Samsung Level U Review

Connectivity


The setup process is a cinch! While there’s no NFC option here, simply pressing and holding the pause/play button while switching the unit on places it into pairing mode – where we’re able to connect it to a Samsung Galaxy S6 Active.

Its reach is pretty long too, seeing that we’re able to maintain a connection for up to 20 feet before noticing it cutting in-and-out. What’s really nice, too, is that it offers notifications too – both audible and vibrations. For example, when an email is received, it’s said out loud through the earbuds. In addition, there’s an option to use the ‘Connection manager’ section of the Samsung Level app to sniff out the Level U in the event it’s misplaced (think radar detection). Of course, that’s as long as it’s connected via Bluetooth.

Performance

It’s decent to use for music listening, but there are some challenges with phone calls.

The premium stuff from the Level line enthralled us with their quality, but for the modestly priced Samsung Level U, we don’t have nearly the same level of exuberance with its performance. Using it for music listening, the 12mm drivers manage to muster up a mostly clean quality – though, it’s a bit on the lighter and thinner side. Sure, there’s a subtle amount of attention placed on the lows, but the overall quality isn’t something we’d classify as commanding. Hey, at least it doesn’t exhibit any irritating strain at the loudest volume setting.

How about phone calls? It’s decent, usable enough as long as there’s not a ton of background noise to overpower our own voice. Samsung claims that the dual-microphone system provides noise reduction and echo cancellation, but we only experience it doing the latter. While its volume output is ample, background noise in the environment makes it tough for us to sometimes comprehend voices – there’s barely any sort of suppression to isolate tones through the earbuds.

Battery

It goes beyond Sammy’s claim of 10 hours.

Factoring its size, we were surprised to find the Samsung Level U delivering over 12 hours of battery life using it primarily for music listening. That’s a little over the 10 hours that Samsung claims, which is more than ample for us using it for a couple of hours each day at the gym throughout the week. Along the rear compartment, there’s a flap that hides away the headphone’s microUSB port for charging.

Conclusion


Thinking about it more, it’s tough for us to wrap our head around Samsung’s decision to include this in its Level series – just because it consists mostly of high-end audio gear. That realization is made more obvious when we look at the Samsung Level U’s sticker tag of $69.99, which we gladly like for being super affordable, unlike the comparable offerings, but it still boggles us as to why it’s a part of the Level series.

Indeed, the pricing makes it an attractive option if you’re looking for something simple that works for an assortment of occasions, but don’t expect the same impeccable audio quality we’ve seen in the other Level series headphones. At the end of the day, it’s good enough if you can tolerate its middle-of-the-road audio quality.



Pros

  • Thin and lightweight design
  • Affordable $70 cost
  • Snug fit with the stabilizing wing ear gels
  • Notifications system

Cons

  • Thin sounding audio quality
  • Microphone picks up background noise
  • Tough to use in noisy environments

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

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13 Comments

1. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Level U

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think PA you need to do more wearable tech reviews. Since more and more of this stuff is coming to market.

10. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Only s-heeps will pay for such a PoS.

2. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Level U ... better than "turd" Bluetooth headsets. I mean who walks around wearing them¿¿ ^Bm ™

13. lgiang

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 10, 2015

Me!!!!! A HOLE!!!!

3. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

How poor PA gets that it's start reviewing heads**ts hahaha How about some quality instead of quantity your reviews sucks in all ways.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think they need to do more wearable reviews. If PA reviews sucks in all ways, then here is a quick solution for you. Then Don't come here.

12. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

This was a new review but it's still sucks you know sites like gsmarena have reviews with like 10 pages of course PA one sucks in front of them PA is only good for news.

4. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

How about PA you do a review of display Fonts and which attracts most liking in smartphones?? ;) ^Bm ™

5. gaming64 unregistered

I use Apple Earpods and I can compare it to this.

6. RajRicardo

Posts: 504; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Sony SBH80 \,,/

9. waddup121 unregistered

U Level, I level!.

11. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

I wonder if this would be more practical than the Gear Circle for running. I'm still looking for a good wireless headset when I'm on the treadmill or road running

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