Microsoft yesterday unveiled a slew of new products from the company, including the Surface Book 3 and Go 2. In the personal section, Microsoft revealed the final price and availability of its Surface headphones. So the time has come to Compare Surface Earphones to AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro Apple.
Technical comparison of Surface headphones vs AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro
|Surface headphones||AirPods 2||AirPods Pro|
|Helmet type||Helmet with universal fit||Helmet with universal fit||In-ear with custom fit|
|Suitcase size||75 x 33,2 x 25 mm||53,5 x 44,3 x 21,3 mm||45,2 x 60,6 x 21,7 mm|
|Ear weight||7.2 grams||4 grams||5.4 grams|
|Autonomy||8 hours / 24 hours in total||5 hours / more than 24 hours with case||4.5 hours / more than 24 hours with case|
|Puce||n / d||H1 with Oye Siri||H1 with Oye Siri|
|to log in||n / a||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Microphones||2 microphones||2 microphones with beamforming technology||2 microphones with beamforming technology; microphone facing inward|
|Resistance||IPX4||Non||IPX4 sweat and water resistant|
|Compatibility||Integration with Surface and Office 365, other limited systems||Integration with iOS and macOS, other limited systems||Integration with iOS and macOS, other limited systems|
|Charge||USB-C||Lightning, sans file an option ($ 40)||Lightning a sans file|
|Controls||Taps, swipe et voice||Keys and voices||Pinch and voice|
|Assistant||Support for Cortana, Alexa, Google and Siri||Siri||Siri|
|Price||219 euros||123 euros on Amazon||239 euros on Amazon|
No noise cancellation but with great autonomy and integration with Office 365
Surface headphones are original wireless headphones. The characteristic white « disc » it’s almost the size of a two euro coin. It’s a surface that allows you to use tapping and sliding to interact with its controls. We can skip or skip songs, pause playback, turn up the volume, and take calls. Of course, it allows you to invoke the various virtual assistants, although in the absence of a test it will be essential to know the activation delay.
This contrasts with the controls on the AirPods, which are reduced to the touch or pinch. With them you can take a call, play or take a break and call Siri. the integration with Siri using the Hey Siri command It allows you to go beyond volume and music, being able to send and receive messages, make calls and receive information in the ear.
Behind the disc of the Surface headphones we find the earpiece, which Microsoft claims to be very comfortable. Other manufacturers have opted for similar options which take advantage of the inner shape of the ear to hold your headphones. Whereas AirPods use an “antenna” that hangs over the ear and holds them in place.
In addition to design and controls, Surface headphones stand out for their integration with Office 365. It lets you control PowerPoint presentations, activate subtitles and translate what you say into other languages in writing in real time. Pixel Buds has tried to offer simultaneous translation in the past, although that was not an enthusiastic feature.
And finally, we have autonomy. On paper, Microsoft guarantees that its Surface headphones have 8 hours of battery life on each charge, with the ability to charge it twice as much for a total of 24 hours. With 10 minutes charge in the case, we save 1 hour of reading time, although compared to AirPods you get the same charge in half the time.
With specs in hand, the Surface headphones are closer to AirPods although for the price their lineup is that of the AirPods Pro.
Initially, the Surface headphones were announced with a release date in late 2019. Microsoft delayed it and ultimately put the sale date on May 12, priced at $ 219. The price was lowered from $ 249 to $ 199 today, although we don’t know its equivalent in euros.
Considering the headphones lack noise cancellation and the AirPods Pro find discounts that bring it closer to that price, Microsoft’s proposal for an Apple user it gets complicated.