Ulasan Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, dalam banyak hal, adalah earbud Bluetooth pertama yang benar-benar kompetitif yang didedikasikan untuk platform Android. Itu tidak berarti Galaxy Buds dan Galaxy Buds Live asli bukanlah headphone nirkabel sejati yang sangat baik. Tetapi dengan rilis pro-level terbaru, Samsung akhirnya membawa rangkaian lengkap fitur ke dalam campuran, menjadikannya pilihan yang layak bagi mereka yang menginginkan kenyamanan AirPods Pro tetapi memiliki perangkat Galaxy.

Fitur termasuk peredam bising aktif (ANC), driver bergaya audiophile, dan banyak kontrol ekstra khusus untuk platform Samsung. Saya terutama pengguna iPhone, tetapi tablet utama saya adalah Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, jadi saya mengambil sepasang earbud untuk diuji dengan alur kerja asli Galaxy dan pengalaman khusus Bluetooth. Beginilah cara semuanya berjalan.

Desain: Sangat mengkilap, sangat Samsung

Desain Galaxy Buds asli adalah sesuatu yang saya sebut “sederhana dan ramping.” Ini berlaku untuk versi “Plus”, tetapi ketika Samsung menjatuhkan Galaxy Buds Live, bentuk kacang yang terkenal mengejutkan konsumen. Beberapa orang menyukainya, yang lain membencinya.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
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Hal yang menurut saya paling mengganggu tentang desain Buds Pro adalah plastik metalik mengkilap gila-gilaan yang digunakan di luar. Agar adil, ini adalah bahasa desain yang digunakan Samsung pada banyak ponsel andalan mereka, jadi tidak mengherankan melihat opsi mengkilap dan penuh warna di sini di Galaxy Buds Pro. Meskipun bentuk kacangnya sudah tidak ada lagi, tidak ada salahnya earbud mengkilap ini akan menonjol saat Anda memakainya.

Saya suka profil dan bentuk earbud, dengan cerdik menyembunyikan tonjolan kenyal yang menambah stabilitas dan duduk dengan baik dan rata di telinga Anda. Kasingnya juga cukup padat, hanya berukuran beberapa inci di setiap arah. Jadi, terutama jika Anda memilih versi hitam yang saya beli, desainnya memang terasa ramping dan modern untuk sebagian besar. Tetapi jika Anda lebih suka hasil akhir matte di earbud Anda, Anda tidak akan menemukannya di sini.

Kenyamanan: Cukup bagus, tapi sedikit ketat

Berkat sirip telinga yang halus, Galaxy Buds asli memberikan kecocokan yang bagus dan sporty yang bekerja dengan baik untuk telinga saya. Ketika saya pertama kali membuka kotak Buds Pro, saya kecewa melihat samsung menghilangkan sirip telinga. Tetapi jika Anda melihat lebih dekat pada bentuknya, Anda akan melihat sedikit tonjolan yang mengambil bentuk dan eksterior karet yang akan dilakukan sirip telinga, dan ini sebenarnya memberikan pegangan yang bagus di telinga Anda, selama Anda memutarnya dengan tepat saat memasukkan earbud.

Sisi lain dari koin kenyamanan adalah bagaimana mereka merasa ditekan ke telinga Anda. Samsung telah mengambil pendekatan yang menarik di sini. Earbud ini jatuh ke kamp yang lebih ketat, duduk cukup jauh ke telinga Anda. Meskipun ini biasanya merupakan masalah yang lebih besar bagi saya (saya tidak suka pas untuk earbud saya), Samsung telah menambahkan panggangan logam yang bertindak sebagai ventilasi udara.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
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This means that the earbuds, though tight, provide a degree of breathability. It also has some implications for sound quality, which I’ll get into later. Overall, at less than half an ounce each and occupying a small footprint, these earbuds are about as comfortable as you’d expect from the premium price point, but not quite my favorite.

Durability and Build Quality: Built to last

One of the biggest reasons to go with earbuds from Apple or Samsung is that they bring a lot of premium materials over from their smartphone and tablet manufacturing. The first aspect you’ll interact with in a pair of true wireless earbuds is always the case, and how a battery case is built tells you a lot about the quality of the overall product.

The case that comes with the Galaxy Buds Pro is sleek, compact, and offers a nice, satisfying snap when you close it. It is a little difficult to open if you aren’t pressing your fingers under the lid at just the right angle—meaning the magnet is a tad too strong. But overall, it feels good.

Samsung has built in IPX7 water resistance on the earbuds themselves, too, which means you can submerge them for up to 30 minutes in 3 feet of water without issue.

The Buds themselves are also nicely built. Most of the construction consists of a thick, soft-touch rubbery material. Even the super-glossy plastic on the outside feels really durable, even though it looks a little chintzy for my tastes. This glossiness does seem like it’s prone to scuffs and scratches, so be aware of this when putting the earbuds down on a table.

Samsung has built in IPX7 water resistance on the earbuds themselves, too, which means you can submerge them for up to 30 minutes in 3 feet of water without issue. This has been tested in a lab with clean water though, so I don’t recommend submerging them intentionally. But, you’ll likely be totally fine in the rain.

Sound Quality and Noise Cancelling: Impressively well-rounded

The “Pro” distinction with these earbuds is probably most apparent in their sound quality. Samsung has opted for a double-driver build with these headphones. There’s an 11-millimeter main driver that will support most of the spectrum in your music, plus a 6.5-millimeter tweeter that has been optimized for the upper end of the spectrum. These two speakers have been tuned with best practices supported by AKG.

Plus, the air vent Samsung has added allows for the sound stage to “breathe” a little, making for much better presence in sound. All of this amounts to a balanced sonic response, particularly thanks to the dual-driver build. Any time you focus two different speakers on two distinct parts of the spectrum, you take the pressure off either of them having to support the whole spectrum. This allows for truly nuanced sound, and in practice it impressed me.

The active noise cancellation involved here wasn’t nearly as impressive, unfortunately. I think this has just as much to do with the lack of physical isolation from that air vent as it does the noise cancellation technology. To be clear, the earbuds do blot out a good amount of consistent room tone, but they just aren’t anywhere near the level that Apple AirPods Pro or Bose QuietComfort Earbuds offer. The transparency mode, on the other hand, is perfectly serviceable, making these earbuds great for walking around.

There’s an 11-millimeter main driver that will support most of the spectrum in your music, plus a 6.5-millimeter tweeter that has been optimized for the upper end of the spectrum.

The last point to mention in this section is the 360-degree audio. Activated through the Samsung Wearables app, you can set up the earbuds to “position” your source device in one spot, and the 360 audio will track that spot when you move your head. It’s a cool little gimmick, but nothing super useful in reality, in my opinion.

Battery Life: Nothing mind-blowing

With headphones like the Galaxy Buds Pro, you’d expect to see the absolute best in all categories, but one key aspect that’s lacking here is long battery life. The earbuds themselves seem to offer about 5 hours of use on a single charge, with an additional 18 using the charging case. To be fair, these numbers aren’t the worst I’ve seen, but they are far from the best.

Things like active noise cancelling, proximity sensing, and 360-degree audio all seem to drain the batteries pretty heavily.

What’s more disconcerting is that these hour totals swing wildly when you use the extra features a lot. Things like active noise cancelling, proximity sensing, and 360-degree audio all seem to drain the batteries pretty heavily.

It’s not all bad news, though. Samsung’s impressive fast charging capabilities will allow the earbuds to load up an hour of play time with a simple 5-minute charge. This performance is best seen when using a direct USB-C connection, but the case is Qi wireless-enabled, so you can just drop the battery case on your charging pad at night to juice them up. These extra features are nice, but I just can’t help thinking these earbuds would be more compelling with even an extra few hours of listening time.

Connectivity and Codecs: A nice overall experience

One of the best reasons to go for a Galaxy Buds product over another brand is the ease of connectivity to Samsung Galaxy devices. Mimicking what Apple offers with AirPods, simply flipping open the Galaxy Buds’ case will trigger a popup prompt on your Galaxy devices, allowing you to easily connect them without fishing through a Bluetooth menu.

This works only for Galaxy devices, however, so even other Android phones can’t take advantage of this. Once the earbuds are connected, you won’t find much of a signal drop out, and I found very few of the hiccups I’m used to with other true wireless, Bluetooth earbuds.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
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The other factor to consider here is codecs. Bluetooth, as a technology, forces your music to be compressed in order to instantaneously transfer audio. The usual codecs that do this are SBC and AAC, and those two are found on most earbuds (including the Buds Pro). But both of these codecs do create some minor loss to your source audio file’s resolution.

Many earbuds opt for the third-party Qualcomm aptX codec, but Samsung appears to go for a proprietary “Samsung Scalable” codec. In general, this codec feels pretty efficient, and I found both the latency and sound quality to be impressive on my Galaxy Tab S7. I did notice a slight change when using the earbuds on a non-Samsung device (my iPhone in this case), but it isn’t the biggest deal. The moral of this section is: If you are a Galaxy user in general, the Galaxy Buds Pro will connect easier and sound just a little bit better.

Software, Controls, and Extras: More than you’ll probably need

With some of the drawbacks on battery life, it’s clear Samsung is making a choice here: More features equals a better product. When paired with the Galaxy Wearables app, these earbuds do offer quite a bit for the money. I’ve already discussed the adjustable ANC and transparency modes as well as the 360-degree audio.

One interesting point with the transparency mode is this “speech recognition” option. When enabled, the earbuds will register when you are talking and will pause your music for a predetermined amount of time and automatically toggle on the transparency mode. The theory here is that you’ll start talking only when you want to have a conversation, at which point, the earbuds will get out of the way. This feature is sort of hit or miss and can be annoying if you just want to say a few quick words to a friend (rather than a whole conversation), but it’s nice to have the option.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
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There are also lots of little extra features. You can turn on a “Block Touches” mode which prevents the sometimes-annoying mistouches on the earbuds. You can mold the EQ to your needs, set your Bixby/voice assistant preference, and even locate lost earbuds.

There’s a section in the app called “Samsung Labs” which will, theoretically, feature new experimental features down the road. Right now, the only option on my list is a “Gaming Mode” which purports to better sync your audio when playing mobile games. Overall, the package is really nice, but it comes at the expense of the battery life.

Price: Steep but manageable

Apple AirPods Pro come in well over $200, and it’s nice to see that Samsung launched the Galaxy Buds Pro at $199. However, at the time of writing this review, you can purchase the earbuds from the Samsung site for $169.

This is par for the course for Samsung, so if you’re in the market, it’s not a bad idea to wait a few weeks for Samsung to run a sale. Overall, the price for the feature set is perfectly reasonable. There are some drawbacks—I don’t love the design and the battery life isn’t exactly “pro-level”—but the price is definitely not unreasonable.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro vs. Apple AirPods Pro

The two smartphone titans are competing directly against each other on feature set with these earbuds. Both headphones work best with their home ecosystem, they both sound great, and they both cost right around $200. The AirPods do a bit better in the noise cancelling department, but to my ears, the Buds Pro feel just a little more balanced in sound quality.

Final Verdict

The pro earbuds Samsung fans have been waiting for.

The original Galaxy Buds just offered sound isolation, while the Galaxy Buds Live offered a transparency mode. Now that the Buds Pro are out with active noise cancellation, a transparency mode, a comfortable fit, and really impressive sound quality, it finally feels comfortable saying that Galaxy Buds offer a pro option. Better battery life would have made these a complete no-brainer, but if you are already in the Galaxy ecosystem, the Buds Pro really are an excellent buy.

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Specs

  • Product NameGalaxy Buds Pro
  • Product BrandSamsung
  • MPNSM-R190NZKAXAR
  • Price$199.99
  • Release DateJanuary 2021
  • Weight0.2 oz.
  • Product Dimensions0.81 x 0.77 x 0.82 in.
  • ColorPhantom Black, Phantom Silver, or Phantom Violet
  • Battery Life5 hours (earbuds only), 23 hours (with battery case)
  • Wired/WirelessWireless
  • Wireless Range30 feet
  • Warranty1 year
  • Audio CodecsSBC, AAC, Samsung Scalable

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