support for SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. These sound above-average for a pair of earbuds available under ₹2,000. There is a decent amount of thump in the lows. The sound is detailed and the soundstage is decent. I did notice that loud sounds can overpower the details of a softer sound. Moreover, the treble can be a bit higher than required at times. Overall, the earbuds are on the bassy side.
The Oppo Enco Buds don’t come with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). However, the absence of ANC doesn’t mean you don’t get any isolation. The passive isolation on these earbuds is quite impressive. The snug fit is able to block some amount of ambient sound. To be fair, I would take no ANC over crappy ANC, any day. Furthermore, the microphone quality is decent too. Your voice might sound slightly muffled but that’s expected from something in this price range. That being said, you won’t have any issues while taking calls for work indoors.
Long-lasting pair of earbuds
The Oppo Enco Buds are rated to deliver 24 hours of playback on a single charge, while the earbuds are rated to last up to six hours. The claims are almost true. I listened to podcasts and music at around 50-60% volume and the earbuds lasted around 5 hours 10 minutes. Plus, the case was able to provide three more full charges to the earbuds. Hence, the battery life of Oppo Enco Buds is better than the competition in this range.
Oppo Enco Buds Review: Verdict
At ₹1,999, the Oppo Enco Buds are one of the best earbuds out there in this price bracket. I say this with keeping in mind the comfortable fit, long-lasting battery life and clean sound. These are a no-nonsense pair of earbuds. They rival the Realme Buds Q2 Neo, which sound slightly better than the Enco Buds -- but also cost ₹2,500. If your budget is ₹2,000, the Oppo Enco Buds won’t disappoint you.