Now that mobile makers are doing away with the earphone jack, it’s as good a time as any to go for a wireless solution.
If you are in the market for one, then it’s worth checking out the latest from Samsung, the Galaxy Buds Pro, as it is the company’s most evolved model yet.
The earbuds look rather large – after all each houses a 11mm woofer and 6.5mm tweeter – but still fit snugly and securely. Though I did worry that they could pop out at any time, they didn’t when I went for a short jog around my condo.
I didn’t really manage to work out that much of a sweat but it’s reassuring to know that the Pro has the highest water resistance in the Galaxy Buds range – IPX7. So you don’t really have to sweat it when you actually start sweating.
Also, I was able to get a proper fit with the default eartips but there are two more to fit ear canals of different sizes.
One minor niggle though: The touch controls – for switching tracks, answering calls, etc – are super sensitive and I almost always ended up triggering them when I felt the need to adjust the earbuds.
The silicone eartips on the earbuds do a good job of cutting off outside noise though not entirely.
I could, for instance, still hear my loud ceiling fan, but that was reduced to barely a hum once I turned on Active Noise Cancellation (ANC).
It’s the best way to enjoy your music during a commute but not if you need to hear the announcements (like when you are riding the LRT) or if you need to be aware of your surroundings during a jog.
And this is where the Buds Pro shines – it has a feature that when turned on, uses its many microphones to capture external sound and channel it into your ears so you can hear everything around you.
It works so well it sometimes feels like you are not wearing earbuds. You can also adjust the ambient noise volume – lower it to enjoy your music better – or amplify it to listen better, just like a hearing aid.
This is complemented by another feature that automatically lowers the volume of your music when it detects that you are talking. In other words, you can still have a conversation while plugged in.
The Buds Pro has a generally warm sound profile, delivering crisp audio with punchy, not hollow, bass that makes listening to music and watching movies an enjoyable experience.
It’s surprising that technology has evolved so much that earbuds this size are capable of delivering not only clear but very loud audio.
You can also adjust EQ settings with the companion app to tailor the sound to your liking.
The earbuds also worked well when answering calls and even for video conferences, as the audio delivery was clear. It has given me new freedom – I can now walk away from the screen while still being able to follow a virtual meeting.
If you are experiencing Zoom fatigue, you will especially appreciate this, as the Buds Pro have quite a long wireless range.
Life on the go
The earbuds come in three colours – the snazzy Phantom Purple, Silver and Black, all with matching cases.
The Buds Pro lasts anywhere between four to five hours with ANC and up to eight without. The case provides an additional 28 hours of battery life or 18 with ANC on.
It’s an understated but sleek case with two handy LEDs – one on the outside to indicate its battery level and another on the inside to indicate the charging status of the earbuds.
The Buds Pro are by no means cheap, carrying a price tag of RM799, but there is plenty to like about them.
The buds even support multiple devices. So you could, for instance, be watching a movie on a tablet and they will automatically switch to your phone when you answer a call.
All in all, the Galaxy Buds Pro are an especially well-built pair of earbuds that should more than satisfy your listening needs.