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Anton D. Nagy contributed to this Galaxy Buds 2 review post. 

These are Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds2 and put simply, they’re a very interesting update to the original Galaxy Buds which were pretty affordable. They might just be one of the best alternatives to Apple’s regular AirPods, but, if looked at in a vacuum.

See, even if AirPods remain the most popular earbuds you’ll see on the street, they never were the best value. They had a terrible fit, no noise canceling, no water resistance, and well. they’re nearly 5 years old… At their price, any pair of earbuds that can offer more for the same price will look better. This would be the case for these Buds 2 if 2021 hadn’t changed everything.

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Now we have Nothing’s Ear (1s) and Amazon’s Echo Buds 2 offering essentials like Active Noise Canceling and water resistance for a lot less money, which takes me back to the point about looking at these Galaxy Buds 2 in a vacuum. They do make AirPods look bad, but the question is if they’re good enough to stand against the rest, or if they even have to.

I think the main reason why I make a basic comparison to Apple’s regular AirPods, is because they are the perfect example of a bad product that became popular because of its ecosystem. The difference is that the Galaxy Buds 2 are a very good product, and if you are on Samsung’s ecosystem, they’re kind of a no-brainer.

Like the first generation, pairing them the first time is a simple open the case for them to be detected, and the Galaxy Wearable app becomes your place to control how their features work. I do find it kind of cumbersome to not have these controls easily accessible but there is a widget on Android for quick access. Also, pairing with your other Samsung products is not really automatic it seems, but once you do, switching between them is. To pair with a second or third product, tap and hold both earbuds for a couple of seconds at the same time.  

Galaxy Buds 2 review

Their plastic build looks a lot more like the Buds Pro, but I’d give these more points for the feel. Given their slimmer footprint, I am more comfortable for prolonged periods of time. If what you liked about AirPods is that you could forget them in your ears, I think Galaxy Buds 2 does a better job cause they’ll do so without falling off thanks to the silicone tips that are interchangeable. I do wish they had the wing option their predecessors included for a workout, but given their IPX2 rating, I’m not exactly sure they’ll survive the amount of sweat I produce. If you’re considering them for a workout, I’d go for the Pros if I were you.

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That said, they resemble the Pros a lot more than their predecessors, and not just in looks. For starters, they bring the same case, meaning they pass the coin pocket test, for whenever the weather allows jeans again. They do come in 4 colors, with white being my favorite, but I also like that the case remains white and glossy on the outside, ensuring it’ll age better than my sad experience with the Pro case over time.

Galaxy Buds 2 review

The Buds 2 bring 3 mics: two for beamforming, an inner mic, and a voice pick-up unit. This allows it to use a machined learning approach to voice calls, which were pretty good in my testing, with callers liking the results even in noisy New York. (Try audio test). They also bring really good Active Noise Cancellation for their price. I had a chance to test them against the Buds Pro and even Apple’s AirPods Pro on a flight recently, and the results were almost as good. If anything I’d say they provide less suction than AirPods Pro, which in turn means better comfort. Now they aren’t as good when it comes to Ambient mode as they lack the vents that make the Buds Pro and AirPods Pro famous. I would give them a second-best as you get three different levels of it to choose from, even if some go at the expense of feeling natural. There’s even a fit test on the app for you to figure your best combo.

Sound is an interesting thing to consider. They’re Bluetooth 5.2 with support for Samsung’s Scalable proprietary codec along with AAC and SBC. You’ve got a woofer and a tweeter on each side, and since there are so many ways to ensure you have the right seal, audio quality is pretty great. I’d say they do a better job than most in the highs, and balance the lows enough to not rumble in your ear. In a word, they’re pretty crisp, but through the app, you can modify this behavior to your heart’s content.

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Now another thing I wished they brought from the Buds+ is their battery life. Those were just legendary at 10+ hours, but I understand larger drivers will take a hit. In my testing I did get the 5 hours advertised, so they are on par with the Buds Pro, but not enough for a 6-hour transcontinental flight. Turning ANC off will give you up to 7.5 hours, but if that’s not your jam, the case will give you up to 3 charges, and the 5 minutes you’ll take to go to the bathroom will give you that extra hour of a charge you need to end the flight. To recharge the case, USB-C or Qi are all supported.

And then another thing I’m mixed about is the touch controls. Yes, capacitive controls are better than pushing buttons into your ears, but be prepared to get those controls wrong at least 3 out of 10 times, which only gets worse if your hands are wet.

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That said, something cool is that even if the Samsung ecosystem is a selling point, you’re not forced to stick to it. They work fine with other phones, and even on a Galaxy, you can call on your voice service of choice, be that Amazon’s service, Bixby for the proud few, or the Google Assistant. Given their crisp output, I actually find myself using them mostly for listening to Audio Books.

To conclude, I think calling the Galaxy Buds2 an evolution to the Buds+ would be a huge understatement. They don’t really replace the Galaxy Buds Pro but provide the right amount of everything for you to not need to pay extra. It’s as if Samsung is not afraid to cannibalize its own product if it’s discovered new technologies that are ready to put on the market.

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In a vacuum where all you have are Galaxy Buds or AirPods, this would be my top pick right now. The problem is that you and I know they’re not alone. I think Amazon’s Echo Buds in particular are just too good for the money, but their ecosystem doesn’t include other Samsung products as well as it includes other Amazon products.

    Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
    Galaxy Buds 2 are the latest TWS product from Samsung, which promises a great listening experience with ANC in a new lightweight design. At $149.99, it is hard to ignore them, especially if you already own a smartphone from Samsung.

Given how Samsung’s ecosystem has matured over the past 3 years, I’d say the Galaxy Buds2 would be my top pick right now. They stand well on their own and play well with other Samsung or even Android products better than most. If you’re in the market for a new pair of buds, I have no problem recommending that you give these a try.




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Fiio FF3 Dual Cavity Wired Earphones With Drum-Like Design Launched in India: All Details

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Fiio FF3 drum-type dual-cavity wired earphones have been launched in India, priced at Rs. 9,990. The new headset is a part of Fiio’s well-established range of mid-range audiophile-grade wired earphones, and features an interchangeable plug with support for both 3.5mm and 4.4mm headphone jacks. The earpieces of the Fiio FF3 have a drum-type design, which provides an outer-ear fit that promises better comfort, is said to enhance bass, and allows for large 14.2mm dynamic drivers.

Fiio FF3 earphones price and availability

The Fiio FF3 wired headset are priced at Rs. 9,990 in India, but is available on the company’s India website at a discounted price of Rs. 8,399 at the time of writing. The earphones are available in two colours – elegant black and cosmic silver. Included in the sales package are two plugs for connectivity, sponge covers for the earpieces to improve comfort, and a hard carry case.

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Fiio FF3 earphones specifications and features

The Fiio FF3 dual-cavity earphones have a drum-type design that provides an outer-ear fit, which many consider more comfortable than the in-canal fit. This also allows for the earphones to have larger drivers; each earpiece has a 14.2mm dynamic driver, and the design of the casing is said to improve bass output. The changeable sponge covers are said to have an effect on the sonic signature for sound customisation.

The earphones have a frequency response range of 20-20,000Hz, a sensitivity rating of 105dB, and interchangeable plugs for connectivity, with 3.5mm and 4.4mm headphone jacks supported through the plugs. The headset weighs around 31g, and has a cord length of 1.2m.

The Fiio F3 earphones are meant for audiophiles looking at the more comfortable outer-ear fit, and have an impedance rating of 45Ohms, which means that the headset can be driven by most smartphones, budget audio players, and DACs.


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Best deals today: Google Pixel 6 Pro, Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop, iPad Pro, and more

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Amazon’s latest deals come with excellent news for Pixel fans. The Google Pixel 6 Pro is now available for just $649 after receiving a very attractive discount that will get you $250 savings. The Google Pixel 6 Pro usually sells for $899, and it comes packed with Google’s proprietary Tensor chip, 128GB storage, 12GB RAM, a killer camera that will deliver some of the best shots on the market and other great features. This model also comes fully unlocked so that you can use it on the network of your choice.

Suppose you want a more affordable option that also sports the same fast and snappy software and a fantastic camera. In that case, you can also check out the regular Google Pixel 6 that now goes for just $499 after receiving a $100 discount. And if that’s still too much for your budget, you can also consider purchasing a new 2022 version of the Moto G Stylus that now sells for $200 after scoring the same $100 savings.

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Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop

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We have also spotted some interesting deals for gamers, as the Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop is now available for $3,208 after receiving a 13 percent discount that translates to more than $490 savings. This deal also comes with a special promo that will get you 6 free months of VEGAS Post 365, an amazing video tool for creators that includes everything you need for video editing, motion graphics, image composition, live streaming, and sound design.

The Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop comes packed with a powerful 14-core Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics, and a 15.6-inch QHD display that will deliver up to 240Hz refresh rates. And if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, you can also consider going for the Razer Blade 15, which comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and 15.6-inch FHD display with 360Hz that sells for $1,999 after scoring a 26 percent discount that will get you $700 savings. And you can complete your gaming package with a HyperX Pulsefire Dart Wireless RGB Gaming Mouse that sells for $40 after an insane 60 percent discount.

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The Razer Blade 15 features a powerful 14-core Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics, and a 15.6-inch QHD display.

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Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro has been receiving tons of attention during the last couple of weeks, and you can now get yours for as low as $700 after the latest 12 percent discount that will get you $100 savings on the Wi-Fi-only model that packs 128GB storage space under the hood. This model also features a stunning 11-inch Liquid Retina Display with ProMotion, Apple’s M1 processor, an all-day battery, and support for the second-generation Apple Pencil that’s now available for just $99.

If you want more storage space and a $149 discount, you can also opt for the 1TB model in Space Gray that now sells for $1,350 after seeing a 10 percent discount. However, Amazon is also letting you save on some of its Fire tablets, starting with the Fire HD 8, which now sells for $50 after a $40 discount on its 32GB storage model with an ad-supported lock screen. And if you want a larger display, you can also consider the Fire HD 10 tablet that now sells for $100 after a $50 discount.

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Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro comes powered by Apple’s M1 processor, which means you get the same performance as its larger brother, but with a smaller canvas.

Jabra Elite 85t

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Jabra is also starting to give us incredible deals on some of the company’s best earphones, starting with the Jabra Elite 85t that are now listed for just $140. These excellent, truly wireless earbuds with advanced noise-canceling usually sell for $230, which means that you can purchase a pair and take advantage of this $90 discount. However, you will have to stick with the Titanium Black and Copper Black color options, as the Gold Beige variant is even more expensive than the regular models.

The Jabra Elite 85t will deliver up to 25 hours of battery life with their wireless charging case, crystal clear calls, and other great features. However, you can also opt for a more affordable pair of Jabra Elite 7 Active in-Ear Bluetooth Earbuds that now sell for $116 after a $64 discount.

And if that’s still too much for your wallet, you can also consider heading over to Woot.com, where you will find the third generation AirPods selling for just $110 after a 39 percent discount, or get the AirPods Pro for $135 after a 46 percent discount. Just remember that these earphones are available in Grade A Refurbished condition before you pull the trigger.

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The Jabra Elite 85t True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds feature cutting-edge technology for crystal clear calls and an outstanding music experience that will go for up to 25 hours, thanks to its compact Qi-certified charging case.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 G95NA Gaming Monitor

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Finally, we have the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Gaming Monitor receiving a massive 30 percent discount, which means you can take this baby home for $1,600. The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Gaming Monitor usually sells for $1,600, so this deal will get you $600 savings. It also comes with a curved 4K UHD Mini LED display capable of reaching 240Hz refresh rates, 1ms response times, and other great features.

You can also get the same 49-inch curved monitor with a QLED display and 120Hz refresh rates for $900 after a $300 discount, in case you’re budget is limited. However, if you can go all out, we suggest you check out the latest 55-inch Odyssey Ark 4K UHD 165Hz 1ms Quantum Mini-LED Curved Gaming Screen, which is now receiving a $100 discount when you reserve yours. It is now available for $3,500, in case you’re interested.

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Mivi DuoPods F50 TWS Earphones With 13mm Drivers, 50 Hours of Playtime Launched in India: Price, Specifications

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Mivi DuoPods truly wireless stereo (TWS) earphones were launched in India on Tuesday. The earbuds are equipped with 13mm drivers. The company claims that these earbuds can provide up to 50 hours of playtime combined with the charging case. They sport a sleek metallic finish and are designed to offer passive noise cancellation for an immersive auditory experience. In addition, the case features a USB Type-C port for fast charging support. Both earbuds are also equipped with a micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) microphone for crystal clear calls.

Mivi DuoPods F50 price in India, availability

The Mivi DuoPods F50 price in India is set at Rs. 999, which is an introductory price, according to the company. Meanwhile, regular pricing for the earbuds is yet to be announced. The earphones are available via Flipkart. Mivi has launched the earphones in Black, Blue, Pink, and White colour options.

Mivi DuoPods F50 specifications, features

The newly launched Mivi DuoPods F50 TWS earphones feature 13 mm electro-dynamic bass drivers. They support Bluetooth v5.1 connectivity and are said to have a wireless range of up to 10 metres. They are compatible with AAC and SBC audio codecs. These earbuds have a frequency response range of 20Hz to 20,000Hz.

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The earphones are claimed to offer up to 8.5 hours of playtime. They are also claimed to provide a total of up to 50 hours of playtime with the charging case. In addition. a quick 10-minute charge is said to add up to 10 hours of battery backup. Mivi says that the charging case and the earbuds take up to an hour to get fully charged.

The Mivi DuoPods F50 sport a metallic finish and have an IPX4 rating for water resistance. They sport capacitive touch controls for managing volume, music, and calls, and are compatible with Google Assistant and Siri. The operating temperature range of these earbuds is -5 to 45 degrees Celsius, as per the company.


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