Oppo Enco X Review True Wireless Earbuds

Oppo Enco X Review

I have the brand new Oppo Enco X in review. A TWS headset is in the upper price segment, and I want to know whether it is worth the money or not and whether there are alternatives.

The Oppo Enco X, the internal name is ETI51, by the way, is not the manufacturer’s first TWS headset. With the Oppo Enco W31 ( test report ), I already had one in the test, but in the end, it didn’t completely convince me. With the Oppo Enco X, you want to attract customers in the upper price sector, which currently has real bestsellers on the shelf, especially the super cheap Samsung Galaxy Buds Live ( test report ) or the Sony WF-1000XM3 ( test report ). And, of course, the AirPods Pro ( test report ). By far the best-selling TWS headset in the world, which I use myself.

PROS:

  • Light and extremely comfortable
  • Remarkable audio quality
  • Excellent call quality
  • ANC is added bonus

CONS:

  • Using gestures isn’t very convenient
  • No voice controls

In the Oppo Enco X development, none other than Daniel Emonts, one of Dynaudio’s most famous developers, was involved. Of course, that raises expectations a bit.

Of course, I also rate things like quality, connectivity with Android and iOS, wearing comfort, etc., because I also do sports and wear them at the same time.

In the end, I write down what I think is good, what is ok and what I don’t like. 

Of course, these are my impressions and especially the sound, but the battery life also depends on your usage behavior and listening habits.

Last but not least, the selection of the right attachments, which largely influence the sound. 

What I like:

In addition to the actual headset and case, the packaging also includes:

  • A short USB Type-C charging cable.
  • Two additional attachments in different sizes.
  • A short German manual.

So far, so common

The processing is without criticism. The two earplugs, but also the case, are neatly made. The case’s flap closes with a full “click,” and the magnets hold the earplugs securely in place. However, there is also a small problem here, which is not bad, but always leaves me with a question mark. The two earplugs are mirror-inverted in the housing. I open the case, take out the right earplug and have it in my hand the wrong way round. To put it in the ear, I have to twist it first. It’s hard to describe, but when you hold it in your hand, you immediately realize what I’m talking about.

In terms of dimensions, the Oppo Enco X is better than the AirPods Pro ( review ). Yes, of course, they look a bit like the AirPods Pro, but the Enco X is nicely designed. This is mainly due to the shorter and, above all, slimmer “stalks.” As a result, the TWS headset is not only very light but also offers excellent wearing comfort. The AirPods Pro holds well, but the Oppo Enco X works better in the ear and is also a lot more discreet.

I am speaking of comfort. The Oppo Enco X is particularly impressive when it comes to sports. But, of course, it always depends on how much time you take to choose the right attachments. For me, it fits best with the large ear pad on the left and the middle one on the right. Even jumping jacks or jumping rope did not let the headset fall out.

The ANC of the AirPods Pro ( test report ) and the Sony WF-1000XM3 ( test report) are considered to be the best the market currently has to offer. The Oppo Enco X is right in this league. Of course, this one cannot do magic either, and, as with both of the above, you can still hear a lot, but it works well. There are four levels, whereby you can choose from two on the headset. The other two can be set via the app. There are the levels “Off,” “Ambient,” “On,” and “Maximum.” In ambient mode, you can hear so much that you can still hear music well, but you are still not completely disconnected from your surroundings. Perfect for the office or on the road. At the station, despite having both earplugs in my ear, I can still speak to my colleagues without any problems without yelling at them because you can hear yourself well. If I activate the ANC, then the conversations become a murmur, which is still audible if you don’t hear any music, but there is silence as soon as you start the music. However, I don’t see the difference between maximal and “normal.”

How does the Oppo Enco X sound? Better than the sound of the Sony WF-1000XM3 ( test report ) and thus on a par with the AirPods Pro ( test report ). The existing LHDC codec ( what is it? ) Is unfortunately not used, as it is only activated in connection with the Oppo Find X2 and Find X2 Pro. This also applies to the aptX codec, which everyone is so keen on. So that it can be used, the headset and smartphone must support it, and so must the streaming provider ( which one is the best? ), Or the mp3 must provide this bandwidth. Otherwise, the greatest codec is of no use. Most people forget or don’t even know. 

The sound character of the Oppo Enco X is rather neutral and balanced, which is not least the fingerprint of Dynaudio developer Daniel Emonts, and it just sounds good. I can now go back to keyboards, rooms, locating instruments, or similar gibberish, but you can usually not imagine anything like that. Therefore, as usual from us, very simple:

No matter what kind of music you deliver, the Oppo Enco X. sounds confident, groovy at all times, with the right amount of oomph around the bottom and also at the top with the highs. It delivers. Successful all round, brilliant all round. At the maximum volume, there are certainly louder, but certainly not better, because even at the maximum, there is nothing distorted or booming. I think the sound is good because it is fun, enthusiastic and pushes during sports. That’s exactly what I want. And no one currently delivers better in this price range. Not even the so often praised AirPods Pro ( test report ).

What I think is ok about Oppo Enco X

The list of equipment reads well. There are 11 mm, drivers, ANC, wear detection, and wireless charge. But that’s just standard in this price range and therefore only ok.

The wearing detection works well. So plug out = music break. Plug it back in and go on. The Oppo Enco X is not waterproof, which would be total nonsense, but according to IP54, it is well protected against rain and heavy sweating.

In terms of connection, there is nothing to complain about. This is built up directly and kept well at a distance, but this always depends on the structural conditions and cannot be assessed. I can sometimes move around the corner in my apartment or at the police station without breaking the connection.

The operation by touch is also perfectly fine, especially since you can change it, which I will talk about later. From Who is it set so that tapping twice in the middle area of ​​the stem jumps to the next track or accepts calls and then hangs up. If you press once and then hold down, you switch the ANC on or off. Swipe up or down to decrease or increase the volume.

To reset to the factory settings, delete the headset from the smartphone’s Bluetooth settings, place both earplugs in the case, leave the lid open and hold the virtual button on both for 15 seconds until the LED flashes red.

The low latency makes the Oppo Enco X useful for videos and games of all kinds. I played PUBG Mobile with it and didn’t notice any real lag.

The battery should last up to 5.5 hours at 50% volume and active ANC. I didn’t quite achieve that, especially since I often hear louder. After 4 hours and 48 minutes, the music was off, and in this case, I was able to charge both earplugs twice, and the third time it was enough for another 2 hours and 16 minutes. Altogether it takes about 17 hours, and that is ok because most of the competitors can’t do much longer either. Especially since the case can be charged wirelessly and, thanks to Quickcharge, also by cable very quickly within a little over 70 minutes. Wireless takes a little longer.

What I don’t like:

To control the advanced settings of the Oppo Enco X, you need the HeyMelody ( Android ) app, which is currently only available for Android. The app for iOS has been announced for the first half of 2021. This app also works for OnePlus headsets such as the OnePlus Buds ( review ), but it is anything but pretty. Everything seems somehow unfinished, but everything works so far. You have to briefly press and hold the button on the case for the first connection, and the Oppo Enco X is recognized and connected directly. Here you can now carry out firmware updates ( how does that work? ) Or change the ANC or the operation. As I said, everything works so far, but only on Android until sometime in 2021 (as of December 15, 2020), and I don’t think that’s good.

Conclusion:

Is the Oppo Enco X recommendable? Yes, and even as an iPhone 11 user, it convinces me and is currently the best alternative to the AirPods Pro ( test report ). Sure there are better sounding headsets. Of course, there are headsets with a better ANC or better battery life. An alternative would be the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live ( test report ), which does not sound so good and has to give up the battery and the ANC. The best overall package is provided by Oppo Enco X and is thus included in our list of the best. That’s why I award the seal of approval.

Oppo Enco X Review True Wireless Earbuds
Oppo Enco X Review True Wireless Earbuds

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