Oppo Enco M32 Neckband Review: If you're looking for earphones with neckbands, this one stands out.
Oppo Enco M32 Neckband Review
The Oppo Enco M32 is the successor to the Enco M31, which was released last year and received positive feedback. Oppo has followed it up with the Enco M32 Neckband earbuds this year.
The Oppo Enco M32 earbuds are priced under Rs 2,000, which indicates that the specifications are expected to compete with earphones such as the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Pro and the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z. Aside from that, Oppo must deliver an experience that outperforms its predecessor.
The Oppo Enco M32 is priced at Rs 1,799 in India and has its fundamentals covered with long battery life, a comfy design, and good audio quality. Here's what we discovered during our review.
Oppo Enco M32 Ergonomics and Design
The Oppo Enco M32 continues the wireless neckband-style headset tradition starting with the Oppo Enco M31. It maintains the design features consistent and even appears to prioritize comfort and simplicity of usage.
Oppo uses a simple design and is only available in black. The left neck module bears the Oppo logo, and the smartphone sports a matte finish. It has a soft and flexible form factor, which means the neckband is rather flexible and will not be damaged by bends.
The earphones, unlike the body of the neckband, have a glossy finish on the outside and a reflecting magnetic zone. The Oppo Enco M32 comes with three pairs of additional silicone ear tips as well as a USB Type-C charging cord in the box.
The right module of the neckband has a USB Type-C charging port with a protective rubber flap for connectivity. This module also has playback and volume controls. The earpieces magnetically snap together, switching off the power. Although the magnetic force does not appear to be overly powerful, snapping the earphones together turns it off, and separating them turns it on.
The headset also has an IP55 dust and water resistance rating, which means it may be used comfortably when exercising or in other situations where it may come into touch with minor amounts of fluids.
In terms of ergonomics, the earbuds are quite comfy to wear, despite the fact that I dislike neckband-style earphones. The in-ear fit is also quite snug, and it appears to perform a good job of blocking out most noise. The earbuds have replaceable rubber fins that wedge themselves into the inner ear to assist them to stay in place.
Oppo Enco M32 Neckband Battery Life and Performance
Bluetooth 5 connectivity is included in the Oppo Enco M32 specifications, as well as compatibility for the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. The earphones have 10mm, dynamic drivers, with a frequency response range of 20-20,000Hz on the inside. It also enables rapid dual-device switching via the volume controls.
Oppo, as previously stated, intended to focus on the fundamentals with the Enco M32, and the earbuds perform admirably in terms of sonic fidelity and consistency. The device's audio is bass-heavy, which is quite typical for earbuds in the sub-Rs 2k price range.
The volume on the earphones is pretty high, and the audio is quite distinct even on a crowded street. Although greater volumes appear to have an effect on bass production and the earphones appear to be incapable of handling it.
On the Earphones, I listened to EDM, Rock, Western Classical, and Hindustani Classical music. And the experience appears to be best tuned to the lows, while the mids are very good. The highs and trebles are the ones who suffer the most. Most tunes will feature pronounced beats and mainly clear vocals. Some recordings that do not rely on bass, such as classical music, may not be the ideal fit for these earbuds.
Unless there were network issues, the audio for the calls was crisp and distinct for the most part, even outside. The connection to the smartphone was also rather stable with the Oppo Enco M32; there was one incident where the smartphone was at one end of the room and I got something from the other end of the room without any connection issues. Others did not complain about not being able to hear what I had to say, indicating that the microphone worked properly.
Oppo claims that the Enco M32 can last up to 28 hours on a full charge, however, I was able to extend it to 20 hours. I utilized the device to listen to music, make phone calls, and play games. According to Oppo, the device can give up to 20 hours of battery life after only 10 minutes of charging. However, I was unable to effectively test that capability. It took roughly 30 minutes to fully charge the Enco M32.
The Oppo Enco M32 is a well-designed and ergonomic neckband-style earphone with good audio and long battery life. Although, as compared to its predecessor, the Enco M31 was not as solidly built, it did have comparable or better audio due to LDAC support.
Other comparable options include the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Pro, which is somewhat ahead of the competition due to active noise canceling. However, Oppo offers more appealing pricing for the Enco M32, making it worth considering. At this price, it's unquestionably a good buy.