Earfun Free Pro Review

Earfun Free Pro Review

The Earfun Free Pro headphones attract ANC function, decent battery life, volume control, and a moderate price. TechStage has tested it and reveals whether the investment is worthwhile.

Since we are bothered by the lack of volume control and the most very similar design in many cheap and medium-priced models, we are all the more excited about the compact Free Pro. In addition, the manufacturer had announced to us that these headphones should work better than the last test device.

PROS:

  • Secure fit
  • ANC is a welcome addition
  • Longer battery life than advertised

CONS:

  • The earbuds don’t always sit right in the case
  • Cheap-looking design
  • Ambient sound mode is weak

This individual test takes place as part of our True Wireless Headphones (TWS) theme, in which we include the EPOS GTW 270 models (test report), the Bose Sport Earbuds (test report)  , or the high-end model Momentum True Wireless 2 from Sennheiser (Test report)  tested. After the inexpensive model Tribit FlyBuds NC (test report), the next pair of headphones in this price range now has to show what it can do.

Design and scope of delivery

The Earfun Free Pro comes neatly packaged, including clear and understandable instructions to the customer. In addition to the headphones, charging cradle, and instructions, the scope of delivery includes USB-C charging cables, silicone ear pads in three sizes, and various silicone brackets.

The elongated charging cradle with the dimensions 67 x 25 x31 mm (W / D / H) looks high quality, although it is only made of anthracite-colored plastic. The glossy black top with the Earfun logo rounds off this impression – at least as long as it is clean. Because the high-gloss surface magically attracts greasy fingerprints.

The lid is held in place by a spring mechanism and thus remains reliably closed in the trouser pocket. Overall, the small case leaves a stable impression. No scratches or scrapes occurred during the test. However, the bowl should not necessarily be carried in your pocket with the key. The USB-C slot for charging the battery is centrally located on the back. The only status LED is located in the center of the front. There is no charge level display via the status of the batteries. The weight of the shell without headphones is just under 33 g.

Both headphones are held securely inside the charging cradle by magnets. However, it can be removed without any problems. The two rectangular headphones with rounded edges are pleasantly compact and significantly smaller and less conspicuous than, for example, the Klipsch T5 (test report) or the Surface Earbuds (test report). The weight of the earplugs is 4.5 g each. The quality and feel are flawless and do not give rise to complaints.

The touch-sensitive outside of the earplugs is also high-gloss black – fingerprints can also be seen here quickly. In addition to the silicone pads, the Earfun Free Pro has additional silicone brackets, which improve the hold, for example, during sports. If you don’t feel like using the so-called ear hooks, you can replace them with a silicone cover. A small LED on the top shows the current connection status.

Sound quality & ANC of Earfun Free Pro

The headphones use Bluetooth 5.2 and the simple standard codecs SBC and AAC for transmission. Earfun does not use the higher quality AptX codec, but there is hardly any delay during use. The Free Pro is suitable for occasional watching films or gaming.

After removing the protective film and fully charging the batteries, we connect the smartphone and headphones and start the soundcheck. The sound quality is pleasingly good. The tweeters, midrange, and woofers are neatly and harmoniously matched to one another. This is especially true for the normal mode without active noise suppression, which completely convinced us in practice. However, the headphones have to fit properly for this. If in doubt, it is worth trying on the supplied ear pads. Although the upholstery that was pulled up on delivery fits us well, we quickly notice that the sound is significantly richer with the smaller version. The bass, in particular, is noticeably more penetrating, which can be noticed well in hip-hop or electronic sound. If you have problems with the right ear pad fit, See Improve the fit, shielding, and sound for in-ear headphones.

The Earfun Free Pro offers an excellent sound experience at low and medium volume despite its small dimensions. Only at maximum volume is a slight overhang of the high tones, and the bass flattens out slightly. Anyone expecting bass arias here could be disappointed. This is where free equalizer apps help, with which the sound can be adapted to your own needs. But according to our taste, this is unnecessary.

In the ANC and transparency modes, the overall sound is a little less harmonious. The bass range, in particular, is slightly weaker here than in normal mode. However, outside noises are noticeably softened by the ANC function. With active noise suppression, little of the neighbor’s lawnmower, the running dishwasher, or the monotonous rattle of a train gets to the ear. In the so-called ambient mode, exactly these outside noises are consciously amplified and passed on, which is also noticeable. If you use the headphones during sports or in traffic, you should choose this mode so as not to be completely shaded by the outside world. The strong background noise in the ambient mode of the Earfun Air Pro (test report) occurred massively, nothing to be noticed with Free Pro.

The integrated microphones are good enough for phone calls. Our interlocutors have confirmed a clean sound and a clear voice transmission. The microphone only slightly attenuates background noise, but the quality is easily sufficient for short phone calls.

Handling & comfort

The very compact Free Pro sits comfortably and is extremely stable in the ear. This is thanks to both the low weight and the additional silicone temples. The grip is so good that the IPX5 certified earplugs are ideal for sporting activities. We didn’t have to adjust our seats when jogging or cycling. The plugs stay reliably in place.

No proximity sensor recognizes when the headphones are taken out of the ear. We don’t think that isn’t good. However, experience has shown that manufacturers are well-advised only to incorporate this feature if it works without errors. Unfortunately, this was not always the case with the Earfun Air Pro (test report), leading to incorrect entries and unintentional music stops.

The control via touch-sensitive surface works well and, above all, is error-free and reliable. Up to three touches are necessary here, too (to skip a song), but these are recognized and implemented without errors in the Free Pro. The manufacturer has eliminated our main criticism of the Air Pro. In addition to selecting a track, the volume can be regulated, music can be paused or started, and the smart phone’s voice assistant can be started. We particularly like the ability to control the volume directly on the headphones. Smartphones or MP3 players can safely stay in your pocket. Many other true wireless headphones do without this function, especially in the lower to medium price range.

Battery & range

The Free Pro offers a stable connection within a distance of eight to ten meters. Therefore, a walk into the next room is possible during the test without any problems.

The manufacturer specifies the battery life in normal mode as 7 hours. However, with active noise suppression or transparency mode, the usage time is reduced by about an hour. We achieved these values ​​in the test with moderate volume. Even more: the actual usage time in the test was even minimally (around 15 minutes) longer than the official figure. The headphones can also be fully recharged in the charging cradle more than three times, corresponding to a total running time of a full 32 hours. An amazing value, especially when you consider the compact design of the case and earplugs.

Conclusion

The Earfun Free Pro convince in the test with a good sound, a secure hold in the ear, an above-average battery life, and a functioning active noise suppression. In addition, we like the reliable controls and the ability to adjust the volume directly on the headphones.

In terms of sound quality, the model can outperform the cheaper  Tribit FlyBuds NC (test report)  and does not have to hide sound from the much more expansive Earfun Air Pro (test report). Admittedly, the Earfun cannot quite keep up with the expensive high-end models from Sony or Sennheiser in terms of sound, but this is understandable at a fraction of the cost.

Earfun Free Pro Review
Earfun Free Pro Review

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