After an intensive six-month upgrade cycle for four consecutive Galaxy Buds releases, Samsung seems to be slowing down a bit, skipping the early 2022 addition to its already extensive family of AirPods alternatives to (hopefully) the next-gen Pro model (expected in August) better.
In the meantime, the first-generation Galaxy Buds Pro and the Galaxy Buds 2 released in August 2021, of course, remain some of the best true wireless earbuds money can buy… especially if you can buy (one of) them for just $49.99.
That’s right, boys and girls on a budget, fifty dollars is currently enough to get you a pair of cool noise-cancelling earbuds with first-class sound and excellent battery life in graphite or lavender colors… have no problem buying the refurbished Galaxy Buds. 2 route to follow.
Of course, that can be risky and inconvenient when you’re doing business with a less-than-reputable merchant, which is the opposite of how we’d normally describe Best Buy. The retailer’s Geek Squad program is about as reliable as these things come, so you’re essentially looking at paying a whopping and completely unprecedented $100 less than usual for like new Galaxy Buds 2 units are guaranteed to work flawlessly out of the box.
Speaking of precedents, Geek Squad refurbs have of course been available in the past at great prices like $60 or $70, rivaling and arguably virtually all best cheap wireless earbuds out there with their aforementioned active noise cancellation, audio performance and battery durability as well as very slim and discreet design, IPX2 water resistance and excellent clarity of voice calls.
In short, you almost certainly can’t do better than this for $49.99 right now.