OPPO has been making headphones and amplifiers for years, and the OPPO Enco X true wi-fi earbuds are the newest addition to the corporate’s spectacular audio portfolio. The OPPO Enco X launched in China again in October adopted by a European-wide launch shortly after. Retailing for €179 in most European international locations and £169 within the UK, the Enco X are a high-end pair of true wi-fi earbuds. I’ve been utilizing them over the Christmas interval with each my Google Pixel 5 and my OPPO Discover X2 Professional, they usually’re a large step-up over the past OPPO earphones that I used — the Enco Q1 wi-fi — which launched on the finish of 2019.
Notice: We acquired the OPPO Enco X from OPPO Eire for assessment. They didn’t have any enter into the contents of this assessment.
OPPO Enco X: Specification overview
For starters, the OPPO Enco X packs probably the most highly effective noise cancelling I’ve skilled from a pair of true wi-fi earbuds. When ANC is cranked as much as most, they cancel out much more noise than the Huawei FreeBuds Professional — and people earbuds have been already significantly spectacular at ANC. I used to be capable of take a practice journey just lately, the place I introduced each the Huawei FreeBuds Professional and the OPPO Enco X to match the 2, and the distinction was dramatic. The OPPO Enco X efficiently silenced many of the practice noises immediately; the Huawei FreeBuds Professional did fairly nicely, however nowhere close to to the identical extent. On the OPPO Enco X, you may flip off ANC, activate a primary ANC, and allow most ANC. I’ve stored these earbuds on with most ANC at almost all instances, aside from my utilization of the transparency mode at instances too. Transparency mode makes use of the microphones on the earbuds to take heed to sounds round you and feed them straight into your ears to be able to hear exterior noise.
The OPPO Enco X is made in partnership with Dynaudio, and their brand is emblazoned on the case’s hinge. They assist wi-fi charging on any customary Qi charging pad, charging in about 2 and a half hours from empty. They cost in a bit beneath 2 hours from empty to 100% utilizing a USB-C charger, although I usually decide to passively place the case on my wi-fi charging pad each time I’m not listening to music. Additionally they assist the Low-latency, Excessive Definition Codec (LHDC), although I used to be solely capable of get it working with my OPPO Discover X2 Professional. Not all smartphones assist LHDC. My Google Pixel 5 defaults to AAC, with no choice to allow the LHDC codec. It’s not an enormous deal, however one thing to remember as a shopper.
By way of battery life, you’ll get about Four hours of battery life out of every earbud with ANC switched on, and 5.5 hours of battery life with ANC switched off. The charging case will cost each earbuds Three or Four instances from zero to 100%.
Lastly, to vary any of the settings on the earphones, you’ll have to both have an OPPO cellphone or obtain the Hey Melody app from the Google Play Retailer. Each of them work completely positive, although having an OPPO cellphone is preferable as all the settings could be modified natively.
Design and luxury
The OPPO Enco X are very small and light-weight, making them snug to put on for lengthy intervals of time. I’ve not had any points with them in my ears for hours on finish, and I’ve even been capable of lie down straight on them with out hurting my ears — one thing that I can’t actually do with different true wi-fi earbuds. They’ve a singular design for certain, however distinctive doesn’t at all times imply good. Whereas I discover them snug to put on they usually’re gentle within the ears, the contact controls could be fairly finicky. I don’t actually care about contact controls, however I do know lots of people do.
There are two different ear tip sizes, and the default ones are medium-sized.
OPPO Enco X – Audio High quality, Energetic Noise Cancelling
Audio high quality is a very powerful side of any set of earbuds or some other audio-related product for that matter. On the OPPO Enco X, frequencies are balanced with a bass that is still sturdy and clear with out being overbearing. These earbuds is not going to beat your fancy €100 or €200 headphones, however earbuds usually by no means will, not to mention true wi-fi earbuds. They’re a laptop computer or smartphone accent that exists for comfort, and for that, the OPPO Enco X is outstanding. You may maintain them paired to 2 units and change between them with an extended press on both earphone’s stem. This needs to be enabled in settings.
As for energetic noise cancelling, I used to be tremendously impressed. I used to be capable of take a practice journey just lately, and I straight in contrast each the Huawei FreeBuds Professional and the OPPO Enco X’s noise cancelling. The distinction was evening and day, with the Enco X blowing the FreeBuds Professional out of the water when it got here to blocking out the low hum of the practice’s engine. I didn’t discover a lot distinction between the 2 when blocking out different noises, however I used to be amazed on the distinction when it got here to silencing the practice.
Nonetheless, the energetic noise cancelling just isn’t good on the OPPO Enco X. It has occurred a number of instances now that, after I brush in opposition to one of many earbuds accidentally, a excessive pitched squeal will play in my ear for a couple of second. It hasn’t occurred often sufficient to show me off of them solely, however it has occurred greater than as soon as. If you happen to’re not acquainted with ANC, it’s principally a tech that analyzes sounds round you after which creates a “counter” sound that cancels out the sound waves that it’s detecting with the microphones. I’m fairly certain it’s this counter sound that’s being performed, because it makes an attempt to cancel out the noise of me rubbing one of many microphones on an earphone.
If you wish to try the Spotify playlist I’ve been listening to whereas testing out the OPPO Enco X, you are able to do so right here. I’ve been extremely impressed by the OPPO Enco X from begin to end, and I wouldn’t fear an excessive amount of about whether or not or not your gadget helps LHDC. I’ve been comfortable streaming with AAC on my Google Pixel 5 in addition to with LHDC on my OPPO Discover X2 Professional, with no main discernible distinction between the 2.
OPPO Enco X battery life
The battery life on the OPPO Enco X is as marketed, so I’ve no actual complaints. You’ll get about 3.5-Four hours of battery life on a single cost with energetic noise cancelling on, which is prolonged to round 20 hours of complete battery life with utilization of the carrying case. With ANC off, I’ve been seeing about Four and a half hours which is a bit on the quick aspect. Battery life isn’t too spectacular, although I hardly ever discover myself carrying my earbuds for that size of time. Usually talking, I’ll use my headphones if I’m sitting someplace for an extended time period. Battery life is certainly the weakest level of the OPPO Enco X, however it’s not unhealthy sufficient that they’re utterly unusable.
Gesture controls on the OPPO Enco X are finicky, and also you’ll have to configure them both on an OPPO cellphone or utilizing the Hey Melody app. The controls themselves don’t even actually make sense. I discover myself utilizing one earbud usually, which signifies that I wish to have the identical controls on every earbud. There are the next gesture choices:
- Double faucet
- Triple faucet
- Lengthy maintain
- Swipe up and down
Seems like loads of choices, proper? Annoyingly, although, they’re restricted in what they’ll do. For a triple faucet, you may solely allow the Google Assistant. For a daily maintain, you may solely change ANC mode. For an extended maintain, you may solely use it to modify to the beforehand paired gadget. Why can’t we select what we wish the gestures to do? I’d love to make use of a triple faucet for skipping to the subsequent music, however I simply don’t have the choice. This seems like an oversight by OPPO if I’m sincere.
Conclusion: The OPPO Enco X are implausible, although not good
I like the OPPO Enco X, and I’ve used a lot of true wi-fi earbuds. They’re snug, they sound nice, and for €179/£169, they’re an amazing various to the Huawei FreeBuds Professional or Apple AirPods Professional. They’re handy to make use of and the ANC is implausible, however their gestures want fairly a bit of labor. You probably have €179 to spend on a pair of TWS earbuds, you may’t go fallacious by selecting these up.