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Microsoft Surface Earbuds True Wireless In-Ear Headphones

MSRP 200 USDNEX score 63%

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Product Overview

Microsoft Surface Earbuds are premium true wireless in-ear headphones that 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.
With three sets of silicone ear tips, it is easy to find a perfect fit for comfort in long listening sessions. The Surface Earbuds feature the Surface Omnisonic sound profile with custom-designed drivers and precision tuning inspired by listening to the world’s best live music venues and most advanced audio equipment, delivering an audio experience that’s rich, immersive and crystal clear.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great sound quality for the price
  • Swift Pair feature
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 63% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good sound quality
  • Excellent sound signature with solid bass depth
Cons
  • Lack of customization features
  • Poor microphone performance
  • Expensive compared to Apple AirPods
  • Mediocre microphone recording quality
  • No wireless charging
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Specifications

Variants:
Charging case

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.1/4.2

Construction

Colors
Glacier
Drivers
13.6 mm
Microphone
Two microphones per earbud

Dimensions

Size | Depth
19.9 mm
Size | Diameter
25 mm
Charging caseSize | Height
25 mm
Charging caseSize | Length
75 mm
Charging caseSize | Width
33.2 mm
Weight
7.2 g each
Charging caseWeight
40 g

Function

Bluetooth Codecs
SBC, aptX
Operating System
Windows 10, Android 4.4, iOS 9
Weather Resistance
IPX4

Performance

Battery Life
8 h + two charges = 24 h
Charging Time
10-minute charge provides up to one hour of battery life
Frequency Response
20 Hz – 20 kHz

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following***:
The Microsoft Surface Earbuds sound quite good and reproduce accurate audio across the frequency range. The open-type fit lets you hear both your music and the world around you, making auditory masking inevitable. Apple's hard earbud casing balances on your ear with little security. If you want to put your money to something with more features, better sound quality and a better mic system, there are plenty of competitively priced options.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Comfortable fit
  • IPX4 rating
Cons
  • Sound quality isn’t great out of the box
  • No wireless charging

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Surface Earbuds offer solid value and an experience that no other pair of buds can currently match. In terms of productivity, they're hard to beat. But when things like audio quality, battery life, or usability come into play, the floodgates open for what they offer.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No active noise cancellation
  • No wireless charging

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score 62%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good sound quality
Cons
  • Expensive compared to Apple AirPods

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
Microsoft outfitted the Surface Earbuds with two 13.6-millimeter drivers. While the buds did a good job on the mids and the highs, it's hit or miss on the lows. With the charging case, you get 16 hours for a full 24 hours of total juice.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Comfortable fit
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No active noise cancelling
  • Lack of customization features

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score 48%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Each earbud houses a 13.6mm driver that delivers a frequency range of 20Hz-20kHz. On tracks with intense sub-bass content, the Surface Earbuds deliver a solid low-frequency presence. There's a decent sense of deep bass at times, but at top volumes, the drivers can distort.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sound signature with solid bass depth
  • Waterproof and dust-resistant
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Mediocre noise cancellation
  • No ear canal seal

rtings[6]

Sentiment Score 32%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Microsoft Surface Earbuds are disappointing truly wireless earbuds for mixed usage. Due to their open fit, they block almost no background noise, and their mic's recording quality is poor. While their mid-range is very even and well-balanced, they're very recessed in both their bass and treble ranges.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Decently stable fit
  • Great battery life
  • Good companion app
Cons
  • Mediocre microphone recording quality
  • Poor microphone performance
  • High PC latency

t3[7]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
Microsoft's Surface Earbuds are among the very best in-ear headphones. They establish quite a large soundstage, one that's well defined. The bass is detailed and textured, and is solid enough for the rest of the frequency range to ride on. The midrange is equally accomplished, with lots of fine detail revealed about a singer's technique - as a consequence, voices are loaded with character.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • No active noise cancellation
  • No aptX Low Latency

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Microsoft Surface Earbuds are very well-balanced and well-controlled. Soundstage is big enough to give every instrumental strand plenty of room in which to operate. Bluetooth 4.2 isn't the most cutting-edge, but here it's aptX-enabled. Pairing is swift, and proves secure and stable in every reasonable circumstance.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Well-balanced sound
  • Comfortable fit
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • No aptX Low Latency
  • Underwhelming battery life

theverge[9]

Sentiment Score 54%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
Microsoft splits track controls and volume between the two sides. You swipe forward on the left earbud to skip a song or back to return to the previous one. Microsoft's gesture for bringing up Siri or Google Assistant can sometimes clash with these controls. The charging case can only be updated when plugged into a Windows PC.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No multipoint pairing
  • No multi-device pairing

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds review: Unique, but not much beneath the surface. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/microsoft-surface-earbuds-review-1212669/. 2021-03-30. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds review: Productivity for a price. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/microsoft-surface-earbuds-review-3/. 2020-05-12. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds hands-on review. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/microsoft-surface-earbuds-review/. 2019-10-02. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-earbuds. 2020-06-13. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-earbuds. 2021-01-19. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds Truly Wireless Headphones Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/microsoft/surface-earbuds-truly-wireless. 2020-06-11. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds review: these new Earbuds certainly have plenty of, well… surface. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-earbuds-review-these-new-earbuds-certainly-have-plenty-of-well-surface. 2020-08-28. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
8. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-earbuds. 2020-07-06. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Microsoft Surface Earbuds review: comfort at a cost. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/21264105/microsoft-surface-earbuds-review-wireless-design-features-price-battery-life. 2020-05-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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