Price and availability
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 earphones are available from May 21 for $99 / £99. This works out at around AU$140 based on current conversion rates, but the company is yet to confirm Australian pricing – we’ll update this review as soon as we know the official cost.
At $30 more expensive than their predecessors, you’d be forgiven for balking at the price – however, they’re still at the lower end of the price scale for similar models on the market.
They’re around the same price as our current favorite wireless in-ear headphones, the Optoma NuForce BE Sport4s, which impressed us with their high quality audio and comfortable fit.
The new earphones look almost identical to their predecessors, with a black and red color scheme, silicone neckband, and inline remote.
Generally, they look very well made and feel quite sturdy, and we liked the seamless, flowing design of the neckband.
In contrast to the matte design of the neckband, the earbuds themselves sport a glossy metallic finish, with a subtle sunburst effect, which looks really attractive.
The shape of the earbuds appears to have changed in comparison the original model, with a more tilted oval-like shape that fits more ergonomically into your ear; as well as making for a more secure fit this has the added benefit of creating a better seal, and blocking out environmental noise when you’re listening to music.
Like the original Bullets Wireless earphones, the back of each earbud is magnetic, allowing you to clip them together around your neck to prevent them getting in the way, or getting lost, when you’re not using them.
Clipping the buds together also has the effect of pausing your music, which we found to be a really useful feature when we needed to quickly take the buds out without stopping to pause our music.
The controls are located on the inline remote, and enable you to adjust the volume and music playback – we found they worked well during our tests.
There’s also a power button on the left side of the neckband, along with a USB-C charging port.
During our time with the OnePlus Bullets 2 we found them extremely comfortable to wear, and we loved how lightweight the neckband felt.
In the box you get two additional sizes of eartips, so you should be able to find a secure fit, plus a striking red carrying case.
While we liked the look of the carrying case, it isn’t the easiest to use; it’s made of silicone with a magnetic flap, but as the opening is so small, it’s difficult to put the earphones away without getting into a tangled mess.
Battery life and connectivity
With support for OnePlus’ proprietary Warp Charge technology, the new earphones only need a 10-minute charge to provide you with 10 hours of playback
This is a huge improvement on the originals, which could offer only five hours of playback from a 10-minute charge.
Battery life in general seems to have improved, with the Bullets Wireless 2 earphones boasting 14 hours of charge as opposed to their predecessors’ eight hours.
While we’re yet to fully test the claimed battery life – we’ll be sure to do that for our full review – the battery indicator on our iPhone SE didn’t lose any bars after three hours of continuous playback.
Unlike the previous model, the new earphones support Bluetooth 5.0, and we were impressed by how quick and easy it was to pair them with our devices. Connectivity was also generally very good, and we didn’t experience any connection dropouts in the short time we tested them.
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 earphones also support a ‘Quick Pair’ function that allows them to pair with OnePlus phones “quickly and conveniently” – as we were using them with an iPhone SE, we didn’t have the chance to test this feature, but again we’ll update this review when we’ve checked it out.