The Galaxy Buds + are barely distinguishable from their predecessors. Samsung has gone a step further in terms of internal values. Techstage tests whether this also applies to the sound.
The first Galaxy Buds (test report) did well with us. Now Samsung has given the True Wireless headphones an update. At first glance, you don't see much of it on the outside, only the plus sign behind the name indicates this on the packaging. We test the True Wireless headphones as part of our True Wireless theme.
In terms of color, there is a choice between white, black and blue – including a color-matching charging box. This weighs 40 g and can be charged via USB-C or wirelessly. The small plugs have become a bit heavier at 6.3 g, but none of this is felt in the ear. The typical shape with its soft curves is very pleasing. Quite funny: if you put one of the buds on its back, which causes the listening funnel to stretch slightly upwards, the shape is reminiscent of a duck – also thanks to the silicone wing. We like that the large button on the back of the white buds looks like it is made of mother-of-pearl, which gives the plastic a nice effect. Nevertheless, it is questionable whether the snow-white color is a good choice for a gadget that is put in the ear. Even if white looks much cleaner, we would rather recommend the black model. Overall, the plastic is processed perfectly and offers enough grip.
The letters L and R on the inside and on the silicone ring indicate in which ear the Buds + should be inserted. The two gold-plated contacts for the physical connection to the charging box and the inward-pointing microphone are striking. Two other microphones for recording ambient noise are located on the outside of the housing. The headphones look good, are of high quality and fit perfectly thanks to various silicone attachments. In addition, the buds are protected against splash water according to the IPX2 standard.
The scope of delivery includes matching ear cushions, wing attachments in three different sizes and a USB-C cable.
The charging case is opened for initial setup, which automatically switches the earphones to pairing mode. Now the connection has to be established in the smartphone.