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EarFun Air Pro 2 review

EarFun has quietly become a major player in the field of wireless earphones and delivers first-class sound quality at absolutely non-premium prices. The company’s EarFun Air has long reigned as our best bid on earplugs, with other models such as EarFun Free and EarFun Air Pro acting as strong toes.

EarFun Air Pro 2 is the brand’s latest advanced option, offering useful features such as active noise reduction and a Transparency mode for a very competitive $ 89, and which sometimes drops to far less. After using them as my primary headphones for a week, it turns out that I’m not in a hurry to go back to my much more expensive Beats Fit Pro. Here’s why.

Great sound on a budget

The wireless EarFun Air Pro 2 earphones are a great choice for budget-conscious shoppers who want great sound, good battery life, and decent noise reduction for less than $ 80.

What we liked

First-class sound, comfort and features on a budget

Mike Andronico / CNN

The biggest compliment I can give EarFun Air Pro 2 is that after switching from my much more expensive Beats Fit Pro, I do not feel that I have sacrificed much in terms of sound quality and comfort. EarFun’s Knobs have pumped out my daily playlists with satisfying crispness and clarity, whether I enjoy walls of distorted guitars in my favorite punk tracks or bathe in the gloomy guitars and quiet crooning of Phoebe Bridgers’ discography.

I often dread using a pair of cheap earphones, but the EarFun Air Pro 2 feels great. The soft silicone tips of the buds immediately formed a comfortable and secure seal in my ear, to the point where I never thought about them as I wore them during walks and long working hours. And if you need something bigger or smaller, you can swap one of the three extra sets of tips that come in the box.

EarFun Air Pro 2 offers both active noise reduction (ANC) to block unwanted noise and ambient sound to better hear your surroundings – two features you rarely find on a pair of earphones at this price. The ambient noise characteristics of the earphones were reliable to amplify the sound from cars and pedestrians when I was out for a walk with my dog, while the ANC effect was quite subtle compared to my Beats Fit Pro. Although I would not necessarily rely on the Air Pro 2 for a noisy flight, I appreciated having some degree of noise reduction and the ability to shut out sounds from the outside when I needed them.

Lots of controls and excellent battery life

Although I generally prefer earphones that have physical buttons, I found the EarFun Air Pro 2’s push buttons to be both reliable and incredibly expansive. By using a combination of different presses and holds, you can do everything from basic pause and playback to switching sound modes and even adjusting the volume. I was particularly pleased with the latter, as even expensive models like the AirPods Pro do not offer volume control on the ear.

Speaking of more expensive earphones, the EarFun Air Pro 2 has some of the best battery life of a pair of wireless earphones I’ve tested recently. After a full charge, the Air Pro 2 got me through almost three full days of regular on-and-off use (while using a mix of ambient noise and active noise reduction) before the knobs and case finally ran out of juice. I also appreciate that the Air Pro 2 cover offers wireless charging – something you won’t find on other budget earphones like the Pixel Buds A and even more expensive models like the Beats Fit Pro.

What we did not like

A definite budget design

Mike Andronico / CNN

EarFun Air Pro 2 may surpass more expensive competition in some areas, but they still look like a pair of budget earphones. Their long stems make them appear more like a black knockoff of standard 2nd Gen AirPods, a design that I generally find unsightly and outdated compared to the smarter Galaxy Buds, Pixel Buds and Jabra Elites in the world. The plastic charging case is bulky, feels cheap and has accumulated a good amount of stains and scratches after a few days in my pocket.

The call quality is not the best

EarFun Air Pro 2’s microphones will handle the task of fast calls, but I would not recommend taking these earphones up for use in important work meetings. The recordings I captured using EarFun’s knobs were, though audible, noticeably blurry and distorted. I got similar feedback when I called a friend who remarked that he was able to hear everything I said but that I also sounded distant.

Bottom line

Mike Andronico / CNN

If you can find them on sale, the EarFun Air Pro 2 is among the best budget earphones you can buy. Their sound quality and comfort can compete with much more expensive models, and you get some decent noise reduction and ambient sound properties for the price.

Those who want something more subdued and stylish at a similarly low price should opt for the Jabra Elite 3 for $ 79, which also benefits from better call quality and a companion app to customize your sound. And if your budget is below $ 50, the standard EarFun Air – which delivers a similar experience but without the ANC and ambient noise – remains our top choice of wallet-friendly wireless earphones.

How the EarFun Air Pro 2 compares to other earphones we tested

Active noise reduction Yes None None None
Transparency mode Yes None Yes None
Water repellent IPX5 IPX7 IP55 IPX4
Battery life (classified) 7 hours (earphones only); 34 hours (with case) 7 hours (earphones only); 35 hours (with case) 7 hours (earphones only); 28 hours (with case) 5 hours (earphones only); 24 hours (with case)
Wireless charging Yes Yes None None
Companion app None None Yes (iOS and Android) Yes (Android only)
Colors Black Black Navy, purple, dark gray, light beige Clear white, dark olive
Weight 1.8 ounces 2.11 ounces 1.18 ounces 1.9 ounces

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