Today’s a big day for Microsoft. Not only it has released the Surface Book 3 and the Surface Go 2, but it’s also released Surface Earbuds and Surface Headphones 2.
We’ll have some more in-depth hands-on and review pieces coming soon, but before then, let’s give you all the information you need.
This is Microsoft‘s first product into the wireless market — and it is going to cost you $199. Microsoft first announced these earbuds back in October 2019, but now they’re officially available for purchase.
These earbuds can be touched in order to control music or receive calls.
Sound-wise, these earbuds feature custom-designed 13.6 mm drivers with what Microsoft calls “Surface Omnisonic” sound tuning. Microsoft claimed this was inspired by concerts, but we’ll have to wait and see what kind of gigs they’re talking about.
One of the big new is Microsoft Office integration.
This lets you listen to, reply to, and delete email through Outlook’s iOS app, all without even looking at your phone. If you host a lot of presentations, you can get live captions, and subtitles on-screen, including translation in more than 60 languages.
Microsoft says you can get eight hours of continuous listening with a single full charge and 24 hours of usage with charging through the case. Plus, you only need to charge them for just 10 minutes to get an hour of listening.
The Surface Earbuds are probably the biggest news, but that doesn’t mean we should overlook Microsoft’s Surface Headphones 2.
Not too much has changed in the headphone. There’s still a dial on the ear cup that allows you to select 13 levels of active noise-cancelation (ANC). They still sport 40mm “Free Edge” drivers. And you can still tap the sides of the headphones to control audio.
Let’s get deeper into the new elements of the Surface Headphones 2.
First up is the color. You can now get the Surface Headphones 2 in black, which is good news for people who hate the earlier grey color Microsoft seems unduly fond of.
Aside from that, the Surface Headphones 2 have Bluetooth 5.0 and now support aptX.
The battery life has also seen a jump from 15 to 20 hours when using ANC. There’s also a quick-charge feature that promises close to an hour of playback from 5 minutes charging.
Another thing that’s slightly fresher with the Surface Headphones 2 also includes rotatable ear cups and they also have the aforementioned Office integration. Which is definitely a gimmick.