The Bullets Wireless headphones from OnePlus are designed with a number of touches to make them easy to use, and easy to love. With headphone jacks disappearing from more and more mobile devices these days, quality wireless headphones that won’t break the bank should be on everyones must buy list. Do the Bullets Wireless qualify? Let’s talk about it – here’s my review.
So – first: what I like. The sound quality is overall good, and I’d place it squarely in above-average territory. You get good clean sound, with a bit of oomph to the base, but let’s face it – these tiny drivers aren’t going to replace your over ear cans for studio quality listening. But they do a good job while you are out and about. The design and fit IN THE EAR is good (more on the rest of the design later) and I found I had no trouble using the stock ear-tips right out of the box and getting a solid, comfortable fit. Everyone’s ears are different of course, but OnePlus throws you a bone with 2 sets of additional sizes of ear-tips. And the magnetic clipping thing that keeps them together, and powers them on and off? It’s a great idea, works great, and its kinda fun to play with sometimes too.
And while they aren’t straight up water proof, whatever sweat resistance OnePlus did to them should serve you well during those long runs or hardcore gym sessions. The battery lasts a good long time, and for me and my uses, I can go a solid week without having to charge them. And when you DO need to charge them, having the USB-C charging port is a modern luxury. Its good to see that OnePlus didn’t do something dumb, like throw a micro USB port onto headphones they released in 2018.
All that is great – but honestly, the best thing about these things? The price – you probably won’t find anything better than these headphones at their retail of $70 bucks. And that makes them a really, really great value.
There’s a lot to like, as you’ve seen (and heard) – so what don’t I like? Not much – but there are a couple things. While technically wireless, these are the neckbud style of headphones that have the battery and one of the other controls in the U-shaped rubber bit that sits on your neck. The cords that connect between this to the headphones are a bit long, and I really didn’t like the placement of the volume and play/pause module.
It actually gives you the look of wearing a horses reigns when you are walking around – which is a reference you’ll get if you grew up around horses. <horse whinney> It just feels a little awkward, and after more than a week of using them walking, jogging, and just sitting at my desk, I found I never really got over that awkwardness. It doesn’t (and shouldn’t) prevent you from using and enjoying them however. The list of things I don’t like pretty much ends there.
I said at the beginning of this review, that these headphones were designed to be easy to use, and easy to love. And they are that. The combination of sound quality, simplistic and intuitive controls, multiple fit options, and very affordable price point make these a great choice for just about anyone – from workout wonders to people just getting started on their wireless headphone journey. They are cheaper and sound better than just about anything else you’d seriously consider. I highly recommend them – just don’t look at yourself in the mirror with them on too often.
You can find them (when in stock, which isn’t often sadly) at this link to the OnePlus website.
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As of the time of this writing, the headphones ARE out of stock – I had to wait a few weeks to get my pair to review as well – but don’t give up! You can sign up to be notified when they are available again.