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In a season where virtual meetings and home workouts are part of your daily schedule, a pair of earphones have become a necessity to coping in the new normal.
But for those who want to take it a step further and invest on a pair of wireless earphones, the OPPO Enco W51 True Wireless Headphones would be the perfect for an all-around pair without burning a hole in your pocket.
Rappler got to test a pair to get its first impressions on how the earphones would fare on a busy day.
The OPPO Enco W51’s active noise cancellation (ANC) system may be its best selling point for a pair that costs P3,690.
When I first put on the pair, I was really amazed that it was able to cancel out background noises that have been difficult to silence like construction noises and even the sound of inverter air conditioning.
I always workout while listening to music and the ANC helps me keep me motivated and focused.
I didn’t have to worry about damaging my earphones with sweat either because they're water-resistant and dust-proof.
OPPO’s newest earphones have a noise reduction depth of 35 dB2, which already satisfies someone like me who constantly gets disturbed by noisy children at home or even people talking near my workout area.
OPPO also claims that the earphones come with 3 noise-reduction microphones which make sure that people can still hear you clearly during calls, even when you’re outdoors in noisy coffee shops and traffic-prone areas.
The wireless buds may not completely satisfy audio geeks, though, as it lacks audio adjustments when listening to music.
The earphones – set on a system-wide compensation algorithm to prevent loss of audio quality – automatically amplify a track’s bass, which may mask the audio of the vocals.
But other than that, you get clear, crisp audio during calls and watching videos on YouTube or Netflix.
The OPPO Enco W51 might be the lightest pair of earphones I’ve used as it feels weightless on my ears.
Usually, my ears would start to feel uncomfortable after an hour or so of wearing earphones, but there wasn’t an ounce of pain while wearing these because of the soft silicone tips.
Aside from the snug fit, it has a universal shape that fits most people, even those with smaller ear holes.
When I first put it on, the earphones wouldn’t come off my ear that easily after shaking my head back and forth.
I tried it while working out and the buds only fell when I was doing a set of tuck jumps towards the end of the workout because the soft silicone became quite slippery from my sweat.
But if your exercise program is geared more on weight training, running, and yoga instead of HIIT, the range of movement will not be a bother to these earphones.
For someone who at one point during the pandemic had whole-day Zoom seminars, four-hour long meetings, and gave in to binge-watching, I would still get some low-battery anxiety with the OPPO earphones.
It has a playback time of up to 3.5 hours only with ANC and up to 4 hours with ANC turned off.
But since the charging case and earphones have a total combined battery life of 20 hours with ANC and 24 hours without ANC, it will still be good for those, who can afford to take some breaks to charge the buds in the case.
As someone who works on multiple devices, the only problem I had with the OPPO earphones was the difficulty in connecting to another device despite having previously paired it already.
I would have to reset the factory settings all the time when I want to switch from phone to phone or to the laptop.
But it's definitely not a problem for people who have been using mobile phones and tablets for work and attending meetings.
Overall, if you need a pair of wireless earphones but you wouldn't want to spend a fortune on them, the OPPO W51 will be good enough to get by your daily tasks. – Rappler.com
More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.