Two-minute review

Keeping up with new true wireless earbud releases is no mean feat. New brands are constantly trying to break into whats becoming an increasingly crowded market, and enjoying varying degrees of success.

Earfun, an outfit with a name worthy of an early team task from The Apprentice, is one such example. In the past year its new releases have garnered some positive attention, and with the Air Pro buds its seeking to cement its reputation.

While they’re priced solidly in the mid-range, they come with some bold marketing claims, including  audio tuned by respected speaker brand Edifier, active noise cancellation, and a long battery life. 

From a design perspective theyre certainly a win.  They have clean, angular lines and arent overly garish, and will be as at home on the train or bus as they are in the office. Their design is a little harsh and industrial, though, maybe too much so for some.

We did find that after an hour or so of use they could start to become somewhat uncomfortable, although this could be chalked down to personalized fit issues, and of course will be a largely subjective thing. A range of ear tips are included in the box, as is standard nowadays.

Their commuting credentials are enhanced by the presence of effective active noise cancellation, which we found blocked out the sounds of a busy street, and even a washing machine at home. An audio passthrough feature is also present for those moments when you need to let the outside world in.

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Infrared detectors will automatically pause your music if the buds are removed from your ears, and we found this worked well in testing. However, a point against the Air Pro earbuds is the size of the charging case. Although this no doubt allows for a bigger battery, it also means they dont fit as easily into small pockets as some other buds.. The touch controls are limited, and as can often be the case, we found them difficult to work with – missed commands were common.

While we found the EarFun Air Pro didnt last quite as long as their claimed 32-hour battery life (thats with ANC turned off), they still offer an impressive playtime for earbuds at this price.

From a sound perspective, the Earfun Air Pro buds are a definite win. The buds provide an enjoyable listen for casual music fans, with warm, prominent bass and an energetic sound. These are buds that will work easily across most genres, though those looking for reference or studio-quality audio will be better off looking at wireless earbuds intended for audiophiles.

These arent buds that will reveal moments of high fidelity in complex orchestral FLAC tracks; as the name suggests the focus here is very much on ‘fun. If you listen mainly to rock, hip hop, punk or pop youll have an especially good time – and theyre equally at home with podcasts or audiobooks.

On their own merits, the Earfun Air Pro buds are accomplished, but against the competition at this price point they shine. Amid a sea of similarly priced efforts on Amazon, they stand out thanks to their superior design and excellent audio chops, and show a high level of competence in almost all other areas. If it werent for slightly fiddly gesture controls and – in our experience at least – a slightly uncomfortable fit, these would immediately earn our wholehearted recommendation.

As it stands, these wireless earbuds are an excellent choice for most, offering a blend of useful features and strong performance that should make them popular with commuters in particular.

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Earfun Air Pro price and availability

The Earfun Air Pro buds are available from Amazon for $80 / £70 / AU120, though they are stocked by a few other retailers. One color scheme is offered, a black / silver combination.

Design

  • Slightly bulky case
  • Novel design

The Earfun Air Pro are the product of a company that wants to set its products apart from the likes of the Apple AirPods. The build is angular and industrial, though still comfortable while providing a tight seal against the ear canal.

We generally found that these buds were comfortable, but during longer listening sessions they began to chafe. This will vary from listener to listener, though, and you do get a range of eartips included in the box. 

Being slightly bulkier than some other earbuds means theres room for a relatively large  battery in each bud, and allows the microphone to be positioned closer to the mouth for clearer calls.

There are drawbacks too of course; the larger footprint means that the charging case is slightly larger than wed like. Though it will easily fit in loose jeans, it isnt quite on the same level as the Galaxy Buds

with their tiny case that can fit nearly anywhere. 

Still, theyre a great fit for commuters, who may value a longer battery life more than a slim charging case. 

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Audio performance and noise cancellation

  • ‘Fun sound
  • Could be more detailed
  • Good noise cancellation

Beyond any other specs, a set of earbuds will live and die by their audio performance. Many brands make grand claims about what they can deliver, and the Earfun Air Pro come with plenty of their own tantalizing audio specs. 

These include 10mm composite dynamic drivers, and a partnership with Edifier to tune the buds sound profile – and were happy to report that the resulting  audio performance is excellent for the price.

To clarify, these are not buds that will win awards for sonic detail, clarity or accuracy – they are tuned, as the brand name might suggest, to deliver something ‘fun. This means that the bass is prominent, has a pleasant kick, and surprising warmth. Trebles have a sparkly quality, theres no muddiness to the mid-frequencies, and overall, these earbuds deliver a decent sense of space across the soundstage.

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There are few genres that these buds wont suit, though real bass-heads may wish to look elsewhere. These are generalist buds that will suit casual music listeners as opposed to audiophiles or those who want a chest-thumpingly strong bass performance.

The noise-cancelling was also a pleasant surprise. Typically, exceptional noise cancellation will require spending at least $100 / £100 / AU$150; and while the EarFun Air Pro arent quite exceptional, theyre certainly not far off. For commuters, theyll drown out most of the din of an average bus journey, and for home working theyll certainly remove the din of the street outside. 

However, the  ambient pass-through mode is a little less successful, and needs a little more fine-tuning.  This is something that could have been achieved through the use of a dedicated app (as well as giving you the ability to adjust the EQ settings), though the lack of app support is hardly surprising for buds of this price.. 

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Controls and battery life

  • Complicated touch controls
  • Good battery life

There’s a lot of simplicity in a physical button. By comparison, touch-sensitive controls can be far more finicky, often not working as intended. 

The controls used by the Earfun Air Pro mostly work; theyre a little too complicated for their own good, though. Volume up and down controls are on the left and right earbuds, with the right also able to skip tracks and the left able to  summon Siri / Google Assistant, as well as change the noise cancellation mode.

We found these controls were not especially difficult to activate when stationary. When walking, however, it becomes quite tricky to achieve the desired outcome, with some of our commands being missed . 

Battery life, thankfully, is a completely positive story. The manufacturer claims youll get 25 hours in total with ANC on (seven from the buds and an additional 18 from the case), which is bumped up to 32 hours with this feature switched off.

We found the battery life came in at about an hour less in all cases, which is still a strong showing, especially for buds at this price. Theyll see you through most long-distance flights, and will definitely be long-lasting enough to withstand an average week of commuting. Top ups are via USB-C, with no wireless charging offered.

Should I buy the EarFun Air Pro?

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Buy them if…

You need a good set of buds for the commuteThe combination of decent noise cancellation and good audio quality will add a little fun to a gray Monday morning bus ride.

You are on a tight budgetThese buds are among the best available for the price point, just beyond a bargain-basement impulse purchase but well below being an investment.

Don’t buy them if…

You want the absolute best sound qualityThough they sound  good for their price, there are better sounding, if more expensive buds available.

You arent a fan of touch controlsThe EarFun Pro Air touch controls are functional but can be frustrating to use on the fly.

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