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1. Waterproofing


I’ve been a gym-goer for a long time, and it’s not uncommon to see people exercising with whatever buds or headphones they would use elsewhere. That could be a cheap set bundled with their phone, or a high-end pair clearly designed for home or travel listening only. I’m looking at you, Beats Studio Wireless owners.

The main reason this is a mistake is sweat. If you’re putting in enough effort, sweat is inevitable, especially around your ears. If buds or headphones aren’t specifically water-resistant, you risk breaking them or even shocking yourself. I’ve had this happen with review units — it hurts, and the pain is undoubtedly compounded if you spent a lot of money.

Dig deeper: Everything you need to know about IP and ATM ratings

2. Wireless connectivity


Wireless is quickly becoming the default for audio. The tech takes on special importance in fitness, however. Assuming your workout clothes even have a phone-sized pocket, it’s possible to accidentally yank a cable out of a phone’s 3.5mm or USB-C/Lightning port, particularly if the cable is barely long enough to reach your head. In the past, I’ve had cables catch on weight machines or pop out when running.

Going wireless also makes it possible to leave your phone behind by pairing with a music-capable smartwatch or fitness tracker instead. And some exercises can be uncomfortable or impossible with wired headphones — try doing hanging upside-down crunches without an armband to keep your phone from plummeting to the floor.

Related: The best fitness trackers you can buy

If you’re shopping for workout earbuds, insist on something with fins or hooks.

With on- or over-the-ear headphones, matters get tricky. It can be hard to keep any headband in place unless you’re always upright, but keep an eye out for products that offer a tight-fitting band and grippy material, such as rubber or fabric. One of the few choices that meet these criteria is JBL’s UA Project Rock Over-Ear Training Headphones.

See also: Why aren’t more wireless earbud makers concerned about keeping them in our ears

Read more: The best general-purpose wireless earbuds

The good news is that many products top six hours and then some nowadays, even if buds should be stashed in their battery cases between workouts. Things can get dicey if you use a product outside of the gym too, but in that scenario, you’re likely expecting to charge more often anyway.

If you know you’re bound to forget charging occasionally, you’ll want to hunt for models with USB-C ports and other rapid charging features. The Beats Fit Pro, for instance, can recover an hour of playback after just five minutes of case time, so as long as your case has some juice, you’re fine.

6. Active noise cancellation (or strong isolation)

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Gyms and city streets can get loud. Some gyms insist on playing their own soundtracks over the PA, which is only an improvement if you enjoy their taste. Not everyone is in the mood for Taylor Swift when they’re deadlifting 400 pounds, say, or Slayer when they’re running on a treadmill.

A quality pair of buds or headphones should keep unwanted sounds under control. It’s important to distinguish between noise isolation and cancellation, however. Isolation simply refers to a good seal, whether over the ear or in your ear canal. While it’s not perfect, this can go a long way toward shutting out the world  — and anything you buy should have this at a minimum, not the least because it improves bass response. With earbuds, you may have to switch tips to find a tight seal.

See also: The best noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds

What should I prioritize when buying workout headphones?


Many products check all of these boxes, but it’s rare to find something that excels in every category. The Jabra Elite 85t might have great ANC for example, yet it doesn’t have the best noise isolation, and its design is fin-like rather than equipped with full hooks.

In my opinion, two things are non-negotiable for gym earphones: waterproofing, and some sort of design feature to keep things locked in place. The world’s best sound hardly matters if your workouts are interrupted by a bud falling out or a headband flailing around, never mind electric shocks.

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Headphones And Hearing Loss: What You Need To Know

What We Know

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States demonstrates that up to a quarter of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have some form of hearing loss due to consistent noise levels. The American Osteopathic Association takes this one step further, saying that headphones may be responsible for one in five teens suffering from some minor or major form of hearing loss.

The data shows that a significant majority of people who listen to headphones at high volume or use certain kinds of headphones may put themselves at risk for permanent damage. When you look into a light or work out too much your body begins to “tolerate” the excessive stimuli and numbs itself. This also happens to your ears when you have consistent noise. It’s why tractor drivers and crane operators often wear safety earmuffs. The constant noise of the engine can make you deaf!

What Makes Hearing Loss Worse?

Loudness isn’t the only factor that promotes hearing loss. Consistency of noise and its duration can also numb your ears to the point that they’re ringing. Once you reach that point, you’ve experienced a moderate amount of damage. If you have ever listened to an MP3 player using powerful headphones at 85% of the maximum volume for more than an hour, you might have noticed that after removing them you have to acclimate to your environment again. In other words, your ears got so numb that every bit of speech around you sounds muffled for at least a few seconds or even a minute. Don’t ever do that again!

Prevention Methods

Unfortunately there is no perfect cure to going deaf. Your only hope here is to actively prevent it from happening in the first place. Even if you’re not under 30, now is a good time to take every measure you can to preserve every bit of precious hearing you have. Here are a few ways to do that at least as far as headphones are concerned:

Avoid using earbuds. They shoot noise directly into your ear canal without allowing some of it to escape. Headphones that surround your ear provide a milder listening experience, although they are a little more expensive. If you plan to use them, do so sparingly and with a moderately low volume.

Can you have a conversation with someone next to you? If you have a very hard time hearing anything anyone says around you, the volume is probably louder than it should be. I say probably because noise-cancelling headphones can block sounds from your environment without needing to blast music into your ears at volumes that will rip them to shreds. Speaking of which, you should get some noise-cancelling headphones if you want to block the outside world. Don’t raise your volume on normal headphones to do that.

Ask a person to stand one meter from you, then listen to something through your headphones normally. Ask that person if they can hear what you hear perfectly. If they say yes, lower the volume. It’s too loud!

The Takeaway

Everything I said above might make you hesitant to ever pick up your MP3 player again, but you really shouldn’t worry too much. Just make sure you’re listening to things at a reasonable volume and make sure you’re not spending way too much time with your headphones on (especially if you are using earbuds).

Miguel Leiva-Gomez

Miguel has been a business growth and technology expert for more than a decade and has written software for even longer. From his little castle in Romania, he presents cold and analytical perspectives to things that affect the tech world.

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Do We Really Need Human

Are human-like robots a good business?

Over the past few decades, countless companies are now into the human-like robot race. However, none of these companies have recorded any good success. One has to wonder if it is a good business in the end. The first-ever human-like robot, Herbert Televox, was built in 1927 by Ron Wensley of the WestingHouse Company. This robot is essentially just a circuit board. Originally, the board, called Herbert Televox, could operate specific switches according to different sound codes.

The birth of Herbert Televox brought Ron Wensley to the attention of the company. In 1929, he was transferred to the electrical department in Ohio. With the help of the department’s engineers, Wensley began the development of the next-generation robotics project, and Elektro was launched. Unlike the single-function Herbert Televox, Elektro has a more practical voice control function. Technically, we can consider this as the “the first human-like robot in history”.

How far did Elektro progress

21st century human-like robots

In the 21st century, human-like robots seem to have become different. In 2000, Honda launched Asimo, the first-generation real humanoid robot. The robot has human-like mobility and can walk, run and jump. After the official debut, Honda started the research and development of the second-generation robot. At the same time, Asimo has been on a nationwide tour, attracting the attention of the Japanese people. Gradually, Asimo also began to engage in formal work such as reception and performances. For example, companies such as IBM rented Asimo as a receptionist. However, it is important to note that Asimo’s intelligence is not high. This robot does more for display and teaching, and it can’t replace real people in actual work.

NASA Robonaut 2

In 2013, Boston Dynamics released the humanoid robot Atlas. It took several years to develop this robot into a parkour robot with extremely high body coordination. However, it adds the AI system to allow Atlas to continuously learn and evolve. The goal is to help humans complete various tasks, especially high-risk exploratory work.

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In 2023, the French team under Softbank launched the robot with human shape, Pepper. This robot takes another dimension in the social field. Pepper has speech recognition technology and emotion recognition capabilities to communicate like a human. Pepper has access to industries such as finance, retail, education, nursing, and more. It can do a wide variety of jobs like a humans.

AI technology and robot development

The development of AI technology has made robots with human shape a qualitative leap. However, since the slow down of AI technological progress, there is also a slow down of human-like robot development. The huge research and development costs have put many robot companies into a financial crisis.

Due to the lack of commercial value, Honda gradually stopped the research and development of robots in 2023. In fact, even the once-popular Asimo robot also began to slowly retire. It no longer performs the exhibitions. The main reason for stopping research and development is that human-like robots lack commercialism. Also, their huge research and development costs prevent them from making enough profits. For most people, the performances of robots with human appearance have lost their freshness. Watching the robot performances is not even as interesting as watching virtual idol performances.

Boston Dynamics also changed hands several times because of the dismal sales of robots. SoftBank also announced in June this year that Pepper would be discontinued. The company is already laying of the robot development teams in France and Japan. From a commercial point of view, robots wth human shape are more like a sci-fi dream by humans.

Alien robots emerge

Robots with human appearance have been mired in a technical quagmire. However, alien robots is making great great strides and have even gone commercial. Boston Dynamics’ Spot has begun mass production. It is now in use in fields such as freight, mountain transportation, and disaster relief. Sony’s assistant robot dog AIBO is now in active service in Japan. It now provides assistant services to the crowd as well as in the medical and other industries.

These alien robots are also comes with an operating system with a high degree of AI. They can accept commands from users and complete charges on their own. At the same time, in different applications, these alien robots can also arbitrarily transform into different shapes. They are more adaptable to different environments than robots with human shape. Various bionic parts allow them to travel in different scenes like animals in the air, mountains, oceans, etc.

Alien robots exist in various styles, including robotic arms. When chúng tôi was listed in Hong Kong last year, there was a robotic arm that participated in the bell-ringing ceremony. And such robotic arms have been placed in many different positions by chúng tôi These robots can sort, transport and perform inventory management. They can also use their AI capabilities in various positions to cooperate with employees to complete various tasks.

With the help of AI, some tools have even completely replaced human workers. Xiaomi announced its own unmanned factory in 2023. This 18,600-square-meter black light factory is only equipped with more than 100 maintenance personnel. The usual production work is done by various robotic arms. The annual output is as high as millions of mobile phones.

Robotic arms with AI capabilities are increasingly being put into actual production work. Although they don’t have the same appearance as humans, they are practically indistinguishable from robots.


For robots with human appearance, the most important areas of application is the medical and education fields. They can provide  education and assistant services and eventually reduce human work. This type of assistant robot can take care of the old or young children. Their mobility has limits and they help to reduce the work of the guardians. The design of the robots that look like humans makes it easier for people to accept them as assistants. With AI technology, these robots can adapt wo users and meet their needs like real people. In fact, with the current pace of development, robots with human appearance will be able to meet humans emotional needs.

Of course, with the current AI technology, these robots cannot completely replace humans for communication. However, they still need to upgrade as well as learn more to be better. There is still a long way to go before assistant robots can truly provide assistant services like humans.

At the moment, robots with human shape are still a product in the early stage of development for the market. They cannot help humans to complete various services. For the market at the moment, robots with special shapes are still far better than those with human shape. The value of robots is to help humans complete various difficult tasks.

Android 12 Features: Everything You Need To Know

Color extraction

Color extraction is the base coat of paint in the new redesign and is one of the best things about Android 12. Basically, the OS natively extracts the colors from your wallpaper and uses them to theme your OS. You can see how it looks in the screenshot above. In short, you set a wallpaper, Android 12 extracts the colors, and then your OS has hints of color from it.

The color changes take place all over the OS, including the Settings, Quick Settings tiles, and any app with Material You support. On Pixel devices, examples include the dialer, contacts app, and calculator. It even works with widgets as well, as shown in the video at the top of the article. We will see more as developers begin adding support.

Users can override the color extraction and choose a color if they want to. It looks quite nice, even if the OS tends to favor light, pastel colors over vibrant colors. Of course, the Styles & Wallpapers app on Pixel devices was revamped to house all of these new changes.

Quick Settings tiles

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The Quick Settings received a rather large overhaul as well. The smaller toggles are gone, replaced by larger, rounded rectangle buttons. These new tiles work like previous toggles where you tap to turn them on and off. There are also new tiles for camera and microphone access (more on that later), Google Pay, alerts, and smart home stuff.

A few of the tiles work differently. For instance, the Internet tile always opens a prompt now and houses both mobile and Wi-Fi data information. By and large, it is just an aesthetic change. On the plus side, the larger tiles are much easier to read and house more information. Of course, that comes at the cost of space. Users who use toggles heavily will no doubt need multiple pages.


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The Settings menu not only saw a redesign but also a few minor changes. For the redesign, it borrows heavily from Samsung’s One UI with large headers that take up a ton of space. It makes the top settings on any given page easier to reach on taller phones. The new design, codenamed Silky Home, required ADB to access in early developer previews but comes stock on Android 12.

The only other noteworthy change is the addition of Safety & Emergency to the main Settings page. It lets you define stuff like an emergency contact and some other stuff without the need to dive into the settings further.

Scrolling screenshots

Improved auto-rotate

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For years, auto-rotate was decided by your phone’s accelerometer. It detects when your phone is flipped on its side and then the screen does the same. Android 12 introduces face detection for auto-rotate. Basically, your phone looks at your face and only rotates if it notices your phone has changed orientation. Thus, you can do things like lay in bed on your side and the phone won’t rotate.

Easier Wi-Fi sharing

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This one is a pretty minor new feature. The QR code method is still available like previous versions of Android. However, there is now a small button below that lets you use Nearby Share to send your Wi-Fi credentials to someone else’s phone. It’s faster when sharing with multiple people and doesn’t require you to hold your phone up for everyone to scan.

Rich content insertion

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This minor but fun feature is new to Android 12. It’s an API for developers that lets their apps move media between apps. You’ll be able to do something like copy and paste an image from one app to another. It should also work with marked-up text (bold, italic, etc.), videos, audio files, and more. It would help cut out the middle man of sharing images from one app to another.

Other minor additions

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There was a slew of minor additions, including a bunch of new emoji , a screen dimming mode in the Accessibility settings, tweaked gesture controls, and a quick tap function for select Pixel devices that lets you use the back of your device to control your phone. Hit the links above to learn more about those extra features.

Haptic feedback coupled with audio

You probably recognize this feature mostly from gaming consoles. You feel it when your controller shakes in response to an explosion on the screen. Android 12 comes with this ability natively. Game developers can make your phone vibrate when things happen on screen. There are some non-gaming uses for it as well, such as with movies or syncing vibration with custom ringtones.

HEVC media transcoding: Apps without HEVC support can have Android 12 transcode it into AVC — a more available video compression format.

AVIF image support: AVIF is an image codec like PNG or JPEG. It promises the same quality as JPEG but won’t claim as much storage space on your device. It uses the AV1 codec, first introduced in Android 10.

Multi-channel audio: Android 12 now supports MPEG-H in passthrough and offload modes. Audio mixers, resamplers, and effects now support up to 24 channels overall.

Optimizations for large and funky displays: Basically, Android 12 includes better support for things like televisions, foldable, and tablets. Notably, Google is also working on another version of the OS focusing on this dubbed Android 12L. This version should be launched later this year.

Universal splash screens: Material You added a lot of cohesion to the Android experience. Part of that includes a splash screen for every app automatically whether the developer supported it or not. Devs have the ability to tweak the splash screen if they want.

Optimizations for apps: Some other optimizations for apps include Google blocking background apps from launching foreground services. There are also latency and workload distribution improvements that should also improve performance.

Picture-in-picture improvements: Some improvements to picture-in-picture mode include smoother transitions, improved controls depending on what content is in the picture.

Project mainline improvements: Google announced that ART would make its way to Project Mainline and be available for update through the Play Store. There are other modules being added as well.

The list is even longer than this, believe it or not. You can learn more on the Android 12 developer page here.

Security and privacy improvements

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Google has calmed down a bit with security and privacy improvements in Android 12. Usually, Google has a ton of little tweaks. However, in recent years, Google has opted for larger and more impactful changes.

Privacy Dashboard

Microphone and camera indicators

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Android 12 also includes indicators for camera and microphone use. Basically, a little microphone or camera indicator appears in the top right corner of your phone screen whenever an app accesses one of those things. A green dot persists after the initial indicator goes away to let you know that an app is still using it. It’s a quick and easy way to tell the user when the microphone or camera is active.

For added security, you can disable both the camera and microphone. Google added new toggles in the Quick Settings specifically for this purpose. You simply toggle one of them off to completely disable the camera or microphone. We tested it with the camera app and there is even a prompt that shows up if the camera permission is turned off.

Smaller security updates

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There were some smaller security updates as well. We’ll list them out here.

Restricted Netlink MAC: In Android 11, only privileged apps could access a device’s Netlink MAC address. In Android 12, Google now restricts all apps from reading it.

Bluetooth permission changes: Apps can now scan for Bluetooth devices without needing to ask for your location.

Device sensor restrictions: Device sensors that sense motion or movement now have refresh restrictions. For example, an app can only ping your accelerometer so often before Android 12 tells it to wait a minute.

Android Compute Core: This is a new security feature in Android 12. We don’t know exactly how it works, but Google says it separates the cloud from on-device information when using things like Live Caption.

You can view more security and privacy changes from our roundup here or on the Android developer website here.

5 Best Useful Features Of Timekettle M3 Translator Earbuds

Timekettle started a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo in 2023 and released the first M-series translator device, called the M2 Translator Earbuds, and it received great success. Now, after over two years, Timekettle has released the M3 Translator Earbuds that come with a slew of enhancements to make simultaneous translation even more natural. Not just that, the company has added new multi-functional features, ANC, and more language/ accent options than before. So if you are interested and want to learn about the best useful features of Timekettle M3 Translator Earbuds, follow our article below.

Timekettle M3 Translator Earbuds: Top Features (2023) HybridComm Translation

When it comes to translator earbuds, you will find many earbuds and apps that offer one-way translation. However, what makes this pair of earbuds stand out from the rest of the crowd is the fact that Timekettle M3 Translator Earbuds offer an offline and natural translation experience. They make the conversation comfortable and cohesive for both the speaker and the listener. The earlier version of Timekettle Translator earbuds only supported offline translation for one person at a time.

However, Timekettle’s in-house HybridComm patented technology on the M3 Translator earbuds allows more than one person to speak and listen at the same time, with impeccable translation quality. Basically, you don’t need to speak and wait for the translation to process and then speak again. You can converse naturally in real time, and the earbuds elevate the experience. In fact, the company found that HybridComm technology enhanced communication efficiency by 200%, which is amazing.

Translation Modes For Every Scenario

It can automatically detect your voice and translate the speech in real time into logical sentences. Plus, it works both ways and for both the speaker and the listener. For lengthy and business conversations, it’s the ideal mode to have. Do note that you need just one set of M3 Translator Earbuds for conversation between two people. Each person wears one earbud in their ear.

Next, Listen mode is suitable for one-way communication like lectures. You can keep your phone in close proximity to the speaker and the M3 Translator Earbud can automatically translate sentences.

Finally, you have the Speaker mode, which is ideal when you are traveling to a foreign country and want to quickly relay your message. You can wear the earbud and keep the Timekettle app active. Now, speak freely in your own language, and the app will simultaneously translate your speech to the other person.

Whatever the person replies to you also gets translated, and you can hear it through the earbud. For asking directions and holding quick conversations, Speaker mode on the Timekettle M3 Translator Earbuds can act as your travel translator. Finally, the best part is that the translation history is saved in all three modes in case you want to review it later on.

Multi-function Earbuds (ANC and Phone Call) Language and Accent Support

The Timekettle M3 Translator Earbuds support 40 languages, which include most of the notable countries and regions. Not just that, it can also pick as many as 93 accents, which is impressive. For automatically picking up the voice and parsing the speech correctly, this is the most valuable feature to have on the M3 Translator Earbuds. For a list of languages supported by the M3 Translator Earbuds, refer to the below list.

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Long Battery Life

One of the best features of Timekettle M3 Translator Earbuds is that you get a much longer battery life. Traditional earbuds offer close to 5 to 6 hours of battery life on a single charge. However, the M3 Translator Earbuds deliver almost 7.5 hours of battery juice on a single full charge.

And when you account for the charging case, the total battery life comes to 25 hours. That’s just amazing, right? Not to forget, you can fully charge the earbuds in just 90 minutes. In tandem, no matter if you are conversing with someone or listening to music, the Timekettle M3 Translator Earbuds will satisfy all your needs without sacrificing battery life.

Some Notable Points

For an error-free translation, Timekettle recommends users speak clearly as possible to accurately parse the speech. Further, while it comes with ANC to reduce noise and has support for a variety of languages and accents, a good stream of clear speech is always preferable.

Timekettle M3 Translator Earbuds: Pricing and Where to Buy?

Earfun Air Review – Earbuds That Work The Way You Want

There are so many AirPod-like earbuds on the market that it’s difficult to choose which ones to buy. They are offered in every price range, but when it comes down to it, what matters is performance. This EarFun Air review will determine whether they fit the bill and whether they will give you the performance you’re looking for.

We have previously reviewed the EarFun Free earbuds and like them a lot. Can their sibling EarFun Air perform as well?


The EarFun Air ships with everything you’d expect with quality earbuds. The only surprise is the USB-C cord, and what a great surprise that is. In the box you will find:

EarFun Air earbuds

Charging case

Three extra sets of ear tips

USB-C charging cord

User manual


It seriously could not be easier, which is a feature that appears on everyone’s wish list for pairing anything through Bluetooth. After unboxing, insert the earbuds into the case and close it. With your phone or other device’s Bluetooth turned on, just open the case. That’s it. The EarFun Air will automatically pair.

The instructions suggest you charge them fully before your first use. Frankly, I didn’t need to, but I only got about four hours of use, and the manufacturer says they get up to seven hours of use, with 35 hours total with the case. I have never had seven hours of use, but I never get the promised hours with earbuds, which may be due to my particular usage.

Another unexpected bonus was that battery usage showed in the Battery widget in iOS 14. Not all earbuds show up there. But you can see in the image above that it shows the battery level of my iPad, my Apple Pencil, and the EarFun Air.

Pairing with Second Device

The EarFun Air will automatically re-pair with the last device that was used. To pair with a second device, the instructions suggest you have the first one turned off, then pair them with the second device the same way you did the first device. I didn’t want to completely turn off my iPhone, so I just unpaired it so that I could pair the EarBuds with my iPad.

Finger Touch Actions

There is a long list of finger touch commands for music, calls, and voice assistant – more than with other sets I have owned. The actions are also more successful than other sets. It’s still not always successful like the AirPod Pro earbuds are, but it isn’t at a frustrating level like some other earbuds and their touch commands. Difficulties could also be user-defined, such as whether your triple tap is more like a tap and hold, whether the time before taps is too long, etc.

Ear Tips

By this point you should be figuring out whether the ear tips that were on the EarFun Air when they shipped fit well. If they seem too loose or too tight, it’s quite easy to switch to a more appropriate set. That said, they fit perfectly in my ears. While I have a small face, I usually fit well in the earbud tips that come installed on earbuds, other than Apple earbuds.


I found the sound on the EarFun Air to be really good. It is immersive and puts me right in the middle of whatever I’m listening to, be it music, an audiobook, or a podcast. The two microphones in each earbud lead to great noise cancellation. The only earbuds I have found to surpass the sound is the AirPod Pro, and that is only because of the recent spatial audio upgrade. If not for that, I would say the similarity is very close.

Even using just one earbud, the sound is still very clear. This is simple to do. Just take one earbud out of the case, and it works the same as if you were wearing two. However, if you are wearing both and take one out of your ear, it stops the music or whatever else you’re playing. I found that to be a great feature, as there are many times instinctively that I take one earbud out to hear someone addressing me.


Again, USB-C charging of the charging case is a great bonus. Additionally, if you put the earbuds back in the case for 10 minutes, it will give you another two hours using the EarFun Air. It will take an hour and a half to fully charge them.

The light on the front of the case is color-coded. If it’s green, you have more than 30 percent left in the case. If it’s orange, you have less than 30 percent. If it’s red, you have less than 10 percent. If it’s flashing red, you have less than 1 percent. The case will charge in two hours via USB-C and three and a half hours via a wireless charger.

Only Concern

I had just one problem with the EarFun Air during this review. It’s not a complete gamechanger but does affect enjoyment and usage. One earbud continued to unpair and die sooner than it should when the other had much more time left.

As it seemed the contacts weren’t allowing the one earbud to completely charge, the EarFun team helpfully provided me with a quick fix to clean the contacts on the bottom of the earbuds and inside the case with a cotton swab and alcohol. This was followed by a factory reset with the button on the back of the case until I saw the lights on the front of the earbuds blink purple three times. I easily re-paired them after this.

This worked great until the right earbud went out. I just couldn’t re-pair the two of them together, no matter what I did. However, the EarFun team was great at issuing me a new set. I’ve been using them for a few weeks, and there are no problems at all. Nothing like with the first pair.


When all is said and done for this review, I still find the EarFun Air to be the best earbuds I have used, save for the AirPod Pros, and that’s saying a lot. Price-wise, they are a fraction of the price of Apple’s but the same as other budget sets that don’t work as well. The list price is $79.99, but they are on sale for $59.99. If you clip the 20-percent off Amazon coupon, it brings the price down to under $48.

Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site’s sponsored review program.

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