Microsoft's Surface Earbuds are a little too pricey and goofy to take on Apple's AirPods

Microsoft's Surface Earbuds are a little too pricey and goofy to take on Apple's AirPods
Well, this is (somewhat) unexpected. While Microsoft was tipped to unveil an upgraded new version of its Surface Pro hybrid tablet with the same old design and a cheaper ARM-powered 2-in-1 product today, we didn't hear much about the company's rookie wireless earbuds effort from the usual trusted tipsters and insiders. 

Yet here they are, the rather unique-looking Surface Earbuds (why not Surface Buds?), which the Redmond-based tech giant is positioning against Apple's market-leading AirPods... at an even higher price of $249. That seems like a pretty risky endeavor so soon after Amazon's introduction of the $129 Echo Buds, but then again, the Beats Powerbeats Pro have managed to find a decent audience at the exact same price point.

Of course, Microsoft didn't design these sleek bad boys with professional athletes in mind, aiming for the perfect combination of style and comfort. We'll obviously need to wait and check out the hot new headphones in action to see exactly how comfortable they are to use "all day", but in terms of style, the Surface Earbuds don't make a great first impression. While we can certainly appreciate the company's intention to do its own thing, the circular shape and overall design seem a little goofy at first glance.

On the decidedly bright side of things, Microsoft says the Surface Earbuds are capable of producing "amazing sound", which is naturally something you expect to hear when gadgets of this sort are announced, while delivering up to 24 hours of battery life (charging case numbers included). Compatible with "any platform", from Android to iOS and Windows Mobile (just kidding), the true wireless earbuds also have dedicated filters for top-notch noise reduction and two microphones each promising to keep the focus on your voice during calls. 

No words on water resistance and something tells us Microsoft's "noise reduction" will not be able to rival the state-of-the-art noise cancelling technology built into the likes of the $230 Sony WF-1000XM3 either, making it pretty hard to sell a lot of these at 250 bucks a pop. In other words, the company appears to be repeating its Surface Headphones mistake.

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26 Comments

1. ahmadkun

Posts: 610; Member since: May 02, 2016

the surface Neo is insane

3. ph00ny

Posts: 2051; Member since: May 26, 2011

LOL Goofy? Airpods are the king of goofy with its q-tip design Also aren't these earbuds much more than just a simple earbud with voice integration and actually functionally design for swipes?

7. OneLove123

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Too goofy? Like the earpods aren't goofy, already.ahaha

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 2182; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Like the saying goes that I’ve quoted here many times, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. The AirPods crush all others in sales, it doesn’t matter even if it’s only because “sheep buy anything with an Apple logo!”. Apple clearly has done something right with the AirPods, and all others are chasing after that elusive market share that Apple dominates.

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2051; Member since: May 26, 2011

So with your logic, does this make toyota corolla the best car in the world since it has the highest sales figure?

11. apple-rulz

Posts: 2182; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yes, the Toyota Corolla is the best car in the world.

20. Jrod99

Posts: 757; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I drive a Civic but Corolla’s are the best.

15. Vancetastic

Posts: 1533; Member since: May 17, 2017

For most people looking for dead reliable transportation? Yes. Not many want to drive a Ferrari to daycare and the grocery store.

24. ph00ny

Posts: 2051; Member since: May 26, 2011

Good to know considering Corolla consistently ranks last or near bottom in the econobox comparisons. It's not like it's class leading in any particular category

22. ijuanp03

Posts: 612; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Going by your logic, Android is truly the best smartphone OS in the world as it has more users than iOS or any other platform.

14. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 167; Member since: May 29, 2019

Goofy like the bug antenna earbuds from Apple? :/

16. KonSkl

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 03, 2016

why would they want to take on a lower league product....really phonearena...what are you thinking...? it's like saying galaxy note 10+ is a little too pricey to take on the redmi k20 pro.... Of course it's not targeted at the same audience!!!

17. Alcyone

Posts: 469; Member since: May 10, 2018

Wow. This article gave me a headache. I don't think Apple was mentioned enough. Might as well put Apple in every article. Seems its becoming very common around here. Btw, I've used the airpods, and they just sound like wired pods to me. And look like mini tampons coming out my ears. Then again, most people just hear and not truely listen.

18. Orion78

Posts: 208; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

So airpods are the only other wireless headphones that exist in this world? Lmao this website makes me laugh.

26. Silva5

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 15, 2019

They’re comparing them to AirPods because they are literally the best selling wireless earbuds, with ~60% market share according to most recent research

23. Omos1

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 30, 2019

Guys, Phonearena needs to be shut down. 0 ethics practiced here, you cash China for being a communist country and yet you send me an email threatening me with a penalty for expressing my views over your clear and obvious bias towards "Apple". Futhermore they removed my comment and other comments that didn't agree with the writer. Shame on you and your double standards.

25. ARPAKTIKO

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

Seriously if you think that earpods aren't goofy then you must be a blatant i-sheep . Plz don't review those when they launch since you are already biased

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