OnePlus Buds Z Steven Harrington Edition Review (Available at Digital Walker stores, P2990)
Today I’m sharing my OnePlus Buds Z Steven Harrington Edition review which is currently available on Digital Walker and Beyond the Box stores
But first, who the hell is Steve Harrington (in case you’re not familiar with the name or his work)…
Steven Harrington or Steve Harrington is a Los Angeles-based artist and designer whose work has made waves across the globe with his iconic designs and characters such as ”Mello”. Steven’s exciting collaboration with OnePlus brings his dynamic work to the tech world. The partnership inspired Steven to develop a new character dubbed ”Cool Cat”. As with most of his work, the design is both playful and contemplative, encouraging a two-way conversation between the artists and user.
The first thing to notice about the OnePlus Buds Z is that its identical in hardware specs to the original. The only difference is that it has a two-tone purple and mint color design for both the buds and the pod.
First let me talk about the pod…
I like the pod because of the fun and funky design and plus it also has this matte finish making it nice to touch. The design was also snug for the actual pods. It’s also got a minimalistic approach to it. It doesn’t have much buttons here. Just a type-C USB port at the back.
The front also has an LED indicator that lets users see whether the device is running out of juice or if its looking for a bluetooth connection. Again, no fuss or frills here. Just open the case to connect to either your tablet, laptop or smartphone and that’s it. The buds are also ready for pairing through Bluetooth 5.0. Even better is the fact that it automatically connects the first time you pop it open.
The buds have three different sizes for you to choose from and all of them work great in your ear. Also as an extra precaution, find the right fit for your ear before going outside. I made the awful decision not to use the right fit for my ginormous ears and I almost lost one of the earbuds along the road (thank you kuya tricycle driver).
In terms of usability, I found the Oneplus Buds Z really up to par with my needs. I needed an earphone that could let me move forward with my tracks and also be able to automatically detect when I’m not wearing them. These get checked out really nicely too.
Connecting to a smartphone or even to a laptop can be tricky though as you need to open the pod THEN connect to the device. No fuss, no frills. Of course this connection method can be good or bad depending on your preference when it comes to connecting your bluetooth devices.
The sound quality for the OnePlus Buds Z Steven Harrington version has a good bass to it. It gives an extra kick especially when you listen to heavy metal music or hiphop tracks. But if your thing is regular pop music, it also pumps out exceptional sound quality. Volume is also inherently loud here so you may find yourself adjusting volumes from time to time. I never did get to max out the volume for this device. I’m satisfied at around 70 to 80% of the volume.
Charging the pod doesn’t take long and its in-synch with the times as it sports a Type-C port. Not only do you get good charging speeds with the device, it also takes a long time before it gets completely drained.
The overall experience using this device and eventually writing this OnePlus Buds Z Steven Harrington Edition Review has been positive so far. I love the flashy design (it’s not your standard device). It’s currently on retail for just P2,990 and available at all Digital Walker stores nationwide!