Award-winning earbuds have a comfortable fit and are budget-friendly
For a long time, I was hesitant to use earbuds. They were uncomfortable to me and I never seemed to have the right fit. That said, earbud designs have come a long way in the past couple of years and now I find myself eager to try out new styles. When the option to test out the EarFun Air True Wireless Earbuds I decided I couldn’t pass it up since they are award-winning earphones, have impressive features, and a budget-friendly price.
The EarFun Air True Wireless Earbuds won a CES 2020 Innovation Award and iF Design Award also in 2020. They feature 4-microphone noise-canceling call technology as well as in-ear capacitive detection technology (the music pauses automatically when you remove the earbud from the ear and resume playback after fit in your ear). Like many styles of earbuds these days, the EarFun Airs have intuitive touch controls (for music playback and call controls) and are rated IPX7 for water/weather/element resistance. The earbuds work independently of each other so users can enjoy single earbud mode when needed. They are fast-charging capable (10 minutes of charging = 2 hours of playtime) and are compatible with Qi-wireless charging and USB-C cables.
EarFun’s product designers worked to ensure that the earbuds have a seamless ergonomic fit for most ears. According to myearfun.com, “EarFun Air fits flawlessly and securely in the human ears based on the upgraded 3D-printed tank of massive ear models as well as the outcomes of modeling tests, which were analyzed against thousands of human ear shapes. Fearless of the fallouts and cross your boundaries starting with EarFun Air.”
MAIN FEATURES & SPECS
|Superior Sound with Dual low-distortion composite dynamic drivers|
|All-in-one Volume Control|
|35-Hour Battery Life: 7- hour playtime + 28 hours with Charging Case|
|Bluetooth Version 5.0|
|Bluetooth Profile: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP|
|Material: ABC, PC|
|Weight: 2.11oz (including case)|
|Listening Distance: Up to 49 feet|
|Audio Codecs: AAC, SBC|
My experience with the EarFun Air earbuds begins with its packaging. I was very impressed with the retail box. It has plastic wrap around it and the box itself closed with a magnetic flap. There is a very clear image of the product on the front of the box and when you open the box, there are easy pairing instructions shown inside the front cover. I thought this was a very nice touch because many users don’t want to fumble through a booklet of instructions just to get started with their new earbuds. This way, users have the information they need, but can get started quickly. There is a nice, multilingual user manual included, which is helpful because there are lots of touch controls to learn with the EarFun Air earbuds.
When you pair your earbuds for the first time, you are instructed to place them into the charging case, close the case, and reopen it. This puts them into pairing mode. I’m happy to say that the EarFun earbuds appeared immediately in my Bluetooth menu on my iPhone 11 Pro and connected quite easily. The only issue I did end up having was physically pulling the earbuds back out of the case. They stick in their slots really well and it’s a bit hard to get a grip on them. It sort of reminded me of the same way that AirPods Pro latch into their charging case, but with those, you can pull the earbud forward a bit and it will slide out. The same trick didn’t work with the EarFun Airs. Aside from that, I was very pleased that the earbuds came with a lot of ear gels to choose from. A medium size is pre-installed on the earbuds, but users have XS – L sizes to user for the best fit for their ears. I selected the XS and was happy that the earbuds seemed to fit my ears very well. They were secure without causing the vacuum feeling that some earbuds do.
The first audio I listened to through the EarFun Air earbuds was a playlist with music that is stored on my phone. The first track on the playlist is It’s Not My Time by 3 Doors Down. It’s a fairly eclectic-sounding song with a classic rock band feel to it. While the sound was clear, it wasn’t very ‘full’ sounding. I felt like the earbuds were weighted to provide more treble sounds than bass depth. The bass is there – you can hear it – but there is no boom to it. I tried a couple of other tracks on the same playlist and has the same sound experience. When I switched over to Netflix and turned on The Office, I was able to hear dialogue very well. Now that show is based primarily on the dialogue between characters so the earbuds were perfect for that, but when I turned on a movie with a complete soundtrack (score, sound effects, and dialogue), the mix was lost a bit. Normally I would attribute this ‘hollow’ feeling from sound to the fit of the earbuds, but they were sitting in the proper place in my ear and there was a tight fit.
The volume level was very good with the earbuds. I had the volume set at a low-level and was pleased that I didn’t have any trouble hearing anything that was playing. The main controls on the earbuds are easy to remember, but there are a lot of advanced options that go above and beyond the usual controls you find on earbuds. For example, users have the option of transferring calls using touch controls. That’s something I’ve not experienced before and thought it was a really cool feature to include. I also thought it was really cool that the charging case can stand upright. Many cases cannot.
The earbuds did fit me well and because of that, they didn’t cause much discomfort. I tend to wear earbuds for an hour or two at a time and during those time periods, I didn’t have any issues with comfort. I did feel some pressure the longer I wore them, but it wasn’t enough to cause earaches or headaches.
While I found some issues with the sound quality of the earbuds, I would say that losing the bass depth is not really a ‘problem’ of the earbuds. It’s more a personal preference that I would like to have with earbuds. With the exception of the treble/bass balance, the sound quality was exceptional. I also really loved the extra features the EarFun Airs provide to users. One of those features is the cost. These feature-rich earbuds are only $59.99 and, at the time of publishing this article, there is a $10 coupon on the product page. They are an exceptional bargain for someone who wants a pair of tough, easy to use earbuds.