Earfun Air Wireless Earbuds review


These wireless Earbuds from Earfun mimic a lot of what the Apple Airpods do but in a more generic fashion. These come nicely packaged with a wirelessly rechargeable protective case, four pairs of silicon tips in different sizes, a USB-C cable and user manual. While this package may seem a little pricy for the average consumer, it currently comes in at under half the price of the Apple version and are certainly a step up in build and audio quality over cheaper, entry level earphones.

The earphones themselves are of the in ear monitor (IEM) variety and reasonably small given there are no cables or external units attached. The housings are fashioned from a mixture of gloss and matt plastic giving them good strength as well as their lightness - they weigh in at 5.35g each.

Playback time is rated at 7 hours of use which is a very respectable figure and the charging case can fully recharge both earbuds 4 times giving a total playback time of around 35 hours.

These Bluetooth 5 earphones support HFP, HSP, AVRCP & A2DP profiles although there is no mention of support for the aptX codec. Bluetooth range is quoted as 49ft which should pose no issue given the audio source would typically be worn on the user for this type of earphone. Initially I did have some issues pairing with my Mac, I could only get one earphone to pair but after a resetting the earphones and stopping and restarting the music by the earphone control I got them both in sync and they performed flawlessly afterwards. I did test these in my office by leaving my iPhone on the desk and walking a few metres away through two internal walls without a single blip or dropout so the range of these is certainly up to the task provided you avoid major obstacles. Keeping the phone in my back pocket during testing did not cause any dropouts either which was a pleasant surprise as this has affected other Bluetooth earphones I have used.

Each earbud has a discreet multifunction tap area, it is not a physical button, and a tiny LED to indicate operating, pairing and power status. Tapping controls things such as volume, play/pause, track skipping, call answering/rejecting and will also activate Siri or alternative voice assistants on non Apple devices. Call quality is as expected with calls coming in nice and clear and the caller reported no issues on their side.

New out of the box, first impressions are certainly favourable. They have a reasonably detailed sound with a good, clear midrange. Bass comes through with a fairly satisfying tight thump even if it does lack a little texture. Treble is always present and provides a little sparkle. With very complex tracks, things can start to lose a little cohesion but for the most part, these sound surprisingly good, especially after being run in for a few hours. They didn't improve or open up as much as with some other earphones I have tried although there is a small but noticeable improvement after some time. Sonically those, these impress much more than the original AirPods, if not quite a match for AirPods Pro. Bassheads though should probably look elsewhere.

These are very comfortable to wear with the selection of tips on offer contributing to this and also help isolate you from outside sounds. Not everything is blocked out but the vast majority is to make listening to quieter passages easy going and these are on a par with anything else I have tested. While these are billing as having noise cancellation, that is strictly for calls suppressing outside noises for the benefit of the recipient, they won’t cancel out outside noise when listening to music unfortunately. I haven't had the chance to try these doing any rigorous exercise but they stayed safely in place while I was out on a bike ride. These are also IPX7 rated making them waterproof and sweatproof so likely a great combination for the active user.

The charging case measures in at 52 x 52 x 33mm and weighs just under 60g including the earphones. The earphones drop in stem down and are held securely in place when being stored and charging. There are a small LEDs to indicate charge level/status of the case and both earbuds. On the bottom of the case you will find the USB-C port for charging the case with the included cable. Charging time is around 2.5 hours for the case and the earbuds also take around 1.5 hours for a full charge in the case. It will presumably take longer to charge the case wirelessly, while the case supports this, I have haven’t tried it out yet.

There are some nice practical touches such as the earbuds power on and off automatically when retrieving or storing in the case. I also like that you can operate a single earphone on its own which is great when out cycling as it means I can listen to music or take calls while leaving one ear free for safety reasons. This also means the other earphone is safely tucked away in the charging case, ready for use if the operating earphone runs out of battery, effectively doubling the runtime! I also found the music paused and restarted perfectly each time an earphone was removed and placed back in the ear.

For the money, you are getting a great Bluetooth earphone package if you like being free from any cables with the added practicality of a storage case that also provides charging duties when out and about. I consider these very good all-round earphones indeed, and a great value alternative to the likes of the Apple Airpods, especially with the choice of white or black.


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