High price point
Very good noise cancelling
Certain features only available for Android
Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro
Bluetooth earbuds have pretty much become a necessity in our modern lives, removing wires for the sake of convenience. But the expectations of these earbuds are always increasing to provide users with the most comfortable and enjoyable listening experiences.
Does Samsung’s latest earbuds, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro, live up to these expectations? Read on to find out.
The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro weighs 5.5g and comes in a sleek, smooth and circular case reminiscent of those used to store wedding rings. It has a matte plastic finish that gives off a classy aesthetic.
The Samsung logo is etched on the cover with an LED light at the front and a Type-C USB charging port at the back. The earbuds are also IPX7-rated water-resistant, allowing them to be submerged in 1m deep water for up to 30 minutes.
Opening the case reveals the earbuds, a “Sound by AKG” branding, and a green LED light indicating that the earbuds are charging.
I found the design of the case to be aesthetically pleasing. The subtle matte colouring brings out an air of style without being overt. I also found the earbuds very comfortable when wearing them. The buds don’t slip out even when I perform motion-heavy activities such as jogging.
The earbuds come with a Custom Coaxial 2-way tweeter and woofer speakers that produce 24bit Hi-Fi, 360 audio with direct multi-channel. The sound quality of the earbuds is decent, providing a clear and distortion-free listening experience without sacrificing bass audio.
The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro also comes with active noise cancelling (ANC), which allows the earbuds to eliminate most low and mid-frequency sounds. The earbuds use 3 high Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) microphones to detect and cancel background noises.
I was impressed with how effective the ANC was. Everything from the whirling of a ceiling fan to the murmuring of computers completely faded away. You can gauge its effectiveness when you remove the earbuds and realise how much background noise had been present.
The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro come with touch gesture controls that allow you to control your earbuds. Pressing and holding it switches between ANC and ambient sound modes, tapping once plays or pauses, double tapping moves to the next song, and triple tapping goes back to the previous song.
The earbuds are also compatible with the Galaxy Wearable companion app. The app allows you to configure basic settings such as the sound mode, which can already be done manually with touch gestures and turning on or off the touch controls previously mentioned. Other settings include an equaliser, voice detection and 360-degree audio.
While all these settings are well and good, there is one major issue I have yet to mention with this app: It is only available on Android phones. If you are someone who uses an iPhone or other non-Android devices, you’re out of luck.
In my opinion, I don’t see the Galaxy Wearable app as an essential addition to your Galaxy Buds2 Pro. However, the fact that you are still getting less out of your earbuds simply because you don’t own an Android device is something that shouldn’t exist in the first place.
The earbuds have a 58 mAh battery that can last up to 5 hours with ANC on. With the charging case, you can get up to 18 hours of playback time. If the ANC is turned off, that playback time increases up to 8 hours without the case and 29 hours with it. I find this to be an adequate battery lifespan for a pair of earbuds, as you most likely won’t be wearing them for the entire day.
Buy or no buy
The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro are a pair of decent quality earbuds that offer good sound quality with added noise cancelling to fully immerse in your listening session.
However, with the retail price of RM 899 and certain features only available for Android users, I feel that other earbuds offer better value. The lack of any new features that would make it stand out is also a factor against it in my opinion. If budget isn’t a concern and you are an avid Android user, I suppose this is something you can consider getting.