The release of OPPO Enco X2 has attracted huge attention in the entire true wireless market, among which Joe Hisaishi’s master tuning and the second-generation coaxial dual-unit design have sparked intense discussions. However, unlike the high-end positioning of the OPPO Enco X2, the OPPO Enco Air series is positioned more for the young market. The OPPO Enco Air2 Pro has been greatly improved this time, and it is full of surprises from the appearance design to the sound quality performance. What is the specific performance of this earbuds, and what aspects have been improved? Let’s find out.
OPPO Enco Air2 Pro specs and features:
- Bluetooth 5.2 with AAC/SBC
- 12.4mm dynamic driver
- 5-7 hours playback of earbuds (ANC ON/OF)
- Charging case can charge earbuds fully about 4 times
- IP54 dustproof and waterproof
- 80ms latency (Game mode)
- $30 – Check latest price on: AliExpress, Amazon UK or Amazon Germany
Appearance Design: “Smile” from OPPO Enco Air2 Pro
The OPPO Enco Air2 Pro charging case is very similar to the OPPO Enco X2 as a whole, both using OPPO’s iconic oval design. OPPO Enco Air2 Pro has launched a total of two colors, gray and white. My hands-on experience this time is the grey version.
The “Smile Curve” of OPPO Enco Air2 Pro
The iconic design of the OPPO Enco Air series earphones is the translucent jelly case, which gives a very light feel and is full of vibrant elements. This time OPPO Enco Air2 Pro has made a new upgrade to the translucent jelly case, bringing a double-layer transparent bubble case design. In terms of look and feel, the Air2 Pro charging case gives people a feeling of being wrapped in bubbles, which is very cute. At a time when the true wireless earphone market is becoming more and more assimilated, this design is refreshing.
This time, OPPO Enco Air2 Pro also improved a small detail. Usually, the earphones in the tws earphone charging case are buried very deep, this is to prevent the earphones from accidentally falling out when the charging case is opened. But this brings up the problem that it is very laborious to remove the earphones. OPPO Enco Air2 Pro has designed a “smile curve” for charging case. A simple understanding is that the opening of the charging case is changed from a straight line to a curved line, which increases the proportion of earphones exposed in the charging case, and the exposure rate is increased from the traditional 50% to 77%. This makes the earphones easier to remove when the cover is opened.
In terms of earphones, the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro has changed from the semi-in-ear earbuds of the OPPO Enco Air2 to in-ear. In-ear earphones have better closure, which is a huge improvement for the listening environment. The weight of a single earphone is only 4.3g, which is slightly heavier than the 3.5g of the OPPO Enco Air2, but the distribution of the center of gravity of the earphones is very reasonable, and it is relatively insensitive to wear for a long time. Although it is an in-ear earphone, the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro has no obvious intrusion into the ear canal, and the ear is very comfortable. It is in view of the closed characteristics of the in-ear type that OPPO has added the active noise cancelling function to the Air2 Pro.
ANC helps you bid farewell to the hustle and bustle
When wearing OPPO Enco Air2 Pro, the noise cancelling function will be enabled by default in the earphones. OPPO Enco Air2 Pro uses a dual-core noise cancelling chip, which picks up ambient noise through the microphone on the earphone, and then calculates the reverse sound wave in real time to cancel it out through the dual-core noise cancelling chip in the earphone. After the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro turns on the ANC mode, the ear pressure in the ear is not obvious, and it is comfortable to wear and use. I use the ANC mode of the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro when I commute, which has a certain effect on the noise cancellation in the cabin. On the whole, the noise cancelling effect of OPPO Enco Air2 Pro is basically sufficient for daily use.
“Huge” Sound Quality Improvement
The upgrade of OPPO Enco Air2 Pro in terms of sound quality can be described as “huge”, and the hugeness here is not just an adjective. In terms of hardware, OPPO Enco Air2 Pro is equipped with a 12.4mm giant dynamic driver. The 12.4mm dynamic driver is currently the largest among Chinese in-ear earbuds. what is this concept? Taking the common 9mm dynamic driver on the market as an example, the unit vibration area of OPPO Enco Air2 Pro has been increased by as much as 89%. The bigger the dynamic driver, the stronger the low frequency performance, which is true from my actual listening experience.
The low frequency of OPPO Enco Air2 Pro is very powerful and elastic, and it will be very comfortable and smooth when performing some songs with more low frequency such as hip-hop music or heavy metal music. In addition, OPPO Enco Air2 Pro also adopts a customized independent bass energy-gathering design. The earphones have a larger independent rear cavity, which can provide more low-frequency resonance space for the dynamic driver, and further enhance the low-frequency shock effect.
OPPO Enco Air2 Pro Enco Live tuning
However, the performance of this earphones in the mid-high frequency is slightly dim, and the line feeling of the sound is not very obvious. Different tuning styles can be switched through the HeyMelody APP. The mid-to-high frequency performance was much better after I chose the “melodious vocal” style. On the whole, OPPO Enco Air2 Pro has a very good sense of hearing in pop, hip-hop and other styles of music. But when listening to some music with a large sound field, it is a little difficult.
System-level Optimization Earphones Latency
OPPO Enco Air2 Pro is equipped with Bluetooth 5.2 technology, which can achieve stable signal connection within a range of 10 meters. I have not experienced any problems such as disconnection or signal interference when wearing and using these earphones in daily life, and I am satisfied with the stability.
In terms of latency, OPPO Enco Air2 Pro exerts the technological strength from mobile phone manufacturers. OPPO has specially optimized earphones for some games such as “Game For Peace” and “Honor of King”. Switching the game mode when these games are turned on will greatly reduce the earphones latency, and optimize the handling of game audio latency from the system level of the mobile phone. When OPPO Enco Air2 Pro is used with OPPO mobile phones (Color OS 11.0 and above), the full link latency can be as low as 94ms. In game mode, the minimum latency of OPPO Enco Air2 Pro can reach 80ms, which basically solves the phenomenon of asynchronous sound transmission in games. It needs to be emphasized here that mobile phones other than OPPO can also use the game mode of earphones, which needs to be turned on in the HeyMelody APP.
Personalized Pop-up Windows and Beeps
The pairing pop-up window between earphones and mobile phones is already a standard feature of mainstream true wireless earbuds. This pairing method is very convenient and saves you the trouble of constantly rummaging through your phone’s bluetooth list. Although earphones pop-up window pairing is very convenient, the pop-up window interface is inevitably a bit monotonous when viewed more times, resulting in aesthetic fatigue. Just like mobile phones can be set with different themes, OPPO brings a personalized pop-up function to OPPO Enco Air2 Pro. In the earphones function settings, after selecting the personalized theme, you can choose different earphones pop-up window styles such as WuHuang IP theme, ski theme, Cosmopolis theme, etc.
In addition to the pop-up window that can be set to different styles, OPPO also brings a personalized prompt tone function that is the first in the earphone industry. Just like setting the pop-up window style, OPPO Enco Air2 Pro can set different voice effects such as: “Goddess of vitality, Cantonese female voice, and witty children’s voice”. Use these three sound effects to replace the original sound effects built into earphones.
Battery Life & Control
The OPPO Enco Air2 Pro has a single battery life of 5 hours after turning on the ANC mode, and 7 hours if the ANC is turned off and only used for listening to music. The longest combined battery life with the charging case is 28 hours. If you use it for 4 hours a day, OPPO Enco Air2 Pro can be charged once a week. In addition, OPPO Enco Air2 Pro also supports a 10-minute fast charge function, and you only need to charge earphones for 10 minutes to listen to music for 2 hours.
Control of OPPO Enco Air2 Pro:
- Tap once L or R earbud: play/pause music
- Double tap L/R earbud: previous/next
- Double tap L or R earbud: answer/hang up
- Long press L or R earbud 1s: ANC ON/OFF
- Long press L or R earbud 4s slide up and down: volume +/-
The control logic of OPPO Enco Air2 Pro basically conforms to conventional usage habits. It doesn’t matter if you can’t remember the preset functions of these earphones. Through the HeyMelody APP, you can customize these settings and change them to your most comfortable operating habits.
In the settings, OPPO Enco Air2 Pro provides functions such as custom earphones control, shooting assistance, personalized themes, wearing detection, finding earphones, and more. Unfortunately, the dual-device connection feature is not supported. But fortunately, it supports fast switching devices, which can quickly switch the bluetooth connection between the two recently connected devices.
Since using OPPO Enco Air2 Pro for a while, this earphones has brought me a lot of surprises. From every aspect, OPPO Enco Air2 Pro is a product full of sincerity. As a true wireless earphones targeting the young market, the color and transparent bubble case design of earphones are in line with the tastes of young people. The design of the “smile curve” shows OPPO’s ability to control product details. The 12.4mm large dynamic and heavy low frequency tuning style is also in line with the listening habits of young people.
In addition, the addition of IP54 dustproof and waterproof capability and noise cancelling function further broadens the usage scenarios of earphones. In particular, the personalized prompt sound makes earphones more interesting, and we look forward to OPPO bringing us more personalized sound effects in the future.