Microsoft Surface Headphones will start shipping November 19 after November 15 pre-orders

Microsoft Surface Headphones will start shipping November 19 after November 15 pre-orders
While Apple doesn’t seem to know what it wants to do with its Beats subsidiary and premium audio brand, Microsoft certainly caught us off guard last week by unveiling the company’s first “smart headphone experience” alongside the Surface Pro 6.

The Redmond-based tech giant was unfortunately rather vague about the availability of its $349 Surface Headphones, which were merely slated for a commercial debut “later this year.”

As it turns out, you won’t need to wait too long to get your hands (and ears) on the Cortana-assisted noise-cancelling headphones, which are now listed on the official US Microsoft e-store as shipping from November 19.

That’s still more than a month away, with pre-orders set to open just four days earlier, on November 15, but if you were thinking of purchasing these bad boys as a Christmas gift for a loved one (or even yourself), it looks like you’ll have plenty of time to do exactly that.

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Of course, initial demand could always exceed supply, especially with the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and Surface Studio 2 ready to be released soon as well. It might be a good idea to save the November 15 pre-order date, as long as you don’t mind spending 350 bucks on this Beats Studio3 “killer” with hands-free Cortana voice assistance.

Robust and fairly stylish, the Microsoft Surface Headphones tip the scales at around 290 grams, offering adjustable active noise cancellation, on-ear touch controls, and an optimized ear cup design, all of which are “engineered for rich, clear acoustics.”

While “hassle-free” Windows PC pairing is also highlighted as a key selling point, you can obviously use Bluetooth to connect these to macOS, Android, and iOS as well. The battery life could be better, but at least you get fast charging technology promising “almost an hour of music in just 5 minutes.”

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