Good true wireless earbuds are getting cheap in a hurry. You can still spend hundreds for fancy features like ANC if you want, but you don't have to break the bank to get decent sound. OnePlus's first true wireless earbuds, the succinctly named Buds, were a great value at $80. The OnePlus Buds Z take it a step further — for just 50 bucks, these earbuds might lack polish, but they deliver on fundamentals.
The OnePlus Buds might be great cheap Apple AirPods alternatives, but of course, that's only true when they actually work. It seems that many people who have purchased the $80 earbuds are experiencing a strange defect leaving the left earpiece completely silent, with no way to recover it. Affected customers are encouraged to exchange their Buds under warranty, though it looks like new units aren't immune to the issue, either.
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Yesterday, OnePlus got us all hot and bothered with the promise of $1 OnePlus buds in a flash sale today. Well, that sale started at 11 a.m. Eastern time this morning — and ended by 11:01. As expected, stock went fast. If you were able to get a pair, congratulations! They're very good earbuds for one dollar. If you missed out, you'll have another chance later today.
It's been a few months since OnePlus released its first pair of truly wireless earbuds. The OnePlus Buds are pretty solid for the most part, but their lack of customization with older OnePlus and non-OnePlus devices has held them back. Last month, we learned more details about a companion app that would expand the functionality of OnePlus Buds to more devices. Today, it looks like the app itself has surfaced — although it's not exactly what we expected.
OnePlus released its first pair of wireless earbuds this summer. Normally retailing for $79, we found that they offer surprisingly good sound for the price. Now the buds are slipping into impulse buy territory with savings of $20 from Amazon and other online retailers, making them a mere $59.
OnePlus may launch a cut-price sequel to its first true wireless earbuds, the OnePlus Buds, when it debuts the OnePlus 8T next week. Image files recovered from a anonymously-shared proprietary APK show off what is being called the OnePlus Buds Z as a slimmer version of their progenitor. There's also word of a new OnePlus Bullets product as well.
OnePlus’s first truly wireless Buds do look like AirPods knockoffs, which even got them into trouble recently, but their price-to-performance ratio was pretty much on point. One of their bigger caveats is that you need a OnePlus phone even for basic customizations, leaving out a big chunk of non-OnePlus users. The company is preparing to fix that at last by releasing a dedicated app for the OnePlus Buds.
OnePlus released its first truly-wireless earbuds back in July, and they earned an 8.5/10 in our review for offering good sound quality and a robust (if not entirely original) design. The buds were originally only available in white, not counting the limited edition blue-and-yellow color scheme, but now you can also buy them in gray.
OnePlus has dipped its toe into the Bluetooth audio waters several times, but it stubbornly avoided true wireless even as the rest of the industry dropped wires. Now, OnePlus is getting with the times. The true wireless OnePlus Buds are now available in the US, priced at $79.