Inexpensive ANC in-ears: EarFun Air Pro 2 in the test

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The EarFun Air Pro 2 again offer a lot for less than 50 euros, including ANC and wireless charging. Even if the sound is good overall, the sluggish operation and carrying detection as well as the much too slippery charging case are annoying in everyday life.

The EarFun Air Pro 2 should redefine the active noise suppression of wireless in-ear headphones for less than 100 euros, according to the manufacturer’s own claim. In the test, the successor to the EarFun Air Pro (test), which has also been completely redesigned in terms of design and no longer relies on Edifier drivers, not only has to prove this, but also its sound capabilities, the voice quality and the everyday usability of the touch Service.

Compared to its predecessor, the recommended retail price of 69.99 euros is another 10 euros lower. In addition to the wireless in-ear headphones and the charging case with wireless charging, the customer receives a USB-C to USB-A charging cable and six different silicone attachments, each of which is divided into three pairs of identical sizes but different degrees of hardness . EarFun simply calls them A and B, with A being the slightly harder silicone tips.

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The EarFun Air Pro 2 are available from Amazon since August 31*. They are currently offered with a discount of 10 percent, readers receive a further 20 percent discount at the start of sales with the code AIRPROCP, which ComputerBase was given by EarFun without consideration. They are currently available for 48.99 euros.

Technical data and functions of the Air Pro 2

Bluetooth 5.2 with AAC

EarFun uses the latest version of the wireless standard with Bluetooth 5.2. The manufacturer calls the chipset Airoha AB1562A. In addition to the audio codec SBC, AAC is also supported. The headphones therefore lack an HD codec, which is the norm in this price range. You also have to do without Google Fast Pair for faster coupling with an Android device.

The EarFun Air pro 2 does not offer “Bluetooth Multipoint” either. It is therefore not possible to connect the earphones to more than one device at the same time in order to be able to switch between them seamlessly. If you want to switch from one device to another, the current Bluetooth connection must first be manually disconnected before a new one can be established. The second terminal itself cannot initiate the disconnection of the active connection.

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    EarFun Air Pro 2

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    10mm driver, six microphones, ANC and transparency

    The dynamic drivers in the earphones measure 10mm in diameter. Six microphones, three on each earpiece, are supposed to ensure good telephony, in which ambient noise is filtered. In the transparency mode, a special wind detection system should also ensure that wind noises are not passed on to the wearer’s ears. The hybrid active noise suppression is supposed to dampen the environment by up to 40 dB. This would actually be an above-average noise reduction if it proves itself in practice, which the tests still have to show.

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    Charging case with wireless charging

    With dimensions of 52.0 × 65.0 × 31.8 mm, the charging case of the EarFun Air Pro 2 is slightly smaller than its predecessor, which measures 55.0 × 67.0 × 31.0 mm However, it is significantly larger than the 34.6 × 63.9 × 28.2 mm model of the Jabra Elite 3. However, unlike this one, it also offers wireless charging according to the Qi standard. Alternatively, a USB-C port is available on the back. The charging case charges in about 2 hours via this, the earphones need a little over an hour for a full charge. At 43 g, the Air Pro 2 case is pleasantly light, but is also 10 g heavier than the Jabra Elite 3 charging case.

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    Even if the earphones are easy to remove and magnetically securely hold in the charging case, the surface of the charging case is very smooth and slippery, which is why it is comparatively difficult to open. Even in the narrow gap, the finger can hardly find a hold.

    At around 5.5 g, the earphones are pleasantly light. They each accommodate a battery with 45 mAh, the energy storage in the charging case has a capacity of 500 mAh.

    Almost 6 hours with ANC

    According to the manufacturer, the battery life of the EarFun Air Pro 2 is 7 hours without ANC. This can be extended by 27 hours to a total of 34 hours via the charging case. If ANC is used permanently, EarFun indicates up to 6 hours of music playback. In the test, 5:45 hours could be achieved with ANC at medium volume and a colorful mix of music. Not an outstanding, but a good value that does not have to hide from models like the AirPods Pro. A quick charge mode ensures a battery life of around 2 hours after 10 minutes.

    An IPX5 certification guarantees that the EarFun Air Pro 2 can also be worn in the rain and will not be damaged by sweat during exercise. However, they are not waterproof, which is why they must not be submerged.

    Touch controls and sluggish wear detection

    The EarFun Air Pro 2 use touch controls and infrared sensors on the inside of the earphones, which detect when an earphone is removed from the ear and reinserted. If one of the earphones is removed from the ear, playback pauses. If it is reinserted, playback continues. This works reliably, but with a significant delay of around 2 seconds when an earphone is removed from the ear. The onset of music when an earphone is reinserted, on the other hand, is much faster and takes place without any annoying delay.

    The touch control distinguishes between single, double and triple tapping as well as holding down the touch surface. Playback is started and paused by double-tapping any earphone. Tapping it three times jumps to the next title on the right, and one title back on the left.

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    The volume can be adjusted with a single tap. It is increased on the right earphone and reduced on the left.

    The voice assistant of the connected smartphone can be called up by pressing and holding the touch surface on the right earbud for around 2 seconds. On the left earphone, this gesture switches through the different sound modes: “ANC”, “Transparency mode” and “Normal”. In each case, an announcement is made as to which mode has just been activated.

    Correct timing is not easy

    The control is thus complete, but in practice it has to contend with a slight delay, and not only when it comes to recognition of the carrying. Starting / pausing and changing the volume are also somewhat delayed, as the EarFun Air Pro 2 first wait to see if the user makes further input before implementing the input. Finding the right speed for the typing sequence takes some practice and cannot always be implemented accurately. In the test, the volume was changed more often, although the playback should be paused, because instead of tapping twice, a single tap was recognized. It is positive that this type of incorrect entry has relatively few consequences, since only the volume is changed, but the playback is not interrupted every time.

    Good single use

    The EarFun Air Pro 2 can be used individually without any problems. The auto-pause when removing, however, leads to an interruption of the music playback – unless you are faster than the wearing detection of the headphones, which is quite possible. When changing from mono to stereo, however, there is neither an interruption nor an announcement or a signal tone, so this change is seamless. The control is not adapted by the individual use, so not all functions are then available, for example for volume and for changing the tracks.

    EarFun still has no app

    EarFun still does not have an optional app for the growing range of their own headphones. Firmware updates that could be used to implement improvements via software are not possible, nor can equalizer profiles be saved on the earphones, which can then be used independently of the device. Adjustments to the intensity of the ANC or the transparency mode are also not possible.

    Comfortable to wear, but some pressure

    The EarFun Air Pro 2 use oval silicone inserts that seal the ear canal without being pressed into it. This means that it is comfortable to wear, but unlike the AirPods Pro, it is not entirely without a feeling of pressure.

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    EarFun Air Pro 2 in the ear

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    The tester’s in-ears could not be used permanently for sporting activities because they lose their grip when jogging, for example, and have to be constantly readjusted in order not to fall out.

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    On the next page: sound, ANC, telephony, latency and conclusion

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