OnePlus’ new $99 earbuds promise long battery, better sound

OnePlus’ genuine Bullets weren’t the sexiest of earbuds, but they were a rigid workhorse gifting
for those who prefer a yolked design to fully wireless. And like the rest of OnePlus’ offerings, the price was right.

Announced today alongside the 7 Pro, the Bullets Wireless 2 aren’t a radical departure from their predecessor, but do a good job of construction atop a rigid foundation. The $99 buds feature improved sound with an architecture that was apparently inspired by nautilus spiral sea shells.

What that means is good sound for a pair of Bluetooth earbuds, and a beautiful comfortable fit, courtesy of an elongated angular design. I’ve been wearing them a bit and am beautiful joyful with the fit. The over-the-neck design is more of a personal presence. They’re bulkier than fully wires buds, but it’s user-friendly to be able to pull them out and let them rest over your shoulders when not in use. The yolk is a soft silicone, while the metal buds snap together magnetically to close the meander.

That added real estate also helps on the battery front, without the need for a charging case. All told, they should get you around 14 hours of playback when fully charged. If you’re in a pinch, you can squeeze a great 10 hours of playback out of a 10-minute charge using USB C.

All in all, not an evil deal for $99.


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