Fiil has unveiled an updated version of its flagship earbuds under the name Fiil CC Pro.
In this review, you can find out the main differences between the last generation Fiil CC and, of course, what this time the Fiil sub-brand from Xiaomi has produced for us. Naturally, you can read my other reviews from Fiil here.
The new earbud model has received a completely different appearance and technical component. But before we talk about the characteristics, let’s talk about the cost. The Fiil CC Pro is currently priced at $95.
At the time of the sale of the last generation, the price tag for Fiil CC lay in the same range. Although you can now get the CC model for as little as $55.
As for the main features, the Pro version of TWS earbuds received Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connection, active noise canceling and transparency mode. The device also has wireless charging and proximity sensors for auto-pause.
In addition, the earbuds from Fiil received a fairly good battery life, good microphone performance and, most importantly, a spacious and dynamic sound. But there are also pitfalls and if you want to know about them, then you should definitely read the full review before buying an updated version of the headphones.
Fiil CC Pro: Specifications
|Fiil CC Pro:||Specs|
|Driver unit:||10.1 mm driver|
|Bluetooth protocol:||AAC and SBC|
Unboxing and packaging
My version of the earbuds was created for the Chinese market, but you will definitely not notice a strong difference between the global version. A small black package came to me for a test, where on the front you can see a drawing of earbuds with its name.
On the back of the package, there are main features that are written in English and Chinese. This is a true wireless Bluetooth connection, hybrid ANC and ENC modes, unique design, comfortable fit and much more.
The packaging itself really looked very premium, but this is not surprising, since the price tag for Fiil CC Pro earbuds is very decent. In the box itself, I found – a charging box with earbuds, instructions in Chinese, a set of replaceable silicone ear tips and a Type-C charging cable.
Design, build quality and materials
The new generation of Fiil CC Pro earbuds resembles its predecessor Fiil CC in appearance in its square-shaped legs. But the main difference between these earbud models is the presence of silicone ear tips in the new generation.
That is, the updated version of TWS earbuds is made as in-ear vacuum earbuds. This will allow you to get a deeper fit in the ear canal and good passive noise isolation from the outside world.
I had no strong comments on the convenience of landing. For example, if you have worn a model of earbuds from the Apple brand, namely the AirPods Pro. Then the model of CC Pro earbuds will seem to you absolutely identical, at least in terms of sensations in landing.
But I was never able to find information about any protection against water. Yes, most likely it is present, but only from sweat and small splashes of rain. Therefore, swimming or taking a shower with earbuds will definitely be superfluous.
I also liked the matte black plastic used. I like it when manufacturers do not use glossy plastic in their performance. Since it is very easily soiled and you can easily leave traces of scratches or other abrasions on it.
If we talk about the build quality, then I also liked everything. The Fiil CC Pro earbuds received not only a good combination of plastic, but also a good workmanship. That is, I did not find any squeaks or extraneous sounds when I listened to music or watched video clips.
On the bottom of the leg, you can find charging contacts with a microphone hole. Also, one more hole is located on the upper part of the leg, namely on its edge. Touch controls were installed on the outside of the case. But on the inside, there is a proximity sensor on the sound guide.
Okay, now let’s talk about the charging box. The updated version of TWS earbuds received a completely different case design compared to the previous generation. Now the earbud model with the Pro attachment has a closed case. Let me remind you that the Fiil CC version was made with a box without a hinged lid.
You don’t have to worry about the build quality, since the Fiil CC Pro case was made to last. That is, the lid has no backlash at all, but the closing click will not be as pronounced as on Apple products. It is worth noting that the charging box itself is also made of matte plastic, like the earbuds.
I think the new generation looks typical though, like most charging boxes. But for that, the closed type of box will be much more practical than the open type of case.
In addition, I can highlight such features as the illumination of the company logo on the front of the case. At the bottom of the case is a Type-C charging port. Also, the charging box supports the wireless charging function. Okay, now let’s check the quality of the wireless connection and its features.
Connection, latency and touch control
So, as I said at the beginning of the review, the new model of Fiil CC Pro earbuds received the latest generation of wireless connection, namely Bluetooth 5.2 version. In addition, the device has a built-in audio codec AAC and SBC.
During my testing, I did not find any communication problems at all and the signal transmission quality was always stable. It is also worth noting that the earbuds can be connected either separately to different devices or jointly.
In terms of latency, the earbuds worked very well during games like Call of Duty or PUBG Mobile. That is, I did not observe any delays and the response time was comfortable for my ears. The same goes for watching movies or videos on YouTube.
Okay, now I propose to talk about touch control.
- Double tapping on any of the earbuds brings up functions such as play, pause, accept or put a phone call.
- A single tap on the left earbud will increase the volume, and a triple tap on the left channel will decrease the volume.
- One touch on the right of the earbud switches the track forward, and a triple touch on the right channel switches the track back.
Sound and microphone quality
A 10.1mm custom composite driver was installed inside each Fiil CC Pro. It showed itself from a worthy side, both in terms of volume reserve and in its sound.
Due to the fact that the earbuds were created of a vacuum type, the low frequencies play very well. That is, you will be pleasantly surprised by the massive and spacious bass, which is sometimes so lacking when compared to the cheaper TWS earbuds.
At the same time, the mid and high frequencies also played well. For example, even at the maximum volume level, the earbuds did not emit extraneous annoying sounds and squeaks. Each musical instrument was played very distinctly and clearly. I also had no problem with the vocal intelligibility.
Fiil claims the CC Pro earbuds has a very powerful 39dB Active Noise Cancellation function. This is the highest value I have ever met. Not surprisingly, the ANC function works very well in noisy city areas.
But I didn’t really like the transparency mode, because even with its activation, I could hardly hear the interlocutors. Therefore, I had to pause the track in order to hear the surrounding sounds better.
As for the quality of the microphone, I did not find any particular problems. For example, in a quiet room, the interlocutors heard me pretty well. But in noisy or windy places, extraneous sounds were heard. Therefore, in a loud place, it will not be very comfortable to talk.
Battery and run time
In both channels of the Fiil CC Pro earbuds, the battery capacity was set to 40 mAh. The manufacturer guarantees a runtime of up to 6.5 hours. During my test, the earbuds worked at 50% volume levels for 7 hours. This is a solid result for its class.
Yes, if you constantly use the ANC or ENC functions, the runtime will be reduced to 5.5 hours. Even this result is very good, given its characteristics and price tag.
I can also highlight such features as the presence of wireless charging and charging via a Type-C connection. At the same time, charging time through the wire will take you 1.5 hours, and wireless charging will charge the box in 2 hours.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
After several days of active use in various operating conditions, I was left under very positive emotions from the Fiil CC Pro earbuds.
I want to pay special attention to a comfortable fit, low weight, as well as high-quality matte plastic and its assembly.
You will also be pleased to know that the earbuds are the latest in wireless connectivity. And the work of active noise cancellation, transparency mode and even game mode was quite positive.
I can attribute to the disadvantages – this is not particularly correct operation of the transparency mode and the quality of the microphone in noisy places was not the most ideal.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
The Fiil CC Pro is currently priced at $96.23 with a 37% discount.
These are the perfect flagship earbuds that I have been able to test lately. I really liked their comfortable fit and how impressive they sound. Therefore, without undue hesitation, I can easily recommend this model of TWS earbuds from Fiil for purchase.