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LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 review (Image: LG)

The wireless headset market continues to become more competitive every day and standing out from the crowd can be quite a difficult task. However, LG’s new HBS-FN6 has managed to do just that thanks to an exclusive feature to eliminate dirt that is difficult to find in any of its rivals.

These little headsets include a smart charging case, which not only replenishes sprouts, but also provides spring cleaning at the same time. With the world dominated by the coronavirus health crisis, this is a big selling point and will be incredibly attractive to anyone who wants to share their friends with someone else.

The Tom Free HBS-FN6 from LG achieves this hygienic feat thanks to something known as UV Nano technology, which basically detonates the tips of the buttons with ultraviolet light that kills insects. After putting them to the test, it certainly seems to work, as you can see the brightness of the solarium as soon as you put them in the case.

Unfortunately, we do not have a laboratory and a team of microbiologists in white coats to deliver to our home office; therefore, we will have to take LG’s word that this system can actually kill 99.9% of the nasty bacteria. We haven’t had any horrible ear infections since using the LG buttons, so presumably it’s a very good sign that the intelligence inside the case is working as expected.

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LG Tone Free HBS-FN6

The buttons are cleaning via UV light when stored in the case (Image: LG)

Away from this clever UV feature, LG’s HBS-FN6 is similar to most other wireless buttons, offering about six hours of music playback and a total of 18 hours after charging in the carrying case.

Battery life is pretty standard, but remember that there are now other headsets, like the Galaxy Buds +, that offer much more power for the same price. After placing the LG buttons inside your ears, they look good with the tight fit, which means you get a good seal and there’s not a lot of background audio leaking.

These headphones are generally good when listening to music, but we noticed that some heavy bass tracks don’t have the ringtone we would like to hear and there is a definite lack of richness in the overall musical experience – in fact, it can be described as being quite flat and dull.

There is room to adjust this a little bit, thanks to a comprehensive smartphone app, available for iOS and Android, that allows you to change the audio settings. LG offers four options, such as increased bass and treble.

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6

LG’s Tone Free HBS-FN6 has a similar style to Apple’s AirPods (Image: LG)

There is also the nice addition of creating your own custom sound via the built-in equalizer, which can be saved in the app and configured with a single touch the next time you put on your headphones. You can save some of them, to have an EQ for podcasts and another for playlists, for example.

Another interesting addition to the LG smartphone software is the ambient sound mode, which allows you to hear more noise around you.

With the LG Tone Free HBS-FN6, which offers a firm fit in the ear, they block out a lot of background sound, which is great at times, but not so good if you’re expecting to hear an update about your flight on the airport. With ambient sound activated, LG allows some noise to leak, so you don’t miss the announcement that your plane is about to leave.

Other positive points worth mentioning are the IPX4 rating, which means that they can survive a hard-earned workout at the gym and, as we mentioned earlier, the solid fit means they never feel like they are about to fall.

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6

The LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 is splash-resistant, making it ideal for the gym (Image: LG)

LG also included a fast charging mode, which means you get an hour of music in just five minutes inside the case. It is also worth noting that this disk-shaped case can have its battery extended wirelessly, which is a nice touch.

Finally, there is an automatic pause the minute you remove one of the ear buds, and if you lose them, there is a smart location mode available in the app. So, this is all positive for HBS-FN6, but unfortunately, they are anything but perfect.

First of all, the charging case looks pretty cheap and nasty and is certainly not a patch for the Pixel Buds, recently launched by Google. There is no satisfying click in the Zippo style when you open the lid and the buttons are also really annoying and difficult to release.

Another thing that you will find irritating is the touch controls, which are quite irregular. Sometimes, I found them very sensitive – pausing the music when we didn’t want to – and other times we found ourselves having to touch them so hard that it hurt our ears.

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6

The case can also be charged wirelessly, which is a nice touch (Image: LG)

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 review

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 review (Image: LG)

As we already said, the sound quality is not always excellent and the battery life can definitely be improved, because, unlike Galaxy Buds +, they do not last a long-haul flight without the need for recharging.

Finally, there is the design, as LG seems to have been inspired by Apple’s AirPods with a long rod sticking out of its ears. There is nothing wrong with that and, as a trip on the subway proves, Apple has had a huge success with this style.

However, some rivals, including the new Pixel Buds, are now making the headphones much more subtle and much more attractive to be heard.

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 review

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 review (Image: LG)

LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 VERDICT

PARA – Exclusive cleaning feature • Comprehensive app for iOS and Android • Ambient sound mode is useful
AGAINST – The sound could be better • The charging case looks cheap • Battery life and style cannot be compared to its rivals

If you want the cleanest headphones on the market, look no further than the HBS-FN6. These smart buttons enjoy UV cleaning whenever you put them in the case, which makes them quite unique – and ideal for germaphobics.

But it’s not just about cleanliness, LG has also added fast loading ambient sound technology and a comfortable and incredibly secure fit. There is a very comprehensive add-on app, and Android and Apple fans alike should have the same experience – which is far from standard.

Unfortunately, the battery life, the overall sound quality and the low-cost case make the experience of using the LG HBS-FN6 low. And with so many rival options available on the market right now, we can’t help feeling that there are better headphones for the same price of £ 150.

You can read about some of these other options, here:

• REVIEW of Google Pixel Buds

• Galaxy Buds + REVIEW

• Apple AirPods Pro review

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