OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 review: A sequel done right

The OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro are the company’s latest and greatest smartphones. Unfortunately, OnePlus didn’t follow Google in returning the headphone jack. Instead, it rolled out the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 earbuds. These are a huge improvement over the first-gen Bullets Wireless. Sound quality is phenomenal thanks to the updated drivers and aptX HD support. Let’s find out if the price hike is justified in our OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 review.

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What is the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 like?

These earbuds mimic the OnePlus Bullets Wireless. The neckband and control module remain indistinguishable from the original. The most obvious aesthetic change applies to the earbud housings, which are significantly larger. This altered design makes room for the three-unit driver arrangement, which divvies up frequency reproduction between the three components. In the old Bullets Wireless, one driver per earbud was left to reproduce the frequency range, which made music less clear.

The housings are magnetic, which is helpful when the earbuds aren’t in use. Hooking them together automatically pauses playback while pulling them apart resumes it. The magnets also power the headset on and off in lieu of a dedicated button. There is, however, a shortcut button on the left side of the neckband for pairing and alternating between two connected devices.

Unlike the old model, wing tips aren’t included. Instead, you get three pairs of ear tips to sheathe the angled nozzles. Finding the right pair takes a few minutes but is well worth it: these isolate the listener extremely well, rendering outside noise next to null. OnePlus also provides a red silicone case identical to the old one.

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Quick Pair technology lets users alternate between two simultaneously connected devices. Rather than pausing music on one device and playing on another, as most headphones with multi-connect require, listeners can switch devices by double-tapping the shortcut button.

Battery life

Playback time has nearly doubled from the old model. Instead of getting 7.16 hours of playback on a single charge, you get 14.23 hours. This is in part thanks to the Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity as opposed to Bluetooth 4.1. Once the battery does deplete, connecting to the USB-C cable for 10 minutes affords 10 hours of playback. Fully charging the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 requires about an hour.

How do they sound?

These earbuds support aptX HD and sound great. The neutral-leaning frequency response bodes well for all genres of music and custom EQ-ing. While the slight bass bump is noticeable, its emphasis isn’t at the expense of vocal clarity.

One of the most impressive aspects of the Bullets Wireless 2 sound signature is how well it reproduces an accurate sense of three-dimensional space. Whether I listened to Kendrick Lamar’s album DAMN., or the ethereal sound of Maggie Rogers’ album Heard It In A Past Life, instrumental separation was palpable.

The Bullets Wireless 2 support aptX HD and sound fantastic.

Granted, how good the earbuds sound is heavily dependent on ensuring a proper fit. If the ear tips you use are too big or small, the bass response will be non-existent and outside noise will degrade overall audio quality.

Quick Pair technology lets users alternate between two simultaneously connected devices. Rather than pausing music on one device and playing on another, as most headphones with multi-connect require, listeners can switch devices by double-tapping the shortcut button.

Should you buy the Bullets Wireless 2?

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 will be available in the U.S. for $99. If you’re in the market for wireless earbuds with premium features and a reasonable price, highly recommends the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2. For the absolute best audio quality, nothing outperforms wired headphones. However, the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 make me miss the headphone jack a little less.