eppfun are a company new to me but this new headset makes them a name to look for in the future. Priced at £59.99 they are not inexpensive but they do have a premium feel to them and a feature set worthy of nthe price.
There used to be a time when you had to pay plenty to get decent quality True Wireless Earbuds but the introduction of Bluetooth 5.0 seems to have changed all that. Before Bluetooth 5.0 all but the most expensive True Wireless earbuds would continually drop out, crackle, pop and generally prove more trouble than they were worth. As technology develops each pair is better than the last and this new set is one of the best I have tried for under £100 and boasts the very latest Bluetooth 5.2, USB-C Charging as well as CVC 8.0 noise reduction and the state of the art aptX HD audio codec.
In the rather mid-range product box were the two buds together with a very upmarket feeling slimline aluminium alloy charging case, a short USB charging cable, and a well written but small User Guide. Everything has a distinctly premium and upmarket feel to it with the first-rate build quality of the overpriced high end rivals.
First time pairing could not be simpler and took just a few seconds. Subsequently, taking the buds from the case powers them on, and connects them to each other and the phone automatically, returning them to the case turns them off and begins charging. The smaller than average case can recharge the buds at least 5 times from a two hour charge with a 15 minute top up giving around two hours of music. There are LED’s on each bud to show charging and connection status. I was pleased to see the latest USB-C port has been used for charging although this has been awkwardly positioned on the rear of the case. Unlike with many smooth-skinned rivals, these buds are easy to remove from the case, for me a major selling point.
These earbuds use the latest Bluetooth 5.2 technology which is currently only supported by the latest high-end smartphones but of course, they will also work with older Bluetooth devices. Bluetooth 5 adds a longer range and greatly improves both the stability of the wireless connection and battery life. The buds can be used as a pair in the usual way or separately for mono listening.
The buds are small, neat and comfortable to wear and will deliver up to six hours of music per charge. Sound quality is excellent for a TW headset with a very decent level of bass together with clean mid-tones and a sibilance free high end. The buds have the new aptX HD audio codec for enhanced music and call quality and thanks to the use of Bluetooth 5 with a stable and firm reception. They are rated as IPX5 water-resistant which means they should be OK in the rain but do not immerse them in water.
Calls were clear to hear and easy to make. The headset can accept or reject incoming calls and end them. Call quality was fine at each end of the conversation with no dropouts or excessive background noise.
Each bud has a single soft touch button on it which can be used to end/reject calls, play/pause music, navigate tracks, alter volume and invoke your phone’s voice assistant. This works well and is easy to use.
For the price, this headset compares very well with the high-end rivals I have tried as regards sound quality and features. Indeed, you would have to go a long way to find a better True Wireless Headset at any price.
Lightweight and Compact
Good audio quality
Good Build Quality
Great battery life
Apt-X HD Codec
IPX 5 Water Resistant