Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are by far the company’s best earbuds yet. So far, Samsung has always been good at delivering either very good sound (like the previous Buds Pro) or a very good fit (Buds Live), but rarely both at the same time.
Advantages: Great fit, good audio and noise cancellation
Disadvantages: Multipoint device switching not as good as competitors
The Buds 2 Pro come close to the perfect set of noise-cancelling buds. They sound great, are as good at active noise-cancellation (ANC) as only buds can get and – crucial to the first two features – now have a really snug, effective and snug fit. They also have some additional software features that come in handy, as well as good battery life, a pocket-friendly pill-sized charging box, and very sports-focused (IPX7) water and moisture resistance. They’re not perfect: Their multipoint technology doesn’t work as well or as conveniently as competing devices. And to take advantage of the buds’ higher definition audio technology requires access to devices or accounts that most people won’t (and won’t) have. €239 is still quite a premium price even for buds, no matter how good they are.
But overall these are outstanding – definitely among the top two or three buds you can buy on the market today.
The basic sound quality of the Buds 2 Pro is top notch when it comes to buds. With 10mm woofers and 5.3mm tweeters, the audio is crisp, clear and has as much distortion-free bass as I think you can get.
Like many other buds now, the Buds 2 Pro have touch controls on the outside of the buds for the usual purposes (calls and audio control). Fortunately, these can be disabled in the accompanying Samsung Wearable app.
This app has some user-friendly controls, including a useful “find my earbuds” setting that causes the buds to ping when you’re wondering where you left them.
For those who have a Samsung phone (but only those users) there are some nice additional features, like 360 audio, a virtual surround sound feature with “Head Tracking”, a bit like Apple’s “Spatial Audio” .
The small pill case can be charged wirelessly, also from any phone with dual wireless charging function.
And there’s now a “Neck Stretch Reminder” feature to alert you when you’ve been flexing in an ergonomically unhealthy manner for too long.
The only real downside I experienced was the multipoint switching feature, which didn’t really work effectively for me. This feature, which automatically switches from your laptop to your phone when a call comes in, creeps into many premium buds and headphones. It’s one of the most appealing features of Google’s recently launched Pixel Buds Pro, a direct rival to these buds. Samsung says this is possible between devices signed into your Samsung account, but in my experience it’s not easy. It didn’t automatically switch between my Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 and my work-oriented iPad Pro or MacBook Air M2, even when I was “signed in” to my Samsung account on both devices. It’s possible Samsung is aiming for a more seamless multipoint switching experience between these buds and devices, all of which are made by Samsung.
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