Cygnett FreeRun Wireless Earphones review

Marc Terrano 17 November 2017 NEWS

Quick Verdict
The Cygnett FreeRun Wireless Earphones are a great pair of sports earphones for the budget conscious.

Strengths

  • Cheap
  • Comfortable
  • Sweat-resistant

Weaknesses

  • Feels cheap
  • No extra features
  • Okay sound quality

The Cygnett FreeRun Wireless Earphones are a decent pair of no-frills wireless sports earphones.

While you may associate the Cygnett name with phone cases and cables rather than earphones, the brand's FreeRun Wireless Earphones are a great contender in the wireless sports earphones market for those on a budget.

The FreeRuns make up one of only two earphone models currently on offer from Cygnett, the other being a cheaper wired model.

Design

The FreeRun Wireless Earphones emphasise cheap and cheerful over sleek and sexy. They have a simple ear loop design with volume and power buttons on the right ear and not much else. While these loops don’t feel amazing, they get the job done during a sweaty run or workout.

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There’s no microphone or remote with these earphones, which is actually great for those not planning to use these outside of workouts. Without the oftentimes bulky microphone/remote control combo, these earphones feel balanced and light.

In addition to the medium-sized silicon earbuds fitted to the FreeRuns out of the box, Cygnett also includes a pair of small and large earbuds too, to ensure that the earphones will fit any ear size. You’ll also get a USB charging cable to round out this budget affair.

Both colour variants come in black with accents in either fluoro green or fluoro blue. It’s not going to win any design awards but it fits in with the overall minimalist style that many sports headset manufacturers are going with at the moment.

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There’s no carry case included with this headset, which is a shame, especially if you carry around your earphones in a less-than-sterile gym bag as I do.

Functionality

The FreeRun Wireless Earphones feel much less snug than other sports earphones at first fit, but they are comfortable and they stayed on my ears during testing.

I tested them out with a number of heavy weights sessions and 7km runs and found them to fit well the whole time. As mentioned above, the lack of a microphone and remote actually made these feel less obtrusive while running.

Another nice touch is that these earphones are IPX-4 water resistant, which should protect them from your sweat.

Set-up and sound quality

These earphones were simple to set up. There are no apps that you have to use in conjunction with the FreeRuns. All you have to do is pair them with your device, wait for the connection tone and you’re off.

One complaint I have about the pairing and connection tones is that they aren’t very noticeable. Under Armour’s Sport Wireless Heart Rate earphones feature spoken voice indicators when you’re connected or when your battery is low. The FreeRun’s tones aren’t very loud or descriptive and can be missed in the noise of the gym.

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The overall sound quality is decent. These earphones are bassy and have a high maximum volume. They didn’t sound as good as the Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate earphones, but for a fraction of the price that’s to be expected.

Battery life

Cygnett claims that the FreeRun Wireless Earphones have a five-hour battery life and we reached just shy of this during our test. Charging was quick and easy using the USB cable.

Pricing

The best feature of the Cygnett FreeRun Wireless Earphones is the price. At $49.95 these are surprisingly good for such a low investment. While the earphones don't include any premium features or even a carry case, this positions the FreeRuns as a valid option if you’re on a budget.

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Click to purchase Cygnett FreeRun Wireless Headphones from Cygnett

You can purchase Cygnett's lightweight FreeRun headphones directly from the official online store.

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Verdict

The Cygnett FreeRun Wireless Earphones are great-value wireless sports earphones without the extra features that you probably don’t need while working out.

They have decent sound quality and a smattering of functional design features that count during a workout, such as water resistance and the absence of a bulky microphone. They also have a simple but appealing style. You’d be hard pressed to find a better pair of wireless earphones to use while working out for under $50.

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