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Microsoft Surface Earbuds Review Rundown

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

Overview

Photo of Microsoft Surface Earbuds
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Swift Pair feature
  • Good call quality
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Microsoft Surface Earbuds offer solid value and an experience that no other pair of buds can currently match. They feature a comfortable design with intuitive touch control support. With all-day battery life thanks to the included wireless charging case, the Surface Earbuds offer access to innovative Microsoft 365 experience for your productivity besides enjoying rich music and clear calls.
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

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The $200 Surface Earbuds were originally unveiled at $250. Microsoft marketed them as a pair of true wireless earbuds made almost exclusively for the working professional. They support multi-device connections, so toggling between my phone and computer wasn't an issue. In programs like PowerPoint, Outlook and Microsoft Word, you can use your voice to dictate content.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, minimalist design
  • Excellent call quality
  • Competitive price
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Microsoft unveiled the Surface Earbuds at the company's annual Surface hardware event. The buds are pricey, at $249, but Microsoft has a reason for that. These aren't just earbuds, the company says. They're Surface products. The Surface lineup is all about bridging the gap between software and hardware.
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Pros[**]
  • Surface Duo folding phone is so different from every other folding phone on the market
  • Good sound quality
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
Microsoft's first truly wireless earbuds cost $199. They offer 8 hours of battery life on a single charge, good audio quality and some cool productivity tools. Measuring 1 (diameter) x 0.8 inches, the 0.3-ounce Surface Earbuds are definitely the widest truly wireless headphones I've used.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive battery life on a single charge
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Excellent productivity tools
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Microsoft Surface Earbuds are aptly named, as they don't seal off your ear canal the way earphones do. Sound quality is rich and crisp when a perfect fit is achieved, but more often than not, the ear-to-ear audio will be inconsistent. There's a decent sense of deep bass at times, but at top volumes, the drivers can distort on this track.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable fit
  • Solid audio performance with deep bass and crisp highs
  • Easy to use app with EQ and noise cancellation
Cons[**]
  • Ear-to-ear audio could be better

rtings[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 32%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The Microsoft Surface Earbuds are disappointing truly wireless headphones for most uses. While some people may prefer their earbud design that doesn't enter the ear canal as deeply as most traditional in-ear headphones, they're still only decently comfortable. Their 5.8-hour battery is a lot less than the 8 advertised by Microsoft, but luckily the case fully charges the headphones in just over half an hour. Their sound profile isn't very balanced and they lack a fair amount of bass.
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Pros[**]
  • Decently comfortable
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable earbuds
  • Good sound quality
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre noise isolation
  • Not compatible with Xbox One or PS4

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Surface Earbuds are Microsoft's first true wireless in-ear headphones. They have app-based adjustable EQs, aptX Bluetooth connectivity, and responsive touch controls. Sound quality is governed by one big 13.6mm full-range driver per Earbud. Battery life is an alright 24 hours all-in.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Comfortable and secure in situ
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

theverge[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
The Surface Earbuds are Microsoft's first truly wireless earbuds. They have an open design that rests in your ear instead of filling your ear canal. They stay in very well for the most part, but they can come dislodged without much force. The audio is about as full as it can be considering all the air these buds let in.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Integrates with Microsoft Office suite
Cons[**]
  • Touch-sensitive controls are fiddly

references

  1. 1. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds review: Productivity for a price. Digitaltrends. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds hands-on review. Digitaltrends. 02 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds review. Laptopmag. 13 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds Review. Pcmag. 19 January 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds Truly Wireless Headphones Review. Rtings. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds review. Techradar. 06 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds review: comfort at a cost. Theverge. 20 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. *. 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.
  9. **. 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.
  10. ***. 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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