Are OnePlus Nord Buds the best pair of earbuds for under $40?

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OnePlus Nord Buds are one of the cheapest pairs of true wireless earbuds from a reputable brand. But are they any good?

Chinese consumer electronic manufacturer OnePlus just revealed the latest addition to their budget-focused Nord line. Debuting their first pair of AirPods lookalikes back in 2020, the Nord Buds are joining OnePlus’ other true wireless earbuds, including the Buds Z, Buds Z2 and Buds Pro.

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  • 12.4mm Titanium Drivers
  • IP55 Dust and Water Resistance
  • 4-Mic Design + AI Noise Reduction (Calls)
  • Sound Master Equalizer
  • Ultra-fast Charging: 10 Minutes for 5 Hours
  • 7 Hours Listening (Buds)
  • 30 Hours Total (w/Case)

OnePlus Nord Buds come in a premium looking Black Slate colour, coated with the same metallic NCVM finish as the OnePlus Buds Pro. They’ll connect to your device using Bluetooth 5.2, for a steady connection at up to 10 meters away, with 94ms low-latency, making them suitable for gaming. Supported OnePlus phones can quickly connect using OnePlus Fast Pair. Newer OnePlus phones will also support Dolby Atmos. The equalizer has four presets: Balanced, Bold, Serenade and Bass, as well as a custom 6-level option, so you can tune the sound to your preference. In the box, you’ll find three silicone eartip sizes: small, medium and large, plus a USB-C charging cable.

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At just $39.99, these look to be one of the best value for money pairs of earbuds we’ve seen. Coming from OnePlus holds weight in budget earbuds. Generally you should steer clear of cheap options from unheard of brands, as these will often experience connection and build quality issues over time, with little-to-no warranty. The OnePlus Nord Buds are available to pre-order on Amazon today, with shipping starting June 9.

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