For the second year in a row, Samsung has launched TWS headphones alongside its foldable smartphone. The August 10 event saw the arrival of the Galaxy Buds2 Pro, the successor to last year’s Galaxy Buds Pro.
We spent a lot of time testing them and here is our review. The first thing you’ll notice is that Samsung managed to reduce weight and remove the glossy finish, making the Buds2 Pro more comfortable and more attractive.
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The case of the headphones is square and unlike previous versions, the outer color matches the inner. There are three color options – Bora Purple, Black and White, and we have a third, which looks classy if not particularly impressive.
The case and buds feel light in the hand, the numbers don’t lie. The slots for individual targets are slightly curved, but there are strong magnets that take care of aligning them. Its nest has two pogo pins for each bud.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
The battery capacity of each bud is 58mAh and the case is 500mAh. The total increase is small – less than 3%. However, thanks to superior optimization, Galaxy Buds2 Pro can provide 8 hours of listening experience on a single charge.
Turning on ANC cuts that down to five hours according to official figures, but our tests showed it could go up to 6 hours in this case. We tested the headphones with ambient sound on and it delivered a solid 5 hours, but we don’t see anyone using this mode for extended periods of time – it’s too overwhelming.
Battery life is certainly good, but what about charging time? The entire 616mAh package charges from 0-100% in 75 minutes via a proprietary USB-C cable. Wireless charging is also available with any Qi-certified charger, but it takes more than two hours to top up the battery – we made several attempts, but our best result was 125 minutes.
Samsung knows you can’t have great battery life and a huge woofer or tweeter, so it decided to go with the former. Music on the Buds2 Pro sounds flat without much bass. On the upside, the music is clearer and individual instruments are well defined, but the missing part of the range takes some of the sonic experience.
Active noise cancellation has also been improved and is Samsung’s best yet. There are still three modes – ANC, Off and Ambient Sound, but the 3-mic array does a better job of picking up external sounds and canceling them out. And with mid-call cancellation, talking on the Buds2 Pro sounds much better than on the phone.
Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Buds2
We also liked the voice detect feature that turns off ANC and turns on surround sound when you start talking. A long press of a button can activate ambient sound while an announcement that you want to catch the airport or train station.
Touch controls work perfectly. We know some users don’t use them, but those who do will be pleased with the simplicity. There are multiple options, including one tap to play/pause, two or three taps to control music and podcasts, and tap-and-hold for calls, and all are customizable.
The headphones themselves have an equalizer, which can help you tweak the audio experience, but can’t really do much to fix missing bass. The Galaxy Wearable app also offers controls for features like neck stretch reminders, reading notifications aloud, and ambient sound during calls so the speaker can hear itself.
Buds2 Pro is 15% smaller than Buds Pro. Each bud weighs only 5.5 grams and is easy to place in an ear. The accompanying app also has a headphone fit test option that plays test tunes to determine if the fit is correct. We love the IPX7 rating for up to 1 meter of pure water immersion, which gives us extra peace of mind during sweaty workouts.
Samsung is offering the Galaxy Buds2 Pro for €229/£219/$229 with discounts and freebies depending on the market. The price is slightly higher than the Galaxy Buds Pro and significantly higher than the standard Galaxy Buds2.
But it gives you extremely comfortable TWS headphones with long battery life and a stylish look. The extra money is definitely worth it for those who appreciate them and will appreciate a performing CPN.