The true wireless earphones market feels flooded these days, with a large variety of models from so many manufacturers. That’s not a bad thing, mind you – as it means you can find some gems, such as this one – for very affordable prices.
The EarFun Air Pro earphones excel in the value-for-money department: they sound good, they have a generous 32-hour total playtime, IPX5 water resistance, and even Active Noise Cancellation (which isn’t too impressive, though).
So are they the right earphones for you? In this review, I take a look at everything they do right, some things that need improving – and where they stand in this crowded market.
Quick Look – EarFun Air Pro
What are they: Affordable True Wireless earphones that connect to your phone/laptop/streaming device via Bluetooth.
Value for Money
- Excellent battery time (9 hours + 23 with case)
- Great audio quality (at this price range – and in general)
- They fit very comfortably in the ear and block noises
- In-ear Detection
- Active Noise Cancelling isn’t very impressive
- Touch controls are too harsh
- Some Bluetooth issues
- No aptX support
Features and Specs
- Driver unit: 10mm
- Battery Playing Time: 9 hours (7 with ANC on)
- Additional Battery Time on Case: 23 Hours (32 in total)
- Full charging time: 1.5 hours (2 hours for the case), 10 Minute Quick Charge (for 2 hours of use)
- Case charging port: USB-C
- Bluetooth Version: 5
- Extra Features: Can be used to control voice assistants / IPX5 Sweat & Water Resistant / Noise cancellation for phone calls
For the price, these true wireless earphones are quite good, with crisp sound and surprisingly deep bass. They’re very comfortable and sit well in the ear, and offer a long list of features – though some of the features (like the ANC) don’t really add much to the experience.
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Who Are The EarFun Air Pro For?
EarFun are a relatively new company, having been around since 2018 – but they’ve already managed to snag a few awards for their earphones.
As of this writing, they have two “Pro” models – the EarFun Free Pro which I reviewed here, and the EarFun Air Pro, which is the model we’re looking at today.
As with so many earphones these days, the form factor will remind you of the Apple AirPods Pro – though it’s not really a clone, thankfully. And, of course, the price is quite different.
And you do get a lot for the very affordable cost: excellent battery time, great sound (though, naturally, you can’t compare it to £200+ earphones), touch controls and more. While I wasn’t knocked over by them, they still are quite good in their price category and will serve you well in your day-to-day listening.
Using The EarFun Air Pro
Size And Comfort
The Air Pros have a very distinctive look – sure, they’re in that all-too-familiar AirPods-style category, but they stand on their own with a few interesting rugged edges.
They’re very lightweight, which is a big plus when you want to listen for several hours, and most importantly – they’re very comfortable.
Keep in mind, they go quite deep into your ears – I like that, because it helps block outside noises (passively – so without the electronic ANC), and they also never feel like they might fall off. But people who are sensitive to things going deep into their ears should take notice.
In the box, you get two additional (3 in total) ear tip sizes and a charging cable. The charging case is quite small, and while it’s plasticky and a bit boring in design, it looks nice thanks to how the black colour shines.
The EarFun Air Pros use touch controls, and the touch buttons are hidden “somewhere” on the outer stick of the earphone. I say somewhere because I never could quite figure it out.
You see, when I reviewed EarFun’s Free Pro model, I complained that the touch controls were a bit TOO sensitive. This time, it’s the opposite – the controls aren’t sensitive enough, and I found myself tapping and pressing the earphones (while they were in my ear) again and again until I figured out the “right” way to control them (Short FIRM taps seem to seal the deal).
The earphones have an IPX5 water and sweat resistance rating – which means you can safely use them in the rain or when working out, but you can’t submerge them in water – so please don’t drop them in a puddle.
The charging case, however, is NOT water-resistant, so be careful when you pull it out of your bag, and it’s also important to dry the earphones completely before you put them back inside the case.
Pairing And Controlling The EarFun Air Pro
Pairing the Air Pros to your phone (or other devices) is fairly easy – though unlike the Free Pro model, these only support Bluetooth 5, and not 5.2.
Perhaps that’s why they weren’t as smooth with the Bluetooth pairing, and I encountered the all too familiar issues of occasional disconnections and slow re-pairings (when you take them out of the case).
Those problems are common with a LOT of Bluetooth earphones, but that doesn’t make them any less irritating.
When they WERE connected, however, there were no issues with the sound, no crackles and stutters which you sometimes get from wireless earphones, and they even worked well on a crowded train (well, as crowded as things get in a lockdown).
The Air Pros promise a maximum working range of 15 meters, and while that’s always hard to test – because it depends on the walls and other devices around you – I had no trouble listening when the connected phone was on a different floor.
Controlling the earphones is quite easy (minus the touch-buttons issue I touched on earlier) – a tap on the left lowers the volume, a tap on the right raises the volume. Two taps start and stop the music and answer a phone call.
Three taps on the left alternate between ANC / Ambient Mode / Normal Mode, and three taps on the right skip to the next track. And finally, tapping and holding on the right activates your chosen voice assistant.
The AirFun Pros also have an In-ear Detection feature – so if you take the earphone out of your ear while playing music, it will automatically stop the music. Then, when you put the earphone back in – the music starts again.
It’s not instant – it always took a second or two before the music actually started/stopped – but it’s a nice feature to have, especially when you stop to talk to someone in the street.
EarFun Air Pro Audio Quality
It’s always hard to compare the sound quality on earphones, when there are such vast differences in pricing.
These, however, sound very good in light of their price – and probably even better than what you would expect.
The bass is surprisingly deep without taking over completely, and the Mid to High frequencies are pleasant to the ear in most cases.
Listening to Dr Beat by Miami Sound Machine, the sound was nice and crispy with deep bass and clear mids.
Carnival by The Cardigans kept its warm atmosphere without being distorted or hard on the ears. The vocals’ mids and highs were also pleasant, though at high volumes the overall sound started getting a bit muddy (but not distorted).
The Active Noise Cancelling is presented as one of the prominent features here, but unfortunately – as is almost always the case with earphones at this price range – it doesn’t make much of a difference.
It does manage to block (at least partially) low, constant sounds such as the humming of an aeroplane or a train – but not much more than that. If anything, the fact that these sit deep inside your ear provided better passive sound blocking.
There’s also an “Ambient/Transparent” mode that lets you hear outside noises better, which is useful when you’re walking or doing sports outside. This feature fared a little better, and can be useful when you’re in a busy street and need to pay attention to things around you. The sound quality, however, is decreased when you use this option.
As for phone calls, the EarFun Air Pro worked very well. They use six internal microphones to help “cancel environmental sounds” for the person on the other side.
As with the ANC, I can’t say it made much of a difference – but the bottom line is that phone calls sounded good, with both sides hearing each other perfectly well.
Watching Movies with The EarFun Air Pro
Thanks to the Bluetooth support, you can connect the Air Pros to any device that supports the format – so phones and a computer, of course, but also streaming devices like the Amazon Fire TV sticks.
A common problem when using wireless earphones to watch videos, however, is the issue of lip-syncing, since Bluetooth is notoriously laggy.
In my testing, there were no such issues with the Air Pro – when watching a Disney+ movie on my mobile phone, there were no sound lag issues at all, and the sound quality was quite good.
The deep bass especially helps when you’re watching effects-heavy films, though things get a bit too quiet, and even a bit flat, when you switch to quiet talking scenes.
EarFun Air Pro Battery Times
When fully charged, you can use the Air Pro for up to 9 hours (or 7 hours with the Active Noise Cancelling activated), which is quite impressive for such small earphones.
The case holds additional 23 hours of power, so all in all you get 32 hours of using the earphones without looking for a power socket.
The case is charged via USB-C, and also has a “Quick Charge” feature that will give you two hours of listening after just 10 minutes of keeping the earphones in the case.
There’s no way of knowing the charge level of the earphones themselves, and the case has a confusing battery alert system, because it only has one LED light.
So that single light blinks in certain ways, to tell you how much battery power is left. It’s not as clear as having a set of lights (like most earphone cases), and who wants to count the number of times the light blinks – but that’s certainly not a deal-breaker for me.
Bottom Line: Are The EarFun Air Pro Worth It?
With so many true wireless earphones out there, it’s becoming harder and harder to stand out – especially at the mid-range price category.
Do the Air Pro stand out in a unique way? Not quite. But that doesn’t mean they won’t give you a lot for your hard-earned pounds.
They sound very well, probably more so than similar earphones in their price category, they offer truly excellent battery time, and they’re great for watching films on your phone.
Yes, they have a few downsides, like ANC that doesn’t do much, fiddly controls and imperfect Bluetooth pairing, but that’s common at this price range.
What you do get, is a great bargain – lots of features, good sound and all at a very affordable price. The toughest competition at this price range? EarFun’s own Free Pro model, which I like even better.
Note: The earphones were supplied by the manufacturer for this review. As always, this did not influence my unbiased opinion of the product.