Saturday , 4 April 2020

OPPO Enco Q1 Wireless ANC Headphones Review: Surprisingly Good

A sleeper hit

While OPPO is now known for making smartphones, the Chinese brand cut its teeth on consumer electronics by producing premium audio products way back when. So the idea of the brand making wireless audio accessories isn’t that far-fetched, and their new Enco Q1 wireless noise-cancellation headphones are surprisingly better than we expected.

With a price of just a hair under Php 5K, the Enco Q1 delivers great, long-lasting audio that won’t break the bank.

Neckband design is utilitarian but effective

The Enco Q1 uses a neckband design that’s similar to the offerings of other mobile brands like LG and the like. It’s not the sleekest-looking pair of headphones in the market, but the design means that the earbuds are staying on your person, unlike wireless earbuds like Apple’s Airpods.

The neckband design also allows OPPO to stuff a massive battery inside the Enco Q1, which helps immensely with overall battery life.

The controls for the headphones are on the left side, along with the USB Type-C charging port that’s covered with a soft silicon door.

The headphones themselves are magnetized, so you can join them together when you’re not using them while you’re wearing the neckband.

Bluetooth 5.0 and ANC drown the world out

For such a low price tag, the Enco Q1 delivers many features that you typically see on much more expensive cans.

Specifically, the Enco Q1 uses Bluetooth 5.0 to connect to your phone and to stream your tracks.

Aside from requiring less power than other Bluetooth standards, Bluetooth 5.0 also transmits its signal farther than previous iterations of the technology, up to 10 meters, in fact.

That’s a great thing to have when you’re milling around the house doing chores, and don’t want to be tethered to your phone while you’re doing chores.

The Enco Q1 also features active noise cancellation to reduce the amount of sound that comes from the real world to your ears.

ANC is a godsend when you’re a frequent traveler, as it drowns out the drone of plane engines, allowing you a little bit of peace and quiet when you need to catch up on sleep. In fact, that’s precisely what I used the Enco Q1 for these past few trips, as its ANC is especially useful when I wanted to catch a few ZZZs on the plane.

Surprisingly good audio

So how does the Enco Q1 sound? Surprisingly decent – its frequency response is pretty wide, from 20Hz to 20KHz, so sound reproduction is pretty good. Sound is driven mostly by the 11.8mm dynamic driver in the two earbuds.

It didn’t really matter what genre of music I was listening to, the Enco Q1 delivered clean, crisp sound and a pretty wide soundstage.

Bass is clean and can clearly be heard without being overwhelming, which isn’t always the case for more affordable wireless headphones.

Stellar battery life

The Enco Q1’s neckband design allows it to have excellent battery endurance. In my experience using it in its default music mode without noise cancellation clocked in at around 10 hours, more than enough for a typical long-haul flight. Using game mode and cinema mode will reduce battery life accordingly, but the Enco Q1’s battery endurance is more than enough for most users.

Once you drain the battery, the Enco Q1 charges quickly via USB Type-C.

Verdict: An excellent pair of headphones that won’t break the bank

I initially dismissed OPPO’s Enco Q1 as a low-end giveaway when we first saw it, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. While I’m not a fan of the neckband design, everything else on the Enco Q1 is top-notch, from the audio quality, ease of pairing, Bluetooth 5.0 capability, and battery endurance.

At Php 4,999, the Enco Q1 is a great buy for people looking for value-packed wireless ANC headphones that won’t break the bank.

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