From time to time, new handsets with the OnePlus logo appear on the market. Usually, however, these are models from the popular or mid-price range. Now, however, the Chinese have decided to bring out their heaviest cannon against the competition – the OnePlus Buds Pro 2, costing almost PLN 900 and developed jointly with the Danish company Dynaudio. Is it really so good as to send into market retirement such headphone majors as the Sony WF-1000XM4, Jabra Elite 85t or Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro? We check!
OnePlus Buds Pro 2 – design, build quality, wearing comfort
The build quality of the OnePlus Buds 2 Pro headphones is very good, but also…. exactly the same as in the case of the older Buds Pro. Their styling is also very similar. Only when we have the opportunity to directly compare the two models with each other, then we will notice that the driver housings have been slightly pre-designed – the new ones are a tad slimmer. However, I have not noticed that this significantly changes the comfort of use. With both models in my ears, I could easily spend a whole day at work.
The shape and build quality of the case are similarly unchanged – the main difference, by which you will recognize the newer model from the outside, is the logo of the Danish brand Dynaudio printed below the embossed OnePlus lettering. It reportedly participated in the process of tuning the sound of the Buds Pro 2 model. This is such a small bonus coming from the recent merger of OnePlus with Oppo, which already had the rights to the Danish logo. Oppo, in turn, benefited on the same basis from the Hasselblad logo, which had previously found its way onto OnePlus cameras. Oh, such a symbiotic exchange. However, in printed form, the Dynaudio logo looks, next to the embossed OnePlus logo, a tad, like an impoverished relative or as if it was added by surprise, at the last moment.
The matte case effectively masks fingerprints, even in the Obsidian Black version (in addition to it, you’ll also find Arbor Green in stores – matching the color of the case of the new OnePlus 11) and, what I was most worried about, it doesn’t show any possible minor scratches.
The handsets are resistant to moisture and splashing (IP55 standard), but this is rather standard today. A much less common feature in TWS devices is the certification (here IPX4) given to the case itself. This means that it too is not too afraid of rain. For this, I don’t think I’ll surprise anyone by saying that the same parameters were already in the case of older Buds Pro.
Inside the case, the headphones rest gracefully in their slots. Both taking them out and inserting them into their sockets is no problem at all. Strong magnets keep them, it seems, very firmly in place – it seems, because I thought so until my first accidental fall, after which I had to search for one of the headphones deep under a neighboring desk. Nevertheless, in typical use, the headphones sit in their slots stably.
We use squeezable touch panels to control the headphones – which work exactly the same as in the older Buds Pro model. What does this mean for us? Well, only that we still don’t have the ability to control the volume from the headphones. In my eyes and in the user’s opinion, this is a big minus. The panels themselves, on the other hand, work reliably, are comfortable to use and resistant to accidental reactions.
On the big plus side of the headphones’ design, I credit support for Qi wireless charging.
In the factory set we get a USB cable and three sets of silicone earbuds of different sizes. So it’s pretty modest for the price. No Comply foams or other headphone frivolities.