With the gradual demise of the headphone jack over the years, the demand for wireless audio devices has been ever-increasing. From semi-wireless to completely wireless buds, there are a plethora of options to choose from and it does lead to one thing – decision anxiety.
While OnePlus is not a brand that anyone would associate with audiophile gear, they have been in the game for a long time now and it has surely given them a ton of time to perfect their offerings. They’ve always gained decent traction — demand wise — and it definitely reflects this time around as well. Quick disclaimer, these earphones are definitely not meant for audiophiles, as the price would suggest, and thus, the review shall proceed further with the view that these will be used for normal day-to-day usage.
The Bullets Wireless Z are a successor to the Bullets Wireless V1 and 2, which confuses a lot of consumers who think these are supposed to outperform both of those earphones. However, these are not a successor to the Bullets Wireless 2 but are a cheaper alternative coming in at about a third of their price at Rs. 2000. However, some would argue that these do, in fact, outperform the Bullets Wireless V1.
So how well do these wireless earphones hold up? Unlike their recent smartphones, do these help OnePlus retain its name in the smartphone world? We’re gonna find out.
OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z Review: The Best Wireless earphones under Rs. 2000
Before getting to my experience, here’s the specifications for those who are interested:
Wireless earphones with Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity (up-to 10m)
IPS5 rated water resistance.
20-hour battery life, support for warp charge, Type-C connectivity.
Physical buttons for navigation, calls, and virtual assistant.
Available in Mint, black, blue, and Oat tones.
Unboxing, design, and hardware.
Unlike almost all other cheap or budget earphones, OnePlus does not skip over a premium unboxing experience for the customers. The earphones come inside a fairly large and sturdy cardboard box with the necessary paperwork and, well, a pair of buds.
The box does not contain a Type-C charging cable, and honestly, it would be wrong to expect one at this price. Other than that, it was more than a decent experience.
I wasn’t expecting anything extraordinary in terms of design when I first decided to get my hands on these earphones due to their fairly low price. But, to my surprise, when I first looked at these, they reminded me of the Bullets Wireless V2 in almost all aspects.
I expected cheaper plastic and build but that wasn’t the case. These earphones look premium and classy without any unnecessary branding or prints. I got the matte black finish, which looks elegant. They weigh fairly less and the band rests fairly comfortably on my neck. When I compare these to my BoAT Rockerz 255, which are similarly priced, OnePlus has already beat them by a fair margin.
The earphones have two sets of buttons, One near the neckband to toggle power on and off and for quick pair options and another on the left wire for manipulating volume and play/pause options. The buttons are quite tactile, easy to use, and simple to understand. All in all, the OnePlus Wireless Z earphones are built well way beyond its segment and would certainly impress any user.
Battery life and connectivity
OnePlus claims the Bullets Wireless Z can last up to 20 hours on a single charge, and I’ve been using them for the past week without having them charged once, so I can pretty much say with certainty that they’re living up to the standards here.
The earphones also support OnePlus’ proprietary Warp charge, which means they can give 10 hours of listening time with just 10 minutes of charging, which is again a really nice feature to have. Overall, OnePlus has gladly nailed this department as well.
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z also include features like Quick pair, which basically helps you connect them to your device of choice with just one tap. There is also a double-click to switch devices feature, which I found really helpful because it helps me switch between my iPad and my phone really easily. All these quirks make the Wireless Z earphones a delight to use and keep as a daily driver.
Audio and Mic Performance
The best budget earphones I’ve used, from the audio output and performance purview, have to be the native ear pods that came along with Apple devices back in the day. To my ears, they sounded just perfect for every use, and they did sport the best of the class microphone array, which just completed the whole package. However, they were wired earphones and the ones with a 3.5mm jack are really hard to find these days.
The first frequencies I wanted to test were the lows or the bass. For this, I used the song “Cane Shuga” by “Glass Animals”. To my surprise, the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z sounded full and adequately punchy, being not too bass-oriented but being just enough.
The AirDopes, on the other hand, sounded like any other budget pair of earphones and were less bass oriented than their OnePlus counterpart. For my taste, these sounded perfectly balanced, and of course, tweak the settings if you want to with an equalizer app to fit your preferences.
To test the highs, I listened to the symphony “Ave Maria”. Both of the earphones performed decently in this segment, with no noticeable distortion at any volumes level. Keeping in mind the pricing, you won’t be disappointed with either one of these.
And finally, for the mids, I chose to test one of my favorite tracks of all time, “Fast Lane” by “Bad Meets Evil (Eminem ft. Royce da 5’9″).” As always, it was a pleasure to listen to this song on these. Not the best I’ve ever heard, but definitely one of the best by any budget earphone ever. The AirDopes on the other hand barely performed above average.
Overall, again, OnePlus have come up with one of the best in segment audio experience. These definitely crossed all my expectations and if you prefer the balanced sound with a bit of bass orientation, these would cross yours too.
Punching above their weight in almost all categories, these are one of the best earphones that you can buy this price range. For the price range that they’re in, these are THE BEST wireless earphones that you can get your hands on right now.
For normal users looking to move beyond the wired world, these would act as a great entry point. If you’re an existing OnePlus user, it’s an added bonus that you can change these at warp speeds with no extra cost. So, if you’re looking to buy these, go for them without hesitation. You won’t regret it.
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