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OnePlus’ $69 Bullets Wireless are everything I want from cheap Bluetooth headphones

The OnePlus 6 may be today’s big gadget news, but after months of leaks, there wasn’t much surprise left. The company’s first wireless headphones, on the other hand, might actually be the more compelling product for an audiophile like me, always on the look out for a good value.

Say hello to the OnePlus Bullets Wireless. At first glance, they look like a fairly standard pair of neckbuds, but there are  a few things that set them apart from the competition. I’ve only tried them for a few hours, but at $69, if the sound quality is up to snuff, they check off pretty much everything I’d want from a cheap pair of Bluetooth headphones.

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Perhaps most notable is that OnePlus is bringing its fast charging technology to its headphones. OnePlus claims that with only a 10 minute charge, you can get up to 5 hours of music playback. That’s a big deal: it adds a lot of peace of mind if your headphones are running low on charge before you need to leave home. In the time it takes to take a shower or make breakfast, you should have enough of a charge to last you through the day.

Better yet, OnePlus says the Bullets should be able to achieve fast charging speeds with pretty much any USB port – no need for a specialized fast charger, though of course OnePlus recommends using its own accessories. As with most batteries, the last leg of charging is a bit slow, but they’ll still reach 100 percent – 8-10 hours of music – in 25 minutes.

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