OnePlus Type-C Bullets earbuds review (2024)

If you don’t really pay too much attention to what’s going on in the phone world, then you might not know what OnePlus is. The company has made a name for itself by making competitive phones for way less than the competition, and it has gathered an almost cult-like following because of it. That said, smartphones aren’t the only category the company is hoping to disrupt and has been starting to release a number of headphones as well.

We already looked at the OnePlus Bullets wireless and were fairly impressed by what you get for the price, but now we’re taking a look at the wired OnePlus Bullets that only cost around $20. There’s a twist though. Seeing as many phones don’t have a headphone jack anymore these connect via USB Type-C. So do we finally have a good pair of USB-Type C headphones to choose from, or are these more of the same?

Editor’s note: This review was updated on June 24, 2021, to address the product’s availability.

Who are these for?

  • Anyone with a USB Type-C phone that’s done away with the headphone jack. While I experienced weird playback control issues with my Pixel 3, these still sound good and only cost $20.
  • Anyone that needs a backup pair of ‘buds. Even if you have a great pair of over-ear headphones that you bring everywhere with you, having a backup pair of ‘buds in your bag is always a good idea. Especially because if you have a phone without a headphone jack then your options for USB Type-C earbuds are already pretty limited.

How are the OnePlus Bullets built?

The earbuds themselves are small, made of aluminum, and pack a punch.

With headphones in this price range you might expect a cheap and flimsy build quality, and in this case, you’d only be partially right. While the cable doesn’t inspire any confidence, the earbud housing is made of a tough metal that I don’t see breaking anytime soon. On top of that, the control module is well-built with clicky buttons that don’t leave you guessing whether or not you actually did anything, and the Type-C connector at the end feels sturdy as well. Of course, I’ve only been testing these for about one week so I can’t speak to how they will hold up over time, but one thing that I wish OnePlus did here was to add some extra reinforcement to the connector as it looks like it will eventually give out.

The control module has a subtle OnePlus logo next to the microphone.

As far as comfort goes, these do feel a little loose in my ears but it never ended up being a problem. They stayed in my ears fairly easily during my commutes, though I will say that I accidentally snagged them on something and ripped them out on multiple occasions. This is a problem with all wired earbuds obviously, but even more so with the OnePlus Bullets because the cables that have the earbuds on them don’t have a wire cinch. So I couldn’t secure the loose cables closer to my chin which made it easier to get caught on stuff while moving around.

The other issue that I had with the build quality had to do with the flat cable which is supposed to be harder to tangle. Keywords: supposed to be. It seemed like I was having to untangle them every other time I took them out of my pocket. In all fairness, I’m intentionally rough with headphones while testing them to make sure they can withstand the strain, so if you give these a little extra TLC and wrap them up correctly before putting them away you shouldn’t have any issues.

What about connectivity?

The control module has controls for volume and playback.

With the 3.5mm connector, I always experienced some incompatibility with playback controls since I usually have both an iOS and an Android device at any time. With Type-C, I was hoping that would change, but I still find myself asking if manufacturer’s know what the term “universal” means because I still find myself having issues. The OnePlus Bullets have a fairly standard control module with two volume buttons placed above and below a multifunction button that controls playback.

These are USB Type-C headphones, so if you have an Android device without a headphone jack you might want to get them.

While the volume controls work fine and I’m able to pause/play music by single tapping the middle multifunction button, I can’t skip between tracks as stated in the manual when I double or triple tap. I’m using these with my Pixel 3 so I don’t know if this is a Google issue or a OnePlus issue, but it’s annoying nonetheless.

Do the OnePlus Type-C Bullets sound good?

The OnePlus Type-C bullets have a flat cable 1.2m cable.

Even at a price $20, the build quality and connection issues that I had made it hard to call these a steal. Then I used them. While they don’t sound amazing, it wouldn’t be hyperbole to say these are one of the best sounding earbuds I’ve tried at this price point USB Type-C or not. They certainly beat the crap out of the Google earbuds, anyway.

The frequency response of the OnePlus Type-C Bullets.

You can see from the graph the frequency response that there is a slight emphasis put on the low end which is to be expected, but there’s also a slight bump in the frequency range around 6000 Hz which really helps to separate vocals from the lows.

Considering how awful USB-C earbuds tend to sound, these aren't half bad.

This lends itself nicely to pop songs like Heatstroke by Calvin Harris. While the low end doesn’t have amazing clarity and the bassline is difficult to follow, you can still feel its presence. Then because of the slight push in the mids, vocals easily float over the top without too much masking or interference. You can hear this in Who Says by John Mayer as well, where the bassline and guitar are lacking in crisp detail but vocals can be easily distinguished.

Highs tend to roll off a bit which is fine considering you probably don’t want loud, piercing sounds right in your ears, but that affects details in the higher frequencies with some of the finger plucking done by Mayer barely gets through.

Should you buy the OnePlus Type-C Bullets?

While the issues with the OnePlus Type-C Bullets playback controls make it annoying as it forced me to pull out my phone every time I wanted to change the song, the sound quality at around $20 made up for that inconvenience. Especially since these have a fairly standard sized nozzle on the earbuds, so I was able to throw on a pair of memory foam tips for added isolation (and thus way better sound). If you have a phone with USB Type-C connector, you should definitely consider picking up a pair of these for yourself even if it’s just as a backup pair to throw in your bag for a rainy day.

Up next: Best USB-C headphones of 2021

Frequently asked questions

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy M40 have a USB-C input which these earbuds can connect into.

The T-160 tips will fit on the OnePlus Type-C Bullets Earphones, but you can also try the SmartCore tips as well.


OnePlus Type-C Bullets earbuds review (2024)


OnePlus Type-C Bullets earbuds review? ›

For starters, USB-C earphones offer many advantages over traditional earphones. They tend to have a better sound quality and are also more durable. They're also perfect for charging your device, as they can be plugged into a USB-C port. However, there are a few downsides to USB-C earphones.

Are Type C earphones good? ›

For starters, USB-C earphones offer many advantages over traditional earphones. They tend to have a better sound quality and are also more durable. They're also perfect for charging your device, as they can be plugged into a USB-C port. However, there are a few downsides to USB-C earphones.

Which OnePlus Bullet is best? ›

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Product NameFeature 1Feature 3
OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z2 ANC Bluetooth in Ear Earphones (Black) with Bank Offer45dB Hybrid ANC20 Hrs Music
OnePlus Bullets Z2 Bluetooth Wireless in Ear Earphones (Magico Black) with Bank OfferBombastic Bass30 Hrs Battery Life
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Is OnePlus Bullets wireless 2 worth it? ›

They are still very good at blocking out most of the ambient noise. I would highly recommend these headphones to anyone who is looking for a pair of wireless earphones that offer great sound quality, comfort, battery life, and features for a reasonable price.

How long does OnePlus bullets last? ›

Specifications. A quick 10-minute charge delivers up to 20 hours of immersive audio playback.; The flagship-level battery life delivers up to 30 hours of non-stop music on a single charge. Water and sweat-resistant, the IP55-rated internals and design ensure your OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z2 stay all-weather ready.

What is the best Type-C earphones? ›

5 best Type-C earphones for discerning listeners
  • Apple EarPods Wired Earphones.
  • Samsung IC050 In-Ear Wired Earphones.
  • Blaupunkt EM01 Wired Earphones.
  • In base Urban GTM IB-1757 Wired Earphones.
  • GIZmore ME344 Wired Earphones.
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Are USB-C earphones worth it? ›

Are USB-C headphones good? USB-C headphones offer a wired alternative in a market that's seen the decline of the traditional headphone jack. While the segment has been slow to grow, there are quality options available, such as the Shure AONIC 50 and the Focal Bathys.

Does OnePlus bullets have noise cancellation? ›

Don't miss a word of your calls and meetings with Bullets Wireless Z2 ANC's three-mic design and AI call noise cancelation that adapts to your environment to block out background noise.

Are OnePlus bullets waterproof? ›

The headphones are certificated for IP55 dust and water resistant. Please avoid using the headphones during strenuous exercise or while in humid environments. Water damage is not covered under warranty.

Does OnePlus bullets work with other phones? ›

Yes, the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z2 earphones are Bluetooth-enabled and can be connected to a variety of devices that support Bluetooth connectivity. These earphones can be connected to smartphones, tablets, computers, and other devices that have Bluetooth capability.

What is the difference between OnePlus bullets Z and bullets 2? ›

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z2 vs OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z: Verdict. The Bullets Wireless Z2 has a more extensive battery backup, clear audio, and more features than the Bullets Wireless Z. However; both earbuds have a similar price tag. Therefore, you can choose any of the two based on your demands.

Do OnePlus bullets work with Iphone? ›

Best Buds for Life

The Bullets Wireless 2 are compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and others.

What is the battery life of OnePlus bullets? ›

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z has a battery life of 20 hours while that of the Bass Edition is 17 hours on a single charge.

What is the sound quality of OnePlus bullets? ›

OnePlus Bullets Wireless earphones

As for sound, they're one of the better sounding wireless earphones for the money. That said, if you're bass a lover, these may not be the earphones for you. They have a more neutral, balanced sound profile. By that I mean the bass is a little leaner and more sculpted.

How long does it take to charge OnePlus bullets wirelessly? ›

OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 uses WARP fast charging technology, so you can forget the charging without worry, charge 10 minutes and listen for 10 hours.

Is OnePlus neckband worth buying? ›

During the entire review period (more than a week of usage), there was no irritation as such. But, I have to note that the build quality of the OnePlus neckband earphones is really good. The wires have a line-like texture and also, can feel the premium quality of silicone used in it.

Is Type-C better for audio? ›

Audio through the USB-C port will be better than the jack because the digital signal allows audio to be transmitted more accurately in comparison to the analogue signal transmitted through a 3.5mm audio jack.

Are Type-C earphones safe? ›

Any USB-C device is safe to plug into any USB-C receptacle. Whether or not it will work is another question, but you do not risk damaging the device or the laptop.

Does Type-C earphones work on every phone? ›

On some devices, you'll need to turn on audio through your USB-C port. Some devices also won't let you take calls using your earbuds. If you're using a phone, make sure it's using the latest version of Android.

Is Type-C better? ›

USB-C is just faster and more reliable too. It transmits more data and power across a broader range of devices than Lightning. Lightning could only transmit 480 Mbps, while USB-C can go to 40 Gbps — almost 85 times faster data transfer. Lightning could only carry a maximum of 20W, while USB-C can handle 240W.

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