OnePlus Buds 3 Evaluate: Merely, Glorious Worth

OnePlus Buds 3 Review: Simply, Excellent Value

The newly launched OnePlus Buds 3 seems as a brand-new product line since OnePlus by no means launched a Buds 2 really wi-fi earphones. Technically, these are nearer to the Nord Buds Z2 each when it comes to options and when it comes to value, so you may say that these buds are the non secular successors to the Buds Z2. Nevertheless, their pricing locations them slightly below the premium OnePlus Buds Professional 2 within the OnePlus audio vary. OnePlus, with its new Buds 3 really wi-fi earphones, claims to ship premium options at a cheaper price level. I have been utilizing them for a few weeks, and this is why I believe they’re a wonderful selection at Rs. 5,499 in India.

OnePlus Buds 3 Evaluate: Design and Options

The design of the OnePlus Buds 3 case seems equivalent to the OnePlus Buds Professional 2. Decide it up, and you’ll discover that it is a bit chunky in comparison with the latter, and that is all the way down to the larger case battery. The case has a plastic end and doesn’t really feel as premium because the Buds Professional 2’s case, however that is superb because it additionally retails for half its value. Its thicker total dimensions additionally make it simpler to open the case when accessing the earphones, letting me confidently open and shut it with one hand.

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The OnePlus Buds 3 has a really snug match with a grippy semi-chrome end


The earbuds can be found in two finishes, Splendid Blue and Metallic Grey. I obtained the Splendid Blue earbuds for assessment, they usually have a pleasant chrome end across the stalks with the blue plastic casing uncovered nearer to the silicon suggestions. These chromed stems, that are thicker than these of the Buds Professional 2, additionally lend it some grip (regardless that they do get smudgy), so they do not slip out of my palms when eradicating or inserting them into the charging case. Similar to the OnePlus Buds Professional 2, the earbuds have a really snug match, and I had no bother sporting them for hours on finish with none discomfort.

The charging case weighs 40.8 grams, whereas every earbud weighs 4.8 grams, which is not heavy. Actually, these are lighter than the mixed weight of the OnePlus Buds Professional 2 (over 50 grams). Similar to the OnePlus Buds Z2, the Buds 3 supply an IP55 score for mud and water resistance. Which means the buds can stand up to splashes of water or sweaty exercises as nicely. The gross sales package deal consists of two additional units of silicon ear suggestions and a brief USB-C charging cable.

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The OnePlus Buds 3’s charging case (proper) is thicker however has a much bigger battery in comparison with the Buds Professional 2’s case (left)


OnePlus Buds 3 Evaluate: App and specs

When linked to a OnePlus smartphone, all of the settings and customisations might be accessed beneath the Bluetooth Settings of the cellphone beneath Settings> Bluetooth> OnePlus Buds 3> i> Earbuds features. One can modify the lively noise cancellation’s effectiveness, tweak the equaliser, toggle 3D audio, and, extra importantly, modify the earbud controls from right here. One can even discover their earbuds and management the digital camera when linked to a OnePlus smartphone (not accessible on non-OnePlus units).

For non-OnePlus smartphones and iPhone customers, there’s the HeyMelody app. It is accessible for each Android and iOS units and presents loads of management and customisation. You get Noise Management (ANC), adjustable EQ, Golden Sound, and even OnePlus 3D Audio. One may even toggle twin connections and even try the linked units on an iPhone. There’s even a recreation mode toggle for individuals who desire decrease latency, and one may even improve the firmware utilizing an iPhone, which is sort of spectacular. Earbud controls can be found beneath a separate part altogether.

The contact controls that include the OnePlus Buds 3 are brand-new. These work very nicely and supply correct suggestions when sliding a finger up or down the stem of the earbuds. Whereas contact controls have been current on OnePlus earbuds for some time, the brand new slide gesture lets one both change a monitor or modify the amount.

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The HeyMelody app works nicely on iOS and non-OnePlus units, providing sufficient options and customisations


What’s extra, is that the slide gesture might be customised for every earbud, so one can be utilized for switching tracks whereas the opposite can be utilized for adjusting quantity. This function or gesture alone appears justifiable for a lot of to improve to this pair of really wi-fi earphones as a result of even the top-end Buds Professional 2 don’t allow you to modify quantity controls through the earphones.

As for specs, every earbud will get a ten.4mm woofer and a 6mm tweeter (twin drivers) that provide a sensitivity of 110db and a frequency response vary of 15Hz to 40,000Hz. There are 3 mics on every earbud which might be additionally used for noise cancellation aside from calls. Every earbud has a 58mAH Li-ion battery, whereas the case presents a big 520mAh unit. The earphones use Bluetooth 5.3 and help AAC, SBS and even the LHDC 5.0 codec.

OnePlus Buds 3 Evaluate: Efficiency and battery life

As anticipated from an audio product at this value level, the audio caters primarily to the bass-heavy crowd. Nevertheless, this is not the standard muddy bass however a fairly clear and outlined kind, which could be very pleasant when listening to bounce music and even when watching films because it provides that additional little bit of thump with out going overboard. However all of this occurs on the default Balanced EQ setting, which accurately does what it claims to, reserving the extra bass-heavy sound for the ‘Bass’ setting. The mids as ordinary, nonetheless take a little bit of beating right here, however most customers will not discover it a lot. For many who do, the ‘Serenade’ preset appears to maintain this to an extent.

There’s additionally a BassWave function which I discovered to be fairly distinctive. Activating it in settings lets one not solely improve the bass stage but additionally drop or cut back it. Nevertheless, utilising the function solely appeared to make issues worse (irrespective of the place you’re headed), so I most well-liked holding it off.

As for the microphones, they do a wonderful job of drowning out pointless ambient sounds, making the caller’s voice sound loud and clear in varied settings. At no level in the course of the assessment interval did I ever hear a caller complain about my voice high quality, which is fairly spectacular as I’ve heard callers complain fairly steadily when utilizing the Buds Professional 2?

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Whereas the 2 seem a bit comparable, the OnePlus Buds 3’s earbuds have thicker stalks


The lively noise cancelling (ANC) tech works as anticipated and is ready to suppress low-frequency noise nicely, however not a lot with mid and high-frequency noise as they managed to get by means of. Nonetheless, it is fairly succesful and will get the job performed, given its value level.

By way of connectivity, the OnePlus Buds 3 did fairly nicely. I used to be in a position to have conversations and take heed to music a number of metres away (with stable partitions with doorways in between) in my house, and the connection didn’t appear to drop or wrestle (offered I caught to the lighter SBC/AAC codec). When enjoying video games, there’s a separate mode to prioritise latency over audio high quality when utilizing the HeyMelody app on iPhone or different Android units.

As for battery life, enjoying music constantly utilizing the AAC codec, at 50 p.c quantity, the buds simply lasted me 10 hours on a single cost with the ANC turned off. Turning ANC on dropped this determine to round 6 hours. Switching to the heavier LHDC, as anticipated, reduces play time even additional, dropping it to round 5 hours solely. Certainly, the chunky case does include some advantages letting the earbuds 4 occasions on a single cost.

Whereas LHDC audio codec is obtainable, it is fairly apparent to conclude that it is wiser to stay with AAC for higher battery life and ANC utilization, as the benefits of LHDC are a bit gimmicky with these earbuds. They handle a naked minimal of 400kbps whereas being unusable (when it comes to stability and vary) on the promised 1Mbps or 1,000kbps bitrate.

I wasn’t in a position to precisely take a look at out charging speeds, however OnePlus claims that the Buds 3 really wi-fi earphones, when charged with the case for 10 minutes, can present as much as 7 hours of mixed utilization, which sounds ok, so I will take their phrase for it.


At Rs. 5,499, the OnePlus Buds 3 really wi-fi earphones supply a plethora of options which have trickled down from the extra premium Buds Professional 2, nearly making the latter redundant in the case of sure options. Key amongst these are the brand new slide gestures with contact controls, which make for a handy strategy to management the amount and music playback expertise with out the necessity to attain in your smartphone. Whereas the addition of LHDC codec is questionable, you continue to get succesful ANC and wonderful voice high quality. A well-designed companion app that provides many of the options of a OnePlus smartphone, even on a non-OnePlus machine, finally ends up making the OnePlus Buds 3 earphones a really compelling audio package deal at this value level.

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