Test | OnePlus Nord Buds 2 Headphones – Good sound quality at a budget price

OnePlus has updated its popular Nord Buds to a new version. Although the price of the headphones has increased compared to the previous model from 49 to 69 euros, the Nord Buds 2 still offer a competitive price-quality ratio.

In the price category below 100 euros, there is a wide selection of different headphones available today, which creates a tight competition. OnePlus Nord Buds 2 headphones, however, offer features that allow them to hold their own in the midst of the competition.

In terms of style, it’s about in-ear headphones fitted in the ear, equipped with silicone fittings. The stems of the headphones are flat, as in the previous model. The dimensions of the headphones are 27.5 x 21.05 x 24.4 millimeters and they weigh 4.7 grams each, which means they are slightly smaller and lighter than the previous headphones. Touch control of the Nord Buds 2 headphones is easy, and wrong touches are not common. The ear feel of the headphones is comfortable.

Silicone adapters are delivered in sales packaging in three different sizes. The sales package also includes a USB-A-USB-C cable and manuals.

The OnePlus Nord Buds 2 reduce background noise with an active 25 decibel noise reduction feature, and there’s also a translucency mode. The sound of the headphones is amplified by an artificial intelligence algorithm, and there is a dual microphone system for calls.

The quality of noise reduction is reasonably low, but it’s still better than nothing and it’s a joy when traveling by bus, for example. The anti-noise power is not nearly up to the level of more expensive anti-noise headphones, but considering the price range, the feature is somewhat functional. For comparison, for example, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 earbuds reach 48 decibels of attenuation, according to the manufacturer’s announcement.

According to the manufacturer’s promises, the headphone battery lasts up to seven hours without charging in the case and up to 36 hours with the charging case when the anti-noise feature is not on. In the usage test, the headphones usually lasted just under five hours with the anti-noise function on, which is a fairly good result compared to competitors.

Both headphones have a 41 mAh battery, and the battery in the charging case is 480 mAh. The charging case does not support wireless charging, instead charging takes place via the USB-C connection. The headphones have quick charging, and a 10-minute charge gives several hours of use time. The headphones are IP55 certified, which means they are resistant to dust and water splashes.

The headphones are equipped with a 12.4 millimeter element and BassWave Enhancement technology, which, according to the manufacturer, enables the sound content to remain in accordance with its original quality. The sound quality produced by the speaker elements is good considering the price. The sound produced by the headphones is clearly bass-heavy, but still listening to music through the headphones exceeds expectations.

OnePlussa’s novelty headphones connect to the audio source via Bluetooth 5.3. Supported codecs are only SBC and AAC, and for example aptX support is not found. When connected to OnePlus phones, the headphones support fast pairing and Dolby Atmo, but Google’s Fast Pair support, for example, is not included.

The headphones now also have a separate game mode, which reduces the delay to 94 milliseconds. By ear, it is difficult to notice the difference between normal and game mode, but perhaps the feature is useful in fast-paced mobile games, for example. The headphones can be connected to a maximum of one device at a time.

The charging case for the OnePlus Nord Buds 2 headphones has been renewed in a rounder and more pill-like direction. The new case is a bit more stylish than the previous model, but a small back pack has been taken in terms of usability. The headphone case is slippery, and its surface is slippery. Opening the magnetically locked case, especially with one hand, is challenging. Otherwise, the flap stays closed well, for example in a backpack or pocket.

All in all, the OnePlus Nord Buds 2 headphones are good budget fully wireless earbuds. If you can’t invest a large amount of money in headphones, but you want your headphones to have at least a small anti-noise function and good, if bass-heavy, sound quality, the OnePlus Nord Buds 2 offer value for money.


  • Reasonable price
  • Price-quality ratio of sound quality


  • Slick charging case
  • Poor counter-noise power

Specifications OnePlus Nord Buds 2

  • Price: €69
  • Speaker element: 12.4 mm
  • Connections, codecs: Bluetooth 5.2, SBS and AAC
  • Battery: 41 mAh (headset), 480 mAh (charging case)
  • Battery life (announced, without ANC): 7 h (36 h with charging case)
  • Connection: USB-C
  • Weight: 4.7 g per earpiece, case 47.5 g

Source: Muropaketti.com by muropaketti.com.

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