OnePlus Buds Z2 review
A worthy successor
Design: Smaller and shinier
At first glance, you’ll need a jeweller’s eye to tell the Buds Z2 apart from the Buds Z. OnePlus has retained the Apple AirPods-like stem design. Only this time, the stems are shorter. The rounded case slides in and out of pockets easily, and it isn’t too big either, so there won’t be an embarrassing bulge in your trousers.
Touch: Tap tap
The stems feature touch controls, and they work smoothly. You can set up to three touch controls per stem – single tap, double-tap, and triple tap – and select between functions like music playback controls, and summoning the voice assistant. One can also tap and hold to switch through noise cancellation and hear through modes.
Again, OnePlus users benefit a bit here with support for Dolby Atmos, which adds a bit more depth to the sound. The low-latency mode gets activated when Pro Gaming mode is enabled on OnePlus phones, which improves the latency when playing games.
You can’t expect a lot in this budget, and yet active noise cancellation on the Buds Z2 gets the job done. It blocked out most of the outside noise when we went running with these earbuds. There are two modes – Normal and Max – and honestly, we couldn’t make out much difference. The difference is far more perceptible on the slightly more expensive Nothing ear (1) earbuds.
Verdict: Should you buy?
An affordable, yet feature-packed pair of TWS from OnePlus that sounds just about good.
|11 mm dynamic
|20 Hz - 20,000 Hz
|ANC + Transparency mode
|40mAh (earbuds) / 520mAh (case)
|4.6 grams (earbuds) / 42 grams (case)
|Obsidian Black, Pearl White