Microsoft is one of the many companies widely rumored to be preparing a frontal attack on Apple's crazy successful AirPods
, but before that can happen, the Redmond-based tech giant unveiled a pair of premium over-the-ear headphones
with built-in Cortana integration last fall.
While the popular Surface Pro
line of 2-in-1 Windows tablets is frequently discounted
, we haven't seen a lot of good deals offered on the aptly named Surface Headphones until right now. Typically priced at $349.99
, these noise-canceling bad boys are currently available for only $249.99 from Microsoft's official US e-store in a simple yet stylish light gray color.
Best Buy charges the same 250 bucks... for certified refurbished units, while selling brand-new headphones at $263.99 a pair at the time of this writing. It's unclear whether this means the product hasn't been incredibly successful at its list price or perhaps that a sequel of some sort is coming soon. It could simply be that Microsoft finally realized competing against the likes of the Beats Studio3
, Bose QuietComfort 35 II
, or Sony WH-1000XM3
at the $350 price point is pretty much mission impossible.
Either way, it looks like you'll have until June 30 to pull the trigger at a cool $100 discount, so you can definitely take your time and consider your over-the-ear wireless Bluetooth options. On paper, the Surface Headphones certainly seem like a smart buy at $249.99, with adjustable active noise cancellation technology, on-ear touch controls, hands-free Cortana interaction for music, calls, web searches, reminders, and so on, as well as up to 15 hours of battery life on a single charge (which, by the way, takes less than 2 hours).