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With more and more smartphones ditching the good old 3.5mm headphone jack, the wireless headphones are gradually becoming a necessity in today's time for mobile phone users. Among the various kinds of wireless headphones available in the market, the true wireless earphones are possibly the most exciting ones. Their non-wired form factor makes them easy-to-use in everyday routine as compared to neckband and over-the-head wireless audio products.
- Super affordable price
- Loud and clear audio delivery
- Easy setup procedure
- Funcl AI supports voice assistant
- Solid battery life
- Audio lacks base
- Temporary early-bird pricing
We at Gizbot have tested various wireless and true wireless earphones/headphones for our readers. Based on your (readers') feedback, we believe we have found one-of-the most value for money true wireless earphones available in the market. These true wireless earphones come from the house of 'Funcl', a hardware startup that manufactures wireless headphones with the aim to make them accessible to everyone.
The company recently shared two true wireless earphones with us- Funcl W1 and Funcl AI. Priced at just $19 (Approx Rs. 1,350) the Funcl W1 are the most affordable true wireless earphones in the market. The slightly premium version- Funcl AI, which resembles Apple's Airpods supports voice assistants and come equipped with Qualcomm AptX Hi-Fi sound are also priced affordably at $54 (Approx. Rs. 3,850).
These are early bird prices of wireless earphones on Indiegogo ((Launchpad for entrepreneurial ideas) making them just perfect for consumers who are looking for affordable wireless earphones for daily use. We used them for over a week and here's what we have to say about Funcl's audio products.
Design: Simple and workable design
Both the wireless earphones come in a very neat and workable design. They are shipped in lightweight tiny plastic casings that also work as mobile charging units. The overall look and feel is not ultra-premium but truly justifies the affordable price-point. The Funcl AI seems inspired by Apple's Airpods and looks more professional. On the other hand, the Funcl W1 gives a sporty feel and seems more apt for outdoor activities. Both are very light on ears and can be worn for longer durations. They snuggly fit in ears and not for once I felt that they are falling out even while walking and doing other everyday tasks. The casing also offers an extra pair of eartips to let you find the best fit for your ears. As the plastic casing comes in a tiny package, you can easily carry around the Funcl wireless earphones in your pockets. Last but not least, the Funcl AI comes with IPX5 water resistance making them durable enough to withstand a good dose of water splashes; however, taking a dive in the pool while wearing them will not a good idea and is not recommended.
You don't need to take out your phone every time to access basic functions like music playback and receiving/disconnecting calls. You can even trigger the voice assistant (Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri) on Funcl AI earphones by simply double tapping the left earbud. Tap twice on the right earbud to change the audio track. A single tap on the right earbud stops/plays the music. Moreover, you can also connect/disconnect the earphones separately by long tapping once on the touch-sensitive surface. The touch controls worked every time without any miss during our review duration.
Coming onto the most important aspect, the Funcl wireless earphones offer surprisingly good audio at an affordable price tag that will not give you many reasons to complain. The loud and clear audio delivery is good enough to make them a decent sounding everyday audio accessory for smartphone users. The sound produced is not bass heavy and lack substance, a reason we would not recommend them to serious audiophiles. Between the two, the Funcl AI supports Qualcomm AptX Hi-Fi audio and sound slightly better than the Funcl W1. The same can be enabled from the bundled Funcl smartphone application. As far as in-call audio is concerned, both the models offer very clear sound and you can clearly hear the other person's voice on the call. The microphone on the Funcl AI did give me minor troubles as the other person was not able to hear my voice clearly during some calls I made. It can be a device-specific issue as I did not face the same problem all the time. The Funcl W1 worked just fine during audio and calls.
Battery Performance and Connectivity
Battery backup is another important area where the Funcl wireless earphones have impressed us, especially the Funcl AI. The wireless earphones can last more than 5 hours on one full charge. Moreover, keep the case fully charged and the battery backup can reach up to a full day which is simply excellent. The wireless earphones work on the latest Bluetooth 5.0 standards.
The affordable true wireless earphones from Funcl punch above their weight. They look good, sound good and also deliver a solid battery life. Their early bird pricing makes them a steal for anyone who is in the market to buy a true wireless earphones/headphones. If you are expecting ultra-premium design and super immersive audio delivery, you will be disappointed. For the affordable price tag, Funcl true wireless earphones are simply no-brainer deals.