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Samsung Gear IconX

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The Gear IconX are a little longer in the tooth compared to the successors that have come after them, but they are worth a look if you want something good enough to work out in, but aren’t willing to pay the price for the Galaxy Buds Pro.

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Best Workout Buds: Samsung Gear IconX

The Gear IconX are a little longer in the tooth compared to the successors that have come after them, but they are worth a look if you want something good enough to work out in, but aren’t willing to pay the price for the Galaxy Buds Pro. In many ways, the Gear IconX paved the way for the others on this list, as the overall design provided the foundation for what was to follow.

Admittedly, an IPX2 water-resistance rating is low by today’s standards for what one could consider “rugged,” but their matte finish makes them easier to wipe down and clean after you’re done. So long as you take care of them, you should be able to keep them going for a longer period. They also have a built-in workout detection that kicks in when you start getting active while paired with Samsung’s Health app, so that’s always a nice perk.

Sound quality retains much of Samsung’s sound signature. It won’t be quite as balanced or crisp as the newer models, but you shouldn’t run into too many problems there. The Galaxy Wearable app is always available to tweak that a little, and Ambient mode is always available on top of that.

You can expect up to five hours of battery life, but that will trend lower if you keep raising the volume. The case provides an extra two charges, yet is bigger than the others are. Plug in via USB-C and you can quick charge for 10 minutes to get up to an hour of playback.

9.6Expert Score
Samsung Gear IconX
PROS
  • Built-in fitness tracking
  • IPX2 water resistance rating
  • Good sound quality
  • Lightweight and comfortable design
CONS
  • Lackluster battery life compared to newer models

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