The OPPO Enco Buds are the company’s most recent set of fully wireless earbuds. They are the successor to the OPPO Enco W11 from last year. However, instead of W12, the firm has adopted a new moniker.
Despite the differences in branding, this TWS product appears to be almost identical to its predecessor. As a result, unless you bring both models up to the light and compare them, it’s impossible to tell the difference.
So, are there any upgrades included with the new OPPO Enco Buds? In this review, I will attempt to answer this question.
Disclaimer: This OPPO Enco Buds review is based on the author’s firsthand experience with one of the units handed out by OPPO India. The author’s thoughts are his or her own.
The review is more of a comparison between the OPPO Enco Buds and the OPPO Enco W11 so that readers can see the differences between the two models.
PS: Before moving to the Galaxy Buds+, the author had been using the Enco W11 as their preferred TWS for months.
Build and Design
The OPPO Enco Buds are made entirely of plastic. The buds and charging case have a glossy surface that is readily damaged but difficult to see, at least in the white hue I have with me. In truth, the product is only available in this color in India, but it is also available in blue in certain regions.
Moving on, the charging case and the earbuds are also shaped like pebbles. They have a design that is virtually identical to the Enco W11. Enco Buds have a somewhat thicker and heavier charging case, but the buds themselves are smaller and lighter.
Apiece IP54-rated Enco Bud weighs 4g, while the IP55-rated Enco W11 buds weigh 4.4g each, according to OPPO. However, the former’s charging case is bulkier, weighing 37 grams against 35.5 grams for the latter.
As a result, the net weight of OPPO Enco Buds is greater. The new model, however, seems lighter in the hands than the earlier model due to a minor difference in case curvature.
Furthermore, the Enco Buds’ secondary microphone hole is tiny, and the OPPO logo on the casing is even smaller. Inside the casing, there are also L and R marks, which are not present in the W11 case. Finally, there’s a front-facing LED indication and a USB Type-C connector on the back.
Surprisingly, the charging case of the Enco Bud has a loose top and does not feel as nice in the hands as the Enco W11. In addition, as compared to the previous generation, the retail packaging is of inferior quality.
Controls and connectivity
Instead of Bluetooth 5.0, the OPPO Enco Buds come with Bluetooth 5.2. On ColorOS-based devices, they also allow fast pairing. They never disconnected from any of the devices I tried within my experience.
These earbuds, like nearly all other TWS earphones on the market, include touch gesture controls that function well. The Hey Melody companion app allows users to modify controls. This program can also be used to upgrade firmware.
The Enco W11 isn’t compatible with the HeyMelody app, so keep that in mind.
Microphone and sound quality
For the price, the OPPO Enco Buds deliver a well-tuned sound stage. They also address virtually all of the problems that plagued their predecessor, the OPPO Enco W11.
The Enco Buds are, first and foremost, louder. The main disadvantage of Enco W11, for those who are uninformed, is the reduced volume level. Second, as compared to its predecessor, the new model generates a fair quantity of bass.
Not only that but there’s also some instrument separation. The timbre and treble, on the other hand, might have been better.
Furthermore, it would have been wondering if these buds could provide more clarity. But, can we really demand everything from a TWS entry-level product?
Simply put, the audio quality of the OPPO Enco Buds is excellent for the price. Only those who have tried more costly genuinely wireless earbuds may notice problems.
The same may be stated regarding the quality of its microphone. It outperforms the OPPO Enco W11 by a long shot. The ENC (Electronic Noise Cancellation) for calls, however, is not as good as the business claims.
The OPPO Enco Buds not only provide a wonderful sound experience, but they also feature the finest in-ear fit I’ve ever had. Please keep in mind that everyone’s ears have different shapes, thus this statement may vary from person to person. However, I feel that given their small size, these buds should be suitable for the majority of individuals.
Charging and Battery
The OPPO Enco Buds may last up to 6 hours on a single charge and up to 24 hours when used with the charging case. The battery life of these earphones was comparable to what the business claims, which is remarkable.
The OPPO Enco W11, on the other hand, has a battery life of about 5 hours on a single charge and only about 20 hours with the charging case. It’s interesting to observe that both models have the same battery size (buds: 40mAh, case: 400mAh), yet only one has longer battery life.
Both charging cases use a USB Type-C connector and require around 150 minutes to completely charge. Finally, the new model charges the buds via a silver-colored connector rather than the golden-colored connectors present in the earlier generation.
In India, the OPPO Enco Buds cost Rs.1,999 ($27). It is an easy recommendation given the bundle they offer at this pricing. They will be available for Rs.1,799 ($24) for the first three days of the sale, commencing September 14 and ending September 16.
Since their debut last year, I’ve been recommending the OPPO Enco W11 to anybody seeking TWS earbuds around Rs.2000 ($27). Although these fully wireless earbuds were originally priced at Rs.2,499 ($34), they are frequently discounted to Rs.1,999 ($27) or even less, up to Rs.1,499 ($20).
As a result, I believe comparable reductions on the OPPO Enco Buds may be expected in the near future. As a consequence, more individuals may be able to get their hands on OPPO’s new wireless earphones.
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