Huawei FreeBuds Pro Review
Huawei FreeBuds Pro in the test: strong sound and extremely quiet thanks to noise-canceling
With the Huawei FreeBuds Pro, the Chinese group has first-class in-ear headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC) in its range. The ANC can convince us in our test. Although it is not quite as intense and precise as the Sony WF-1000XM3 ( to the review ), it is still effective – especially if you are listening to music simultaneously.
- ANC that works
- A powerful, well-balanced sound
- Touch controllers for volume
- Fit that is both comfortable and secure
- Performance and dependability
- Long-lasting battery
- There is no IP rating.
- Charges are crammed into the case.
- Controlling gestures is a painstaking process.
- There are several features that are only available on Huawei phones.
- Buds might be difficult to remove from the casing at times.
- There is no water resistance.
The sound also convinced us in the test. With the Huawei FreeBuds Pro, you can look forward to a warm and very full sound, which has a nice and not biting or sharp, high portion. On the other hand, the high frequencies lack a little air, and they could use a little more openness. Die-hard hip-hop or dubstep friends will not suppress a smile: The bass is quite fun and is acceptable for this class. However, in some other genres, it is pretty thick and ‘grumpy’ and overlays the different frequencies too dominantly. Again, we like the voices pretty much because they have a present and natural reproduction. Overall, you get a great, albeit direct sound – we would have picked a little more space and less bass.
Comfortable fit without pressure in the ears
It can hardly be denied that Huawei – and several other manufacturers – were inspired by the look of the AirPods (Pro). However, this is not necessarily a bad thing because the design has proven itself ergonomically. The FreeBuds Pro is also very comfortable to wear. They sit tight and do not generate any pressure or annoying body noises.
A plus point is the automatic ear recognition: It regulates the playback depending on whether the headphones are used or removed. The control works via pressure and swiping gestures (for play/pause, forwards / backward, and volume up / down). It did not cause any problems or incorrect entries in our tests.
It gets a bit unsatisfactory when you want to get the headphones out of the charging case: They sit pretty deep in it and have a smooth finish – so a bit of finger acrobatics and practice is required here. The small charging case is otherwise made of plastic but looks solid and sits comfortably in hand. However, the lid creaks a little and has a bit too much play on the sides.
Some functions only on Android or Huawei phones
The game of only offering exclusive features within the brand is already known from Apple and Sony. It is not much different with the Huawei FreeBuds Pro: pairing the headphones in a pop-up window or the “Find My Earphones” function is limited to Huawei phones with specific EMUI versions.
For further adjustments, you need the manufacturer app Huawei AI Life. In this case, however, you are currently dependent on loading the application from the Huawei AppGallery to be able to use the full range of functions. At the time of the test, the app in the Google Play Store was clearly out of date and did not recognize the FreeBuds Pro. Anyway, users with iOS devices are left out.
With the correct app version, you can configure or update the headphones. Also similar to the AirPods Pro: There is a test that checks whether the FreeBuds are seated correctly and whether you are using the correct Eartips size. One looks in vain for an equalizer; it would undoubtedly have made the bass-intensive sound good.
For ambitious outdoor use in bad weather, we would not necessarily recommend the FreeBuds. They do not have an official certification against dust and water. In return, the range of the modern Bluetooth 5.2 chip is excellent.
The battery charge of the Huawei FreeBuds Pro lasts almost 8.5 hours. Together with the charging case, you can enjoy over 38 hours of music.
The quick-charge function allows a runtime of 5.5 hours after only 15 minutes of charging – very remarkable. The headphones and box are fully charged in around 1.5 hours, which is also a great value. The case can also be charged wirelessly. If you are still looking for the right Qi charging pad, you will find our top recommendations here.
In the test, the Huawei FreeBuds Pro achieved top values in all measurements. The sound is excellent in this device category, even if it is pretty bass-heavy. The noise-canceling does an excellent job as well. They sit very comfortably and offer great features – some features, however, require a Huawei or at least an Android mobile phone.