A stylish and lightweight alternative to some heavier Bluetooth headphones, the saucy red MEElectronics Air-Fi Runaway AF32 is appealing for more than its looks and bargain price. Critics and users say it delivers good sound performance for both music and calling. Battery life is stellar, and a cord for wired operation is included. It's not terribly sturdy and a bit warm on the ears, but reports say the AF32 is otherwise comfortable to wear.
Decent sound, great battery life. Most reviewers think the MEElectronics Air-Fi AF32 offers decent, though not stellar sound. CNET's David Carnoy says the headphones "offer good clarity and deliver a good amount of bass." Not all reviewers agree, though: Testers at TheWirecutter.com say the bass is "non-existent." Carnoy finds the built-in microphone transmits voices pretty clearly, as well, and the button controls on the right ear are easy to find by feel. He says wireless performance is only average for Bluetooth, with a range of about 30 feet and occasional dropouts. However, battery life is a big plus: as long as 12 hours on a single charge.
A little slippery for some. These feather-light headphones (under 4 ounces) earn high marks for comfort from most reviewers. Carnoy says, "I had no problem wearing them on a 30-minute commute every day to and from work." While most users at Amazon.com describe the headphones as comfortable, some note that the on-ear design can make your ears sweat in hot weather or during prolonged use. Also, we saw several comments at BestBuy.com about how the headphones tend to slip off during exercise, so look elsewhere for Bluetooth headphones for the gym.
Plenty of bang for the buck. The MEElectronics Air-Fi AF32 isn't a premium pair of headphones by any means. Many reviewers describe its construction as flimsy, although we saw very few complaints about actual breakage. Moreover, reviewers generally agree that it can't match the sound quality of top-rated Bluetooth headphones like the Bose AE2W (Est. $250) and Sony MDR-1RBT (Est. $245). However, it does a reasonably good job with both music and phone calls for a less-than-premium price, and its jaunty black-and-red design provides a touch of style that many pricier headphones can't match.
David Carnoy says the MEElectronics Air-Fi AF32 isn't quite an audiophile-grade Bluetooth headset, but it does "offer good clarity and deliver a good amount of bass." They're reasonably comfortable and easy to use, and battery life is excellent.
Review: MEElectronics Air-Fi AF32 Bluetooth Headset Review, David Carnoy, April 23, 2012
2. PC Advisor
Britain's PC Advisor gives the MEElectronics Air-Fi AF32 4 stars out of 5 overall, with only 3.5 stars for performance but 4.5 stars for value. Matt Egan says these headphones provide "less-than-perfect audio" and can feel a bit warm on the ears, but they're still surprisingly good for their price.
Review: MEElectronics Air-Fi AF32 Review, Matt Egan, May 1, 2012
A panel of experts at TheWirecutter.com tests 16 sets of Bluetooth headphones, including the MEElectronics Air-Fi AF32, for sound quality, comfort, design and ease of use. They don't like these cheap Bluetooth headphones as well as most reviewers, saying their construction is flimsy and bass is "non-existent."
Review: The Best Bluetooth On- or Over-Ear Headphones, Lauren Dragan, Jan. 12, 2014
Amazon.com users give the MEElectronics Air-Fi AF32 4.3 stars out of 5 overall in more than a thousand reviews. Owners praise their comfort, sound quality and ease of use, though some note that construction isn't very sturdy.
Review: MEElectronics Air Fi Runaway Bluetooth Stereo Wireless Headphones with Microphone, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
More than 100 owners give the MEElectronics Air-Fi AF32 a score of 4.5 stars out of 5 here, and 95 percent say they'd recommend this stereo Bluetooth headphone to a friend. Users are particularly impressed with the AF32's solid sound quality, comfortable fit and cool design.
Review: MEElectronics - Air-Fi AF32 Wireless Headphones, Contributors to BestBuy.com, Contributors to BestBuy.com