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EarFun Air Pro 3 True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Mar 07, 2023 at 09:29 am
Latest change: Writing modified Nov 23, 2023 at 02:17 pm
EarFun Air Pro 3 True Wireless Picture
6.2
Neutral Sound
7.7
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
7.1
Office
5.5
Wireless Gaming
5.4
Wired Gaming
7.0
Phone Calls

The EarFun Air Pro 3 True Wireless are the next generation of the EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless. With this update, the manufacturer has added a couple of new features you won't find from previous gens. They now have a companion app with a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize their sound. They also have multi-device pairing and support aptX Adaptive codec, which is designed for streaming high-quality audio or lowering latency, depending on your content.

Our Verdict

6.2 Neutral Sound

The EarFun Air Pro 3 are mediocre for neutral sound. Out of the box, they have a very excited sound profile that delivers intense bass. The extra punch, rumble, and boom overwhelm vocals and instruments, and to compensate, there's also a lot of treble, making these sounds harsh. Sibilants like cymbals are also piercing. You can fine-tune their sound to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. They also support aptX Adaptive if you want to stream audio in higher quality than the default SBC Bluetooth codec.

Pros
  • EQ and presets available via companion app.
Cons
  • Not very immersive soundstage.
7.7 Commute/Travel

The EarFun Air Pro 3 are very good for commute and travel. These comfortable and well-built buds are equipped with an ANC system to help block out some of the rumbles of bus and plane engines. They're much more effective when it comes to passenger chit-chat, though. While they last over six hours continuously, if you need to replenish them, their carrying case holds an extra four charges if you need it.

Pros
  • Comfortable and stable in-ear fit.
  • Very good overall noise isolation performance.
Cons
  • Not very immersive soundstage.
8.1 Sports/Fitness

The EarFun Air Pro 3 are great for sports and fitness. These small and lightweight buds have a comfortable as well as stable in-ear fit, making them a suitable choice for jogs in the park. They're also certified IPX5 for resistance against direct water contact. Their wireless connection lasts over six hours continuously too.

Pros
  • IPX5 rating.
  • Comfortable and stable in-ear fit.
Cons
  • Not very immersive soundstage.
7.1 Office

The EarFun Air Pro 3 are decent for office use. They have a comfortable fit, support multi-device pairing, so that you can connect them with your smartphone and PC simultaneously, and last over six hours continuously. Their carrying case supplies an extra four charges, which is handy in a pinch. If your office is noisy, their ANC system easily cuts down ambient chatter around you.

Pros
  • Comfortable and stable in-ear fit.
  • Very good overall noise isolation performance.
  • Supports multi-device pairing.
Cons
  • Not very immersive soundstage.
5.5 Wireless Gaming

The EarFun Air Pro 3 are Bluetooth headphones and aren't designed for wireless gaming, as their latency can cause your audio and visuals to fall out of sync.

5.4 Wired Gaming

The EarFun Air Pro 3 are wireless headphones, and you can't use them wired.

7.0 Phone Calls

The EarFun Air Pro 3 are satisfactory for phone calls. They have an integrated mic, but your voice sounds thin and lacking in body. That said, you'll still be intelligible, especially if you're taking a call in a quiet place like at home. However, if you're calling from a noisy environment, the mic has trouble separating your voice from background noise. On the upside, the ANC does a very good job of blocking out sound like ambient chatter around you.

Pros
  • Very good overall noise isolation performance.
Cons
  • Mic has some trouble separating speech from loud background noise.
  • 6.2 Neutral Sound
  • 7.7 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.1 Office
  • 5.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.4 Wired Gaming
  • 7.0 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Nov 23, 2023: The following test group's text has been updated following TB 1.6: Bluetooth Connection. There have also been text changes made throughout the review, including to the usages to match these results.
  2. Updated Nov 23, 2023: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.6 , which updates how we measure latency. We've updated and renamed the following test groups: Wired Connection, Bluetooth Connection, and Wireless Connection (Dongle). We've also added new codec latency measurements and provided an audio sample of recorded latency.
  3. Updated Nov 16, 2023: We've retested these headphones using firmware 0.5.1, which slightly changed the results of all sound tests. As a result, the scoring of these tests has also slightly changed. However, there hasn't been a change in noise isolation.
  4. Updated Oct 30, 2023: We've checked the earbuds' noise isolation and frequency response using the new firmware version, 0.4.9. However, there were no changes to their performance versus firmware 0.4.2, so our results haven't changed.
  5. Updated Sep 20, 2023: Added a comparison to the Anker Soundcore Liberty 4 NC Truly Wireless in the App Support box.
  6. Updated May 12, 2023: We have updated our headphones to firmware update 0.4.2, which has changed the scores of tests in Sound. We have also updated our Test Settings. There hasn't been a change in Noise Isolation.
  7. Updated Mar 08, 2023: We've clarified a comparison regarding ANC performance between these headphones and the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless in Compared To Other Headphones.
  8. Updated Mar 07, 2023: Review published.
  9. Updated Feb 27, 2023: Early access published.
  10. Updated Feb 22, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  11. Updated Feb 16, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  12. Updated Feb 07, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The EarFun Air Pro 3 come in one color variant: 'Black', and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The EarFun Air Pro 3 are the successor of the EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless. Unlike their more simply designed predecessors, they have a more excited and bass-heavy sound that you can fine-tune to your liking using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. They also have a multi-device and aptX Adaptive codec support, which helps them rival other similarly priced in-ears like the Anker Soundcore Space A40 Truly Wireless. Their ANC performance is quite good, especially for mid-range sounds like office chatter, but it falls short of the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless when it comes to reducing the low rumble of bus and plane engines.

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Anker Soundcore Liberty 4 NC Truly Wireless

The Anker Soundcore Liberty 4 NC Truly Wireless  are better earbuds than the EarFun Air Pro 3 True Wireless. The Anker last longer on a single charge, leak less volume at high volumes, and have more available features via their companion app, like 3D surround sound. Their ANC also blocks out more bass-range background noise, like rumbly bus engines, making them better suited for commuting and travel. However, the EarFun have a better integrated microphone. You sound clearer over a call, though still a little thin, and it does a slightly better job of separating your voice from background noise as well. 

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the EarFun Air Pro 3 True Wireless. While both buds are comfortable, the Apple are better built, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and support Spatial Audio for a more immersive audio experience. Their ANC performance is significantly better too, and they have an H2 chip for seamless pairing with your Apple devices. However, the EarFun are more customizable via their companion app and support multi-device pairing and aptX Adaptive.

Samsung Galaxy Buds FE Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds FE Truly Wireless are slightly better than the EarFun Air Pro 3 True Wireless. While both buds have effective noise isolation performance, the Samsung ANC is better overall and they're more comfortable, with a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their mic's overall performance is better, too. That said, the EarFun have a better battery performance, their companion app offers a graphic EQ for more fine-tuned control over your sound, and they support multi-device pairing.

Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless and the EarFun Air Pro 3 True Wireless are similarly performing headphones with slight differences. While both buds are comfortable, the Anker have a much more neutral sound profile and have a significantly better noise isolation performance. Conversely, the EarFun support multi-device pairing and aptX Adaptive codec.

EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless 2021

The EarFun Air Pro 3 True Wireless are the next generation of the EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless 2021and have a couple of differences. The third generation are more comfortable as well as stable due to a bud re-design, have a significantly better noise isolation performance, and companion app support. They also have a slightly longer continuous battery life and support multi-device pairing as well as aptX Adaptive codec. That said, the previous generation have a much more neutral sound profile.

EarFun Air Pro True Wireless

The EarFun Air Pro 3 True Wireless are a later generation of the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless and have a few more features. While both buds are comfortable and well-built, the third generation have companion app support, which offers a graphic EQ and presets, and support multi-device pairing as well as aptX Adaptive codec. However, the original Air Pro have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, a better overall battery performance, and can block out slightly more background noise.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Transducer Dynamic

These buds have a closer look to the EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless than the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless. Their flattened stem design has a glossy finish, while the touch surface has more of a satin sheen. It only comes in 'Black'.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The EarFun Air Pro 3 are comfortable. They feel lightweight and are less bulky than the EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless. Unlike their predecessor, their stem design is shorter and doesn't press onto your cheeks. Using the controls doesn't push the buds further into your ears, either. That said, they still slightly stick out of your ears.

7.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

These buds have good controls. They have a touch-sensitive surface on each earbud and are easy to use. That said, you can also adjust their controls in their companion app. There are voice prompts to let you know when you're powered but buds on and off, pairing them, and cycling between ANC modes. There are even beeps to let you know when you're using voice assistant. The controls aren't the most intuitive out of the box, though.

On the left earbud:

  • One tap: Lowers volume.
  • Triple tap: Skips the track backward.
  • Tap and hold for two seconds: Cycles between ANC, ambient sound, which allows you to hear your surroundings without pausing your audio, and ANC off.

On the right earbud:

  • One tap: Raises volume.
  • Triple tap: Skips the track forward.
  • Tap and hold for two seconds: Activates voice assistant.

On either earbud:

  • Double tap: Plays or pauses audio. Also answers a call.
  • Tap and hold for two seconds: Rejects a call.
  • Triple tap: Allows you to answer and transfer to a new call while you're already on a call. You can also use this command to switch back to the previous call.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.6" (4.0 cm)
W 1.2" (3.0 cm)
H 0.8" (2.0 cm)
Volume 1.73 in³ (28.30 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

These buds are super portable. They're small, and their wireless design makes it easy to place them into pockets or bags without an issue.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.0" (5.0 cm)
W 2.4" (6.0 cm)
H 1.2" (3.0 cm)
Volume 5.76 in³ (94.40 cm³)

The carrying case is good. It's made out of plastic, which feels a bit cheap, but the lid is stiffer than that of the predecessor. The three LED lights indicate battery life.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

These headphones have good build quality. They're mostly made of plastic, which feels a little cheap, but that's normal, given their price point. However, they're certified IPX5 for resistance against direct water resistance, and feel like they could survive accidental drops and falls without taking damage.

7.5
Design
Stability

These headphones have a stable in-ear fit. If you're wearing them during a jog in the park, they easily stay in place. That said, if you want to use them during a tougher workout or if you're wearing them while eating, they can move around in your ears, so you may need to readjust their fit accordingly.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • EarFun Air Pro 3 truly wireless earbuds
  • 4x Sets of ear tips
  • Charging case
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • Cotton cleaning swab with cleaning instructions
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.53 dB
Treble Amount
-0.57 dB

Using firmware 0.5.1, the EarFun Air Pro 3 have a very excited sound profile. They deliver intense thump, rumble, and boom, which is good if you like genres like EDM and hip-hop. That said, the extra bass muddies vocals and instruments. Added high-mid and treble helps to add clarity and brightness to them so that they can stand out from the bass. However, these sounds end up harsh and piercing, especially in the right driver, which is slightly mismatched from the left driver in these ranges. Luckily, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets so you can adjust their sound to your liking.

You can see a comparison of three frequency responses with the original firmware, 0.4.2, and 0.5.1 here. Firmware 0.5.1's frequency response is a little lower in the bass range and a little higher in the treble range than either the original or 0.4.2 responses. However, this difference is minor and isn't that noticeable unless you're an astute audiophile.

9.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.14 dB

The frequency response consistency is outstanding. Since they have an in-ear fit, they have pretty consistent bass and treble delivery once you achieve a good fit.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.2
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.31 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
7.47 dB
Mid-Bass
7.32 dB
High-Bass
6.34 dB

The EarFun Air Pro 3's bass accuracy is mediocre as the response is very over-emphasized. You may like this if you prefer a lot of bass in music, especially for genres like EDM and hip-hop, as it intensifies the thump, punch, and boom of songs like Starboy by The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk. However, this overemphasis ends up muddying the rest of the mix.

8.1
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.55 dB
Low-Mid
1.83 dB
Mid-Mid
0.27 dB
High-Mid
3.1 dB

The mid accuracy is great. There's some overemphasis coming from the bass range into the low-mid, which muddies vocals and instruments more in the left driver than the right. While the mid-mid is flat and balanced, there's another bump in the high-mid. This overemphasis harshens vocals and instruments more so in the right driver, rather than the left.

6.0
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.74 dB
Low-Treble
4.65 dB
Mid-Treble
4.95 dB
High-Treble
-6.35 dB

The treble accuracy is acceptable. Like the other ranges, the response is overemphasized. Vocals and instruments are much harsher here than in the mid-range, and the right driver is slightly more affected by this than the left driver. Sibilants like cymbals are also very piercing in both drivers.

7.1
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.06 dB
Dips
1.13 dB

The peaks and dips performance is satisfactory as the buds struggle to control their sound profile. There's a small bump in the high-bass that affects both drivers and adds boom to the mix. A dip in the low-mid thins out vocals and instruments in the right driver, while a dip in the mid-mid affects the left driver more prominently and pushes vocals and instruments to the back of the mix. The right driver is also slightly overemphasized from the high-mid to the low-treble, which makes vocals sound harsh. A peak in the mid-treble affects both drivers and makes sibilants like cymbals sound piercing.

7.8
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.14
Weighted Phase Mismatch
3.76
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
2.51
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.03

The imaging performance is good. Although EarFun isn't a well-known brand, their quality control and ergonomics seem to be consistently solid. Our unit's L/R drivers are well-matched in group delay, ensuring tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. The drivers are also well-matched when it comes to frequency response. However, the L/R drivers are slightly mismatched in amplitude, which causes an imbalance in the stereo image. A peak in the phase response's mid-mid also skews audio like voices to the left and is audible with real-life content. Keep in mind that imaging varies between units, though.

0.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
N/A

These buds have a bad passive soundstage, but that's due to their in-ear design, which bypasses your outer ear. Your ear needs to be activated by sound to create a more immersive and out-of-head audio experience. As a result, the buds create a soundstage that feels closed-off and shallow.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.295
WHD @ 100
0.108

There's a large peak in the right driver's bass range at moderate volumes. It's audible with real-life content, which is annoying. There's also random popping and hissing present when using the buds, which may be limited to our unit. While these sounds aren't as prominent as when we first tested them, we don't know what's caused this change. However, if you've encountered this with your unit, please let us know in the forums, and we'll update our review.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
0.5.1
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
aptX, 32-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the EarFun Air Pro 3. Our results are only valid when the earbuds are used in this configuration.

Isolation
7.7
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-19.44 dB
Noise Cancelling Yes
Bass
-15.6 dB
Mid
-21.85 dB
Treble
-21.6 dB

The noise isolation performance is very good. Their ANC performance is significantly better than their predecessor, the EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless, particularly in the mid-range. Overall, the buds can block out some of the low rumble of bus engines but do an outstanding job of cutting down ambient chatter at the office as well as the high-pitched hum of computer fans.

Although we measured a difference in noise isolation between our original testing and firmware 0.4.2 as you can see here, we did not encounter a difference using firmware 0.5.1.

7.9
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
34.29 dB

The leakage performance is very good. The bulk of audio bleed is concentrated in the treble range and sounds thin. While part of it is audible, even if you're listening to audio in a noisy environment, it's only a small portion, which won't be too bothersome.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
Mic Yes
6.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
391.7 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.38 dB
HFE
6,088.74 Hz
Weighted THD
0.521
Gain
-3.67 dB

The integrated mic's recording quality is okay. Your voice sounds thin and a bit veiled. However, you won't have too much trouble being understood clearly.

7.3
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
20.06 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
7.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The mic has satisfactory noise handling. You won't have any problems being understood if you're taking a call from a quiet place. However, if there are loud noises present, the mic has trouble separating it from speech, and it can be hard to hear you well.

Active Features
7.1
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
6.4 hrs
Additional Charges
4.0
Total Battery Life
32 hrs
Charge Time
0.9 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The battery performance is decent. The manufacturer has slightly improved continuous battery life, and they're advertised to last seven hours continuously with ANC on. We measured just over six hours, though battery life can vary depending on use. If you need to top them off, their carrying case supplies an additional four charges if you need it. The buds also have a standby mode as well as an auto-off timer. The buds enter standby mode if they're not active, but after 10 minutes, they will turn off to help conserve battery life if you're not connected to a device.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name EarFun Audio
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
No

The EarFun Audio app is good. Unlike previous generations, these buds can connect to a companion app. You can see a video of how the app works here. Although the app suggests you must make an account to use it, you don't have to create one. The app allows you to toggle between ANC modes, access a 6-band graphic EQ as well as presets, and customize L/R controls. You can also access tutorials on how to use and wear the buds, as well as access a product FAQ. If you're looking for earbuds whose app has more ANC customization, as well as support for virtual soundstage, check out the Anker Soundcore Liberty 4 NC Truly Wireless.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Wired Connection
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable
No
Length
N/A
Connector
No Wired Option
Latency - Analog
N/A
Latency - USB
N/A
Recorded Latency
N/A
Recorded Latency Connection No Wired Audio

These headphones are Bluetooth-only, and you can only use them wirelessly. They come with a USB-A to USB-C cable to recharge their carrying case.

7.9
Connectivity
Bluetooth Connection
Bluetooth Version
5.3
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
Quick Pair (Android)
No
Quick Pair (iOS)
No
Line Of Sight Range
299.54 ft (91.30 m)
Latency - SBC
163 ms
Latency - aptX
N/A
Latency - aptX Adaptive (High Quality)
212 ms
Latency - aptX Adaptive (Low Latency)
97 ms
Latency - LDAC
N/A
Recorded Latency
Recorded Latency Codec aptX Adaptive (Low Latency)
AAC Support
Yes

The Bluetooth connectivity is very good. They support multi-device pairing, meaning you can stay connected to your PC and smartphone simultaneously. They also support aptX Adaptive, which is backward compatible with aptX HD, and have a 'Game Mode' to help lower latency. You can turn on this mode via the companion app and then transfer it onto different devices like a PC. Our results represent Bluetooth latency when this mode is on.

With 'Game Mode' on, latency falls out of good values via SBC codec, leading to lip sync mismatch. Comparatively, aptX Adaptive is a dynamic codec, so it automatically adjusts its performance based on your audio content. If you're streaming video, there will still be some latency present, causing a delay between your audio and visuals. That said, high latency using aptX Adaptive (High Quality) isn't an issue if you're only streaming audio.

With the 'Game Mode' off, you can expect even higher latency across SBC and aptX Adaptive (High Quality). Latency via aptX Adaptive (Low Latency) is similar to when 'Game Mode' is on, so your audio and visuals are out of sync. However, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently.

0
Connectivity
Wireless Connection (Dongle)
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Latency - Dongle
N/A
Recorded Latency
N/A
Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

These buds only support Bluetooth. You can connect them to Bluetooth-enabled PCs with full audio and mic compatibility, but that's about it.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

The EarFun Air Pro 3 come with a carrying case that holds four extra charges. It supports Qi wireless charging, and there's a USB-C input for you to charge the case.