At first glance, I wanted to write off the fairly conventional-looking OPPO Enco Air2 Pro. It’s a bit difficult to stand out in the crowded wireless earbuds space. So, the kneejerk reaction I had is unavoidable. But that isn’t how we review things here. Initial impressions only get you so far.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some features and disappointed by others. And that’s what we’re going to explore here. Let’s check out what works and what doesn’t on the Enco Air2 Pro.
What works on the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro
With replaceable ear tips, comfort is something I expected from these earbuds. And that’s something I get from this pair. I can use the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro throughout a single charge without any pinching or strain in the ears.
These buds are also IP54 dust- and water-resistant, so it shouldn’t be a problem to use them outdoors and even through some light workouts. They’re relatively secure for that. But probably won’t beat those sports headphones you can get. For my walks, they work just fine. The charging case doesn’t have the same protection, though, so be careful about that.
While I love listening to music, I’m not the most well-versed when it comes to giving you the technical details on audio quality. But to my average listening ear, I find the Enco Air2 Pro to be a pretty decent pair to have around. I am missing the higher-quality audio from the pricier Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2. But these buds do still give a balanced, pleasant listening experience as I replay Carly Rae Jepsen’s and Taylor Swift’s newest albums religiously. These earbuds only support the standard AAC/SBC codec, which makes the difference with the aforementioned buds prominent.
But that’s offset by the large 12.4mm titanium-coated diaphragm drivers, which have a vibration area 89% larger than the typical 9mm drivers. It promises deeper bass and a wider sound field. The bass doesn’t seem too booming, but there’s enough of a thump to make more bass-heavy tracks enjoyable. You can also choose the bass-centric sound profile in OPPO’s HeyMelody app or through Bluetooth settings.
I mention the Bluetooth settings because the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro doesn’t need the companion app to work if you’re using a supported ColorOS device. One of my daily drivers is a OnePlus 9, which is already a ColorOS smartphone, and I could access all of the settings within the phone’s Bluetooth options. Plus, it gets extra features non-ColorOS devices have, including turning the buds into a camera shutter.
Yes, if you’re in the default Camera app, you can just tap on the buds before taking the shot. As someone who takes lots of photos and videos for work, I wish other earbuds adopt this feature.
The call quality on these buds gets the job done. I could hear the other person on the line and they didn’t have an issue understanding what I was saying either, even speaking through a face mask in a busy supermarket. So, I take that as a reliable feature of the Enco Air2 Pro.
Battery life pretty much adheres to the 28-hour use with around three to four recharges in the case. As advertised, it’s also possible to get up to seven hours of use on a single charge.
What (kinda) works
If you’re on the side that wants that aggressive kind of noise cancellation where earbuds block everything out, the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro might not be the best device for that. But since I’m not, I’m plenty happy with the seal it provides. It’s enough for me, even when I’m out in a café squeezing in some work.
What might need a bit more work is its transparency mode. I can hardly tell the difference when I switch between noise cancellation and transparency on these earbuds. It doesn’t let as much of the external sounds as I’ve experienced on other earbuds that offer this feature.
What doesn’t work for me
The Refractive Bubble Case design is possibly the most interesting design element on the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro. Other than that, it’s too plain for my liking. This is a personal preference, though. It could be a non-issue to you, but after seeing more colorful and interesting earbud designs, it just doesn’t scratch that itch for me.
And can I add I wished we got longer charging cables with earbuds? Unfortunately, these buds follow the pattern of having really short charging cables in the box.
The touch controls aren’t my favorite on these earbuds either. OPPO opted to just use tapping gestures for everything from playback, rewind/forward, volume control, and other extra features. The Enco Air2 Pro doesn’t exactly have multipoint connectivity, but it can remember the previously connected device. So, you can tap on the buds to switch between devices.
But what I don’t like about this is it comes at the expense of volume control. Both are useful features, but now you have to decide which one is more useful to you.
I was also hoping these earbuds had access to an equalizer, which isn’t as common in this segment, though. So, I’m not surprised but it would be a could way to differentiate it from others. You’ll either have to rely on your phone’s built-in equalizer or just use the default sound profiles.
Final thoughts on the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro
Reliable comes to mind when I think about the OPPO Enco Air2 Pro. And that is enough for many users. While I may look for a bit more pizazz, it won’t be tough to recommend these pair of buds for those just looking for a decent pair of wireless earbuds just shy of PHP 5,000. (It’s already discounted online, so you can get it at a better deal.)
If they have OPPO phones or other ColorOS devices, it might make for an even more enticing buy.
The OPPO Enco Air2 Pro retails for PHP 4,999 (around USD 85).
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