We checked out the first version of the LG Tone Free wireless earphone last year. Now is the turn of its elder sibling, LG Tone Free FP9W UV Nano, which also comes with a UV cleaning mechanism in the case with some good upgrades. Do they really stand out from the crowd, let’s find out in the LG Tone Free FP9W review today.
LG Tone Free FP9W review: Design
Out of the box, you get the pearly white, compact charging case that also holds the twin LG Tone Free FP9W UV Nano audio earplugs within. The built of the enclosure is solid. You get an LED indicator upfront and a USB Type-C charging port at the back. A slider button is placed on the left side that enables you to connect the case to any 3.5mm aux port to connect the LG Tone Free FP9W UV Nano wireless earphones to them wirelessly, more on it in the performance section.
Flip the clamshell case open and you will find the twin earphones inside surrounded by a blue hue. Yes, the LG Tone Free FP9W UV Nano wireless earphones also come with a UV cleaning mechanism that turns on as soon as you place the earphones back in the case. What it essentially does is cleans and disinfects the earphones of any bacteria or viruses using UV light. LG claims 99% of germs are killed using this tech.
The LG Tone Free FP9W UV Nano wireless earphones are nicely built, and we found them to be quite premium. They come with a large audio driver inside a conch-like shell with a stem on each. These also have 3 MICs individually and support active noise cancellation. Each audio plug also has a sensor in it, which pauses the music as soon as any one of them is pulled out of the ear. Put them back in and you will see the music gets un-paused automatically.
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Also, the LG Tone Free FP9W UV Nano audio earplugs support tap functionality. Users can single tap and hold to turn ANC off/on. Double-tap on the right earphone to increase volume and if done on the other one it will decrease the volume. A single tap will pause the music.
LG Tone Free FP9W review: Performance
Coming to the most exciting part of the LG Tone Free FP9W UV Nano audio earplugs, its performance. These audio buds have been tuned by Meridian, which is one of the best in the business. The sound is great and is improved over the previous model. The bass is deep, and the treble is top-notch. What you get is superior sound quality with crisp vocals. EQ options are also available in the LG Tone Free app that users can download from the iOS or Android app store for their respective phone models.
With Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity we played quite a few songs on it. We even gamed with it, playing BGMI and the shot to sound latency is quite low. Gamers would love that. Also, these come with three medical-grade silicone tips, which fit well in any ear cavity. We did take them out for a run and not once did we feel that they are about to pop out.
Over that, the LG Tone Free FP9W UV Nano audio earplugs are IPX4 rated. This means sweat in this hot weather or light splashes in the rainy season will not ruin them. These also respond well to each tap. The result is almost instantaneous. Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) works very well on most counts. With it turned on you do end up cutting out most of the loud external noise. But that does consume a little extra battery life.
Talking about which, LG claims the LG Tone Free FP9W UV Nano audio earplugs will give its users 10 hours of battery life. Well, we got about 8.5 hours’ worth of battery life, with ANC turned off. With ANC turned on, it went down by another 45 mins. Nevertheless, the bright part is that it can charge very quickly. In 5 min of charge, you can get 1 hour of playback time, which is brilliant. The supplied case will give users an additional 14 hours of battery life.
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The case of the LG Tone Free FP9W UV Nano audio earplugs can be charged using the supplied USB Type-C to USB Type-A charging cable through any charger. With it, users also get a Type-C to 3.5mm aux cable, which will connect the case to any source that does not have BT wireless connectivity, making it wireless. Just flip the slider on the case to the wireless mode and connect it using the cable to say an entertainment system of your car or on an aeroplane and that instantly becomes wireless. Now, that is neat and forward-thinking.
The LG Tone Free FP9W UV Nano audio earplugs do come with a hefty price of Rs 29,990. Which for some could be out of reach. So, is the price justified? To much extent, yes, it is. These audio earphones give you really good audio output in partnership with Meridian, have UV cleaning tech, superior wireless connectivity et al. The list of pros is too long. Moreover, the battery life is also lengthy when compared to others in the same price bracket. Also, with them, you get a free external Ganesha case to add a bit of zing to it. All in all, if you can afford it, buy it.
LG Tone Free FP9W Pros
Long playback time.
LG Tone Free FP9W Cons
In ear voice note for ANC on/off would have been better
Price could have been little less
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