LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 Review – self-cleaning earbuds with phenomenal ANC

The year 2020 taught us a lot of things and hygiene is one of them. We have stopped taking it for granted. Keeping in mind the increased awareness of personal hygiene, electronic brands have started to focus on the same. And that’s where LG’s all-new TWS earbuds dubbed as TONE Free HBS-FN7 come into play. These truly wireless earbuds are said to sport a UVNano technology, which promises to kill 99.9% of bacteria and thus, making these India’s first bacteria-free TWS earbuds. 

Launched at Rs 19,990, these pair of TWS earbuds are now available on Amazon for around Rs 16,000 and that makes it easier for me to provide a verdict on these. Now let’s take a detailed look at these self-cleaning noise-cancelling earbuds. 

Design and Comfort

The LG Tone Free is small and lightweight, each earbud weighs 5.6 grams. They come in two colours in India, Black and White, I received the Black, which looks premium and elegant. The circular design charging case comes with a matte finish and gives you a really good grip. It feels premium and solid, weighs 39 grams. I noticed that it doesn’t get easily scratched and is not a fingerprint magnet either. 

Talking about the indicators and the port, there’s an LED indicator to showcase the Bluetooth and battery functionalities. You find a button on the case, that allows you to pair and check the battery life of the case. If it shows green when pressing, there’s a good amount of charge left, but if it’s red, then, that’s an alarm that the case needs fuelling up. Whereas, yellow lighting means the battery capacity is between 20 to 80 percent. 

Speaking about the design of the earbuds, LG has gone ahead with an in-ear stem design on their FN7 model. In the smartphone world, LG is known for providing a fantastic audio experience, and that can be seen in the extended universe, in this TWS world. While speaking about the internal design, that’s probably when we have to thank Meridian. The long-time LG audio partner has designed and tuned the audio system of these earbuds. We talk about that in detail in the next section.  

Now, moving on to the part where you learn if they are a good fit or not. LG has designed Tone Free (FN7) to be a snug fit and rather easy on your ears. They are comfortable for long durations, I’ve binge-watched series over the weekends. And I must report that they are extremely comfortable to wear for hours. On top of that, they don’t tend to fall off your ears. LG provides all sizes of ear tips, use them according to your preference.

Overall, they are quite comfortable to wear and design neatly offering a premium look and experience. Notably, they are IPX4 rated, which meant I didn’t have to worry about the occasional water spill or sweat. They are quite thoughtfully designed. 

Specs, Gesture Controls, and Battery Life

On the inside, Meridian is given free rein, which is wise on LG’s part. Meridian has an impeccable track record in creating Hi-Fi circles. On the specs part, you should know they come with 6mm dynamic drivers, Speaking further about specs, earbuds are supported by Bluetooth 5.0.  Unfortunately, it only supports, SBC and AAC codecs, and not push for advanced Bluetooth codecs support like aptX. 

Touch gesture controls on the LG Tone Free earbuds are probably one of my best experiences so far on any TWS earbuds. They are responsive whenever I want them to work. I didn’t have accidental touch experiences while using them. I have been using them consistently across all sets of devices I own, ranging from MacBook to iPhone to tablet. It’s important to note, the sound quality has been more or less similar when streaming through the above-mentioned devices. I’m happy to report, unlike OPPO Enco X, LG has made its app available for both iOS and Android platforms. That meant I was able to toggle with functions and gesture controls according to my liking. That being said, I didn’t have an LG smartphone to test the experience of the same branded devices. 

Moving to battery life details, I got an average of 5 hours of playback from a single charge. In my opinion, that’s as good as it gets. Whereas the company claims Up to 7 hours of battery life. Notably, I kept ANC turned ON almost all the time. To the mutual advantage, these earphones can be fast charged, five minutes in the case should yield one hour of playtime. Plus, the USB Type-C charging case provides an additional two cycles. In total, it should give anywhere around 15 to 18 hours of use from FN7. Further, there’s wireless charging support, which allows you to wirelessly charge these earbuds by putting them up on any Qi wireless charger. Case in point, I was able to charge them using Wireless PowerShare on my Galaxy S21+.  

Audio Quality and ANC

Sound quality is the most important aspect of any set of earbuds, and wireless lossless audio experience is debatable. Looking at the current scenario, we have come quite far from the audio experience on the first generation wireless earbuds. For me, the LG Tone Free excels in this aspect, I have been noticing the balanced frequencies, be it lows, mids, or highs. On the other hand, Bass and Treble haven’t been troubling me on these pair of earbuds. For all intent and purposes, this TWS pair offers a fantastic experience over your smartphones and laptops, as far as streaming and calls are concerned. These are not studio-grade earbuds, for obvious reasons.

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room, the ANC (Active Noise Cancelation). Lately, I have been using a lot of TWS earbuds with ANC features and almost every single one of them has amazed me. Considering how tiny these TWS earbuds are, they can cancel out a fairly good amount of noise. LG’s FN7 model has impressed me too. I took them out for a spin on multiple occasions during evening hours. I found they were easily able to cancel out the crowd and ambient noise in general. But when it comes to engine noise from either a two-wheeler or four-wheeler, I could still hear them loud and clear. It’s because they are making louder decibels than it could cancel out. 

You’re welcome to check out my Spotify and Apple Music playlist of a friend that I have been listening to test out the LG Tone Free. This pair of TWS has impressed me in so many ways and audio quality is one of those segments. Irrespective of the lack of aptX support, it laid out a fantastic audio experience, with no major complaints. I’ve not considered hardcore audiophiles here, primarily because audiophiles stay away from wireless earbuds. Overall, it’s an excellent pair of earbuds, offering exceptional ANC support and audio quality.  

Connectivity And Call Quality 

The Tone Free comes with Bluetooth 5.0 version support and that makes it capable of delivering stable connectivity with a 5.0 version enabled smartphone, Laptop, and tablet. As far as my usage period is concerned, I don’t recall any significant moment of failure on the connectivity part. Except for slight hiccups, once or twice. The lack of Bluetooth multipoint support made it inconvenient to switch between devices.  

Now, speaking about one of the most highlighted concerns that most of you guys have while purchasing TWS earbuds. After spending more than two weeks using them along with my primary devices. I’m glad to give you an assessment that the call quality on these earbuds is fantastic. With triple-mics support on each bud, you don’t have to worry about whether the person on the other end of the call can hear you or not. Even with connectivity using a single bud, the other party reported good voice reception. 

Should You Buy The LG Tone Free HBS-FN7? 

No one in the market is offering TWS earbuds with self-cleaning UVNano technology, and here that works to LG’s advantage. Now, in a world of more germophobic than ever, LG Tone Free will appeal to a lot of audiences in the premium segment. Unfortunately, there’s no practical way for us reviewers to test this USP. For now, we’d have to take LG’s word for this technology. 

Overall, I had a good experience reviewing these earbuds. They offered me excellent audio quality and ANC support on top of it. Plus, they were quite comfortable to wear for a long duration. And that’s what most of us want from our TWS earbuds. If this appeals to you, there’s no harm in going ahead with the purchase of LG Tone Free earbuds. 

This concludes our detailed analysis of the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7. Tell us what do you these of these premium LG earbuds? In case you have any queries, please write them down in the comment section below. We would be happy to answer them one by one. 

Rating: 9/10

Pros

  • Comfortable fit
  • Fantastic sound output
  • Fast charging support 
  • ANC works nicely

Cons

  • No aptX

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