TNW uses cookies to personalize content and ads to
make our site easier for you to use.
We do also share that information with third parties for
advertising & analytics.

It’s a big day for Microsoft. Not only has the company released the Surface Book 3 and the Surface Go 2, it’s thrown its hat into the audio ring too.

As you can probably guess from the names, these are a pair of earbuds (the Surface Earbuds) and a pair of headphones (the Surface Headphones 2). We’ll have some more in-depth hands-on and review pieces coming soon, but before then, let’s give you all the information you need.

This is Microsoft‘s first bet into the true wireless market — and you’re going to pay $199 for the privilege. The company first announced these back in October 2019, but now they’re officially available for purchase. Woo.

These strange-looking buds — which my colleague Napier called “dinner plates sticking out of your ears” in his hands-on — can be touched in order to control music or take calls.

Sound-wise, these buds feature custom-designed 13.6 mm drivers with what Microsoft calls “Surface Omnisonic” sound tuning. The company claimed this was inspired by concerts, but we’ll have to wait and see what kind of gigs they’re talking about.

Effectively, this lets you listen to, reply to, and delete email through Outlook’s iOS app, all without looking at your phone. If you host a lot of presentations, you can get live captions, and subtitles on-screen, including translation in more than 60 languages.Â

The company says you can get eight hours of continuous listening with a single full charge and 24 hours of usage with charging through the case. Plus, you only need to charge them for just 10 minutes to get an hour of listening.

The earbuds are probably the biggest news, but that doesn’t mean we should overlook Microsoft’s sequel to the Surface Headphones: the, uh, Surface Headphones 2.

Not too much has changed this time round. There’s still a dial on the ear cup that allows you to select 13 levels of active noise-cancelation (ANC). They still have 40mm “Free Edge” drivers. And you can still tap the sides of the headphones to control audio.

One interesting addition to the ANC is a mode designed to filter out the human voice, something that’s a bane of my existence. I can’t wait to try this out, but I have my doubts.

First up is the color. You can now get the Surface Headphones 2 in black, which is good news for people who hate that weird grey color Microsoft seems unduly fond of.

Aside from that, we have a lot of iterative upgrades. The Surface Headphones 2 have Bluetooth 5.0 and now support aptX — it was a fucking travesty they didn’t have this latter codec in the original version to be quite honest.

The battery life has also seen a bump from 15 to 20 hours when using ANC. There’s also a quick-charge feature that promises close to an hour of playback from five minutes charging. We’ll have to take Microsoft’s word for both these points.

Another thing that’s slightly fresher with the Surface Headphones 2 also includes rotatable ear cups. Effectively, you can now wear them around your neck more comfortably. Again — how wasn’t this a feature before?

Anyway, make sure you stay tuned to Plugged for all the information you need about the Surface Earbuds and the Surface Headphones 2. There’ll be more sweet content coming for you soon.

For more gear, gadget, and hardware news and reviews, follow Plugged on
Twitter and
Flipboard.

Published May 6, 2020 — 14:52 UTC

May 6, 2020 — 14:52 UTC

Read our daily coverage on how the tech industry is responding to the coronavirus and subscribe to our weekly newsletter Coronavirus in Context.

For tips and tricks on working remotely, check out our Growth Quarters articles here or follow us on Twitter.

Copyright © 2006—2020.
All rights reserved.
Made with ♥ in Amsterdam.

Source: https://thenextweb.com/plugged/2020/05/06/microsoft-launches-surface-earbuds-surface-headphones-2/

World news – US – Microsoft launches its Surface Earbuds and Surface Headphones 2

En s’appuyant sur ses expertises dans les domaines du digital, des technologies et des process , CSS Engineering vous accompagne dans vos chantiers de transformation les plus ambitieux et vous aide à faire émerger de nouvelles idées, de nouvelles offres, de nouveaux modes de collaboration, de nouvelles manières de produire et de vendre.

CSS Engineering s’implique dans les projets de chaque client comme si c’était les siens. Nous croyons qu’une société de conseil devrait être plus que d’un conseiller. Nous nous mettons à la place de nos clients, pour aligner nos incitations à leurs objectifs, et collaborer pour débloquer le plein potentiel de leur entreprise. Cela établit des relations profondes et agréables.

Nos services:

  1. Création des sites web professionnels
  2. Hébergement web haute performance et illimité
  3. Vente et installation des caméras de vidéo surveillance
  4. Vente et installation des système de sécurité et d’alarme
  5. E-Marketing

Toutes nos réalisations ici https://www.css-engineering.com/en/works/

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here