Tests The OnePlus Nord Buds Wireless In-Ear Headphones are for those looking for a budget solution

OnePlussa’s fresh Nord Buds are a real budget option, with a suggested retail price of just € 49. Despite their low price, Nord Buds offer decent sound quality.

The range of fully wireless in-ear headphones on the market has grown rapidly in recent years. Although headphones are already widely available in the price range of less than € 100, full-wireless in-ear headphones for less than € 50 are still quite rare. Now published OnePlus Nord Budsit offer a great alternative to a budget class. In style, these are in-ear headphones with silicone adapters that penetrate the ear.

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

Nord Buds stands out from its competitors in terms of appearance. The headphones have a matte black handle, while most competing headphones have smaller or slimmer arms, or none at all. The headphones have slightly shiny black contact areas protruding from the handle, in addition to which the earpiece also shines. Nord Buds’ touch control is easy and error touches are not common. The external dimensions of one headset are 27.76 x 20.72 x 23.49 millimeters and the weight of one headset is 4.82 grams.

The sound quality produced by Nord Buds’ 12.4 mm speaker elements is good considering the price. The sound produced by the headphones is clearly bass-winning, but still listening to music from the headphones exceeds expectations. Of course, the sound quality is not comparable to more expensive models, such as OnePlus’ own OnePlus Buds Pro headphones, but they work well in their price range.

For the best sound quality, try different adapter options. If the silicone adapters are too large or small, the headphones will not fit snugly enough in the ear canal. This allows them to drip easily and prevent sound quality.

For me, the largest adapters fit best in the ears, and with the right adapters, the headphones are quite comfortable on the head. The headphones are protected against splashes in accordance with the IP55 standard, which means that you dare to keep them away from rain, for example.

Nord Budse does not have an active anti-noise function, which is not in itself surprising given the price range of the headphones. Perhaps the most direct competitor to the headphones is OnePlussa’s own older Buds Z model, which is even cheaper than newer Nord Buds. Indeed, the sound quality of the headphones is about the same, subjectively compared, and both headphones are equally bass-winning. On the other hand, if you want even a helpful active anti-noise function from the headphones, look back at the slightly more expensive OnePlus Buds Z2 headphones.

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OnePlus’s new headphones connect to the audio source via Bluetooth 5.2. Only SBS and AAC codecs are supported, and aptX support is not available. When paired with OnePlus phones, the headset supports fast pairing, Dolby Atmo and low latency, but users of other devices won’t be able to enjoy these features. Dolby Atmos is available on newer “numbered” models than OnePlus 7 phones, but not on the cheaper OnePlus Nord phones.

Nord Buds has no feature at all to identify themselves in their ears. This way, music playback will not stop automatically if you remove the headset from your ear, but you will have to stop the music yourself.

The charging case for the OnePlus Nord Buds headphones is simple and functional, albeit quite large. The flap stays firmly attached to the magnet in a pocket, for example, but the case can be opened easily if necessary. Each headset has a 41-millimeter-hour battery, and the charging case battery is 480 milliamp-hours.

According to OnePlussa, the battery life of the headphones is about seven hours on a single charge. In real life, the battery seemed to last for about six to seven hours, which is a good result. The headphones can be charged up to three times from the charging case, for a total of up to 30 hours of listening time.

When you charge the headphones from the charging case for ten minutes, you have about three hours to charge them. It takes about two hours to charge the charging case. The OnePlus Nord Buds headset does not support wireless charging, but is charged via the USB-C connector.

All in all, the OnePlus Nord Buds headphones are good budget-grade full wireless in-ear headphones. If a large amount of money cannot be embedded in the headphones, Nordit Buds offers good value for money. The headphones do not have very many special features, such as active anti-noise function or wireless charging, but the main thing, ie the sound quality, has been brought to a good level despite the budget price.

Good

  • Affordable price
  • Good enough sound quality in its price range
  • Valid charging case

Bad

  • No wireless charging or anti-noise function
  • The headphones do not recognize that they are in the ears

Specifications OnePlus Nord Buds

  • Price: 49 €
  • Speaker element: 12.4 mm
  • Connectivity, codecs: Bluetooth 5.2, SBS and AAC
  • Battery: 41 mAh (headset), 480 mAh (charging case)
  • Battery life (specified): 7 h (300 h with charging case, 3 hours of listening time in 10 minutes with fast charging)
  • Connection: USB-C
  • Weight: 4.82 g per headset, case 41.7 g

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