OnePlus Buds Z Review: Everything You Need To Know

The second real wireless brand of the year, OnePlus Buds Z. The OnePlus Buds were the first true OnePlus wireless earbuds introduced a couple of months ago. The Bud Z is also an inexpensive pair of earphones like the Z in the Bullets Wireless series. According to a recent survey, the OnePlus Buds Z falls into the 3000 categories that most Indians are spending.

The OnePlus Buds Z features an in-ear style that most of us here in India prefer. The in-ear configuration provides us with the luxury to swap earpieces, which the OnePlus Buds could not do. OnePlus Buds Z is better than the original OnePlus Buds at a higher price, too. The Buds Z have one of the best fits in the segment and are recommended for longer periods.

The OnePlus Buds sound signature is price-respectable. There is also a good tone and separation of instruments. There is plenty of basses, but it could be punchier. Buds Z also provides a battery life comparable to other batteries on the market. The playback is around four hours and the fast charge is assisted as well.

The OnePlus Buds Z provides very limited choices for functionality, dual tap, and long-pressing. In-ear detection and IP55, which are uncommon in this section, are also included.  For the requested amount, the OnePlus Buds Z is given a TechRadar thumb and is recommended for people who need budgetary earbuds. That’s also our best present Rs 3000 TWS.

Oneplus Z Price in India and Availability

The OnePlus Buds Z are priced at Rs 3190, launched with OnePlus 8T in India on October 14th. You can, however, take OnePlus Buds Z for Rs 2999 on Amazon, Flipkart, and OnePlus. Two colours are available white and Grey.

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Design and Fit

First of all, let’s begin with an example, which you will see first when you open the package. The case is made of very high-quality plastic. OnePlus is located at the top of the case. On the front, you have an LED indicator that shows you the level of the battery. There is a Type-C port at the back of the case for recharging and pairing. Wireless charging is not available.

The case comes in a bright finish that looks fantastic but can also easily be scratched. Make sure you keep it out of the box. The opening of the case shows OnePlus Buds Z which, while having a stem, are magnetically attached vertically to the charging case. If you look at Buds Z, the case footprint is very small. A single hand opening in the Buds Z is difficult, but still possible. The weight of the case is around 40 G.

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Ear-Fit Technology

The earbuds are in-ear-equipped pairs of OnePlus earbuds. It’s a direct hop from a semi-in-ear or Airpod style. That’s a major bonus for most Indian users when we have the option of flipping between earrings to ensure our protection. In addition to the one in the package, the OnePlus Buds Z comes with two earrings. Bud Z’s architecture is very similar to that of the OnePlus Bullet Wireless 2. They are stemming in a microphone, have an IC chip for wear, and are all packed into the 4.3-gram body. They are fitted with a stem design.

The Buds Z supports the touch control- only double tap and long press are allowed. You have a smooth polished CD pattern in them, which is again as we saw on the Bullet Wireless 2, where you communicate with the Buds Z.

Most of the true wireless earbuds in this price segment fail to Fit.

At this price point, the OnePlus Buds Z is also valued in IP55. It is safe to use them in the gym and it can also be used during the rainy season. The nano-coating hydrophobic repels water and protects against water. The OnePlus Buds Z provides a pretty well built, strong fit, and comfy to wear for a longer period. IP55 makes it convenient for anyone who enjoys outdoor and fitness.

Audio Quality

Although OnePlus is not a typical audio company, its audio products, such as the OnePlus Bullet series and wireless earphones, have had a fair deal of success. The company’s first truly wireless earphones, the OnePlus Buds, were not well received by consumers and fans all over the world because of the sub-standard audio quality (in contrast to a host of Indian budget TWS). The OnePlus Buds Z try to repair the original Buds here and overall they are doing quite a good job.

The OnePlus Buds Z’s real Bluetooth 5.0 wireless earbuds. They sport 10mm, dynamic Dolby Atmos stereo and panoramic support of the sound with bass boost. OnePlus also has an algorithm for noise reduction that helps reduce the external noise of calls. As for code support, you can use the AAC codec to receive SBC and HD audio. No HD support is available.

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Crystal Clear Sound Effects

Pairing the OnePlus Buds Z is really easy, you get a pop-up on your Android device with a connect-button that gives you an optional Tap Pair when you pull the budgets out of the case. You will have to pair manually for ios and some older Android phones. However, the Fast Pair should work with most phones, thanks to Google Fast Pair and One Plus Quick Pair features. The connectivity and the range on Buds Z were fantastic. They were combined with several Smartphones such as Oneplus, Samsung, Xiaomi, and Realme during the trial. I can go through the hall and the next room without losing the connection and I have a limited 10-meter mark. You begin to lose your connection when you step beyond the second room.

When purchasing an audio product the audio quality is what most of us look for. The OnePlus Buds Z are more oriented on the low and threefold end of the continuum. The sound stage is good for the budget and the overall separation of instruments is also very good here. This is for mass consumers who want to plug and play and get the beat. The low on Buds Z is heavy, but the pushy bass beats that most of us want are missing. If you want to listen to vocals, that is more useful than anything.

Although audiophiles will not like this, Buds Z will serve the audience at the beginning of the race and for the Rs 2999 price, there is not much to complain about except that the bass could have been punchy.

Microphone and Features

The Buds Z also has an individual bud microphone. For my calling, meeting, and all the time I have been inside my room I used Buds Z. There were quite amazing results. No one from my end complained of the audio. Everything I spoke on the other side was also clear. The OnePlus algorithms for noise reduction work quite well here. Everything was good indoors, even with a low voice.

As far as the quality of the microphone is concerned, the microphone failed to get my voice through a few professions, resulting in unnecessary disruptions. However, I recommend you try to find a quiet place to take part in the call if you end up calling inside.

Compared with its competition from Oppo and Realme, OnePlus Buds Z is not a full-blown earbud. Initially, only two functions- one double-tap and one long click are provided. The long-press function is a function that is not adjustable to move between two pairs. You can move rapidly between your laptop and phone with a long press if necessary. The double-tap option enables play/pause, skipper paths and previous paths, and voice assistant activation. I am not able to manage the volume and could break a deal if you are an individual who travels by bike. The personalization of the double-tapping is only for OnePlus users. However, all users can configure the OnePlus Buds Z with the Hey Melody applications if software updates are available in the app.

In-ear Detection Feature

On the OnePlus Buds Z, the in-ear detection is workable and handy when moving on. Overall, the Buds Z provides a good microphone for indoor calls. The earbuds have extremely limited control in terms of feature, and I am not disturbed by a way to control volume.

Finally in Fnatic mode, there is a game mode that automatically only activates OnePlus devices. This is not the best we saw but it does the job. The latency is 103ms in this mode. During the game, we were unable to face a lag with our OnePlus Nord. With non-one plus devices, however, the lag is seen and we wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who wants to play with a non-OnePlus device.

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Battery Life

OnePlus claims 5 hours of continual playing music and 20 hours of battery life. A 450mAh battery unit is included in the box. The Buds Z lasted 3 hours and 30 minutes in my experiment, with 100% volume. Buds Z lasted more than 4 hours with a volume of 70-80 per cent. It would include approximately 1.5 hours of music playback for a quick 10-minute charge, as well as charging buds. The cumulative battery status in my case was between 16 and 17 hours.

There is a Type-C port behind the case to charge the battery. A short Type-C cable is also included in the package. It takes around 1 hour to charge the box. Buds Z has pretty good battery life. Each earbud should be good enough for most users, with a battery life of about four hours.

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