Before I left the office last month, I tried out a pair of really cheap truly wireless earbuds from Funcl. They’ve been sporadically on sale for $20 and now they’re down to a shockingly low price of $16 on Amazon.
I’m not going to tell you that the Funcl W1S earbuds are all that great, particularly when it comes to sound quality. The true wireless earbuds ($50) sound significantly better, with better clarity and deeper bass. But the Funcl ones sound OK for their low price and are sweat-resistant, too. They also pack Bluetooth 5.0 and 4 to 5 hours of battery life on a single charge (the charging case gives you another three charges). They fit my ears fine. You can also make calls with them, just don’t expect business-class performance.
Again, as long as you keep your expectations in check as far as sound quality goes, these are definitely worth trying out if you want a pair of dirt-cheap true wireless earbuds.
Last year, CNET’s Rick Broida wrote up a pair of(he’s a fan of the Funcl brand name, which he said, “Sounds like a clever spin on ‘funky,’ but also how you’d describe a ‘fun uncle.'” I’m a little less enamored with it.) But that model was $49 with a discount code. Compared with this model’s price, that seems downright expensive.