Review: EarFun Air Pro 2 – Futureproof

The latest release from EarFun, the Air Pro 2, is the successor for first generation of Air Pro.
The latest release from EarFun, the Air Pro 2, is the successor for first generation of Air Pro.

With a new anti-wind noise algorithm in the EarFun Air Pro 2, this is truly one of the best noise-canceling true wireless earphones on the market.

Thank you, Helen from EarFun, for sending me the Air Pro 2 true wireless IEMs in exchange for my honest review and opinion.
General Usage 79.0
Audiophile Usage 78.3

Score Breakdown

80.4
What We Like
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good clarity
  • Pocket-friendly case
  • Long battery life
  • Punchy and accurate bass
  • Smooth and spacious highs
  • Fast charging
  • Excellent connection stability
  • Affordable pricing
What We Don't Like
  • Plastic look with average feel and aesthetics
  • Low latency mode is not supported
  • Lack of Hi-Res codecs

Where to Buy

The EarFun Air Pro 2 is available at:

Introduction

EarFun was founded in 2018 by a collection of skilled designers, engineers, and music lovers. They share a goal: to develop next-generation wireless audio devices that incorporate the most cutting-edge technologies to resolve current-generation wireless audio device obstacles.

EarFun thinks that technology has the potential to enrich modern lifestyles and seamlessly integrate with our daily activities. This belief is reinforced by their tagline, “Better Sound, Better Life.”

Putting R&D into reality, EarFun implements several new technologies, such as QuietSmart 2.0™ Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation and in-ear infrared detection into their latest release of EarFun Air Pro 2, the successor of the first generation of EarFun Air Pro. These technology implementations will help make the Pro 2 future-proof, at least until there’s a new breakthrough in TWS.

Case

Battery

  • Battery Life: 27 hours
  • Connector: USB Type-C
  • Wireless Charging: Yes
  • Battery Capacity: 500 mAh

As usual, EarFun manages to achieve a good battery life in the case, without compromising the form factor. Users can enjoy 27 hours of playback time from the charging case, thanks to its 500 mAh battery capacity. More than enough for one to two weeks of daily commuting.

You can place the case on a wireless charging pad to charge it. For those who prefer wired charging, just connect a cable to the USB Type-C charging port on the back of the case.

Charging the case using a wireless charging pad and a USB Type-C cable at the same time will not cut charging time in half, and may end up causing damage.

The USB Type-C charging port is located at the back of the case.
The USB Type-C charging port is located at the back of the case.

UX

  • Can be open easily with one hand: Need some effort
  • Pass the shake test: Yes
  • Light Indicators: Display battery level and charging status

The case should be opened using two hands – opening it with one hand will require some effort and I do not think it is feasible to do so. The earbuds protrude from the casing and offer an adequate grip for users to remove them. The earbuds are secured firmly by magnets within the case.

There is a LED light near the opening of the charging case to indicate the battery level and charging status of the case. Different LED colors indicate the battery charge level – green is high, and red shows the contrary. There is a button beside the charging port to activate the LED indicator.

The LED light indicator near the opening of the case displays battery level and charging status of the case.
The LED light indicator near the opening of the case displays battery level and charging status of the case.

Design

  • Shape of the case: Rectangular with round edges
  • Material: Plastic
  • Build Quality: Average

The charging case is constructed of plastic and is rectangular in shape. EarFun did not specifically mention the material used, but it appears that the casing is made of ABS and PC plastics, just like the EarFun Air. The charging case has a matte finish to give a better grip, even with damp hands.

The charging case has a matte finish to give a better grip, even with damp hands
The charging case has a matte finish to give a better grip, even with damp hands

Portability

  • Weight: 53g (With earbuds inside)
  • Volume: 6.5 x 5.2 x 3.18 = 107.48cm cu}} (~6.56 in cu)
  • Portability: Great

With the thin charging case, the EarFun Air Pro 2 is one of the most portable true wireless earphones that I have tested so far. It fits comfortably into my pocket without generating an unsightly bulge.

I’ve been carrying the case to the gym with me, and I’ve had no problems having it in my pocket while working out. With a good choice of materials and small size, the EarFun Air Pro 2 case is lightweight and never a burden on the go.

Thanks to the thin case, it can fit nicely into my pocket without creating an ugly bulge.
Thanks to the thin case, it can fit nicely into my pocket without creating an ugly bulge.

Earbuds

Battery

  • Battery Life: 7 hrs
  • Charge Time (15mins): Around 120 mins playback time

The battery life of the EarFun Air Pro 2’s earbuds is long enough for almost any type of daily activity, such as exercising, traveling, or even running in a marathon. If you are going on a long-distance journey with short notice, the fast charging case can give you 120 minutes of playback time with 15 minutes of charge.

You can use the 15 minutes to let your ears have a rest. The earbuds will be ready to serve you for another two hours after that.

EarFun Air Pro 2 have long playback duration of 7 hours despite being small and comfortable.
EarFun Air Pro 2 have long playback duration of 7 hours despite being small and comfortable.

UX

  • Control Mechanism: Touch
  • Touch Accuracy: Good
  • Control Symmetry on both earbud: Yes
  • Mono Use: Yes
  • Voice assistant and noise-cancellation control can be triggered through control on earbuds

The control on the earbuds can be done by touching the control panels. I appreciate that the “boundary” of the touch sensor is clearly defined.

All basic controls can be done on the earbuds, such as play/pause, volume control, and track change. In addition to those basic controls, the EarFun Air Pro 2 allow users to control the noise-cancellation modes and activate the voice assistant through the touch sensor. Basically, once I put them on, I can leave my phone in my pocket because all the controls are available on the earbuds.

The round area on the earbud is the boundary where the touch sensor is located. As long as your touch lands within that region, Air Pro 2 will register the command and act accordingly.
The round area on the earbud is the “boundary” where the touch sensor is located. As long as your touch lands within that region, Air Pro 2 will register the command and act accordingly.

Design

  • Profile: Medium
  • Material: Plastic
  • Comfort: Good
  • Fit: Good

The profile of the EarFun Air Pro 2 is very similar to the EarFun Air. During use, the touch sensor parts protrude slightly from your ears. This gives a higher chance of your finger properly landing on the sensor.

The earbud shape is elongated, bringing the microphones nearer to your mouth for better voice pickup. This part is positioned in between the tragus and antitragus of the ears, providing a more secure fit.

It is comfortable to have the EarFun Air Pro 2 in my ears – the isolation is above average and they do not have any pressure hotspots which will irritate the user. I can easily wear them for hours without a need to take a rest or even adjust for a better fit.

The Air Pro 2 sit nicely in my ears, with a good support from the tragus and antitragus.
The Air Pro 2 sit nicely in my ears, with a good support from the tragus and antitragus.

Mic

  • Noise Cancellation: Good
  • Voice Pick-up: Good

With the enhanced 6-microphone array, environment noise cancellation (ENC), and customized noise cancellation algorithm, the voice pick-up capability of EarFun Air Pro 2 is outstanding. I have great confidence using them for a call in public transport during peak hours. The feedforward and feedback microphones integrated into the earphones effectively remove unwanted noise from the surroundings.

Mic demo

Sound

  • Driver: 10mm titanium composite dynamic drivers
  • Sound Signature: Balanced
  • Sub-bass: Good
  • Bass: Good
  • Mids: Good
  • Treble: Good
  • Sound Detail: Good

Overall sound quality

The sound signature of the EarFun Air Pro 2 can be considered neutral with a slight bass and treble boost. It’s fun to listen to as the profile is lively with good dynamics. The ups and downs in tracks are presented precisely by the earbuds. Despite being true wireless earbuds, the clarity and detail retrieval capability is well-preserved.

The balanced and neutral sound signature of the Air Pro 2 yields a comfortable listening session.
The balanced and neutral sound signature of the Air Pro 2 yields a comfortable listening session.

Bass

The EarFun Air Pro 2 have well-extended sub-bass. The rumble from the sub-bass can definitely generate excitement for the listener. The sub-bass is more prominent when the noise cancellation mode is active, and the overall bass response is faster and tighter, improving the overall fidelity of the earphones.

The mid-bass is more well-controlled compared to the sub-bass, and is more reserved, preventing bleeding into the midrange. This tuning is favorable to preserve the high-quality sound of the midrange. The overall bass performance of the Air Pro 2 is not overwhelming and is right in the sweet spot – bringing sufficient excitement to the sound signature while preserving the clarity.

Closer look on the earbud - feedback/feedforward microphone for ANC and in-ear infrared detector can be seen clearly on the inner side of the earbud.
Closer look on the earbud – feedback/feedforward microphone for ANC and in-ear infrared detector can be seen clearly on the inner side of the earbud.

Midrange

The mids are just slightly recessed compared to the bass. They can better handle the layering, and the overall separation between low-frequency instruments, like kick drums and vocals, is very good with this tuning.

The mids of the Air Pro 2 can be categorized as neutral and transparent. With the slightly recessed mid-bass, coloration is minimal and they are a good pair of earphones for vocal referencing. The space in the midrange is sufficient for vocals and mid-frequency instruments to mingle around, without any congestion or collisions.

With the angled nozzle, the fit and isolation provided by the Air Pro 2 is outstanding.
With the angled nozzle, the fit and isolation provided by the Air Pro 2 is outstanding.

Treble

Unlike a lot of overly-smoothed or overly-colored earbuds, the well-extended highs bring the clarity of EarFun Air Pro 2 to another level, differentiating them from other TWS in this segment. I’m impressed by their clarity and detail retrieval capability.

The extended highs are handled decently during the decay of notes. The end of each high frequency note does not “break” and “crush” when they reach the end. A distorted decay will kill the overall presentation with a lot of unwanted noises, and thankfully the Air Pro 2 are free from this.

Unlike a lot of overly-smoothed or overly-colored earbuds, the well-extended highs raise the clarity of the EarFun Air Pro 2 to another level.
Unlike a lot of overly-smoothed or overly-colored earbuds, the well-extended highs raise the clarity of the EarFun Air Pro 2 to another level.

Connectivity

  • Audio Codec: AAC and SBC
  • Bluetooth Version: 5.2
  • Bluetooth Chip: Advanced AIROHA Audio SoC
  • Auto-connect when: Case cover is opened
  • Average drop-outs in an hour: 1 – 2 times
  • Multi-point connection: No

The EarFun Air Pro 2 supports both AAC and SBC codecs. The earbuds will auto-connect to the last paired device when opening the case. Similar to the majority of true wireless earbuds in the market, they do not support Bluetooth multi-point connections.

With the help of the latest Bluetooth version and the Advanced AIROHA Audio SoC Bluetooth chipset, the connection stability is outstanding with the EarFun Air Pro 2. I experienced negligible signal drop-outs in the gym during peak hours.

With Hi-Res codecs such as aptX Adaptive or LDAC becoming more common in the TWS market, I would have appreciated it if EarFun included aptX in this model to cater to the needs of the audiophile market.

Waterproof

  • IP Rating: IPX5

The EarFun Air Pro 2 have IPX5 waterproof certification, which is more than enough for everyday sports use. Users may need to be cautious during more demanding sports, such as mountain climbing, because they are not verified as shockproof, and the microphone apertures may be exposed to dirt or sand.

The EarFun Air Pro 2 have an IPX5 waterproof certification, which is more than enough for everyday sports use.
The EarFun Air Pro 2 have an IPX5 waterproof certification, which is more than enough for everyday sports use.

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