Those who buy new headphones currently usually choose between new in-ear or classic over-ear headphones, which often no longer have a cable. But there is also a rather unknown class of necklace headphones that has a positive side effect for me. I will tell you which one it is in the test of the Huawei FreeLace Pro.
Huawei FreeLace Pro in the test: conclusion
The Huawei FreeBuds Pro do a lot right. They sit even better in the ear than the FreeBuds Pro , have a very good sound and, above all, have an extremely long runtime. I used these headphones for several days with the ANC switched on, without having to charge in between. And if that has to be the case, there is a USB-C connector that I can actually plug in anywhere – on my notebook or cell phone if necessary.
At a price of 119 euros, you can't expect any miracles in terms of quality. Still, I would have liked the shiny plastic to feel a little better. The matte rubber, on the other hand, feels very good and fits the headphones. The plastic does not leave a good impression and it should not have been shiny either. You always touch them when you control the headphones, creating numerous fingerprints.
At first I wasn't a fan of necklace headphones. That has changed completely since the Huawei FreeLace Pro was tested. You get the advantage of compact in-ear headphones in combination with the long runtime of over-ear headphones. They also just hang around my neck all day and I don't have to worry about where to stow them.
- Call quality
- USB-C connector
- Multipoint Bluetooth
- Battery life
- Choice of material
- Presetting without ANC
Huawei FreeLace Pro in the test: rating
- Sound: 8/10
- Wear comfort: 9/10
- Hardware, design & functions: 7/10
- Battery: 9/10
Overall: 8.3 / 10
Huawei FreeLace Pro in the test: sound, ANC and call quality
The Huawei FreeBuds Pro did very well in this area. The FreeLace Pro are also pretty good in terms of sound quality, but you have to compromise on active noise cancellation. So there is only ANC on or off. What is very annoying: Whenever you switch on the headphones, the active noise cancellation is deactivated. You have to switch the function on again and again. It's easy to do with a long press on the left headphone or the app is still annoying. The headphones should remember whether ANC is on or off.
The call quality of the Huawei FreeLace Pro is convincing. The microphone sits in the right remote control and is pointed towards the mouth. One is well understood in meetings or during phone calls. Moving around or blowing strong winds makes it harder for the microphone to transmit the voice properly. In general, the headphones are very sensitive to wind; ANC can only compensate for this to a certain extent.
Huawei FreeLace Pro in the test: operation
The Huawei FreeLace Pro is operated using a remote control. The keys are very easy to feel. They have to, because you can't look at it. Only the active noise cancellation can be switched on or off directly on the left earbud with a long press. Further touch operation is not possible. The remaining time is displayed in the app. It would be great if Huawei would announce the remaining battery life when you turn on the headphones. My Bose headphones do that, for example. It is charged directly via a USB-C connection. If you don't have a suitable power supply unit, a USB-C-to-A adapter is included. Alternatively, you can simply plug the headphones into a cell phone and charge them.
Because of the neck strap, the headphones hang around my neck most of the time. If you bring the ends of the headphones together, they are held together by magnets and automatically go into sleep mode and pause the music. It's very convenient. You can turn it off completely using a button on the remote control.
The ability to connect two devices at the same time is extremely practical. So I always have my MacBook and Android phone connected at the same time. For example, if I listen to music on my Mac and a call comes in on my cell phone, the headphones automatically switch over and back again. However, the downshift does not always work reliably – just like with the FreeBuds Pro. If it works, it will take a long time. It has to be faster. A software update should help.
Huawei FreeLace Pro in the test: battery life
One of the biggest advantages of the Huawei FreeLace Pro is the battery life. While the FreeBuds Pro lasts for four hours with activated noise suppression, the FreeLace Pro lasts for over 12 hours. Without the ANC, it should be even more. We used it most of the time with the ANC activated.
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