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But while Microsoft doesn't have the audio industry experience and expertise of Sony and Bose or Apple's marketing budget (at least for this particular niche), its first-gen Surface Headphones should be considered as a decent alternative to the WH-1000XM4 or AirPods Max for one simple reason.
Commercially released back in 2018 at a recommended price of $350, these voice-controlled bad boys are available today only for as little as $110.99. Although the e-tailer that can hook you up with a massive discount of close to 240 bucks for the second time in just a few weeks is mainly specialized in refurbished deals, this killer new promo happens to be for brand-new, unused, unopened, and undamaged units backed by a full 1-year manufacturer warranty.
Google Assistant support of many of its arch-rivals. The aforementioned active noise cancellation (ANC) functionality is also perhaps not as perfectly fine-tuned as the same feature offered by the incredibly well-reviewed Sony WH-1000XM4, while the battery life is decidedly unimpressive, at up to 15 hours of uninterrupted listening time between charges.Coated in a single gray color, the OG Surface Headphones come with native Cortana integration, which may not sound quite as compelling as the Siri, Alexa, and/or
On the bright side, the overall audio quality is about as great as you'd expect... from a pair of noise-cancelling wireless cans priced at $300 or $350, and that alone would undoubtedly justify a purchase at a little over 100 bucks.
Naturally, the Microsoft Surface Headphones have a lot more going for them, including soft ear cups and a reduced weight for an "all-day" comfortable design, handy on-ear dials letting you easily adjust the volume of your favorite tunes, as well as the levels of the noise cancellation technology, fast charging capabilities, and of course, cross-platform compatibility ensuring flawless connectivity (at least in theory) with everything from Android handsets to iPhones and Windows computers.