When I reviewed the OnePlus Bullets Wireless last year, I was genuinely amazed by the quality of the first wireless headsets from the Chinese company. This year OnePlus tried to repeat itself: the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 is excellent (almost) every point of view, but they also cost significantly more than last year’s model.
So the real question here is, Are the OnePlus wireless headphones still the best buy, despite the increase in the price.
With further ado let’s jump into our discussion and also we will see the complete review of the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2. So let’s get started.
OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 Packaging
In the box
- 1x Pair of Bullets Wireless 2
- 1x Storage bag
- 3x Silicon earbuds
- 1x User guide
- 1x USB charging cable
- 1x Safety and Warranty card
The sales package is very accurate and inside, in addition to the earphones, we also find two pairs of additional earplugs, a silicone case, and a USB – USB-C cable for charging. Just like last year, this cable is ridiculously short (about 20 cm).
Even the case is substantially identical to that of the previous model, inheriting all its strengths and weaknesses. It is made of a material that is surprisingly pleasant to the touch and has a magnetic closure that is a pleasure to open and close, but it also has rather narrow dimensions.
Until you get used to it, you will have a lot of trouble storing the earbuds inside the pouch when you want to put them away.
OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 design and comfort
Also from the aesthetic point of view, the new OnePlus Wireless 2 Bullets have many similarities with the model of the previous year and it seems to have inspired from Apple’s BeatsX.
We, therefore, find a neckband whose ends contain battery and components, and earphones equipped with magnets, which can be hooked to comfortably hold the headphones at the neck when they are not used (and not only, but we will return later).
The remote control, which contains microphone and keys, is positioned along the left cable: an unusual choice, which once again leaves right-handed users blown away (but it will delight the left-handed).
Moreover, in the left end of the neckband, we find the USB-C connector for charging and the Bluetooth pairing button (which allows you to switch from one device to another with a double click).
An important novelty compared to the model is the shape of the earphones, thanks to the new design, which OnePlus specifies to be inspired by the shells, the Wireless Bullets 2 do not need “flaps” to remain fixed to the ears. You just insert them and rotate slightly to have the earphones firm and stable.
Comfort is always a subjective factor, but I personally find that the OnePlus Bullets Wireless is really very comfortable, I have worn them for hours and hours without feeling annoyed.
Overall the earphones are well built. The neckband is made of rubber and is pleasant to the touch, soft and very flexible. The body of the earphone is made of stainless steel. The result is a light but solid product that conveys a great feeling of durability.
Unfortunately, the Bullets Wireless 2 earphones do not have any IP certification and (unlike last year) OnePlus does not declare anything about any resistance to splashes. All in all, there is no resistance to liquids.
Audio features and quality
OnePlus confirms the attention to sound quality that surprised us with the first model, so we can say that right away: these Wireless Bullets 2 sound very good.
The audio profile is characterized by full-bodied and incredibly well-defined bass, but the surprisingly precise high and medium-high frequencies also deserve praise .
Just the latter mark a significant step forward compared to the first version of Bulles Wireless, showing how OnePlus has taken advantage of the experience acquired and has been able to further improve the audio profile of its Bluetooth headphones (which was already very good even in the previous model).
Inside the earphones we find two drivers with balanced structure, for the reproduction of medium and high frequencies, and a 10 mm dynamic driver, oriented to the bass.
OnePlus does not provide any technical specifications (for example regarding frequency response and anything else), but you can trust that the audio quality will not leave you disappointed.
A further confirmation of the excellent sound performance is the use of aptX HD codecs, a technology for the compression and decompression of data developed by Qualcomm , which allows to reproduce audio with a bit depth equal to that of audio DVDs ( 24 bits; to give a term of comparison, CDs are recorded at 16 bits).
Speaking of codecs, it is worth bearing in mind that these OnePlus Wireless 2 Bullets do not support AAC codecs (which are those used by default by Apple devices) and that, when connected to iPhone, use SBC codecs, losing a bit of quality.
They still sound good, most people wouldn’t even notice it, but it is a fact that Wireless 2 Bullets sound worse on iPhone than on most Android devices (ie those that support aptX HD).
As for the latency , on the other hand, apart from the codecs there are no problems of delay in the audio signal thanks to the use of Bluetooth 5.0. in short, you can easily use the Wireless Bullets 2 to watch movies or TV series, you won’t have any problem in audio/video sync (provided you have connected the earphones to a device equipped with Bluetooth 5).
In addition to the audio quality, for these new Bluetooth headsets OnePlus has bet so much on autonomy: the Wireless Bullets 2 last up to 14 hours with a single charge but, above all, guarantee 10 hours of listening with just 10 minutes of charging , thanks to Warp Charge technology.
This is one of the aspects that I appreciated most about these headphones: I never found myself with discharged earphones, because every day before leaving the office I put them in charge 10 minutes, connecting them to the charger of the MacBook Pro (thanks USB-C).
And this was enough to have headphones always charged and ready for use: I admit that I have no idea what the repercussions on the battery might be in the long run, but I can’t deny that this Warp Charge seems to work for me.
Among the other strengths of these earphones there is certainly the magnetic control, very convenient in daily use: just separate the earphones to turn them on and automatically connect them to the last device with which they were associated, while hooking them through the magnets turn off (and they are more comfortable to wear around the neck).
I believe that a function of this kind, in its extreme simplicity, best sensitivity ”and the experience of use and I already know that when I return to my old wireless earphones (which are magnetized, but do not turn on automatically) I will miss these Bullets Wireless.
Moreover, those who use earphones with the latest generation OnePlus device (from OP 5 upwards) also have some extra advantages: the music automatically resumes when you separate the headphones and, if these are not yet associated with the smartphone, a popup appears that suggests the coupling.
We also talk a bit about keys: obviously, by holding down the Play button you can call up the voice assistants, but for me the real comfort of these headphones is the Bluetooth pairing button that acts as a switch .
Clicking the button twice, in fact, you can easily switch from one device to another, alternating the last two that have been connected to the headphones.
It’s really incredibly comfortable, also because it allows you to quickly connect headphones to a device without even having to take it in hand..
Finally, microphone addition is very good, even outside in rather windy conditions the interlucent has always managed to feel me without problems.
OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 Price
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 is priced Rs.5,999 ($86) and, considering everything, it is difficult for the number to fall in the coming months.
The price is honest for the quality of the product, but it is far from that had made the previous model an absolute best buy.
To this figure, OnePlus has to contend with many other valid products that are easily available through the most common distribution channels (Amazon)
The new OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 are excellent wireless headsets, whose only real “flaw” is to be the heirs of a model with a much more aggressive cost. The audio quality is excellent, fast charging is very convenient and allows you to never run out of battery, the magnetic controls work fine and the switch button is perfect for those who want to pair them with more than one device. Just a shame that there is no resistance to certified liquids and that the cost is no longer so affordable.
Pros And Cons
Amazing sound quality
Supports Quick charging
Magnetic controls are dynamic
| Not Water Proof|
Feels a little bit tight