We’re in two minds about the new Surface Earbuds Microsoft announced at its 2 October event, which will be available later this year from US$249.
On the one hand, these wireless earbuds have very good 24-hour battery life when paired with their charging case, and take the concept one step further with Office integration.
The company demonstrated the ability to dictate copy and to create captions in PowerPoint in real time, which is even more interesting when combined with on-the-fly translation in more than 60 languages allowing you to present to any audience.
The wireless earbuds are also designed to be comfortable enough to wear all day, and build in dual mics and filters for better noise reduction.
But on the other hand, we’re not so keen on the design. Necessarily large in order to accommodate a variety of touch gestures that prevent you needing to reach for your phone to answer calls, listen to music and more, the Surface Buds are going to stick out like a sore thumb.
Microsoft’s wireless earbuds are compatible with all platforms, and on Android Spotify integration allows you to use touch gestures to launch the app and start playing music. You can also use touch play, pause, skip tracks and change the volume.
Microsoft also used its October event to talk about the new
Surface Laptop 3,
Surface Pro 7,
Surface Pro X and upcoming
Surface Neo and Surface Duo, two dual-screen folding devices.