Review of LG Tone Free FN7 Truly Wireless Earbuds.
The LG Tone Free FN7 truly wireless earbuds are the latest truly wireless earbuds produced by LG. The buds come with Active Noise Cancelation. It is priced much cheaper than the high-end buds such as the Apple Airpod Pros or the Sennheiser Momentum 2. Despite the lower ricer, there is no compromise when it comes to quality which adds value to the product.
Welcome back to yet another review on truly wireless earbuds. We got our hands on the LG Tone Free FN7 which was released a few weeks back. These buds offer few exciting features apart from Active Noise Cancelation. These buds offer a great audio experience and the fact that it comes with a mobile app that can be used to tweak the sound output according to your liking. The ear tips come in three different sizes, and they’re made of medical-grade gel which is nontoxic and hypoallergenic so that you have nothing to worry about wearing these through the day. The buds provide great value for the amount and that is a major reason why the LG Tone Free FN7 could be the best seller in the truly wireless earbuds market.
Product Name: LG Tone Free FN7
Product Description: The LG Tone Free FN7 has a battery life of 7 hours with Active Noise Cancelation on. The charging case adds another 14 hours of playback and 21 hours of playback when you switch off Active Noise Cancelation. It also comes with USB Type-C charging and it also supports Qi wireless charging.
The LG Tone Free FN7 truly wireless earbuds have a comfortable design, with fully customizable controls and an audio output that can be edited according to the user’s liking. These have the potential to become one of the most popular Active Noise Cancelations enabled truly wireless earbuds in the market.
Active Noise Cancelation
USB Type-C Charging + Wireless Charging
Touch capacitive controls + LG Tone Free App
IPX4 water resistance rating
7 hours without ANC + 5 hours with ANC
Presets are way Off
The trouble with the touch-capacitive controls
Not the perfect fit
The LG Tone Free FN7 is the latest truly wireless earbuds built by LG, with Active Noise Cancelation technology. The inner mics and the outer mics do a good job in blocking out ambient noises and allow you to enjoy an uninterrupted audio output. It is a valuable feature to have in a budget earbud. The silicone spiral-type ear tips provide a sealed fit to provide good passive noise cancelation. Active noise cancelation, certainly adds a lot of value to these buds.
The mobile application is a great value addition to the buds. it allows the user to set up the audio output according to their liking. Most truly wireless earbuds do not have this feature and it allows the user to customize the way they want, and in return add great value. The buds come with touch-capacitive controls. These default controls are set, and it is customizable, and it provides all the necessary controls you need.
The LG Tone Free FN7 comes with a decent water resistance rating. There are only a few truly wireless earbuds that provide a higher water resistance rating. These buds are water and sweat-resistant which allows the user to use these in any kind of environment without any issues. However, these buds should not be submerged in water.
The LG Tone Free FN7 provides 7 hours of playback without active noise cancelation, which is on the higher side when you compare with other brands. A further 21 hours can be added using the charging case. With active noise cancelation, the buds will last up to 5 hours and further 15 hours from the charging case. The talk time in these buds is 4 hours and it reduces to 3.5 hours when you talk with active noise cancelation turned on. It is indeed enough to compete with most other truly wireless earbuds in the market.
The LG Tone Free FN7 comes with four preset default EQ modes. Immersive, natural, bass boost, and treble boost are the four stock modes. Unfortunately, all these three modes are disappointing. However, you can rectify this by using the app to personalize your sound according to your liking.
The LG Tone Free FN7 comes with touch-capacitive controls on either bud. It is really to misfire or not respond given the fact that it has a small target point which you need to touch for it to respond. This could be a negative for these buds since controls are one of the major features that matter.
The LG Tone Free FN7 comes with spiral-type gel ear tips. It comes in three different sizes which you can select from. The issue with these tips is that they could deceive you to feel like it’s securely fit, but it would still leak noise into your ear.
The LG Tone Free FN7 is designed uniquely. It has a shorter stem, which is a bit like the Apple Airpod Pro, but it does not have the force touch on the stem-like the Airpods. The buds weigh approximately 0.20 Oz each which includes a 55mAh battery. Each bud is 0.64 inches in width, 1.29 inches in height, and 1.09 in-depth. The buds come in three different sizes of ear tips. The ear tips are made of non-toxic and hypoallergenic gel which is ideal to wear all day. The buds’ body is made of hard plastic and it has a shiny finish to give it a rich look. The whole series of LG Tone Free buds look similar in design and the only difference between the LG Tone Free FN6 and the FN7 is the fact that the latest model comes with active noise cancelation.
The hard plastic design makes these buds susceptible to moderate impact. The LG Tone Free FN7 comes with an IPX4 water-resistant rating. The buds can withstand water sprays from any angle. This allows the user to wear the LG Tone Free FN7 during workout sessions or jogging. However, these buds are not to be submerged in water at any time.
The LG Tone Free FN7 comes with touch-capacitive controls. It has all the necessary controls by default, but these controls are customizable using the LG Tone Free mobile application which is available on both Android and IOS platforms
Left Bud Buttons Functions
Left Bud Buttons Functions
An interesting fact is that the controls do not allow you to go back to the previous track. This is a common control feature you find in almost every truly wireless earbud in the market. However, the touch-capacitive controls are not so responsive sometimes. The target point is small, so you need to precise when you tap on the buds.
The LG Tone Free FN7 supports both Google Assistant and Siri, which is another huge positive for the users.
The LG Tone Free FN7 supports the LG Tone Free mobile application which is available on both Android and IOS platforms. It provides few options for the user. You can use it to customize the controls. It also allows you to switch on/off active noise cancelation and switch on ambient mode. The in-built GPS helps you track the buds using the mobile application if it ever gets lost. Other than that it provides all the updates and battery information on the buds.
The LG Tone Free FN7 comes with four EQ presets. They are Immersive, natural, bass boost, and treble boost. Unfortunately, these preset do not provide the true potential of the buds. However, you can use the mobile application to tweak the sound output according to your preferred standard. When it comes to highs, mids, and lows. These buds provide a more neutral sound compared to many other truly wireless earbuds. The highs and mids are well balanced and there is enough prominence given to the vocals to provide good clarity. However, the bass is not so exciting. Especially, if you are a fan of deep bass, these buds are not for you.
The Meridian Spatial Audio Processing gives you a similar experience as to listening to music from big speakers. It provides a wide soundstage compared to most other truly wireless earbuds in the market.
The LG Tone Free FN7 is the first active noise cancelation enabled truly wireless earbuds produced by LG. It certainly does an effective job in canceling out the ambient noise. The three mics work together to detect ambient noise and cancel them out to provide a great audio experience to the user. During testing in loud environments, we noticed that it cancels out low-range noises, but when it comes to high-pitched noises, it does not do so well. Yet, it does a decent job when compared with other truly wireless earbuds in a similar price range.
The LG Tone Free FN7 has more than average battery performance. Both buds are equipped with a 55mAh battery which provides 7 hours of uninterrupted playback, with active noise cancelation switched off. It drops to 5 hours when you switch on active noise cancelation. The talk time in these buds is 4 hours, without active noise cancelation. It drops down to 3.5 hours when you switch on active noise cancelation. It takes roughly 2 hours to fully charge the two buds using the charging case.
The LG Tone Free FN7 comes with a very compact case which is similar in design compared to the previous LG Tone Free models. It provides 21 hours of playback with active noise cancelation switched off, and 15 hours of playback with active noise cancelations switched on. The case has a button that enables quick pair and it also has two LED Indicating lights. One light is to indicate charging status and the other is for UVnano. UVnano means the charging case comes with the capability of killing all germs in the buds while it is charging on the case. LG Guarantee it kills 99.9% of germs within just 10 minutes of charging in the case.
The charging case has a USB Type-C charging port which is the normal standard nowadays. It also has Qi Wireless charging capability which comes in handy during emergencies for the user. This also means you need not carry the charging cable everywhere you go if you have a power-sharing mobile device. The charging case provides quick charging capability which gives one hour of playback time with just five minutes in the case.
The LG Tone Free FN7 provides decent call quality which uses three mics to isolate your voice and feed it to the listener. The upper microphone detects external noise. The inner microphone cancels out the ambient noise when you turn on active noise cancelation. The lower microphone picks up your voice and amplifies it. These buds also come with a special feature which is called the Echo cancelation. This provides much better clarity to your voice when you are in a crowded place.
The LG Tone Free FN7 uses Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity. It is the gold standard when it comes to truly wireless earbuds in the market. These buds also support the google fast pair feature which means you will get an instant pop-up on your phone once you open the lid of the charging case and take the buds out. These buds also detect when you take them off your ear and it will automatically pause the music once you take the buds out. The buds support SBC and AAC codec, but it does not support AptX.
The LG Tone Free is one of the best truly wireless earbuds released in the year 2021 so far. It certainly provides great value for money. If you wonder whether you get the same quality in these buds compared to what you get from the high-end buds such as the Apple Airpod Pro, the answer is no. however, these buds rank amongst the very best budget truly wireless earbuds in the market.