OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Review: my new dailys.

So, fun fact, I got the OnePlus Buds Pro last year, I never reviewed them for a multitude of reasons, but they became my daily driver headphones. They were the ones I’d pick up every morning and put in my pocket in case I needed earbuds. There was a multitude of reasons I chose the Buds Pro but chief amongst them was the small and slender case, and the active noise cancelling. So how does their successor do? Well, it just destroys them, that’s what.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2
+ FOR
  • - Amazing sound
  • - Actually good case
  • - Stellar battery life
  • - Software quite only gets better
- AGAINST
  • - £180 price tag
  • - They wont fit everyone as well as me

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Disclaimer

OnePlus UK PR provided me with the Buds Pro 2 for the purposes of review. No money exchanged hands between either entity and OnePlus has not seen this before it goes live. The Buds 2 Pro where used on the OnePlus 11 5G, my Lenovo Yoga 5G laptop, my OnePlus Nord 2 and my Samsung Z Flip 4 over the course of 3 weeks they have not received any software updates.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Review

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Overview

The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 are definitely an evolution to their older buds, but every single small change makes a big difference, much like with the OnePlus 11 5G that launched at the same time as these. The Single 11mm driver for the Buds Pro has been upgraded, and a new 11mm driver is there, with a secondary 6mm dynamic driver which increases the frequency response window. The ANC has been bumped up to an insane 48dB of cancellation, but they also now support Android 13’s spatial audio features and are paired with the teeny tiny gyros in each earbud that help to track your head.OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Review

But the best thing about the Buds 2 Pro outside of their sound? OnePlus didn’t change the case, and what I mean when I say that is that OnePlus didn’t ruin the case. The Buds Pro 2 have the same small case with large radius curves. 60mm wide, 50mm front to back and 25mm thick with long sloping curves basically turning this into a pebble, it slides into and out of a pocket seamlessly. Not enough companies take into account the experience of using the case, as every time you want to use the earbuds, you have to use their case. If it is big and bulky, if it is hard to get into or out of a pocket, or requires you to bring a bag with you, or if it weighs 2 kilos on it is own somehow, that’s going to negatively impact the user experience of the buds, as you’ll want to take them with you less, and that’s one of the benefits of headphones, is that they’re portable.

Portable Case

Speaking of the case, I have the Obsidian black variant, which is matte black, with inlaid OnePlus chrome lettering and DYNAUDIO lasered beneath it, but the soft touch matte black is really nice, significantly nicer than the gloss white of my original Buds Pro. On the front of the case is a little lip to use to open the case and in the middle, there is a tiny LED that lights up when charging or when opened to show battery status. The left and rights are completely bare with the rear housing the USB-C port for charging and the metal hinge keeping the lid nice and snug.

Opening the lid we find that the lid is both spring-loaded and magnetically clasped shut. After lifting above 45 degrees the lid spring open, but anything lower than that it’ll snap back shut. Once open we see the two earbuds magnetically held into place on their charging pogo pins wiOnePlus Buds Pro 2 Reviewth nothing but a solitary pairing button in between them. And inside the lid, we get nothing but a laser engraving telling us that these are indeed co-created with DYNAUDIO.

Spec Sheet

  • 11mm dynamic driver
  • 6mm dynamic sub driver
  • 10Hz-40Khz frequency response
  • 97dB peak volume
  • 48dB active noise cancelling
  • 60mAh battery per earbud
  • 520mAh battery in the case
  • 9 hours of use per earbud
    • 39 hours of use including the case
  • Bluetooth 5.3 LE
  • IP55
  • Google Fast Pair
    • 2 active devices at the same time
  • LHDC 4.0 audio codec

Audio & Use

I noted that the previous generation of OnePlus Buds Pro were my dailys, they were the buds I picked up every morning, and one of the reasons why was how good they sounded. The Buds Pro were definitely not neutral had a bit of boosted bass by default, and the highs were a fair bit sparkly, but they sounded really really nice out of the box, and yes I could do the EQ to try the others out, but it is not as simple as on Soundcore devices for example. When I got the Buds Pro 2 I immediately noticed a change from the updated 11mm driver but also the 6mm secondary driver in some of the trashy songs I listen to constantly, for lack of a better phrase, “I just noticed more clarity”, and I’m sure a large part of this has to do with the tuning that DYNAUDIO has done on the EQ as well and is very noticeable.OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Review

What got even crazier though is when I did the custom hearing test, where it prompts you to be somewhere quiet and then plays frequencies super high to super low and tells you to mark when you can no longer hear them, essentially mapping out your ears frequency graph, and then makes a fancy EQ to best map your ears. Usually, I find this bit little more than PR fluff, but my jaw dropped when I heard the difference between the before and after, and it isn’t just a bass boost to trick the brain into thinking louder=better. Maybe my ears have gotten significantly worse since I last tested the OnePlus Bud Pro but these had a significantly better and positive change, and I attribute that down to the improved drivers above all else.

Fuller Sound

The frequencies that human voices appear in have also been improved, everything sounds fuller, not necessarily louder, but just clearer and fuller. Volume does seem to be increased, however, I don’t think I’ve had these above 50% volume so far, with the improved noise cancellation I’m not having to overpower the drivers to drown out the world around me, this also means the drivers will last longer, have less distortion and will consume less power as they aren’t being run ragged, but the biggest thing is that the driver is in a more comfortable frequency range it is not straining in any sense, and acoustically, my ears like that.OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Review

Something I haven’t had nearly enough time to test, and that’s just because it freaks my brain out, is spatial audio. It’s a very hip and cool thing in audio right now, and I get it, but I don’t get it. I understand the allure of a wider soundstage, I mean it is the reason I wear open back headphones in the office, but having a virtual sphere of sound that i can move around in to hear different instruments better, it’s just not for me, freaks my neurodivergent brain out so I can only listen to a few songs at a time before turning it off for a few more days at a time, so I might have a future update piece with my thoughts on spatial audio.

Beastly Battery

Lastly, I want to talk about batteries, and I’ll be brief because these things freaking rock! As is usual with earbuds I charge them fully the day they arrive, and up until now, 3 weeks later I’ve yet to recharge the case, and it’s down at 20% according to the indicator in the status bar. These have been used almost every day for varying amounts of time, but these are truly killer for battery. When it comes to charging the buds pro they have OnePlus dart charge, 3 hours of use in just 10 minutes of charging via the USB-C port, but also they have Qi for 5w wireless top-ups as well.

Final Thoughts

In probably the least surprising wrap-up of all time, I love these things and the Buds Pro 2 have already taken up the mantle of my daily drivers from their predecessor. These sound amazing, they’re customised to me, they last so long that I haven’t had to charge them yet with daily use, the noise cancellation is second to none of the buds I’ve tried, and most importantly above all of that, OnePlus did not mess with the case, so it slots into a pocket nicely and easy.

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 Review

Is £180 inexpensive? No, not at all, in fact, they’re quite pricey, but I wouldn’t hesitate to plop down money on these, especially with the Buds Pro from the last gen being in my pocket and getting multiple firmware updates making them better over time, kudos OnePlus, you’ve done it again and earned a spot in my pocket.

About Domenico Lamberti

Technology has been a big part of my life for years, whether it be ripping the family computer apart to see how it worked, playing with the new phones that Dad brought home from work. Senior Reviewer for MTT.

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