Samsung’s growing portfolio in the wireless audio category, and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro stand up to the best that Sony, Jabra and Sennheiser have to offer. While the bulk of sales go to headphones like these Galaxy Buds 2there is a growing market for higher-end options that offer useful extras.
And in this area, the Buds 2 Pro have a lot to offer. I used the Galaxy Buds Pro quite a bit last year and I loved the design and sound quality. I’ve been testing the Buds 2 Pro for a few weeks, and here’s what I think of Samsung’s latest high-end wireless headphones.
Galaxy Buds 2 Pro is more comfortable to wear
While Samsung hasn’t changed the overall design of the Buds 2 Pro much, it has made a few tweaks that make the wireless earbuds fit a little better. The inner part of the shell is less convex than last year, and this ensures that the earpiece does not put any pressure on the external ear canal. Using both Buds Pro and Buds 2 Pro back to back, the difference is immediately noticeable and the latter is definitely easier on the ears.
There are several modifications on the outer shell as well. It doesn’t stick out as much and generally stays in the ear better when running or jogging.
Finally, at 5.5g per earbud, they’re lighter than last year’s, and I didn’t notice any fatigue after wearing these headphones for several hours. Samsung abandoned the chrome exterior and started using a plastic case with a matte texture, which makes the Buds 2 Pro more elite.
The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro do a great job of tuning out ambient noise
One of the biggest changes to the Buds 2 Pro is how it handles active noise cancellation. Samsung has made significant strides in this area, and as a result, the Buds 2 Pro do a fantastic job of canceling out any ambient noise nearby. It’s on par with the Sony WF-1000XM4, and that’s no small feat.
You can adjust the noise canceling intensity, and there’s a nice transparency mode if you need to listen to outside sounds. If you work in a noisy environment and need to reduce background noise, you’ll love what Samsung has to offer this year.
The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro sound absolutely incredible
Another area where Samsung gets things right is sound quality. I used the Buds 2 Pro to listen to a variety of music and they produced a live sound that was captivating. Samsung has tuned these in-ear headphones very well, and you’ll get plenty of bass that’s balanced by detailed mids and crisp highs.
Wireless headphones have improved a lot in recent years when it comes to audio fidelity, and Samsung is showing that it can hold its own against the best wireless headphones. The only wireless headphones I’ve used recently that sound better than the Buds 2 Pro are the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3and they retail for $249 — $60 more than the Buds 2 Pro.
You get all the extras — and a few features exclusive to Samsung phones
Like Samsung’s best phones, the Buds 2 Pro are packed with features. Wireless charging comes as standard, and you can use devices like Galaxy S22 Ultra to charge the case with reverse wireless charging, simply place the case on the back of your phone. The connection was reliable: the headphones were connected via Bluetooth 5.3.
Samsung didn’t mess around with the weather rating either: the Buds 2 Pro come standard with IPX7 dust and water protection. This means you can use the in-ear headphones at the gym or for outdoor runs without worrying about water getting in. You also get customizable gesture controls, and I had no trouble recognizing gestures on either earpiece.
Samsung now has several features tied to its ecosystem. Quick device switching is limited to Galaxy phones, tablets and Samsung TVs and does not work with other devices. Samsung’s high-definition codec is similar to what Qualcomm offers with AptX HD, but it’s limited to Samsung phones. It delivers high-quality wireless audio—assuming you’re using a good source—but you miss out on that feature if you’re using a Samsung device instead of a device.
What’s not so good: Battery life
The only area where the Buds 2 Pro fall short of their competition is battery life. With all features turned on, these headphones will last just under five hours on a full charge. With other high-end wireless headphones offering well over 6.5 hours of battery life, Samsung falls behind here.
One reason for this is the lightweight design, which houses a smaller battery, and the other is that the headphones work overtime to cancel out background noise. This is one of the biggest strengths of the Buds 2 Pro, but the downside is that it reduces battery life.
Should you buy the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro?
Overall, Samsung has done a great job with the Buds 2 Pro. I love the design changes; headphones are much more comfortable in daily use, and there is no fatigue. Unlike last year’s design, the Buds 2 Pro should fit smaller ears perfectly. Then there’s the sound quality—the Buds 2 Pro are superbly tuned, and they deliver lively sound that’s captivating across genres.
The main point here is noise isolation, in this respect Samsung is on par with Sony. They do a fantastic job of removing any background distractions, and while it affects battery life, it’s a worthwhile trade-off.
Like last year, features like quick switching are locked to Samsung devices, so ideally you’ll need a Galaxy phone or tablet to get the most out of these headphones. Samsung isn’t the only brand locking feature in its own ecosystem, and for what it’s worth, I didn’t see much of a difference when using them with the Pixel 7 Pro.
If you’re looking for high-end wireless headphones that look, sound, and are comfortable to wear all day, the Buds 2 Pro are an easy recommendation.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Samsung has hit the ground running with the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro: they’re super comfortable for everyday use, sound fantastic and have all the extra features you’d look for in a high-end wireless headphone. If you have a Samsung phone and are looking for the best wireless in-ear headphones, you should get these.