The EarFun Air Pro 2 earpods are some of the best headphones out there right now.
Regular price: $79.99/£69.99
Type: True wireless earbuds
Drivers: 10mm titanium diaphragm dynamic drivers
Noise cancelling: Yes
Weight: 1.87-ounces with case
The price is really affordable when you consider what you get for your money, from the sleek and attractive design to the high-quality audio and that active noise cancelling (ANC) onboard.
Yes, that name can't go by unmentioned. A certain fruit-based tech company does offer a similarly named pair of earpods. And yes, we do see these as an affordable alternative, offering most of the same features just at a far more affordable price.
So should you make a saving and go for these earpods or is it worth playing it safe and spending a bit more from a brand name you might know better?
EarFun Air Pro 2 review: Design
This generation of the EarPods are barely recognizable when compared to the last, and that's a good thing. The EarFun Air Pro 2 are more slender, sleek and minimal in design which combines to offer a better look when wearing them but also more comfort and portability. You get a selection of silicone earbuds so you can find the perfect fit for your ear. So light and comfortable are these, that you barely notice they're in. This fit also results in passive noise cancellation before you even turn on the six microphone powered 40dB ANC.
Each earbud can be placed in the included charging case where it will magnetically pop into place with a really premium feel. Small LED lights on the EarPods and the case keep you in the know with how power and connectivity are progressing.
The EarPods are IPX5 water and sweat resistant. This means that using them while working out or running in the rain is worry-free as these will keep going totally unaffected by the wet. The 10mm titanium composite dynamic drivers offer premium quality audio in a very compact form. There is also in-ear detection tech, so remove these while listening to music and they will pause, then play again when you pop them back in.
The case itself is USB-C charged meaning it can be charged with any USB-C cable you may already have. It can also be charged wirelessly using a charging pad. Charge times are rapid with a 10-minute charge of the EarPods when depleted - good for an impressive two hours of playtime, but more on that below.
EarFun Air Pro 2 review: Features and performance
The EarFun Air Pro 2 features active noise cancelling, which is a big deal at this price point. The fact that this actually works really well is even more impressive. From train noise, to a background dryer or even the sound of music in the gym – this will reduce it all.
For human voices, it's not so impressive when close up, which can be a good thing if someone is trying to get your attention. That said, it is enough that consistent talking fades into the background unnoticed. So these aren't going to compare to the likes of over ear options such as the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, but at this price and in this style, who would expect them to? The big comparison, to the Apple AirPods Pro, is what shows how great these are as that ANC is barely noticeably different between the two.
Audio quality is another major concern when buying these type of buds and at this price these are brilliant. In fact, at a higher price these would still be seen as above average in quality. They offer a clarity from the wide soundstage and multi-level instrumentality. For music, that means punchy and immersive audio, for streaming movies, it means all the levels of a scene are present while balancing clear vocals, and for calls it means clearly hearing the other person as if they were there with you. Although some calls did result in the other person saying they couldn't hear so clearly, but this was rare.
The downside? You guessed it, a lack of bass. Everyone jumps to complain about a lack of bass but this writer actually doesn't usually say that. So in this instance that means a lot. It's not bad, by any means, just perhaps lacking a little for some and without an EQ app to adjust this, it's set that way. This is not a major negative, just something that could be improved in future generations perhaps.
Connectivity and charging are great, which is a welcome surprise as these more affordable earpods can sometimes perform worse than you'd expect. The Bluetooth 5.2 is quick to connect first time and auto-connects easily every time the earpods are taken out of their case. The only issue was that sometimes one would connect and the other wouldn't, so you have to replace them in the case and try again. If you don't have the case, say out on a run, this could be frustrating.
Touch controls work well, with a left tap for volume down or right ear tap for volume up. Double tap to play and pause or triple tap either ear to skip track forwards or backwards – it just works and works well.
Charging is effortless thanks to the charging case. The EarPods themselves will go, in real world use, a good five hours with ANC on before going back in the case for a charge. EarFun says they can do up to seven hours, but it all depends on how you use them. These charge to full in an hour and the case itself tops up in two hours.
The reality of these numbers is that you never really think about battery life, the pods just charge when you put them away, so you're good to go when you need them. The case itself rarely needs a charge (34 hours on a charge) and the LED light lets you know your battery level, with green for more than 30%, orange for less than 30 percent, red for under 10 percent, or flashing red for under 5%. We've not had any concerns about charging when using these earpods.
EarFun Air Pro 2: Release date and price
The EarFun Air Pro 2 follows in the footsteps of the original model and has made a huge jump forward from an already impressive set of buds. Despite this, and a totally new design, the price remains affordable.
The earpods are available to buy now and are priced at $79.99, apparently down from $99.99, but we've not actually seen them at that price so make sure you get them at the lower price. At the time of publishing you can buy them directly from the manufacturer's website for that lower sub-$80 price.
Following the link on their website to the Amazon buying option, at time of publishing, came up as unavailable. But since that link is on the company's own website expect it to be back up and running soon.
When buying from the manufacturer you get a 30-day money-back guarantee as well as an impressive 18-month warranty and expert support available to you.
EarFun Air Pro 2 review: Value
It's difficult to stress how good the EarFun Air Pro 2 earpods are for the money. They look, feel, sound and work like a far more expensive set of earbuds. They have a premium finish and a feel that you'd expect from a far-higher priced product.
The only issue could be how long they last. But since the company gives you an 18-month warranty, even that isn't really a worry. And that 30-day money-back guarantee means you can effectively try these before you decide if they're for you.
EarFun Air Pro 2 review: Should you buy?
If you want a pair of truly wireless earbuds that offer decent active noise cancelling, very good audio quality, impressive battery performance, a premium build and finish plus a worry-free guarantee – all without breaking the bank – you'll struggle to find a better option than the EarFun Air Pro 2 earbuds.