Samsung Level U Review
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.
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.
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.
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.