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Review Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung has experienced some ups and downs with earbuds products, as evidenced by the latest Galaxy Buds Live, which offers a great bean-like design, which works unexpectedly with active noise cancellation. The new Galaxy Buds Pro ($199.99) doesn't look entirely unique, but it allows ear closure, which in turn improves noise cancellation and sound quality. It's also completely water resistant, compared to the galaxy Buds Live waterproof. However, noise cancellation here does not live up to the standards set by AirPods Pro or Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, and you really need a Galaxy to make the most of the experience.

Better design

Galaxy Buds Pro looks simple and stylish. Each earpiece is a simple bud with a nozzle at one end to carry a silicone ear head (three pairs of different sizes are included), and a pearl round touchpad at the back. Two ambient microphones, a hole-in-the-hole audio microphone, and a slightly larger grille are integrated into the touchpad and enable noise cancellation.

The earbuds lack any kind of elastic fixation, but they fit securely enough in my ear without falling down. It's a clear improvement on galaxy Buds Live's embarrassing bean design, although you'll need to make sure the earphones are rolled forward when you're inserted to ensure the best installation.


The controls are simple, the same for each earpiece. Once you click to play a song or pause it, double-click to skip the path forward or reply to/terminate a call, then click three times to return to the track, and click and hold to reject a call. You can also use the Galaxy Wearables app to program the touch command while holding any of the ears for a different procedure, such as volume upturn, volume down, Spotify unlocking, switching between active noise cancellation and ambient sound, and (with Galaxy phones) using Samsung Bixby voice assistant. Touch control and volume-keeping are a bit embarrassing, and it's a problem that earphones don't allow the use of more common voice assistants.

Touch sensors respond reasonably and do not lead to many wrong commands, but it's easy to accidentally turn on when they're inserted or removed from the ear and you can disable touch sensors completely through galaxy Wearables to avoid it, but then you no longer have any controls in the earbuds.

Galaxy Buds Pro has an IPX7 rating, which means it's completely waterproof for up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to a meter of water. Use with exercises, running, and rain. However, the charging tray is not water resistant.

Charging box and battery life

The attached charging box is a small round box almost identical to the one that comes with galaxy Buds Live, but not shiny. It's an open-air case that stays tightly closed most of the time with magnets but expects the earphones to fly if you accidentally drop them. The USB-C port at the back charges the case, although you can also use wireless charging.

According to Samsung, galaxy Buds Pro can last up to five hours with active noise cancellation (ANC) or eight hours off. The case adds up to 13 hours of power with ANC on or 20 hours off. Quick charging gives earphones up to an hour of listening time in just five minutes.

Galaxy Wearables offers a variety of useful features for Galaxy Buds Pro on any Android phone, although some features of Samsung Galaxy phones and the app is not available at all on iPhones.

The app lets you adjust active noise cancellation levels (there are only two settings, high and low), change the touch gesture while continuing to perform a variety of tasks, and adjust the sound balance with six different presets (although they exist) there is no customizable EQ. The app and earphones also work with SmartThings Find to help you track the location of your earphones if you misplace them.

Galaxy users can enable the activation of the Hands-Free Voice Assistant (Bixby-only), a game mode that reduces the latency similar to the one you get with razer Hammerhead True Wireless headphones, and a 360-degree audio feature that was not yet available at test time, but on paper, it looks similar to Apple's spatial sound feature on The AirPods Pro.
Noise cancellation performance

Galaxy Buds Pro offers an improved noise cancellation on the defective Galaxy Buds Live, but it doesn't compete with the best ANC you get in real wireless earphones from Apple and Bose. Earphones effectively isolate sound, unlike galaxy Buds Live, which doesn't lock the ear.

ANC is effective in blocking low-frequency noise such as rail rattling and some very stationary sounds, such as computer fans. However, outside of these situations, the speakers don't do much to reduce external noise: both the rattles, buzz, and nearby chatter can be easily heard through galaxy Buds Pro even with an ANC playback.

Samsung's Galaxy Wearables app contains few ANC modifications, only high and low settings, as well as an ambient audio mode that allows for the effective entry of external audio. In the end, earphones can provide some help with noise on airplanes and trains, but they won't significantly reduce the office sounds like the superior models we mentioned above.

Sound quality

Galaxy Buds Pro uses a pair of triggers in each earpiece, combining a 6.5mm speaker and an 11mm speaker for strong triple and bass performance. The amplifier comes in our bass test track, The Knife's Silent Scream, where the sounds of the composite bass and kicking drum look complete and powerful and do not deform, even at the maximum level of sound. but there's definitely a noticeable clatter, especially if you're using the Bass Boost pre-setting in galaxy Wearables

How to test headphones

There's a slightly heavy sculpted sound by default. The opening acoustic guitar points contain amounts of low frequency resonance, and a good amount of string tissue at the higher frequencies of its balance. When the track starts correctly, both bass and singing are at the forefront, with the guitar beats and drums settling slightly in the background. Obviously, some sculptures are used to create a little audio file, but it is an attractive balance that should satisfy most listeners who are not looking for a steady response.

The sculpted sound works well with The Crystal Method's Busy Child, where low and high frequencies combine to achieve an exciting balance. The ominous rear pulse leads the track with some powerful blows, while composite and acoustic samples are distinguished enough to really complete the mix.