Fun sound with bass for days, perfect for movies as well
Excellent fit once they’re on, wings keep them in place
Small charging case
Putting them on for the first time can get complicated
Some people don’t like silicone tips
No previous track button
The brand EarFun has come up with some budget bangers these past few years, rapidly gaining the company fame in the affordable audio market. However, minor annoyances in a cheap product slowly turn into unacceptable deal-breakers as we move up the price spectrum.
The first thing you’ll notice about the EarFun Free Pro 2 is how small they are. This exemplifies the saying “size isn’t everything,” especially for a device that’s supposed to stay in your ears for hours on end. Their lower-end EarFun Free 2 siblings stand out even more, which means that minimalism was the goal here.
A gunmetal grey finish gives the earbuds a professional look. Discreetly embedded horizontally is the EarFun branding, which means that the text will be facing up when in your ear. The wings may look like the handles on a waterproof Bluetooth speaker from afar, but they’re convenient and grippy places to hold when taking these out of the case.
The case also flies under the radar due to its compact size. It shares a similar finish with the buds themselves with barely noticeable branding. At the front is a single LED light, while a USB Type-C port resides in its behind. Clean and simple.
User Interface and Fit
The EarFun Free Pro 2 was extremely easy to pair. Taking it out of the case and connecting it to my laptop was hassle-free and finished in an instant. I never experienced any hiccups or connection drops in weeks of use, which is highly impressive.
Considering the fact that I have a lot of truly wireless earbuds on hand, it can be fairly confusing to get accustomed to all the controls across devices. After a quick glimpse at the manual I realized that the controls were fairly easy to learn. The touch sensitivity of the panels is commendable as well.
It isn’t all perfect though. 3 presses on the right earbud skips you over to the next track. With that logic, 3 taps on the left should have either repeated the song I was currently listening to or brought me to the previous song on my playlist. Instead, a voice erupted through the music: “Game Mode, On.” There is no way to move to a previous track with the touch controls and that’s a bummer for those of us who listen to songs on repeat.
Initially getting the device into my ears was a slight hassle. Maybe it’s the way my ears are shaped, but it took some effort to squiggle the smallest wing into the top of my ear. The silicone tips were a little bit too much on the soft side too, since my first 2 fits didn’t conform well. Once they were in though, they were perfect.
This is where the earbuds’ small size and lightweight construction shine. I had these on for hours and endured no discomfort whatsoever. It fit like a glove tailormade to the inside of my ears and definitely ranks in my Top 5 for comfort. An entire afternoon working with these and I almost forgot I even had them on. I wouldn’t mind jogging or going to the gym in these due to their IPX5 rating. Without a doubt, this is one of the buds’ best characteristics.
Audio Quality and Battery Life
If I could sum this section up in one word, I believe the most appropriate one would be “bass.” For a pair of truly wireless earbuds, this outputs a lot of it. Even acoustic music that’s supposed to calm you down comes with a thump that leaves you bursting with energy.
There are many kinds of fatiguing listens depending on a user’s sensitivity to frequencies. Personally, I once sold a headphone that everyone raves about to this day because I couldn’t stand the sibilance and sharp S characteristics. It felt like something was scraping my eardrums. I find this surplus of bass slightly tiring to listen to, but it’s nowhere near the level of old-school Beats in the 2010s. The sound is fun and vocals, instruments, sound staging, and other factors aren’t thrown away in the name of bass. Clarity is still present with no distortion and muddiness.
Despite the sound being far from neutral, it tries to have that distinctive warmth through a bass boost but obviously doesn’t want to fall into the trap that many bass-oriented devices have done so in the past. It gets a pass from me.
Additionally, the payoff is immense once you start playing a movie. Imagine being on a flight or a coffee shop and getting movie theater-quality audio while watching on your tablet. It was extremely enjoyable watching Dolby Atmos and DTS X Headphone tests with these on.
The Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) on these is decent. They filter out a fair amount of noise such as machinery, blowers, and surrounding nature but obviously still don’t match up to my previous-generation Sony WF-1000XM3. This isn’t a knock against the EarFuns though since the Sonys were substantially more expensive brand new.
Call quality was nothing to scoff at since people I was on call with whether over mobile or Zoom had no issues hearing me. Even in a loud room, these performed acceptably.
I mostly tested these with ANC switched on since my indoor fans are running 24/7 anyways. It averaged a healthy 4-5 hours per use at 75% volume and I could recharge a maximum of 4 times before the charging case itself conked out.
Wrap Up and Conclusions
The EarFun Free Pro 2 earbuds in this review are extremely fun to listen to. The bass-boosted sound signature is noteworthy because it doesn’t drown out everything else to achieve a thumpy sound. I even found myself reaching for these during movie marathon sessions instead of my more balanced over-ears. Its fit and comfort are also astounding which shows that the company really looked into consumer ergonomics. The intangibles are all present as well: solid connection over Bluetooth 5.2, IP rating, and solid battery life among others.