Fuse is the latest in a group of earbuds that are dropping their wires completely, especially since Apple’s removal of the headphone jack and Samsung rumored to do the same.
The Good: Easy to pair, push button controls on earbuds work well.
The Bad: Average sound, no volume control on earbuds (must use phone or other connected device).
The Sound Worthy: One of the slimmer profile earbuds we’ve tested, not quite as small as we’d like, but getting there.
Just in case you missed it, this review is for the Fuse Earbuds.
Since these are truly wireless earbuds, the first thing we looked at was how easy it was to connect and how solid the signal was. After reading the instruction, it was two easy button press and holds to connect the earbuds to each other, and a matter of locating Fuse in Bluetooth settings to pair to my Samsung Galaxy S7. All in all, about 2-3 minutes to connect.
Tested the signal a little further by leaving my phone in the house while sweeping the garage, about 20 feet away. I’ve got a pair of old LG Tone headphones that lose connection if my body blocks the line of sight between my phone and the headphones, but didn’t have any issues with Fuse.
Comfort and Fit
I’ve got good and bad to say about the fit. Let’s do the good first.
As I mentioned above, completely wireless earbuds, I’m talking absolutely no cords, are still pretty new. They’re utilizing (regular) Bluetooth technology, as compared to hearing aids that use Bluetooth Low Energy. This is one reason why wireless earbuds aren’t nearly as small as wireless hearing aids.
With all that said, Fuse are on the smaller end of the spectrum. Here’s a couple profile shots side by side:
Fuse also comes with 3 different size ear buds to help find the perfect fit.
I like to leave sound last because if you’re an audiophile, you’re not getting a pair of wireless earbuds for the sound quality. I wish that wasn’t the case, but the technology just isn’t far along to compare to over ear headphones (which we don’t recommend unless they’re noise canceling or have a loudness/amplitude filter).
Does that mean they have to sound bad?
No, far from it.
So, how did Fuse stack up?
We also tested the earbuds outdoors to see if any wind would be a nuisance on phone calls. We made several calls and got two major comments:
- “I don’t hear any wind, they sound clear, but a little tinny.”
- “They sound clear, but kind of distant.”
So, clarity wasn’t an issue when talking on the phone (inside or outside), but they aren’t going to sound as good as the microphone built into your smartphone or home phone.
First off, I think the best way to describe the Fuse True Wireless is solid. They’re not the best available, but for the price they make a very solid pair of earbuds.
Secondly, if you want to compare Fuse to some other truly wireless earbuds, then check out our complete article here.
Let us know in the comments if you have any other questions about Fuse.