In the case of mainstream TWS earbuds with rounded corners, Onelpus Nord Buds (OnePlus Buds N) went the other way and launched a product with a right-angle flat design. The appearance is unique and comfortable to wear, bringing users a new experience in appearance and wearing.
OnePlus Nord Buds support Dolby Atmos, which is a major highlight of the product. For users who need to watch movies, they can get a more immersive experience. Combined with the pricing of the product, OnePlus Nord Buds has relatively good competitiveness. If you like watching movies and have a need for earbuds resolution, you can consider buying it.
OnePlus Nord Buds specs and features:
- Bluetooth 5.2 with ACC
- 7 – 30 hours of playback
- 12.4mm titanium dynamic driver
- IP55 dust and water resistance
- Dolby Atmos support
- $33 – Check latest price on: AliExpress, Amazon US, Amazon Germany or other Amazon countries
Appearance Design & Accessories
In the era when earbud charging cases generally use rounded corners, OnePlus did the opposite and made a charging case with a right-angled edge design. The overall piano paint design, with arc transition on the left and right sides, flat design up and down, brings a visual effect with a sense of design.
There is only one LED indicator on the front of the charging case, which implements the brand’s consistent minimalist design style. On the back of the charging case, there are physical buttons for bluetooth pairing and a Type-C interface for charging.
The earbuds have a handle-shaped in-ear design and use the same piano paint as the charging case. The flattened right-angle design of the headphone stem is eye-catching, and the length of the headphone stem is also shortened.
Another highlight on the back of earbuds is the metal sequin design on the top of the headphone stem, which not only increases the layering of the product’s appearance, but also reminds the user that this is the control area.
Take out all the items in the box, packing list: charging case*1, user manual*1, safety information & warranty card*1, earbud*1 pair, USB A to Type-C charging cable*1, S/ M/L eartips*1 pair.
Connectivity & Battery Life
OnePlus Nord Buds uses Bluetooth 5.2 technology with a latency as low as 94ms. I didn’t experience any disconnects or unstable connections during use. In addition, there is no lag problem when playing games and watching videos..
When earbuds is connected to a mobile phone that supports ColorOS and Hydrogen OS, it supports the open-cover connection function. After opening the charging case cover, the mobile phone interface will automatically pop up.
In terms of battery life, the earbud has a single battery life of about 7 hours. When used with the charging case, the comprehensive battery life reaches 30 hours. The most important thing is that earbuds support “10 minutes of charging, 5 hours of listening to songs”.
Comfort & Control
In terms of wearing feeling, the unique acoustic design of earbuds makes the overall feeling more comfortable and on-ear when wearing. Although the earbuds look a bit big, the earbuds are actually very light, only 4.8g each, and the foreign body sensation is not obvious.
Although the OnePlus Nord Buds does not have a noise cancellation function, the earbuds fit the human ear and have a windproof and noise-resistant design. In the case of outdoor calls, even if there is a car whistle, it can still transmit a clear human voice to the other party of the call.
In terms of control, earbuds do not distinguish between left and right earbud settings by default. Single click for play/pause, double click for the next song, triple click for the previous song.
Sound quality of OnePlus Nord Buds
In terms of acoustic configuration, earbuds pursue a clear and transparent tuning style, using 12.4mm titanium dynamic driver, dual damping independent rear cavity design, equipped with Dirac Audio Tuner technology. earbuds also supports Dolby Atmos, making listening to songs and watching videos more immersive.
The overall tuning of the sound of the OnePlus Nord Buds is biased towards the bold style. The OnePlus Nord Buds are the more unique TWS dynamic earbuds among the true wireless earphones I have come across. As a dynamic earbud, but the headphone sounds similar to armature earbuds.
The dynamic response of earbuds is fast, which can accurately present the various tones of the guitar to our ears. In the performance of string vibration, it can respond quickly.
In terms of mid-frequency vocals, earbuds’ restoration of vocal color, including vocal imagery and mouth shape, is at the forefront of the same type of TWS earbuds. However, earbuds have certain drawbacks in terms of vocals, which may be the shortcomings of the pursuit of bold tuning. The vocals of the earbuds are thin and lack a certain amount of tension. It’s also a pity that the earbuds have a smaller soundstage.
The above is for the listening experience of earbuds in “balanced” mode. There are 4 different sound effects built into earbuds: Balanced, Bold, Serenade, Bass. The serenade sound effect can effectively make up for the weak vocals of earbuds and improve the performance of earbuds when listening to pop music.