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Oppo Enco Free earbuds review: Hits the right notes

The earbuds look quite similar to the AirPods but bring its own set of iterations.

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Last Updated: May 16, 2020, 11.00 PM IST
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Oppo Enco Free offers around 4.5 hours of battery life and an additional 20 hours with the included wireless charging case.
Get it for: Rs 7,999
Key highlight: Balanced sound quality

Sometimes not altering a successful product philosophy — even if it is from a rival — is not a bad idea. This mantra has been adopted by almost every brand that is making true wireless earbuds, and Oppo is no different. With Enco Free, Oppo has improvised on certain aspects of the hugely successful Apple AirPods. We used the Enco Free wireless earbuds for a while and here is what we think.

Oppo Enco Free earbuds look quite similar to the AirPods but bring its own set of iterations. Oppo has given changeable silicon tips in different sizes that make them compact, lightweight and offer a snug fit. The earbuds are comfortable and don’t fall off easily either.

Each earbud comes with a 13.4mm dynamic driver that delivers a balanced sound output. The lows, mids and trebles are well balanced and vocals are crisp and clear. Also, the earbuds are sufficiently loud as well. Oppo Enco Free also comes with dual microphone with AI uplink noise-cancelling for calls and in our test, the call quality was mostly good.

Connectivity is also not an issue here, Oppo Enco Free comes with Bluetooth 5.0, which offers fast and reliable connection.

Oppo Enco Free brings gesture controls aboard, which are indicated by the shuttle illuminated line on each earbud. Gestures on each earbud are assigned different functions — volume can only be controlled by swiping up and down on the right earbuds, while picking up a call is done by tapping the left earbuds. The touch, slide and tap response works smoothly.

Having said that, remembering which earbud does what takes some time to getting used to. Also, if you are wearing just one earbud, then the functionality of the other cannot be used. Having an option to customise these gestures would have been a good idea.

Oppo Enco Free offers around 4.5 hours of battery life and an additional 20 hours with the included wireless charging case.

At Rs 7,999, Oppo Enco Free is a good buy and will please most people looking for a good pair of earbuds in this price range.

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