These earbuds are the best affordable pair we've ever tested. (Photo: Samsung)
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True wireless earbuds are one of the biggest trends in headphones, and people love the concept for good reason. A tiny bud pops into each ear, similarly to an earplug, opening you up to a world of on-the-go tunes and podcasts, phone calls and more—all completely free of wires. Most top-notch pairs will also cost you a pretty penny, but right now, there’s one stand-out exception: the Samsung Galaxy Buds+, which are currently on sale for up to 40% off.
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Regularly $149.99, these budget-friendly buys are deeply discounted at most stores right now, dropping to just $109.99 in all five color options. Buy them at Samsung, however, and you’ll also have the option to trade-in an eligible wired or wireless audio headset to shave another $20 off the price in the form of a credit toward a future Samsung purchase. That brings your total cost for these Buds down to a whistle-inducing $89.99!
Lauded by our tech team for their great features, flexible fit that seems to “disappear” inside your ear and a lengthy, eight to 10-hour battery life, the Galaxy Buds+ are one of the best wireless headphones on the market and, bar none, the best affordable headphones you can buy.
Even after putting them bud-to-bud against the funkier, bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live (also on sale from $129.99), the Buds+ came out victorious— and that’s without the added active noise cancelation you’ll receive with the Buds Live. We also recommended them over the classic AirPods ($159.98), especially when used alongside what our reviewers called the “minimalist and intuitive” Samsung app.
These earbuds are among the best wireless headphones on the market. (Photo: Samsung)
Soundwise, you’re getting a solid offering, if occasionally tinny, and the features are pretty cool, too: They have one internal mic and two external ones to better pick up your voice and isolate it from outside sounds. That means you’ll be able to talk in even the noisiest of locations, be it a busy subway station or store. Using the ambient aware mode, you can also let in outside sounds, like an announcement coming through the PA or someone that’s trying to talk to you, as needed.
Will the design of the Samsung Galaxy Live Buds be for everyone? No. These don’t work with older model phones, so if you have been hanging onto your Galaxy smartphone from a decade ago, you’ll want to double-check compatibility before taking the plunge. Still, when it comes to getting the most buck for your earbud bang, these are your pair.
Get the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ at Samsung from $89.99 (Save $30 to $40)
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