OnePlus Nord Buds 2 launched: Cheap ANC Wireless Headphones
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OnePlus has launched its new budget Nord Buds 2 alongside the mid-range Nord CE 3 Lite. This next-gen wireless earbuds are slightly more expensive than its predecessor, but OnePlus has thrown in significant improvements such as ANC and a longer battery life.
The OnePlus Nords Buds 2 earbuds retained most of the original Nord Buds design, including the extended stem in an elliptical shape. In addition, the polished circular accent on each side has been replaced by a spun-metal effect. You will notice that the position of the speakers remained unchanged. And for good reason, too, considering how the charging case now looks rounder along the edges.
Affordable Nord earbuds with ANC
it is the audio quality and features that the Nord Buds 2 have seen leaps and bounds forward. OnePlus is finally including noise-cancellation to their pair of Nord earbuds. According to the company, the earbuds are capable of filtering external noise at up to 25 dB, which is short of the 48 dB rating in the premium OnePlus Buds Pro 2 which we reviewed.
There is also a dual-microphone setup for clearer voice calls. Users can activate Transparency Mode if they want to blend ambient and background noises while wearing it. This is similar to one of the functions found in Anker's SoundCore Liberty 4 TWS which we also reviewed.
OnePlus added that the earbuds feature 12.4 mm dynamic audio drivers wrapped in titanium and should deliver more powerful bass and richer audio quality. The Nord Buds 2 also boast a built-in Dirac tuner and Dolby Atmos certification. In terms of connectivity, Bluetooth 5.3 is here to serve users alongside support for both AAC and SBC codecs.
OnePlus Nord Buds 2 battery life and price
Where battery life is concerned, the earbuds offer an average listening time of 7 hours without the case and up to 36 hours when you rely on the charging case. Do take note that both these figures are with ANC disabled. You can only charge it using USB-C, as there is no wireless charging supported. OnePlus claims a 10-minute charge will net you 5 hours of additional playback time.
The OnePlus Nord Buds 2 are already available in North America via the OnePlus website for $59 in the US or CAD $85 in Canada. In addition, the earbuds will only be available on Amazon in mid-April. Color options are limited to just two - white and dark gray.
With ANC at this price, do you think the OnePlus Nord Buds 2 is a better buy than the Nothing Ear (Stick) and other budget TWS? We want to hear your thoughts on this matter.