Samsung - Gear IconX 2018 True Wireless Earbud Headphones - Black

Work out to music with these wireless Samsung Gear IconX earbuds. Their built-in 3.4GB capacity stores more than 1,000 music tracks, and their auto-tracking mode detects your movement to record your fitness stats automatically. These Bluetooth-enabled Samsung Gear IconX earbuds also let you take calls when your phone is nearby.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Gear IconX 2018 True Wireless Earbud Headphones
    • Charging Case
    • USB cable
    • Wingtips & Eartips (S, M, L)
    • USB Connector (USB Type-B)
    • USB Connector (USB Type-C)
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    82% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (199 out of 244)

    Features


    Completely cord-free

    Just plug your lightweight Gear IconX buds into each ear and turn up the tunes. With no cords or wires to untangle, it's really that simple.

    Control your phone

    Tap or swipe your earbuds to switch to the next song, answer a call and turn on ambient sound. Or just speak commands via Bixby or Google Voice.

    Bluetooth 4.2 interface

    Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device. Supports HFP, A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles.

    Up to 7 hours of battery life

    With the freedom of a completely wireless design and long-lasting battery power, you can move to the music at every workout while keeping track of how far you go.

    Wireless charging case

    The Gear IconX case doubles as a charger, so you can power up from just about anywhere.

    Built-in microphone

    Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.

    Snug and comfortable design

    Adjustable wing and ear tips that come in small, medium and large. So no matter how much you move these earbuds stay in place.

    4GB of internal memory

    Store up to 1,000 songs and then listen to them by using controls on the earbuds. Plus, if you want to hear what's going on around you in addition to your music, you can turn on the ambient sound setting.

    Keep track of fitness

    Let Gear IconX help you achieve workout goals. Perform your best during runs with coaching from real-time voice guidance. Track your speed, distance, and calories burned via Samsung Health.


    Customer rating

    4.1
    82%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    3.6

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Amazing sound, lightweight and great features

      Posted
      Dubiswub
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      PROS: Build quality feels solid and has a premium look and feel; Lightweight; Low profile and sleek appearance; Comes with multiple sizes for ear wings and plugs for the right fit, which also helps reduce outside noise; Amazing call clarity, after multiple calls I've been told that the mic quality is clear and does not easily pick up ambient noise; Clear mids and highs and has some surprising bass for the size; 4-5 hours of solid bluetooth streaming battery life; Carrying case charges the earbuds and they charge up quickly with the fast charging feature like the Note8; Carrying case is tiny and fits in your pocket; Ambient noise function is useful when you need to hear your surroundings (like at the office); Works with Google and Bixby to listen to commands like pulling up your music with your phone in your pocket; Has an option to help find your missing buds (using the gear app); Auto-detect workout feature (like in the Gear S3, but not as reliable on measurements); and Pairing is effortless but the first update takes a while to load. CONS: Some connectivity issues, you must be within 4-5 feet of your phone or the connection starts to cut out; Issues where one earbud was louder than the other or wouldn't connect at all (this was fixed by placing both into the case to disconnect then taking them out again, this uncommonly happened when I would go from one earbud to two; Ambient sound option only picks up direct in mic noise, so it does not help pick up echoes (which is helpful for clear phone conversations); Ambient sound option is automatically off having one earbud in; No wall adapter in box; Lack of an on/off feature on the earbuds themselves; The case is pretty much required to be on you to store your earbuds and keep them off and prevent them from draining out; and Using the smallest wing tips have issues charging in their case. I normally use these earbuds while at the office, at the airport or while at the gym or running. They have never fallen out or that I felt were loose. Right away I was blown away at the clarity of my music stream and how the seal was able to keep outside noise out. Having about 4 hours of battery life can get pretty rough during a workday when you want more, but the charging case makes up for it. The swipe controls can get a little finicky, but you get used to working them. Overall I have been incredibly happy with these and have recommended them to friends.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing Wireless Earbuds

      Posted
      JoeJoeyJosephA
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Overall, the IconX 2018 are now the perfect wireless earbuds. The 2018 earbuds have improved comfort, sound, battery life, and Bluetooth connection over the 2016 earbuds. I use them daily and they are my primary Bluetooth headphones and headset. IconX 2018 Comfort, 9/10 Sound, 9/10 Connection, 9/10 Battery, 10/10 Size, 10/10 IconX 2016 Comfort, 7/10 Sound, 8/10 Connection, 8/10 Battery, 8/10 Size, 10/10 Over-ear, noise-canceling headphones (for gaming at home or movie on airplane) Comfort, 10/10 Sound, 10/10 Connection, 3/10 wired Battery, 10/10 (1x AAA every month or 2) Size, 2/10 After using the Samsung Gear IconX 2018 for a month, I am happy to say these are overall near-perfect wireless earbuds. The fit is even more comfortable than the IconX 2016, so I can wear them for hours (yardwork, biking, etc.) with no problem. They have never fallen out even while running. It was easy to the find the right fit from the 3 included 3 wingtips. The sound is great too. Better than the IconX 2016, but not my over-the-ear, noise-canceling headphones. The earbuds are improved for fit, making a great seal to keep in the bass and keep out most noise. The Bluetooth connection is solid overall but did skip once or twice if my phone was buried in my bag. Loading MP3 music from my PC or phone was easy, just go through the Samsung gear app. The swip motions (skip, pause, volume up/down) are still sensitive and responsive with better accuracy. I love having wireless music without my phone while at the gym or on the go! Stay in the zone without dealing with wired earbuds or a phone! The included case keeps them together while charging them. The IconX 2018 has better charging management than the 2016. Occasionally the IconX 2016 would flash a red error while charging (so you had to open & close the case and unplug & plug in the USB cable to reset). The IconX 2018 has not had any problems charging the earbuds or the case. Samsung also moved the ear sensor from the bottom of the 2016 to the inside of the 2018. It is smaller and better able to sense that is in the ear. Occasionally, the sensor on the 2016 earbuds would point slightly out of the ear (only for people with small ears) and think it was taken out and shut down. I got my pair at a discount through a promotion, but this review is my own honest opinion.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Untethered brilliance with a slight learning curve

      Posted
      probi
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Samsung's latest addition to the exploding wireless earbud market is an excellent extension of your phone as well as a stand-alone entertainment system. However, there may be a slight learning curve for some users. To start with what makes the IconX great is the sound. Whether you are streaming music or accessing a playlist from the 4GB Storage capacity, the sound quality is very good. When you place them in your ear, you need to do a slight twist, so they firmly sit in your ear, but at that point, there is no concern of them falling out during a workout. With this fit, there are some noise canceling affects that are nice. Samsung also offers an Ambient Sound feature (from the app) that allows you to hear outside conversations so that you do not need to constantly remove the earbuds during use. Another aspect I appreciate about these earbuds is that you don’t have tiny dongles hanging out of your ears which I find to look ridiculous. Next, I love the fact that Samsung included the 4GB storage capabilities (approx. 1000 MP3s), which allows you to detach from your phone when working out or using the earbuds. This also helps extend the battery life a bit. A nice bonus with the IconX charging case is that it will provide your earbuds 1-2 full charges when it is not plugged in, which is an excellent backup feature when you are on the go. The only thing that I would say took a little getting used to is the touchpad controls. Occasionally as I am trying to play/pause music (one tap) or forward to the next song (two taps), I inadvertently start a workout (tap and hold). I have registered a few 0km workouts. However, the workout features are great, and I find to be very accurate. The assisted coaching capabilities can help push you a little further. I tested out the call features with my wife, and she indicated that my voice was very clear and equal if not better than when using the phone as I tend to move the device a lot when speaking. All-in-all, I love these earbuds for working out, doing work around the house, and listening to while I am at work. They have made music even more accessible and are certainly a leader in the wireless earbud market.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Exactly what I wanted!

      Posted
      Hayleyy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I needed true wireless headphones for the gym. Nothing is more frustrating than getting into a good workout only to snag the cord on your ear buds and yank them out. Ouch. The sound quality is awesome (except when the batter starts to get low and they crackle a bit). The volume can actually get quite loud as well! I use these while running, on the elliptical, lifting weights, doing plyometrics- all while sweating like crazy! These headphones stayed perfect in place for me. The touch controls were also surprisingly easy for me to pick up on. The ambient sound mode is an awesome feature! It also has the ability to filter voices specifically, which is helpful so that you aren't removing them to hear someone speaking to you, just turn the music volume down a little (ambient noise volume is controlled separately through the app). The battery life is great too! I haven't measured it precisely, but I've used them at the gym all week, and I go for a minimum of 2 hours every day, just replacing them into the charging case when I'm done (after cleaning them a bit) and I am able to use them day after day! Occasionally I will plug the case in to charge for a little while before/ after a workout real quick just for that extra sense of security (nobody wants to lose music during a good sweat sesh AmIRight?). Another thing I didn't see advertised or reviewed with these before I purchased is the ability to take calls with the headphones in. You can use the touch controls to answer and end calls, the other person had no trouble hearing me (and not the background noise of the gym might I add). I also didn't feel the need to shout to be heard, and the voice quality was top notch! Awesome for the days after you do arms/ chest/ back when you're sore and don't want to hold your phone up to your ear during a call! The only issue I have is that even using the smallest of attachments, they are still pretty big for my ears, though I do have veryy small ears. Getting them in took some time to figure out (just pinch the top of your ear when placing them and pull up while pushing the bud in), but once I got that down, they go right in first try and don't move at all. The manual was a little confusing so let me tell you- these are meant to sit IN your ear, with the top attachment resting INSIDE of the little fold of your ear. That's how they keep in place so well. They do leave a little pain where the top of the ear bud rests if I leave them in for more than a couple hours, but I think that's mostly because my ears are so small. All in all, I am very happy with these, as they are my first wireless headphones they have exceeded my expectations! **I bought the gray (love the color, more gray though and less white like the pictures seem, not a big difference though still very cute). I use them with my Samsung Galaxy S8. Very easy to connect and they auto connect every time you open the case.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Great Idea Poor Execution

      Posted
      JeffTheMarine
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      I read the online reviews on these prior to purchasing and I was skeptical about getting them but wanting something without a cord and thought the interfacing between the my phone (S7) and the headphones would be great. The interfacing was good but that was about it. Real life battery time came in at around 5.5hours with it taking roughly 1.75 hours for a full recharge from the case. You will need to expect to be disappointed by the touch controls. They are again a great idea but they fall short constantly. I found myself reaching up to change tracks or adjust volume levels to actual have to reach up again and restart my music as it had stopped instead of quieting. HERE IS THE BIGGEST ISSUES WITH THESES HEADPHONES: Constant connection issues with mine. It may be for only a short period but I only owned mine for 1.5 days before returning them and in that time I had about 6 disconnections between the two headphones where one would continue and one would disconnect and then quickly reconnect. It was brief but annoying none the less. The morning of having them the second day I received a phone call where one headphone quit working during the call then came back in in stereo then after the call had the differing volume issue that everyone complains about so I returned them. I will say that I also had a constant issue with any time I bent or was kneeling they would cut out until I stood up or straightened my leg. As far as fit and finish go I will say the #2 felt loose and the #3 felt too large in my ear. I tried a combination of the two and that didn't seem to work either. I ended up settling on the #2 and got use to the loose fit. I didn't get the opportunity to attempt exercising in these as they stopped working almost immediately upon receiving them but I don't feel like they would have stayed in very well had I gone jogging with them and the #2 and the #3 would have hurt on anything more than a 10 minute run. To sum up I think these are a fantastic idea but I don't think that Samsung has got it here. The reviews that I read prior to purchasing said that the first iteration was the mistake and this was the fixed upgraded better product...well news flash people they still don't have it. Save your money it isn't time to go full cordless yet.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Better than ALL the REST

      Posted
      Tri32
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Tried the follow list (see below) in the span of 2 weeks and they all failed me except the new Samsung. My goal was to have a in-ear headphone that sounds great, easy to charge, long battery life, compact, and most importantly stay in my ear comfortably while I shoot around on the basketball court or exercise. If your requirements are similar to mine, then save yourself the time. Below is the list of items that I tried and why they failed. I rarely write a review but I hope my experience can save you time in getting the right one for you. Bought a second pair in black for my son. Take care. Bose SoundSport Free wireless headphones - $249; (Failed in fit since it was not a true in-ear system. Feels like it was ready to fall out. Also, it's too big and sticking out of my ear like I have a giant earing when you see yourself in the mirror. Sony - WF 1000X True Wireless In-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones - $199; (Failed - Poor noise cancelling and not loud enough. Fit was good for in-ear. Jabra - Elite Sport True Wireless Earbud - $299 (Failed - Did not fit well in-ear and not loud enough) JAM - Ultra True Wireless In-Ear Headphones - $99 (Failed - did not fit well and poor sound quality) Rowkin - Bit Stereo Bluetooth Headset - $99 (Failed - Worst of them all in sound quality and did not fit well) Jaybird - X3 Sport Wireless In-Ear Headphones - $99 (Failed - awful in sound and charging was clamp versus plug in like most made for a horrible user experience. Second worst.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Cool concept, but returned them twice

      Posted
      Gabe
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I own several Samsung products to include the phone and the watch so I figured that this would be perfect to connect to both of my devices. The headphones were packaged very professionally and very neatly. Everything in the box was well packaged and easy to distinguish. The charging case is small and portable which makes it nice for carrying around in your pocket. The headphones themselves fit comfortably with the medium tips and offer good noise isolation which is great if you want to run outside when it's windy. The sound is great and clear, but not as great as the Bose Soundsport Free headphones which I bought after returning these. The swiping and tapping function on the headphone takes some getting used to but is a cool feature. Sometimes the headphones detect a swipe as a tap and a tap as a swipe. You just have to get used to them. The fact that you can put music files on you headphones is fantastic. That means that you can go running with just your headphones and don't have to take your phone or anything else. The Samsung connect/Gear app is cool to have because it tells you the songs that are on your headphones as well as the battery life of each headphone and which one is currently set up as the exercise coach. The exercise coach is a cool feature but I didn't use it that much but it's nice to have some "encouragement" during a workout. The first pair I bought I listened to in a noisy environment with no issues and I couldn't hear much of the surrounding noise unless I chose the ambient sound option on the headphones. HOWEVER, I took the right headphone out of my ear while listening to music instead of pausing it because it's easier and when I put it back in my ear, the sound for the right earbud was equal to half of the left. Resetting the headphones didn't work, nor did letting the battery drain. This was after the 3rd use of the headphones. I returned them and got my money back. The same thing happened to the second pair that I bought. For being $200 this should not happen twice within a week of purchasing the headphones. That's why I give this product a 1/5 stars. I really wanted these to work and really wanted to love them but listening to a song that's loud in one ear and quiet in the other is very frustrating.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Not What I Hoped

      Posted
      SexyLadyL
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I really wanted to like these earbuds. I really did. I just had too many issues to give them a better rating. I'll start with the obvious fact that although I ordered pink, my shipping paperwork says pink, and it clearly says pink on this review, the earbuds I received were NOT pink... They were black. If I had wanted black, humdrum earbuds, I certainly would never have spent this kind of money on them! Now, to the product... I DID like that each earbud is able to work independently of each other. Volume, answering calls, changing the station, etc can all be done with each earbud, or both. That's good because if you use your Bluetooth device a lot, you can get twice the usage from 1 charge... wear 1 while the other is charging. This set of earbuds pairs with the Samsung Gear app, which can be useful, but it can also be a real pain if you don't care for your phone telling you to workout even if you aren't trying to! There is a built-in equalizer which can be adjusted to your own taste. There's also a "find" feature for those days when you misplace 1 of your earbuds. The battery life seemed better than some units I've tried. The ear gels are incredibly thin and flimsy, not to mention uncomfortable and extremely difficult to put on. The sound quality is very good but still not enough to convince me to use them...

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about reliability, size, sound and comfort. Editors have mixed opinions about usability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 96/100 = Excellent quality.
    • Tom's GuideRating, 3.5 out of 5Caitlin McGarry on April 18, 2018
      Samsung Gear IconX (2018) Review: These Wireless Buds Have Stamina
      With improved battery life, Samsung's upgraded Gear IconX is a solid pair of wire-free fitness earphones. The buds fit perfectly (in my experience), sound great and now can last for a few days' worth of workouts on a charge. The deep GalaxyFull Review
    • ZDNetRating, 4.4 out of 5February 13, 2018
      Samsung Gear IconX (2018) review: Comfortable, long-lasting wireless earbuds that are perfect for running and the gym
      One of the best products I bought in 2017 was the Apple Airpods and not so much for the quality of the audio or the fit, but for the convenience of connectivity and charging. The Apple Airpods were not the first truly wireless headset, but theFull Review
    • cnet.co.ukRating, 3.5 out of 5David Carnoy on December 14, 2017
      Samsung Gear IconX 2018 review
      Samsung beat Apple to the punch when it unveiled its first "truly wireless" headphones back in June 2016, six months before the now-iconic AirPods . And unlike Apple, Samsung's original Gear IconX headphones included heart-rate monitoring, tooFull Review
    • Phone ArenaRado Slavov on November 28, 2017
      Samsung Gear IconX 2018 wireless headphones Review
      Samsung was among the first companies to join the truly wireless headphones party with its Gear IconX last year. So, this year Samsung is back with a new edition of the Gear IconX earbuds, and with that come a few welcome changes to the product.Full Review
    • which.co.ukNovember 11, 2017
      Samsung Gear IconX 2018 review
      The Gear IconX headphones are Samsung's latest stab at high-end cordless earbuds, following up last year's product of the same name. They promise to improve on areas such as battery life and sound, as well as introducing new features. Can SamsungFull Review
    • WIREDRating, 3 out of 5Jeffrey Van Camp on November 2, 2017
      Review: Samsung Gear IconX (2018)
      These wireless buds are decent, but there's still room for improvement.Full Review
    • SlashGearRating, 4 out of 5Chris Davies on October 30, 2017
      Samsung Gear IconX (2018) Review
      Calling Bluetooth earbuds "cordless" when they still have a cord connecting them always seemed like a cheat to me, so I had high hopes for the Samsung Gear IconX 2018 edition . Revamping the original wire-free earbuds of last year with moreFull Review
    • Digital TrendsRating, 3 out of 5Ryan Waniata on October 30, 2017
      Samsung Gear IconX 2018 review
      Longer battery life and new features nudge Samsung's next-gen IconX forward.Full Review



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