Here we are with round two, coming from the company EarFun, a new name who recently started shipping to the US with a small portfolio of products that will eventually blossom into something much larger over time. Today we focus on their EarFun Free True Wireless Earbuds.
Now new buds offer a Bluetooth 5.0 experience, bringing with them a decent level of sound and performance. Their design is quite familiar with a full plastic construction throughout, including a small case to store them in that also charges them while on the go.
The size of the case is pretty small and fits well in the pocket, making it easy to carry them around without getting in the way or looking awkward. This helps to keep them going throughout the day since, on their own, they only provide up to 6 hours of use. With the case, this is extended by up to 24 hours. So you won’t be charging them with a plug all the time.
As mentioned, they do have a familiar design. In fact, we can name a few brands that have nearly (or exactly) the exact same design. It took us a matter of seconds to reach over and grab a pair that accomplishes a good match (seen in the above image). To be fair there though, with something so simple and small, and that requires the right ergonomic design to stay in your ear, you can only design it so many ways given the amount of competition that is out there when it comes to earbuds.
What’s important about these little buds, is the fact that they sound good. The range isn’t audiophile of course, but they do provide a nice warm delivery. I would say that these compare to a normal $20-$30 pair of wired name brand earbuds (ie, Sony, Senn, etc) when it comes to range/performance, only they are completely wireless on top of it all. They offer a good amount of bass that really brings out the umph in what you are listening too, unlike some of the other models within this price range we have come across.
They are also pretty comfortable to wear. They fit well in the ear and stay put as long as you are doing flips and summersaults. For an average workout or run, they will absolutely stay in your ears. It’s when you get a little more physical that they don’t completely stay in (say, swimming). This, of course, is common with any TWS earbud solution.
Speaking of swimming. These buds are IPX7 rated, making them completely waterproof. Which is nice but limited in ways. If you drop them into the water, they may lose connection or you may lose audio as water seems to get absorbed into the grill and mutes or severely drops the volume coming from the bud. However, if they remain in your ear the whole time as your getting wet, the seal should keep the water at bay, and you should be good.
You most likely won’t be swimming or diving with them in your ears like some of the images they use for marketing, since that amount of activity will likely cause them to fall out from time to time, or too much water to try to get between the buds and your ears (which results in odd popping noises as the seal/suction of the buds in your ears adjusts to it all). A heavy rain, a heavy sweat or anything like that would be just fine though, as they are completely waterproof. So you should be able to drown them many times without having to worry about them failing (we sure gave them quite a few torture tests).
In the case that they do fall out while you are around or in water, they thankfully seem to float. So you won’t have to go treasure hunting in the water for them or lose them completely in something like a lake.
They are USB Type-C, which allows them to keep up with the modern-day of cables. It would be nice if everyone did this so that you didn’t have to have multiple types of cables all over. Sadly, a lot of manufacturers are still commonly using micro-USB and even mini-USB, making the act of always having a cable handy, very tedious at times.
Distance between the buds and your phone is about average, ranging around 30+ feet depending on barriers, walls, etc. Nothing fancy here, but it also doesn’t lack in this category either.
Finally, it is important to keep in mind that all of our opinions and scoring in this article are based on the current price of the product at the time of this article’s launch ($49.99). So that brings us to our conclusion!
These wound up being a fun pair of TWS buds that not only provide a decent amount of sound, but a good amount of lows to warm things up with. Similar to a pair of name brand $20-$30 wired buds, these provide decent performance in a true wireless format. The battery life is pretty decent for their price, and so is their distance from the connected device. Their IPX7 rating holds very well as we waterboarded and drowned these buds in every way we could imagine. Submerging them by themselves does leak a little water into the grill which muffles the sound until you can shake or dry them out. However, in your ear, they seem to maintain a good seal that prevents that from happening.
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|Bluetooth Version :||V5.0|
|Support :||A2DP , AVRCP , HFP , HSP|
|Earbuds Battery :||2*50mAh|
|Earbuds Battery Life :||Up to 6 hours ?varies by volume level?|
|Earbuds Charging time :||About 1.5 hour|
|Charging Case battery :||500mAh (offering up to 4 charges to the buds)|
|Battey Case Charging Time :||Type-C about 2 hours Wireless charging about 2.5 hours|
|Input :||DC5V / 1A|
|Material :||ABC , PC , TPU|
|Total Weight :||60g?including charging case?|
|Net Weight :||5.5g each earbud on average|
|Listening Distance :||Up to 15m|
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