EarFun continues to have a strong 2020. Hot off the success of their EarFun Airs (we here at SPY rather enjoyed them), the new-ish consumer audio brand is back with their take on a set of active noise-canceling (ANC) earbuds. EarFun struck gold the first time around, but can they repeat in a space where it’s hard to really make an impact? After spending considerable time with a set of EarFun Air Pros provided to SPY for review, it turns out the answer is a resounding yes.
Getting Started with the EarFun Pros Wireless Earbuds
The EarFun Air Pros function very similar to that of the regular EarFun Airs; there are options for a single earbud use, touch controls on the buds themselves, sweat proofing, in-ear detection, a sleek black colorway and a carrying case that doubles as a charger for the buds. However, the Pros set themselves apart from the Airs in their design; the Pros have a much more angular and geometric appearance. There’s a harder edge to them as if to say they mean serious business. And for audiophiles, that proves to be exceedingly true.
What We Liked About the EarFun Pros Wireless Earbuds
The experience of using the Pros is fantastic. The previously mentioned carrying case quickly pairs with your smartphone or other Bluetooth-enabled devices. From there, the earbuds can be adjusted with several included silicon tips to fit your ears best. When it comes time to use the Pros, the triangular design was beneficial for my large hands. The (slightly) wider surface area made it a little easier to hit the specific earbud panel control I wanted. Smaller, stick earbuds can take some trying to skip songs or pause music, but I never had an issue when it came to the Pros.
As for the actual ANC itself, I’ve found that ANC earbuds can be a little hit or miss when it comes to effectively canceling noise. While it is hard to top the effectiveness of over the ear noise-canceling headphones, the Pros are really effective for a set of earbuds. It’s not the true quiet you’d get from a pair of XM4s, but these do a considerable job of reducing unwanted chatter. The Pros audio quality offers a wide and large range, making it particularly great for rap and rock music, as the earbuds enhance the bold tones of those genres. My typically go-to, Tame Impala’s Currents, sounded rich and big on the Pros.
What We Didn’t Like About the EarFun Air Pro Earbuds
It’s a minor quibble, but the lack of Qi-enabled wireless charging would further add value to what’s an awe-inspiring product. Having to charge the case with a cord isn’t a deal-breaker by any stretch, but considering how well-polished the product is already, it feels like this feature would be a no-brainer addition. We also wish the earbuds were fully waterproof, but sweat-resistant will have to work for now.
The Final Verdict
For the features included, EarFun could probably get away with charging double the price. But for under $100, these are practically a steal. The Pros are now my go-to for any sort of walking or commuting experience when I just want to focus on my audio and literally tune out the world around me. The design might not be as elegant or cool looking as other players in the space, but you can’t beat the results of the actual performance of the buds themselves.