OnePlus Nord Buds CE: Excels, only in the right environment – The Hindu

August 12, 2022 by No Comments

The OnePlus Nord Buds CE provide beautifully balanced music and breathtaking fidelity, but the semi in-ear design may not work for all
 

The OnePlus Nord Buds CE provide beautifully balanced music and breathtaking fidelity, but the semi in-ear design may not work for all
 

The days when largely unaffordable Apple AirPods ruled the market in splendid isolation are long gone. With the 3.5mm jack now disappearing from more and more smartphones, high-quality yet affordable true wireless earphones are quickly becoming a must-have tool for not just those on the move, but even the audio connoisseurs who demand studio-level excellence from their budget-friendly tech.

The launch of the OnePlus Nord Buds CE in the Indian market caused a buzz as the brand has been known for its accessibly-priced products. We lent our ears to the buds to hear what they sounded like.

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Packaging and Design

The OnePlus Nord Buds CE arrived in sturdy, compact cardboard packaging. There was a USB-C/USB-D charge cable, the two buds in their white charging pod, an instructions booklet, a sticker, and a welcome card with member benefits. 

The smooth white charging pod has the name of the company printed in grey, and a pinhole-shaped light to indicate when charging is required. It is light and easy to handle.

The buds themselves have a chunky white finish and extend to the earlobe when inserted. There are two small metallic spots at the bottom of each bud to help them slip into the magnetic charging case with ease. Overall, the design is sleek, attractive, and has a trendy feel that is stylistically similar to Apple’s second generation AirPods.

OnePlus Nord Buds CE: Excels, only in the right environment
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The Buds’ semi in-ear design comes with its pros and cons. Since it does not sit too deep in the ear canal, the buds can be used for many hours without irritating or straining the ear. They remain clean and oil-free. However, the distance from the eardrum means one inevitably has to listen to their music and calls at a higher volume – at least 50% or even more. The complete lack of noise cancellation will be a problem for wearers hoping to use their buds during long flights, train rides, or while working in a lively office.

Sound

You know the OnePlus Nord Buds CE are powerful listening aids as soon as you connect to Bluetooth and turn up the first song. The 13.4 mm titanium drivers deliver a formidable but not overbearing bass. The HeyMelody app allows you to choose from four modes – bass, balanced, serenade, gentle, and a game mode to customise your listening experience. However, the app was not compatible with my MacBook laptop, where I listen to most of my music.

Whichever mode you use, the carefully mixed audio and high-fidelity sound is an absolute delight. I listened to ASMR, rock, heavy metal, pop, and instrumental symphonies; the Nord Buds CE excelled in almost every genre. Vocals are clean and bright while instruments are flawlessly layered. Background and ambient sounds are captured with pleasant crispness and clarity. However, the semi in-ear design means external distractions can get in the way of …….

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/gadgets/oneplus-nord-buds-ce-china-earphones-review/article65761581.ece

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