I hate that we have to compare all true wireless earbuds to Apple’s AirPods, but in this case the comparison really is apt. Samsung’s noise-canceling Galaxy Buds Live are clearly going toe-to-toe with the AirPods Pro. Priced at $170, they’re significantly cheaper than the AirPods Pro’s $250 price tag. And right now that fraction is even smaller than usual: At Woot, you can get the Galaxy Buds Live for $145 or, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, just $135. That’s close to half the price of the AirPods Pro.
The Galaxy Buds Live have a genuinely unique design — shaped like kidney beans, I’ve heard them referred to as Galaxy Beans, and they’re intended to sit in your ears rather than get inserted in your ear canal. This is one of those Your Mileage May Vary scenarios, but many people seem to prefer the ergonomics of the beans, including CNET’s David Carnoy. CNET’s Lexy Savvides sort-of-but-doesn’t-entirely agree, saying, “while they fit much better than the AirPods, overall they didn’t feel more comfortable.”
Fit aside, the Buds Live boast great sound, active noise cancellation and about eight hours of battery life. They also include features you won’t find in AirPods, like a low-latency gaming mode and support for Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant.
This sale is today only — while supplies last — so if you want to nab Samsung’s take on the AirPods Pro, you don’t have a lot of time to do it.
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