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LG TONE Free HBS-FN7 True Wireless Headphones w/ Active Noise Cancellation

NEX score 66%

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Product Overview

The TONE Free HBS-FN7 is the flagship of LG's TONE Free true wireless earphones lineup. It retains all the features of the HBS-FN6 and adds active noise cancellation (ANC) for a great listening experience in a broader set of environments.
The FN7 builds on the excellent passive noise isolation of the FN6 by actively monitoring and cancelling ambient noise using three microphones in each earbud: Adjust ear gels with patented twist-fit Vortex Ribs deliver a tighter in-ear seal to minimize noise seepage. ANC further neutralizes environmental noises.
Like other LG TONE Free earbuds, the HBS-FN7 features audio processing by Meridian Audio. It recreates a broad soundstage while delivering clear and precise vocals.
The self-sanitizing charging case featured in the FN6 is carried over. Using ultraviolet light, the case eliminates 99.9% of E. coli and S. aureus bacteria on the earbuds' inner mesh. New for the FN7 is the LED status light that makes it easy to monitor charging level and UVnano status.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Ultra-violet LED lights
  • Good sound quality
  • UVnano disinfection
Cons
  • Battery life could be better

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 66% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • Not the most dynamic
  • Mediocre noise cancellation
  • No UV-cancelling
  • Noise cancellation isn’t as effective as on the FN6
  • Touch controls can be sensitive
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Charging Case

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.1 (Single Device Connection)

Construction

Battery | Capacity
55mAh x 2
Charging CaseBattery | Capacity
390mAh
Colors
Stylish Black / Modern White
Drivers
2 Layered Dynamic
Form Factor
In-ear, true wireless earbuds
Headphone Type
Dynamic headphones
Microphone
2 Outer, 1 Inner

Dimensions

Size | Depth
26.8 mm
Charging CaseSize | Diameter
54.5 mm
Size | Height
32.7 mm
Charging CaseSize | Height
27.6 mm
Size | Width
16.2 mm

Function

Bluetooth Codecs
SBC / AAC
Compatibility
Android / iOS
Fast Charging
5 minutes for 1 hour of play
Noise Cancellation
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
7 hours (ANC off), 5 hours (ANC on) | w/ case: 21 hours (ANC off), 15 hours (ANC on)

Production

Availability
2020 Q4
Debut
2020-10-26

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External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 52%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Tone Free FN7 earphones deliver solid noise cancellation for the price. They block out low-frequency rumble like you might hear on a plane or train quite well. Battery life is estimated to be roughly five hours with ANC on or seven hours with it off. The dual-mic array offers average intelligibility.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Solid noise cancellation
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • Bass-heavy sound signature
  • No wireless charging

t3[2]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
Water and sweat-resistant with an IPX4 rating, they can withstand a few splashes but won't survive being fully submerged in water. Each earbud has three microphones to help reduce noise and cancel out any echo. UVnano technology in the charging case which kills 99.9% of bacteria on the earbuds is one of the big wins for these earphones.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • UVnano technology
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Touch controls are sensitive
  • Touch controls can be sensitive

tomsguide[3]

Sentiment Score 57%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Tone Free FN7 is a quality option…when on sale. The improved controls are a highlight, along with the handsome tiny charging case. Battery life is rated at 5 hours with ANC on. Clarity was better on video chats, but volume was still lower than I would have liked.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Easy to use controls
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre noise cancellation
  • No UV-cancelling

trustedreviews[4]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
LG FN7 earbuds have active noise cancellation. ANC feels more complementary to the sound rather than an effective feature on its own. IPX4 rating ensures that the FN7 can handle sweat and a moderate amount of rain. Each earbud can hold up to three distinct operations for total of six inputs to change the volume, playback, track skipping, as well as activation of any voice assistants.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Noise cancellation isn’t as effective as on the FN6

whathifi[5]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
The LG HBS-FN7 earbuds are well made and are pleasant to control. Bass sounds are textured and carefully hefty, with more than enough detail available to make the difference between actual instruments and machine-derived sounds obvious. Without a rhythm to get tripped up by, the LGs are a confident and poised listen. But their lack of rhythmic ability and ordinary noise-cancelling rather mean there are more compelling options around.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive noise-cancellation
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • Not the most dynamic

User Reviews

References

1. ^ LG Tone Free FN7 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/lg-tone-free-fn7. 2021-02-11. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ LG Tone Free FN7 review: blocking out noise and banishing bacteria. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/lg-tone-free-fn7-review. 2021-03-18. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
3. ^ LG Tone Free FN7 review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/lg-tone-free-fn7. 2021-02-18. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/lg-tone-free-hbs-fn7. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ LG ToneFree HBS-FN7 review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/lg-tonefree-hbs-fn7. 2021-07-23. Retrieved 2021-07-24.

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