We recently reviewed something from EarFun not too long ago, the EarFun Free True Wireless Earbuds. They did fairly well in our review and the company also sent us one of their Bluetooth wireless speakers. The EarFun Go Bluetooth Speaker comes with a 24-hour battery, Bluetooth 5.0, IPX7 water-resistance, and 12W drivers for your music. Read on for our full review!
- 100 Feet Wireless Range
- IPX7 100% Waterproof
- Voice Assistant Integration
- Built-in Microphone for Hands-free Call
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- Bluetooth Profile: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
- Transducer: 2x 40mm
- Output Power: 2x 6W
- Signal-to-noise Ratio: ≥80dB
- Battery: 7.4V, 2200mAh
- Play Time: Up to 24 hours
- Charging Time: About 4 hours
- Dimensions: 58 x 171 x 62mm
- Weight: 430g
What’s in the box
- EarFun Go Bluetooth Speaker
- USB-C cable
Like most other portable speakers out there, the EarFun Go Bluetooth speaker keeps the same cylinder ergonomic design letting you place it in a cup holder in your car, golf cart, or backpack.
Taking a look at the front of the speaker, EarFun has its logo on the grill in white. The left and right side of the speaker are blank but the back is home to the USB-C charging port and 3.5mm jack for those using an aux cable. The back of the speaker also has a little handle that allows you to carry the speaker on a daisy strap if you’re walking around and listening to music.
The top of the speaker has the power button with a small LED next to it (which I will speak about later), a Bluetooth button to pair the speaker with a device, the play/pause button (which looks like the Triforce icon from Zelda), and the volume up (+) and volume down (-) buttons. As for the bottom of the speaker, there are four rubber nubs that keep the base of the speaker off of surfaces so it doesn’t move around when music is playing.
The speaker is housed by silicone giving enough durability in case there are any accidents that may happen. Overall, the speaker’s design is pretty universal but still appealing to the eyes.
Ease of Use
Like most Bluetooth speakers, pairing them is simple. It’s a matter of powering on the speaker and pressing the Bluetooth button then choosing the device name, or in this case, EarFun Go, on your smartphone and you’ll hear some beeps letting you know the speaker and the device you’re using are paired.
Actually using the device doesn’t take much effort either considering it’s all button-based for controls. The “Triforce” play/pause button has a lot more functions than you would think and while that isn’t a bad thing, there’s just a lot happening for one button. One press will either play or pause whatever you’re listening to or playing, two presses on that same button will skip to the next song and three presses will start that same song over, while pressing it three more times will go back to the previous song.
If you’re receiving phone calls while listening to music or watching a video, pressing the play/pause button once will answer or end the phone call. Holding the button for one second will mute the call while holding down the play/pause button for two seconds will trigger your phone’s voice assistant.
As far as the sound quality of the EarFun Go, it’s to say that it sounds decent at best. What I mean by that is when you have it at a mid to lower volume, you can hear everything clearly and it sounds great but when you kick up the volume higher and closer to max volume, it starts to sound a bit muffled and like it’s coming out of a tin can.
While having the sound about halfway, you can hear how much low, highs, and mids were being pushed out. Whatever genre was playing, it was good and didn’t take away from how each song and or instrument sounded.
Music at a higher volume was the only knock-off for this category, otherwise, the speaker does sound pretty good.
Keeping up with Bluetooth versions, EarFun has added in the latest generation of that technology, Bluetooth 5.0, to keep the range and reception steady compared to speakers that may utilize Bluetooth 4.2.
With Bluetooth 5.0, you can get the range up to 100ft with no obstacles in the way. While that’s a long-range, I wasn’t able to test it out to that extent. I did try out carrying my phone around the apartment while leaving the speaker in my room playing. I was able to get around 35 feet away before it started to break up, which was going to another room on the other side of the place.
As I usually say when it comes to wireless speakers, I don’t recommend holding phone conversations, even if it’s just you in the room listening to music or watching a video. The call quality was ok since I was able to hear everyone else clearly but those on the other end had a tough time hearing what I was saying depending on how close or far away I was from the speaker.
When carrying a wireless speaker around with you, you’ll want the battery life to last as long as possible especially if you’re out on vacation at the beach or camping in the woods or even in your own house. EarFun has packed a 2200mAh battery giving you up to 24 hours of playback time depending on the environment.
Over the course of testing out the battery life, it got close to hitting the 24-hour mark. The first time didn’t get to the stated time frame due to the battery only have a small percentage left but all other testings after that got about 20-22 hours. That did consist of having the volume alternating between higher and lower volumes depending on where I was and what I was doing.
EarFun is selling the Go Bluetooth Speaker for US$39.99 on Amazon. For the price, it’s a great purchase to have as a portable speaker if you’re at the beach or if you’re having a party in your dorm room.
With a cost than US$40, this speaker doesn’t necessarily plan on winning any awards and that’s ok. The 24-hour battery life will get you through the days or even a couple of weeks depending on how often you use it. It also has some pretty decent sound and is portable enough to carry with you if you do plan on going out on vacation or from one room to another.