While it’s already a name to reckon with in the smartphone category with a number of successful series at different price points, Oppo is increasingly making its presence felt in the personal audio segment too. In one such move to expand its TWS portfolio, Oppo recently launched Enco Air 2 Pro alongside the Oppo F21 Pro series smartphones in India. Priced affordably at Rs 3,499, the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro comes packed with some of the latest features, such as Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), 12.4mm drivers, powerful bass and more. We used this TWS offering for a while, exploring everything that it has to offer, and here’s what we experienced and felt about this device so far.
Design and Build
The Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro comes in White and Gray colour options, and we had the former for review, which looks beautiful and stands out from the crowd, as a majority of true wireless earbuds in the market offer similar designs. The all-new earbuds feature a flat pebble-shaped charging case, having a translucent design that gives it a distinctive look. There’s an LED battery indicator on the front, and the Oppo branding on the back of the charging case. At the bottom, you get a USB-C port to charge the device.
The case is lightweight and made of a good quality plastic which do not attract smudges. It features a compact design and a diagonal structure, making room for the large earbuds. The case offers a perfect grip in your palm and can easily slip into your jeans pocket without really protruding too much.
Coming to the earbuds, they are quite comfortable and fit perfectly in your ear canal. The earbuds are designed in such a way that they stay in your ears at all times, and you do not need to worry about them falling off too easily. You’ll not experience any sort of fatigue or irritation even after wearing the earbuds for some hours at a stretch. You get two extra pair of silicone ear tips (in the box) which are quite skin-friendly and made for different ear sizes. As for protection, the earbuds boast IP54 certification that makes them resistant to dust, water and sweat to a great extent, so you do not need to worry about the extreme weather conditions.
Features, Functionalities and Performance
The Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro uses Bluetooth 5.2 with support for the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs, and seamlessly get paired with your phone. There weren’t any issues with my iPhone 11 and iQOO Z5. The earbuds offer touch controls which worked well for me. Besides, you may download the HeyMelody app (available for Android and iOS) that can be used to customise controls and configure other settings, however I didn’t use the app too much.
The simple gestures and tapping on the earbuds can take all your commands – it allows you to control playback, summon the default voice assistant on your handset, cycle through ANC and hear-through modes, activate game mode, switch between the two most recently paired devices, and adjust the volume. This suppleness will allow you to control your listening experience without having to access your phone too frequently. The smart in-ear detection – which stops the media as soon as you remove one of the earbuds – is definitely one of the interesting features that you’ll fall in love with. The Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro can also be used to control your phone’s camera provided you have an Oppo smartphone running ColorOS 11.3 or later. This definitely is an outstanding feature in the given price segment.
When we talk about its performance, you cannot ignore the fact that the earbuds come with 12.4mm drivers, which deliver really commendable sound quality. From listening to music to watching movies, we experienced clarity of sound on this pair of earbuds – there’s a right amount of instrument separation, and the treble levels are on point along with punchy bass. There are no issues with highs and lows.
The earpieces have a frequency response range of 20-20,000Hz, besides offering you dual-mic AI-based environmental noise cancellation that offers you better audio on calls, even in noisy surroundings or crowded places. The earbuds are also good for gaming owing to 94ms low-latency transmission (especially with the help of HeyMelody app). Taken as a whole, the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro is one of the best sounding earbuds under Rs 4,000.
Battery happens to be one of the most important factors for a TWS device, and like every brand, Oppo too has worked in this department. On paper, the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro claims to offer 7 hours of continuous music playback and an additional 28 hours with the battery case. In reality too, these claims are approximately true as we got around 6 hours of battery life on a single charge. Besides, it claims to offer 2 hours of playback with just 10 minutes of charging. Even this was nearly precise. It takes nearly 2 hours to charge the case, including earbuds, which is perfectly fine. Overall, the battery life is pretty decent and justifies the price of the device, although there are minor shortcomings in this department.
The Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro will give you a premium feel, from its charging case to the earbuds that offer a snug-fit design. The white colour option is particularly more appealing and soothing to the eyes. It’s very easy to use despite having new smart technologies incorporated into it such as in-ear detection, ANC, AI-based ENC, app support, customisable touch controls, etc. The overall audio output is really praiseworthy with right amount of treble and bass, besides offering you a sufficient battery life. It has almost everything that you would require in a TWS device; however you cannot ignore the tough competition from the likes of boAt, Noise, JBL, to name a few, in the sub-4,000 segment.