OnePlus isn’t new to accessories domain. The smartphone maker that’s known to offer no-nonsense flagship phones at a fair price, practices the same product strategy throughout its entire portfolio. Though OnePlus still retains Audio Jack on its lone flagship, 6, the company recently launched its Bullets Wireless earbuds that focus on areas that most people would care about rather than adding fancy frills.
These little bundle of wireless earphones including a number of exciting features like fast charging and Qualcomm’s aptX streaming support and have a price tag that still keeps them accessible to the masses. But do the OnePlus Bullets Wireless offers best cord-free experience under Rs 4,000? Let’s find out:
OnePlus Wireless Bullets Review: What’s in the Box?
The company has made a clean and simple packaging with Wireless Bullets drawn on the top. Open up the box, you will find the wireless bullets headset, with extra ear and wing tips and a signature Red silicon case. If you open the magnetic tip pouch you will find a USB Type-C charging cable inside.
Of course, the regular instruction manual and warranty card are in there as well.
OnePlus Wireless Bullets Review: Design and Feel
Like OnePlus 6 (review), the Wireless Bullets follow simplistic design. These neckband style earphones have a rubberish texture and are quite flexible. The band itself is extremely light and doesn’t get stuck with our hair or clothes we wear. The length of the neckband cords is well measured as it’s neither too long nor too short for an average size person. This, in turn, ensures a comfortable wearing experience.
Moving forward, the earbuds fit comfortably in our ears. The rubber wings ensure that they stay put even when you are working out. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless earphones don’t cause any sort of discomfort with extended use. The earbud chambers are made of aluminum and have a glossy finish with red accents around the borders. Like Beats X, the OnePlus Wireless Bullets earbuds chambers have magnetic butts. The music pauses when the butts cling together. When detached the playback resumes automatically (works flawlessly with OnePlus 6), which is cool and helps save battery (Bullets Wireless turn themselves off when the earbuds latch magnetically or after a few minutes when they aren’t in use).
Bullets Wireless are also sweat and splash resistant, which is certainly a welcome feature. However, refrain from wearing them over a swim session as they are not water resistant certified.
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The left side of the neckband features a USB Type-C port for charging, a microphone for calls, in-line controls, and a Bluetooth pairing/ power button. Overall, OnePlus Bullets Wireless are tangle-free and offers a design which is effective and at the same time easy on the eyes.
OnePlus Wireless Bullets Review: Connectivity and Performance
Each earpiece houses a 9.2mm driver with energy tubes that are said to ensure rich and clear sound. You can pair Bullets Wireless with Android and iOS devices over Bluetooth 4.1 connection and aptX codec is also supported. The getting connected part is easy, especially when you connect them to OnePlus phones, and the connection remained stable even when I moved around at home and work while the phone remains stationed at my work desk or in the adjacent bedroom.
Coming to music experience, the OnePlus Bullets Wireless earphones are right up there with best wireless earphones in their class. The sound they produced was crisp, well-balanced and clear. The quality is retained even at high volume. The only things I found myself craving for was a little punch in the bass. The mids are crisp and we were able to clearly discern between different types of equipment being played.
As for call quality, the new bullets’ in-line microphone manage to record everything (including ambient noise) clearly and people on the other end were able to hear us without exerting themselves.
OnePlus Bullets Wireless Battery
OnePlus touts that its Wireless Bullets can deliver up to 8 hours music playback on a full charge. Well, that’s true to an extent. During our testing, the new Bullets managed to last for 5 hours and 10minutes when the volume was set at 80 percent. Where OnePlus scores extra brownie points is the fast charging support. A short 5 min charge will tank up enough juice for them to last, say, a 2-hour commute.
OnePlus Wireless Bullets Review: Verdict
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless earphones are surprisingly good for the price you pay. They cover things that most of us care for, and that’s what will make you want to use them over and over again.
With Bullets Wireless, you get a simple design, above average audio quality, durable build, splash resistance (water resistance would have made more sense), aptX support and fast charging. On the downside, we really miss a vibration motor for incoming calls and there is a definite room for improvement when it comes to the carrying case (Pushing them in is a task).
All in all, OnePlus Bullets Wireless earphones are a worthy buy for their price of Rs. 3,990 even when you don’t have a OnePlus phone in your pocket.
- Lightweight and comfortable fit
- Wide soundstage
- Intuitive Magnetic on/off feature
- Fast USB-C charging
- Slightly underwhelming bass
- Not fully waterproof
- Carry pouch could have been better