More Than A Looker?
HWM Singapore|October 2020
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
Raymond Lau

AT A GLANCE

DRIVER 12mm, bass duct

BATTERY 8 hours / 21 hours (earbuds / case)

NOISE CANCELLATION ANC

VOICE 3-mic, voice pickup unit

PRICE $288

It’s evident from first glance that the Galaxy Buds Live has a very unique design and style that’s in a class of its own. This is especially so if you choose the striking Mystic Bronze colour option, which is completely unlike anything else on the market and pairs perfectly with the Galaxy Note 20.

Once you pop open the case, you’ll see the bean-shaped earbuds in all their glory. They rest at an angle in the case and are secured magnetically, so picking them up was a cinch.

I struggled a little with putting it on at first because there is absolutely no previous frame of reference for how one can wear a bean-shaped gadget. Samsung used the phrases “ergonomic design” and “adaptive fit” in its marketing materials, so I set out to test these claims by making a few friends try out the earbuds too. They did seem to fit fine no matter the size of their ears, so it looks like Samsung did their homework.

Wearing comfort is high because they have an earbuds design as opposed to an in-ear one, which means nothing sticks into your ear canals. But this design choice has downsides too. The degree of seal and fit will vary depending on your ear shape, and without silicone wings or ear tips, the Galaxy Buds Live don’t sit as securely.

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