Chinese manufacturer Oppo not only produces interesting smartphone models, but also pretty good wireless earbuds. Therefore, today I have to review another model of the second generation of headphones called Oppo Enco Free 2.
In this article, you can find out about the main features of the device, the quality of their assembly, connection, sound, microphones and much more. Thus, let’s talk about the price first, and then go through the main features of TWS earbuds in 2021.
The price tag for the new generation of Oppo Enco Free 2 earbuds has become quite humane and now you can grab them for only $75. I note right away that this headphone model is not budgetary in its segment, but it has many interesting features and let’s talk about them.
The second generation of Enco Free 2 wireless earbuds received a 10 mm dynamic driver size. It is also worth mentioning that these earbuds were made in the form of vacuum earbuds with silicone ear tips. Of the features, on board the device there is an active noise cancellation function, a transparency mode and an automatic pause sensor.
Bluetooth 5.2 version is responsible for the wireless connection. In addition, the device has received protection from water under the IP54 standard and there are three microphones on each channel. Therefore, if you are interested in earbuds and how each function will cope with its tasks in real life, then I ask you to start with a full and in-depth test with all the analyzes.
Oppo Enco Free 2: Specifications
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Unboxing and packaging
The updated model of the Oppo Enco Free 2 earbuds comes in a small square package. It was made of white and rather thick cardboard. On the front, there is a drawing of the earbuds with the name of the brand and model.
But inside the box you can find – this is directly the charging box itself with earbuds. In addition, there were instructions for use, a Type-C format charging cable and oval silicone ear tips.
In general, the package was worthy of its attention and if you are looking for a device for a gift, then the option from Oppo will be a good choice. But for now, let’s find out the main advantages and disadvantages of the device’s appearance.
Design, build quality and materials
As I mentioned earlier, the Oppo Enco Free 2 earbuds themselves were made in the form of vacuum in-ear earbuds. Therefore, on the base of the sound guide, you can see the silicone ear tips.
My version was in white, but you can also find a version of the earbuds in black. But here I want to highlight the most important drawback – it is the presence of glossy plastic. After my testing, which lasted about 5 days, the case of the charging box and earphones had a lot of micro scratches and abrasions.
I have repeatedly said in my previous reviews that glossy plastic is not the best option for any wearable technology. That is, a better choice here would be to use a matte combination than a glossy one.
At the same time, I had no problems with the build quality at all. All components were perfectly fitted and did not emit extraneous squeaks and noise. In addition, the earbuds received good water protection under the IP54 standard. They are not afraid of rain, sweat and splashes, but you should definitely not completely immerse them in water.
As for the wearing comfort, I did not have any special comments during my testing. I could easily wear the earbuds for hours, as the weight of one earbud was only 4.4 grams. But wearing them all day will be problematic, given that the Enco Free 2 model was made as in-ear earbuds.
The outer part of the headphone case received a touch control panel. There is a microphone hole on the bottom of the leg and there is also a metal plate for charging the earbuds through the case. In addition, only three microphones were installed on the headphone case, but I will talk about the quality of the microphones a little later.
Now let’s talk about the charging box itself. The Oppo Enco Free 2 case was also made of glossy plastic with a small matte insert. Therefore, you will have problems with durability. Unless you are using a protective case, which you can purchase separately.
But I didn’t have any special comments on the build quality, since all the components were well assembled and had no extraneous creaks and noises. The lid itself opened without unnecessary questions and backlashes.
On the right side of the box, a button was installed for pairing earbuds or resetting to factory settings. At the bottom, there is a Type-C connection, but I’ll say right away that wireless charging was not provided on board the box. But on the front, that is, the front part, you can find an LED indicator that will notify you of the battery charge level.
Connection, latency and touch control
Oppo Enco Free 2 wireless earbuds are connected via Bluetooth connection with version 5.2. This is the latest version of the wireless connection, and as my practice has shown, the Enco Free 2 earbud model did not cause me any communication problems. My smartphone always transmitted a stable and clear signal to the earbuds, even over long distances up to 10 meters.
That being said, I also had no latency issues during my testing. For example, when watching videos on YouTube, I could watch various videos without any problems. Also during games such as PUBG Mobile, the latency level was very minimal and I could comfortably play games for hours.
In addition, if you have a smartphone from the Oppo brand, then when you open the lid on your smartphone, a window will pop up with information about the remaining battery charge. You can also install a proprietary application called HeyMelody.
Now let’s talk about touch controls. I must say right away that I had no problems with touch control at all, and its functionality will only delight the future owner. Here you can increase or decrease the volume level, switch tracks, stop or play music. In addition, you will have the ability to switch modes from game mode, transparency mode, active noise reduction and others.
Sound quality, modes of operation and microphone
The sound quality in the Oppo Enco Free 2 is controlled by a 10 mm dynamic Dynaudio driver. I can also highlight the presence of a tri-core chip for active noise cancellation. The headroom of the maximum volume level was quite good.
At the same time, the low frequencies were played very balanced and smoothed out. Considering that these are vacuum in-ear earbuds, the presence of bass will only be at the top. The middle and high frequencies played very dynamically and, most importantly, had good details.
Comparing the sound with a similar class of earbuds, I definitely liked how the Enco Free 2 earbuds play in real life. Since the sound was very harmonious and had a number of interesting advantages over its competitors.
Now I should tell you about the work of ANC active noise cancellation. On the headphone model from the Oppo brand, this function coped with the tasks set better than its competitors. Considering that the noise reduction was within 42 dB. In practice, extraneous noises were well distinguished and my ears enjoyed only the music, not the sounds of the surrounding world.
If we talk about the operation of the transparency mode, then I did not reveal any particular complaints here either. While listening to music, the voice of the interlocutor was clearly heard, and the surrounding sounds of the city as well.
The last part of this section – it remains to analyze the quality of the microphones. Oddly enough, with the sound quality everything is at an excellent level. During my testing, my interlocutors heard me clearly, both in noisy places and in quiet places.
Battery and run time
Another unsolved question that I have left is the battery life of the Oppo Enco Free 2 headphones. So, each earphone had a 41 mAh battery capacity, and the charging case received 480 mAh.
If you use the earbuds in normal mode, but at the maximum volume value, the battery life is 7 hours. And if you reduce the volume to 50%, the battery life increases to 14 hours. At the same time, if you activate the active noise cancellation mode, then the battery life is reduced by 2 hours at 100% volume level.
In addition, I was pleased with the charging time. For example, there is a fast charging function on board the device and in 10 minutes of charging you can get up to 1.5 hours of listening to music. A full charge will take only 50 minutes, and the box itself can be charged in 1.5 hours via a Type-C connection.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
After several days of active testing of the Oppo Enco Free 2 earbuds, I had only positive emotions.
I should also say that over the past month I have mainly tested budget TWS earbuds. Therefore, the new model from the Oppo brand showed itself in a positive way for me, as it had many interesting features that are rarely found on budget versions.
For example, I can attribute it to the pluses – this is a good fit in the ear canal, due to its low weight. The earbuds also received a good list of useful features such as active noise cancellation, transparency mode, and more. Moreover, each of these features worked properly and very well.
Okay, now it’s worth talking about the main and significant drawback – this is the use of glossy plastic, both on the earbuds and on the charging box.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Now you can order the new Oppo Enco Free 2 TWS earbuds at a pretty decent price for just $75.99 with a 43% discount.
Given its technical features, build quality, sound and even microphones, I can definitely recommend the Oppo model for purchase.