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The Bullets Wireless 2 - Are these your buds for life?

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Which version of bullets wireless do you have?

  1. The OG gang! - Bullets wireless Gen 1

    4 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. The Seashell gang! - Bullets Wireless 2

    8 vote(s)
    66.7%
  1. YRJ Lollipop Jun 11, 2019

    YRJ, Jun 11, 2019 :
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    Hello Community,
    Look who's back? Another week! It's Tuesday and we aren't even half way into this week :oops:
    I hope your coffee is strong and workdays are short.
    Meanwhile, this week my companion is the bullets wireless 2. So it's music on and world off!

    Disclaimer: I received the Bullets Wireless 2 from OnePlus for being selected one of the 5 winners of OnePlus playlist by @Trista W. This has in no way affected my review and I have kept the $99/₹5,990 price point in mind while reviewing these at all times. Read on my unfiltered,unbiased and honest review of the BW2

    According to Friedrich Nietzsche ,"without music,life would be a mistake" I can only echo what he said.
    Music is an integral part of everyone's lives, be it in any of its forms. I listen to a wide variety of songs of different genres. My favourite of them is POP!

    Feeding your favourite music to your ears in its finest quality used to be a challenge back in the day, but now you have a zillion option even if you are on a budget!
    I'm more of a wired earphone guy as I am someone who puts quality first, but tbh wireless technology has matured well and the difference in sound quality between wired and wireless earphones has lessened.

    What of the Bullets Wireless 2, Are these your buds for life? Let's find out!

    Unboxing:

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    As soon as you get the box you will notice the solid colourful picture of the bullets wireless 2 also it is not beefy or bulky as the box of the original bullets wireless.
    Once you open the box you will find:
      • A Pair of Bullets Wireless 2
      • A storage bag
      • 3 spot of silicon earbuds(one of it is pre-installed)
      • A User guide which no one reads
      • A Charging cable
      • A Safety and Warranty card
    Once we have all of this on the table it should look something like this!
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    Like every reviewer I placed the main product (in this case the BW2), aside and started digging deep into the box (No Easter eggs here :( ) move forward!

    Design:

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    In terms of design the BW1 and BW2 are strikingly similar! At first glance it is even hard to tell them apart. The earbud housing looks different, they are a pair of "seashell" shaped buds, personally I'm not a fan of the design but they are very comfortable in the ear. They have a Stainless steel and Plastic combination build. The BW1 used to protude out of my ears because of the shape and the size but this is not the case here but the new seashell inspired design reduces the total surface are of the magnetically attracting part of the earbuds and as a result they don't really stick well with each other.
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    The neckband design is pretty much the same, but the stems are a bit bigger and thicker when compared to the BW1 the reason being that it houses a bigger battery.
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    The OnePlus branding has now moved from the in line control panel to the neckband stems and the microphone is now placed behind the in line controls.
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    This brings the mic a lot more closer to your mouth and makes talking on the phone a lot more convenient and you don't have to shout out loud to make yourself heard.

    Battery:

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    The battery is definitely the talking point of the bullets wireless 2. The bullets wireless support OnePlus's Warp charging and it gives 10 hours of playback with just 10 minutes of charge!
    While I had no way of verifying this I did charge them for 30 minutes with a proprietary 20W fast charger and had them play music to me for 3 days!
    Over my 2 weeks+ usage I never had them shut down due to low charge, I charged them only 5-6 times in this period.

    The bullets wireless 2 has a bigger batter, 129mAh if the custom document is anything to go by. (Nice catch @suhantm ) The neckband stems house a bigger battery so it's a visible upgrade.
    On a full charge the BW2 gives 14 hours of playback although this is only true if you the volume us at approximately 60% using the aptx HD codec , the charge deprecates rapidly at higher volume.
    But overall I have absolutely no problems with the battery, I never had a problem with my BW1 either.
    If you have a McLaren 6T or the OnePlus 7 Pro you can use the included warp charger to achieve that advertised 10min charge = 10hrs playback.

    Sound Quality:

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    The Bullets Wireless 2 are a clear upgrade (on paper) when it comes to the sound quality. It had 2 Knowles Balanced armature drivers and one 10mm dynamic driver in each earbud.
    It now supports Qualcomm Aptx HD codec which ensures high definition wireless sound and enables 24-bit music quality over a Bluetooth wireless connection.
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    Leaving the on paper specs aside let's talk about the actual sound quality.

    P.S. For the sake of this review and comparison with BW1 All songs are from my favourite playlist "Monday Blues" if you wish to listen to it you can do so,
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLghy9dTum3UPiRhI_QyJzW5N1Geynmdaz


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    With the upgraded drivers, Bluetooth 5.0 and Tilen Pigac's powerful presentation skills I was kind of aware of what's coming my way but the very first time I put them in my ears I was delighted by how well they fit and feel in the ears and then I shuffled the playlist and it all started with Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy" and it was just perfect. The bass, the vocals, the kick drums, snaps and Synth sounded great for a change the vocals were very clear.

    Next up was my favourite Sia's "Chandelier" the start until you hit the chorus, is dissapointing with non existent bass, but the good part comes at the chorus, there is a reasonable amount of bass the vocals sound crystal clear as she hits the highest note.

    Then came Anne Marie's 2002, having listened to it on both the BW1 and 2 one could easily tell that the vocals were well balanced, the vocals are pronounced during the entire length of the song but on the bullets wireless 1 it tends to get distorted which does not happen here. The bass is non existent until you hit the chorus and even when you are there it is lacking, it sure is better than the BW1 but using a bass booster fixes things to a fair extent.

    I was curious to find out how it would balance a song that has less of instruments and more of vocals, I played Adele's "Someone like you" I was pleasantly surprised by how well it reproduced the audio, Adele's vocals being very powerful are dominant and the piano plays in the background. It sounded exactly the same on the BW1 and the BW2, I cannot complain.

    To finish this song-wise review I played Jonas Blue and Dakota's Fast car, it had been the best experience. For a change there was just enough bass, perfect vocals and distinctive instruments it was a pleasant surprise. I really loved the song and how it played on the BW2!
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    While I have been complaining about the bass quite a bit now, I figured it's not that bad. Instead, using an app to boost the bass does make a difference. Whilst I would appreciate more of bass, I know there are people out there who don't really need a lot of bass. Also, considering the size I'm not completely mad and given that I can tweak the bass to my preference, it's okay.

    Given that there are 3 pair of eartips and that it fits well there is a considerable amount of noise isolation. It also has Qualcomm's cVc noice cancellation and it works great for phone calls there is no issue whatsoever. The person on the other end can hear me clearly and given that the mic is now closer to my mouth I don't even have to speak loudly.

    Storage Pouch:

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    The storage pouch is the signature bright red silicone pouch with magnetic flaps to close it.
    It has an engraved OnePlus logo on the front and designed by OnePlus at the back. Pretty minimalistic and is made up of a single colour.
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    It is the same pouch that came with the 1st gen bullets wireless, just slightly bigger.
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    Squeezing in the BW1 has been a problem, now with the bigger battery stem its only gonna get worse!
    I really like the pouch but please make it a bit bigger.


    What I Love about the BW2:

    •Battery Life : it's just awesome it has lasted for 11+ hours and it just takes half an hour to fill the juice completely with the erstwhile dash charger
    •The sound quality and specifically the Mids and Vocal reproduction.
    •Pairing time is extremely quick, you snap them away and they connect instantly.
    •Magnetic play/pause
    •Double click to switch device is a very sweet feature
    •Easy access to Google assistant
    • The fit and feel of the seashell shaped earbuds is just perfect, no ear fatigue.

    What I don't like about the bullets wireless 2:
    •The design is exactly the same and is not the most appealing part of the product.
    •While running and working out the BW2 tend to fall out of the ear, the ear hooks/Fins are really missed here.
    •Sound distortion: I have been having a lot of connection issues lately on my OnePlus 5, they constantly disconnect and reconnect I really hope it is fixed soon!
    •The pouch: It is slightly bigger to the one that came with the bullets wireless 1 but again, the stems are bigger and it's too congested inside.
    •The price: Although they aren't exorbitantly priced but something under INR 5,000 would be perfect!
    •Magnets: The BW2 snap off quite easily and it has been having a tough time to stay connected too, the reason has to be the smaller surface area.

    Moment of Truth:

    Should you buy the bullets wireless 2 ?

    YES!

    In my entire time testing the BW2 it has never let me down, it's a battery champ! Uncompromised clarity and clear, crisp sound is what you will get with the BW2!
    There is a significant difference in sound quality and the Mids and highs are balanced very well they sound clear and distinct. The detail in sound and how neatly it seperates the vocals and instruments is commendable. At 60-70% volume the BW2 sound great anything above that is neither good for your ear or for the highs that it tends to slightly distort.

    If you are using it with a MacBook there is a significant difference due to the lower quality codec. But they are a perfect companion for mobile phones and OnePlus phones in particular. You get the magnetic on/off feature and quick pair as well!
    The nice fit and different eartips provide great isolation and prevent sound leakage.

    If you are rocking the original bullets I might suggest you to hold on to them for a bit longer. They are not bad at all and given that they cost $40 or ₹2000 less it still is great and value for money!

    So in conclusion, the BW2 are a great pair of earphones. For the price it still is a good value given that you also get fast charging and good battery life.
    With those upgraded drivers, aptx HD, Qualcomm cVc support, it is an upgrade over the original bullets wireless and I personally loved it!

    Do let me know what you think of the bullets wireless 2!
    Are you buying them or will you stick with you bullets wireless OG?

    Until next time!
    Peace ;)
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2019

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  9. YRJ Lollipop Jun 11, 2019

    YRJ, Jun 11, 2019 :
    Nice! I hope you like it ;)
     

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  10. Matt 80 Lollipop Jun 12, 2019

    Matt 80, Jun 12, 2019 :
    Bluetooth bullets would be a more suitable name for these headphones.
    They're certainly not wireless.
     

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  11. YRJ Lollipop Jun 12, 2019

    YRJ, Jun 12, 2019 :
    I personally prefer a neckband design because you can just unplug them whenever you want and let them hang by your neck. No need to look for the case.

    yes, I agree that it is not truly wireless. But what could they call it anyway? :p
     

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  12. Matt 80 Lollipop Jun 12, 2019

    Matt 80, Jun 12, 2019 :
    I agree the design has it's advantages...no chance of losing one half of them like with air pods and other similar products.

    Bluetooth bullets™
     

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  13. YRJ Lollipop Jun 12, 2019

    YRJ, Jun 12, 2019 :
    No offence but It doesn't sound quite good! :sweatsmile:
     

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  15. SJBoss Lollipop Jun 13, 2019

    SJBoss, Jun 13, 2019 :
    Okay, it’s a very well written review, i think I’d read a The LAB review from you. If you make it a little shorter.
     

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  16. manuel19 KitKat Jun 13, 2019

    manuel19, Jun 13, 2019 :
    Agree. What if we get true wireless earbuds next, or in 2 years?;) What will they call them? OnePlus Bullets True Wireless? :confused:
     

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  17. Matt 80 Lollipop Jun 13, 2019

    Matt 80, Jun 13, 2019 :
    Bullets wireless 3*

    *we really mean it now, there actually is no wire.
     

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  19. YRJ Lollipop Jun 13, 2019

    YRJ, Jun 13, 2019 :
    Then execute me for writing a short review? Nice idea :rolleyes:
    Lmaoo! :tearsofjoy:
    OnePlus Bullets Wireless² ;)
     

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  20. manuel19 KitKat Jun 13, 2019

    manuel19, Jun 13, 2019 :
    Oh I finally got it. They might also just be called the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 3 Pro ;)
     

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