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Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 Review Rundown

Microsoft | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Microsoft Surface Headphones 2
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • Good call quality
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Microsoft's original Surface Headphones were surprisingly good considering the company had never made noise-canceling headphones before. Microsoft's second attempt, the Surface Headphone 2, look less like a new version, and more like an acknowledgment that it charged too much for the first Surface Head headphones. The $249 headphones offer longer battery life, better noise cancelling, and improved audio performance. They're not the best headphones you'll ever hear, but they're all damn good.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 56%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's over-ear noise-canceling Surface Headphones 2 were released earlier in 2020. The headphone retains the same design but now comes in black and light gray. The headphones are designed to easily connect to Windows computers (they now feature Bluetooth 5.0 instead of Bluetooth 4.2)
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable design
  • Works with Windows PCs and Macs
  • Good battery life
  • Improved noise canceling
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's original Surface Headphones were surprisingly good considering the company had never made noise-canceling headphones before. The new model has an identical design with the same minimalist aesthetic. Battery life is now a claimed 20 hours with ANC turned on, but still a far cry from even a budget-priced set of ANC headphones.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent call quality
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Pricey compared to the competition

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The $249 Surface Headphones 2 offer longer battery life, better noise cancelling and improved audio performance. Microsoft has the headphones rated at an estimated 20 hours of battery life with ANC enabled. Similar to the Surface Earbuds, the Surface Headphone 2 lets you do some cool stuff with certain Office 365 programs.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Long battery life
  • Improved noise cancelling
  • Great audio performance
  • Good call quality
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as the Bose
  • Mediocre call quality

rtings[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 are the next generation of the Microsoft Surface Wireless Headphones. They have a bass-heavy, boomy sound with an underemphasized treble range out-of-the-box. These headphones have great active noise cancelling, so you can hear what's being said on the other line more clearly. They can simultaneously pair with up to two devices at a time, and operate on Bluetooth version 5.0 and support the aptX codec.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Great active noise cancelling
  • Comfortable over-ear
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre noise isolation performance
  • Poor passive soundstage

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 are the tech giant's second pair of noise-cancelling headphones. They offer a ton of great improvements over the original over-ear headphones, while retaining some of their best qualities. Battery life has been increased by five hours from the original Surface headphones, bringing the total playback time to 20 hours. The ANC has been specifically tuned to block out the human voice, and this makes them ideal for working from home.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable design
  • Great noise cancellation
  • Great battery life
  • Great connectivity
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

theverge[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
The Surface Headphones 2 retain the understated design of their predecessors. On your head, they are pleasantly cozy, thanks to their spongy, big ear pads. Microsoft's noise canceling isn't quite as effective as what Bose or Sony can achieve. They still offer a well-rounded sound signature that can move across genres.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable ear cups
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 are sold for $250 at major online retailers, including Amazon and Best Buy. Equipped with touch panels, on-ear detection, digital assistant support, and dials on both ear cups, these are arguably the most intuitive wireless headphones available. The Surface Headphone 2 weighs the same at 10.2 ounces, which is heavier than competitors such as the Bose 700 and Sony WH-1000xM3 (9.7 ounces)
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent on-ear controls
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable, comfortable fit
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't work well in hot environments

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Surface Headphones 2 are Microsoft's second bite of the headphone cherry. Cheaper, and now furnished with aptX for Bluetooth, has Microsoft unlocked more of the Surface Headphones' potential? The headphones come in two finishes with Microsoft introducing to the line-up… matte black. Other improvements include battery life boosted from 15 hours to up to 20 hours.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous build and finish
  • Comfortable and comfortable
  • Excellent noise-cancelling
Cons[**]
  • Battery life could be better

references

  1. 1. ^ Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 deliver more for less. Cnet. 14 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 review: Now a competitor. Digitaltrends. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 review. Laptopmag. 17 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 Wireless Headphones Review. Rtings. 19 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 review. Techradar. 01 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 review: perfect for work-from-home life . Theverge. 22 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 review. Tomsguide. 24 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. 8. ^ Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 Review. Trustedreviews. 06 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  9. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  10. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  11. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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