The Buds Z2 are OnePlus’s replacement for the company’s OnePlus Buds Z, which are largely identical in terms of appearance and style but have a number of improvements throughout the entire device, including larger drivers and longer battery life.
For less than $100, these earphones offer a lot of value. These earphones are excellent travel companions because of their water and dust resistance and effective noise cancellation. At this pricing, the OnePlus Buds Z2 are essentially a requirement if you own a OnePlus phone.
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- Charging and battery life: Rated for 5 hours (ANC) or 7 hours (w/o ANC) on a charge; up to 27 hours total listening time with ANC or 38 hours without ANC; Charges through USB-C connector; 10-minute charge provides total of 5 hours of listening time
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2; Voice assistance through touch control.
- Other features include active noise reduction ranging from 24 to 40dB and Android Fast Pair.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 have a similar aesthetic to the OnePlus Bullets. It has the same bulky design that, for some reason (including mine), seems to fit people’s ears well, along with the CD pattern reminiscent of Bullets from earlier generations and Buds Z from earlier generations.
By 15% shortening the stems, OnePlus was able to fit more hardware into these buds. Each Z2 bud is 33 x 22.4 x 21.8mm in size, and the case is 73.15 x 36.8 x 29.1mm in size. Each bud weighs 4.5g, and the case adds 40.5g to the total.
Battery and charging case
The charging case is only a few millimeters bigger and taller than its predecessor while remaining exceedingly small and portable. The charging case is appealing and has a shape similar to a big pill with a flat bottom.
5 hours of listening time are available from just ten minutes of fast charging the case with the earbuds inside. The case charges via USB-C and doesn’t enable wireless charging. The OnePlus Buds Z2 probably won’t last longer than a few years with normal use despite the packaging’s claim that they are “Buds for life.” This is because batteries degrade over time.
Audio quality and ANC
The earphones sound fine. With strong bass and loud mid-ranges, output is generally excellent. The ordinary listener will be pleased by the bass’s loud boom. The Buds seem to be adjusted more for volume than for a well-balanced sound.
The ability to block out noise was good. Around 45% of the loudness, sound was audible clearly and without discomfort. Any remaining noise was easily forgotten about after a few minutes at 50% because it was enough to drown it out.
For $99, the OnePlus Buds Z2 are a stylish set of true wireless earbuds. Passthrough audio and active noise cancellation are popular features, so it’s great to find them at this price.
The Buds are comfortable to wear and carry thanks to the small size of the case, but the sound quality may be improved. Although you can definitely improve the sound of the earbuds if you know your way around your device’s EQ settings, bass can dominate vocalists and high-range sound can overpower music.