Founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Microsoft is known for its flexibility in terms of responding to changing technologies and making the best out of the opportunities present in front of them. Microsoft hasn’t failed to surprise us yet again by introducing it’s latest Surface Earbuds! That’s how you grow right?
With a minimalist concept applied in terms of the packaging, the Earbuds will arrive at a price of $200, according to what the company announced.
While the Earbuds rest inside the case, the packaging consists of a USB-C charging cable, two extra pairs of eartips, and product documents included. The device has a faster pairing feature when compared with the products previously launched by Google and Apple. So let’s dig deeper and talk about the features that make the Earbuds so unique!
You’d agree that the way these wireless headphones look is quite different since they’re a little bigger than the other wireless headphones. The reason behind the same is the presence of a touch-sensitive outer disk which can be used to control a bunch of functions like changing/skipping tracks, raising the volume, etc. On the other side of this is a soft silicon eartip accompanied by the innovative design of the four anchor points that enable the earbud to sit securely in your ear. The best part is that you get to find your perfect
size with three sets of interchangeable silicone ear tips.
With an IPX4 waterproof rating and eight hours of battery life with three additional charges, Earbuds have touch controls as mentioned before.
If you’re using the Earbuds with an IOS device, you can listen to, delete, and reply to emails while moving, thanks to the Play My Emails feature in the Outlook mobile app.
In addition to this, using the earbuds with PowerPoint on your PC gives you the feature to enable live captions and subtitles, both of which can be translated into one of more than 60 different languages.
Since it’s Microsoft, they’ve also added their dictation feature in the Earbuds wherein you can use your voice to dictate the content while the Microsoft Programs like Powerpoint, Outlook etc.
When we talk about the audio quality Microsoft offers, the Surface Earbuds contains custom-designed drivers that are precisely-tuned to provide a phenomenal acoustic experience.
Voice recognition and call quality is not compromised, thanks to the two microphones placed in each earbud. However, Microsoft will lose it’s brownie points for not taking care of active noise cancellation.
One would agree with the fact that Microsoft hasn’t yet figured out how to make the wearables look cool when worn by the consumers. When you look at the design, the huge earbuds resemble gauge earrings or maybe a giant coin. They’re not sleek and classy, but they look like uncomfortable-looking circles which might fall from your ears anytime soon. Whereas the Apple Airpods is something every millennial desire to possess, as it still maintains itself as a product people use for flexing. One would agree that Apple has an upper hand in terms of launching Airpods first since it has enabled the company to gain the user’s trust. Also, Airpods sound fancier than Earbuds any day.
When I look at the alternatives available in the market, companies like Google, Apple, or Samsung offer much better services in terms of battery, sound quality, or even wireless charging. The design of the wearables is a big disadvantage and Microsoft should consider changing it sometime in the future. When you look at the price, one would think twice before spending $200 on the earbuds, since there are cheaper alternatives available in the market. Yes, Microsoft has introduced pretty unique features when you look at the four-anchor points or the touch-sensitive outer-disk, and it also does enables the increase in the productivity of the user, but I feel that there’s a lot of room for improvement. I would recommend this device to businessmen/corporates since Microsoft kept their needs into focus while curating the Earbuds.