If you’re someone that requires a wireless earbuds that is able to deliver great audio, battery life, ANC and ambient mode, perhaps the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro should be in your pocket right now. In it’s 2nd generation, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro receives a new design and updated features to continue delivering premium audio experience.
In this review article, we dive down on why Galaxy Buds2 Pro deserve to be your audio companion. Now let’s learn more at below.
Design – The matte finish is good. Earbuds are lighter and compact size
This year, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro uses a matte finishing surface for the earbuds and charging case. This allows for a soft touch yet exuding a premium feel.
The new Buds2 Pro are also slightly lighter and compact size (Samsung is claiming 15% smaller and each buds weights at 5.5 g) when compared to the previous generation, allowing comfort and better ergonomics when wearing for a long time. Also, if you’re planning to sleep while wearing the Buds2 Pro, they are still very comfortable to sleep on.
Audio – Superb sound quality
The audio quality on the Galaxy Buds2 Pro is phenomenally superb with improved bass and clarity. In terms for the volume, 50% volume level is considered quite loud for my ears, so a plus point here for the wireless earbuds.
But the main highlight for this year is the 24-bit Hi-Fi audio for the Galaxy Buds2 Pro. At the time of writing, the only app that supports the 24-bit Hi-Fi audio is Spotify. I have tried it out on Spotify and yes, the music playback sounds more clearer but for casual listeners, you may not find anything much with it. Also, to use the 24-bit Hi-Fi audio, you need a Galaxy device with One UI 4.0 or higher and 24-bit audio support may vary depending on the application.
This year also saw the new Intelligent 360 Audio. The 360 Audio with Direct Multi-channel (5.1ch / 7.1ch / Dolby Atmos) and enhanced head tracking make every movement stay in sync — creating an immersive experience. 360 Audio can even pinpoint the direction of the sound as you move your head, giving you the spatial experience. This feature is really good for those who watches movie or series. The 360 Audio does works with music but it doesn’t gives any enhanced experience for music.
Tap response – Incredible response with multiple customiztions!
The earbuds themselves have a good touch response which it never had issues when tapping it. It also has a lot of customizations for the touch response with Galaxy Wearable app.
ANC and ambient mode – Ambient mode is no joke. ANC works good but still has room for improvement
The previous Galaxy Buds Pro has an excellent ambient mode and Galaxy Buds2 Pro is still maintaining the momentum over here. You will definitely get to hear the surrounding much more clearer and louder this time, making it perfect for those who love to wear their wireless earbuds for outdoor.
For the Active Noise Cancellation, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro now has Intelligent ANC which it uses 3 high SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) microphones to tracks and eliminates more outside sound — even soft sounds like wind. The Buds2 Pro’s ANC is good but it won’t entirely eliminate the surrounding sound. It is still fine if you’re planning to have ANC with music turn on but for those love to use ANC while sleeping, you can expect it can help you to have a good sleep in mild noisy environment.
Battery – Pretty good for ANC users
This year battery life on the Buds2 Pro was claimed to of capable to last 5 hours of continuous playtime with ANC on and up to 18 hours with the case. While I couldn’t test to the 5 hours of continuous playtime with ANC on, I’ve tried it for 3 hours of continuous playtime with ANC on and it still works fine without any issue.
Charging speed on the Buds2 Pro is pretty normal which is around an hour if your battery level is showing red light. Expect lesser downtime if you charge on orange light battery level notification.
Other features – Getting smarter, durable and stable connectivity
The Buds2 Pro also comes with a vast features which includes IPX7 rating, Bluetooth 5.3, SmartThings Find (With/Without Case), Voice detect, Fast Pairing pop-up and Auto Switch. While I didn’t try to dunk the earbuds into water, the Buds2 Pro works well when you’re sweating during workout. The Bluetooth 5.3 also provide a really stable connectivity where I never experience any drop transmission with Buds2 Pro. The fast pairing is also not a joke as it will immediately paired up to my Galaxy S21 (my daily driver) once I put on the Buds2 Pro.
Final Verdict – This premium wireless earbuds deserves to be your audio companion
As the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro is priced at RM899, you’re really getting the premium wireless earbuds experience for your Galaxy devices. There is hardly any fault you can find with the Buds2 Pro unless you’re looking for a really strong ANC feature. But for the mass users, it definitely delivers a strong audio, great ambient mode, comfortable ergonomics and seamless connectivity.
My recommendation would be outright buy it if you’re truly looking for a premium wireless earbuds. The Buds2 Pro comes in three colours in Malaysia with Bora Purple, Graphite and White.
Special thanks to Samsung Malaysia for providing the sample review unit of the Galaxy Buds2 Pro. However, this is not a paid content therefore no approval or final input is needed. This review is based on the writer’s experiencing the device for more than 2 weeks. Subsequent future software update may provide a different user experience!