Magnetic housings control play/pause
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless headset is an old dog, but the price has dropped with the advent of the Bullets Wireless 2. Listeners who want better sound quality than the Bullets Wireless Z without paying a premium for the second-generation earphones, should consider these buds.
Editor’s note: this OnePlus Bullets Wireless review was updated on June 12, 2020, to include information about the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z and Bullets Wireless 2.
What are the earbuds like?Credit: Lily Katz / Android Authority
The aluminum alloy housings look nice but sport a dubious build; the right earbud panel of our review unit dislodged itself, and I used tape to remedy this. Once the earbuds were reconstructed, the auto-play and pause controls worked flawlessly.
While OnePlus states that listeners can run but not swim with the earbuds, I was cautious about exercising in them because the OnePlus warranty states that the company “makes no guarantees” about water-resistance and that liquid damage isn’t covered.
Connection strength is good
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless neckband earbuds operate via Bluetooth 4.1 firmware, which isn’t nearly as efficient as the more updated Bluetooth 5.0 firmware seen from both the Bullets Wireless 2 and Bullets Wireless Z headsets. I was able to test the limits of the 10-meter wireless range before any connection stutters occurred when both inside and outside. Unfortunately, Bluetooth multipoint isn’t supported, but you can quickly switch between the current and previously connected device via the dedicated button on the neckband. The earphones support aptX, a high-quality Bluetooth codec, which benefits Android devices.
Battery life and fast charging
According to SoundGuys’ OnePlus Bullets Wireless review, the headset lasted 7.16 hours on a single charge. While this falls slightly short of the listed eight-hour battery life, it can be forgive due to the efficient fast charging. Connecting the neckband to the included USB-C input for just 10 minutes yields five hours of playback, which is some fo the most efficient warp charging we’ve experienced.
Sound is reproduced accurately
Each earbud houses a 9.2mm dynamic driver that’s paired with an “energy tube” to reduce harmonic distortion. While this sounds like quite a bit of PR verbiage, it proved effective in testing: the earphones deliver a clear, consistent neutral-leaning sound that bodes wells or all genres.
Bass and midrange notes are relayed equally loud, which sidesteps a common phenomenon that plagues consumer audio products: auditory masking. This is when a loud sound makes it difficult to perceive a relatively quiet one (e.g. kick drums making it hard to hear vocals). To improve bass response and isolation, you may want to pick up a pair of memory foam ear tips, as OnePlus only supplies the silicone variety.
Should you buy the OnePlus Bullets Wireless?
Yes, if you’re a OnePlus user who isn’t bothered by the fact that OnePlus’ phones lack a headphone jack, then the OnePlus Bullets Wireless is still a great option. Durability is disappointing and it’s a hard product to come by, but if you happen upon it when it’s in stock, grab it because it sells faster than hot-cakes.