Microsoft continues to penetrate the audio market with the introduction of the new Microsoft Surface Earphones and Headphones 2.
The new Microsoft Surface Earphones is the company’s first true-wireless (TWS) earphones. Microsoft is moving away from the worn-out AirPods design that other copycats are following, and going with a rounded look that looks like a large dot in your ears.
The large surface is touch-sensitive that takes tap, touch, and swipe gestures that let you skip music, answer/end calls, enable voice assistant, and adjust the volume. It comes with three silicone ear tips to accommodate different ear sizes.
Each earbud comes with two microphones for better voice calls. Although, it lacks active noise canceling. The seal provided by the in-ear design is the only noise isolation you can get.
The Microsoft Surface Earphones webpage says that it has custom-designed 13.6mm drivers. Microsoft also claims that it can provide 24-hours of total music playback, including the juice inside the sleek battery case. It charges via USB Type-C, with a quick 10-minute charge provides up to 1 hour of playback.
It has an IPX4 waterproof rating, and available in a sole Light Gray color option for USB199.99 (~Php10,100).
If sound quality and noise cancellation is top priority and portability is not an issue, then here’s the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 for your consideration.
This one has large 40mm Free Edge drivers with up to 115db of output. And unlike the former, this one has active noise cancellation (ANC) with 13 adjustable levels.
Each cups have control dials. One of the left lets you intuitively adjust the ANC levels, while the one on the right lets you adjust the volume. You can also touch and tap the middle panel to skip music, answer/end calls, and summon voice assistant.
The Surface Headphones 2 has two microphones on each ear to clearly pick-up your voice for making calls or text dictation.
Microsoft claims that it can reach for up to an impressive 20 hours of music playback over Bluetooth with ANC turned on. You can prolong that estimation by turning off ANC and plugging your device directly via the 3.5mm headphone input.
It then charges via USB Type-C, with a full 100% charge in under 2-hours.
The Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 works on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android and available for a price of USD249.99 (~Php12,600).