As more and more mobile phone manufacturers cancel the “3.5mm” earphone hole, true wireless headphones have become the new favorite of consumers, and many manufacturers are also releasing mobile phones while enriching their own accessories product lines. Recently, at the new product launch conference of OnePlus mobile phones, in addition to the new performance flagship OnePlus 9RT, OnePlus Buds Z2 was also a stunning appearance.

  OnePlus Buds Z2 is OnePlus’s latest cost-effective TWS headphones, with “40dB active noise cancellation” and “38 hours of battery life” as the core selling points, such a configuration is in the head position of the entire TWS headset industry, and compared with many flagship products.

  So, as the TWS headset with the strongest noise reduction within 500 yuan, how does the OnePlus Buds Z2 actually perform? Let’s talk about it today.

The strength of active noise cancellation

  At present, the noise reduction function has almost become the standard equipment of many headphones, and it is also one of the important factors for consumers to choose headphones. This time, OnePlus Buds Z2 active noise reduction depth has achieved 40dB, which is also the top noise reduction level in the true wireless headphone industry, which can basically effectively eliminate and isolate external noise, such as the noisy environment on the subway, making you more focused. At the same time, OnePlus Buds Z2 also has a physical anti-wind noise design, which can effectively weaken the influence of wind noise, and with the call noise reduction algorithm technology, it can still weaken wind noise interference in jogging or cycling scenarios.

  OnePlus Buds Z2 can not only eliminate noise, reduce wind noise, but also support AI call noise reduction, through the division of labor of three microphones, combined with chips and powerful AI algorithms, can cover all kinds of common call noise scenes in life, when calling, while reducing environmental noise interference, accurately pick up and amplify and enhance the human voice, in the actual experience, in Beijing 7, 8 level wind outdoors, the call effect is good, no need to deliberately raise the intonation, both sides of the call can hear clearly.

  In addition to the noise reduction mode, the OnePlus Buds Z2 also has a transparency mode to meet the diverse needs of different groups of people. When the OnePlus Buds Z2 transparency mode is turned on, you can clearly hear all kinds of sounds from the outside world, and there is not much difference between hearing without headphones, and you don’t need to take off your headphones for a short conversation with people, and you won’t miss the station information during your daily commute.

How well the sound quality performs

  As the transmitter of sound, headphones have attracted much attention to the quality of sound. As we all know, the size of the sound unit determines the ceiling of the sound quality of the headphones to a certain extent, this time, OnePlus Buds Z2 adopts an 11mm dynamic unit and flexible composite diaphragm design, which can bring better low-frequency texture, especially when hearing the low-frequency drum beat of the song, you can also get better feedback.

  In addition, it is worth mentioning that when paired with mobile phones that support Dolby Atmos, the OnePlus Buds Z2 can support Dolby Atmos, which can get a more immersive, three-dimensional, and immersive listening experience. Whether watching videos or listening to music, you can feel the sound quality of Dolby Atmos. And the exclusive Dirac Audio Tuner technology can also greatly improve the sound quality.

  In order to feel the sound quality of the OnePlus Buds Z2, the author also used it to listen to a few favorite songs, such as Cai Qin’s “Ferry”, Deng Ziqi’s “Light Years Away”, and the Eagles’ “Hotel California” several classic songs. The OnePlus Buds Z2 is very three-dimensional, with very good performance, clear and transparent vocals, strong resolution, and a layered sound, which is really surprising in terms of sound performance.

Surprising battery life

  During the time I experienced, the most impressive thing about the OnePlus Buds Z2 was its battery life. When active noise cancellation is turned on, the OnePlus Buds Z2 has a battery life of up to 5 hours, and with a fully charged charging case, you can get a total of 27 hours of long-lasting battery life. When active noise cancellation is turned off, the OnePlus Buds Z2 has a battery life of up to 7 hours, and with a fully charged charging case, you can get a total of 38 hours of long battery life.

  According to the use scenarios of daily commuting, charging for a week is not a big problem, and OnePlus Buds Z2 also has fast charging capabilities, which can replenish power for OnePlus Buds Z2 at any time, and the earphone + charging case is charged for 10 minutes as a whole, which can provide 5 hours of battery life overall. Charging your headphones with your washing time before heading out in the morning can meet basic commuting needs.

Smarter and more intimate

  In terms of functionality, the OnePlus Buds Z2 can be said to be easy to understand and has no learning cost at all. Support open cover flash function, when the phone Bluetooth is turned on, open the earphone charging case, the mobile phone interface automatically pops up, without cumbersome operation can be automatically connected. Each time you connect to the phone, it will also show the power level of the earphone and charging case, which will always help you confirm whether you have a deep heart when you go out. (It should be noted that at present, the flash connection function only supports OnePlus 6 series and above mobile phones or models equipped with ColorOS 11.0 or above)

  In addition to the open-lid flash connection function, OnePlus Buds Z2 also supports Bluetooth 5.2 low-latency dual-transmission technology, with a minimum delay of only 94ms, which can keep music synchronized and stable and smooth when playing games or online movies. Moreover, OnePlus Buds Pro can also be compatible with iOS and Android devices, and supports 10-meter long-distance connection, usually at home or in the office, get up to go to the next room or pick up a glass of water nearby, and can also maintain stable music playback.

  For a TWS headset, whether it can be separated from the mobile phone for simple operation is also very important, OnePlus Buds Z2 supports convenient touch operation on the headset, including call control, music playback control, etc., you can achieve relevant operations on the headset without taking out the mobile phone, very simple and convenient, commonly used gesture operation as long as it is simple to learn is still easy to get started. Not only that, OnePlus Buds Z2 also supports wear detection function, when the headphones are removed, the music will automatically pause playback, and when you wear it again, you can resume playback, which can effectively save power.

OnePlus Buds Z2 convenient control mode:

Click Default: Play/Pause, which can be defined as the previous and next songs;

Double-click the default: Next, which can be defined as play/pause, previous, and wake up the voice assistant;

Three-click default: previous song, which can be defined as play/pause, next song, wake up voice assistant;

Long press for 1 second: toggle the noise control mode;

Call status: Tap 2 times: answer/hang up; Press and hold for 3 seconds: Reject.

  The OnePlus Buds Z2 also supports voice assistants, which only require three pinches of the headset handle to wake up the Breeno voice assistant. In addition, when OnePlus Buds Z2 is nearby, you can operate it through your mobile phone and let the headphones play sound to help you determine the location; When the headset is not nearby, you can check the last location of the headset on your phone to help find the headset.

It’s getting smaller and it’s getting stronger

  Design has always been the strength of OnePlus mobile phones, and the OnePlus Buds Z2 has optimized the headphone shape after a lot of testing while continuing the classic design of the previous generation. At present, the true wireless headphones that only support active noise cancellation on the market generally adopt an in-ear or semi-in-ear design, and OnePlus Buds Z2 adopts an in-ear design, which can realize the earphone fit the pinna, reduce the discomfort when wearing and listening for a long time, and wear more stable, lighter and more comfortable.

  OnePlus Buds Z2In order to reduce the burden on the user, the headphone size is 15% smaller than the previous Bubs Z, and the weight is better balanced. In order to meet the pinnae of different people, the product is equipped with 3 silicone earbuds of different sizes, users can choose according to their own habits and needs, and obtain a more ideal wearing effect and active noise cancellation performance.

  It is worth mentioning that OnePlus Buds Z2 inherits the classic CD pattern design, exquisite and textured, and this part is also the touch operation area of the headphones. The pressure-sensitive touch in the CD-textured touch operation area is sensitive and comfortable, allowing users to find the right balance between handling false touches and convenient operation.

  When exercising, many people choose to bring headphones to stay focused. This time, OnePlus Buds Z2 has passed the IP55 dustproof and waterproof standard certification, which can effectively prevent the damage of rain and sweat to the headphone components during daily wear. What’s even more surprising is that the charging case of the OnePlus Buds Z2 also has IPX4 waterproof, which is rare in the entire industry.

Full text summary:

  The OnePlus Buds Z2 excels in noise reduction, and the long battery life of 38 hours also brings users a lot of surprises. In terms of sound performance, it is rich in three-dimensionality, exquisite appearance design, and the linkage with OnePlus mobile phone, which greatly expands the use scenarios and value of this headset. For consumers, OnePlus Buds Z2 can be said to be the TWS headset with the strongest noise reduction within 500 yuan, which is worth buying. For OnePlus, OnePlus Buds Z2 is a comprehensive experience and excellent cost-effective headset, enriching the wearable product line and looking forward to the future.