Huawei’s newest flagship TWS earphones – the Freebuds Professional 2 – come as a pure evolution of the primary Freebuds Professional. They’re co-engineered with Devialet and having spent appreciable time testing them we at the moment are able to share what we hope shall be some helpful impressions.
We had the Silver Blue set, which is certainly the belle of the ball – there are additionally Black and White choices for extra conventional seems. Selecting a daring shade for an adjunct often means it will likely be an accent in a single’s attire, and on this case, the Freebuds Professional 2 in Blue are positively a head-turner.
The case has a matte coating and mirror-like end on the hinge the place we will additionally see Devialet’s emblem. The earbuds themselves are shiny and are large fingerprint magnets, which shortly degrades their seems. Huawei launched an oblong design of the stem within the first Freebuds, however now the sides are better-rounded and the entire earbud seems seamless and a lot better total.
The case helps wi-fi charging however unusually the coil is positioned it on the entrance. While you place the case on the wi-fi charger, you will have the Devialet emblem going through the highest, however clearly you may’t simply function the lid. The opposite components of curiosity are a USB-C port on the underside and a reset key on the right-hand aspect.
The retail field has a USB-A cable and two additional sizes of rubber ideas for the buds. The Freebuds Professional 2 assist all telephones, however you solely get the AI Life companion app on Android from Huawei’s AppGallery.
The earbuds themselves are fairly succesful however it’s Huawei’s app that makes the distinction. It may be used to toggle Noise Management modes, set totally different Sound results and edit gestures. There may be additionally a “Tip match take a look at” that helps you choose the appropriate set of rubber ideas from those equipped within the field.
Our expertise confirmed that it is just a little redudant as a result of we had already chosen those that felt snug and the app merely confirmed our alternative is appropriate. Consolation is essential for TWS earphones, however sadly it is a strictly private matter as everybody’s ears are just a little totally different. For what it is price this reviewer felt no discomfort from having these buds within the ear for the previous weeks.
There was additionally the occasional jog on the native working monitor and trails within the mountain simply outdoors the town – the Freebuds stayed within the ear to the purpose of forgetting they’re even there.
The Freebuds Professional 2 design of the stems shouldn’t be their most uncommon function, it their contact navigation. Huawei determined to stop unintended touches to the outer aspect and now you must pinch with two fingers.
The essence of the gestures have remained the identical – one pinch is Play/Pause, two pinches are Subsequent tune, three pinches are Earlier tune; Pinch & maintain is Noise Management; Swipe is on the aspect and controls the amount. All of them are customizable and might even be turned off.
What we discovered awkward is the try and pinch two or thrice. It’s not a traditional pinch, there must be a minimum of 1 sec (1000 ms) per gesture and infrequently it wasn’t detected appropriately, so I can say it didn’t really feel nice when listening to a podcast. Sure, pinch and maintain works nice, however that’s the one gesture I might reliably use. And it isn’t like I did not give them time to get used to – I struggled with this for the previous 5 weeks.
Audio efficiency is crucial function of TWS earphones, and the FreeBuds Professional 2 actually impress right here.
This comes as no shock – the earlier Freebuds Professional have been among the many greatest earphones of this manner issue we ever examined, and clearly, Huawei’s partnership with Devialet helped tune this correctly as nicely.
The drives chosen and the software program tuning obtain class-leading audio expertise. Initially, there’s a Twin Sound system that consists of a quad-magnet 11mm dynamic driver and a separate UHF planar diaphragm driver.
Often these components are in a single module however Huawei managed to separate them claiming that it actually cleans up the output.
In follow, they ship the deepest bass we’ve got ever heard from such small buds, in addition to clear vocals. Right here’s the place AI Life is useful – the app affords 4 key Sound results, which is mainly a elaborate equalizer, and we beloved the Bass enhance preset.
You possibly can create your customized equalizer too, and activate some extra software program options together with Sensible HD and HD Voice that goal to enahnce the output additional, however they clearly carry out nicely solely with sure tracks and harm battery life.
Talking of voice calls, every bud has three microphones – two outward, directed in direction of the mouth, and a 3rd that sits on the within and takes care of exterior sounds to supply noise cancellation.
The Freebuds Professional 2 supply three important noise management choices – Consciousness that enhances surrounding noises and has a toggle for enhancing voices. It does an excellent job and generally may even turn out to be overwhelming in a grocery store with all of the individuals round and registers beeping.
The second possibility is Off and is the default one.
The third possibility is Noise Cancelling. It has 4 energy ranges and it does a strong job on the larger ranges.
The Freebuds Professional 2 case has a 580 mAh battery, and every bud has a 55 mAh battery. Huawei’s claimed endurance and our findings within the totally different noise cancelling modes are listed within the chart beneath.
|Mode on a single cost||Huawei Labs Playtime||Actual-life Playtime|
|Noise cancelling||4 hours||220 minutes/
3 hours 40 minutes
|Off||6.5 hours||360 minutes/
(not beneficial for a protracted use)
3h 20 min
Huawei promised 40 minutes for charging the earbuds from 0 to 100% within the case. We charged the buds a minimum of 20 occasions and the typical is simply shy of 45 minutes – fairly first rate.
The corporate additionally claimed the Freebuds Professional 2 case fills up in 60 minutes, offered the buds aren’t inside. Our real-life charging occasions have been persistently within the 70 to 75 minutes window.
Wi-fi charging takes twice as lengthy – as much as 2.5 hours from 0 to 100%, so if you’re in a rush plug in a cable.
Huawei did a formidable job with the Freebuds Professional 2 – unequalled sound, glossy design and strong battery life, mixed with wonderful noise cancelling.
Priced at €199 they actually aren’t low-cost, however they nonetheless really feel like an excellent deal. Much more so whenever you consider the freebies Huawei affords in most of its on-line shops – like a free Watch Band 7 or a reduced Scale 3. That is clearly a tool price shopping for and we will solely advocate it a lot earlier than we run out of superlatives.