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  • - Alright buds, let's talk buds.

  • (chuckles)

  • I had to do it, I just had to do it, it was too easy.

  • (futuristic music)

  • Wireless earbuds are the piece of tech I use only second

  • to my phone, the absolute most.

  • And you know the feeling of when you forget

  • your headphones at home.

  • It's the worst, it's like the worst.

  • From phone calls to music, they keep me entertained

  • and connected while on the go.

  • And the good ones,

  • they do it without feeling like extra bulk.

  • Now while the Google Buds two have there flaws,

  • there is one thing that I didn't realize

  • that all of my other wireless earbuds were missing.

  • A hands free Google Assistant available to you at all times.

  • Grab some popcorn, for you and me both, let's get into it.

  • (futuristic music)

  • Pixel Buds two are a speech bubble shaped, in ear bud,

  • with a flexible in ear arc thing coming off the top,

  • that are available starting today in clearly white

  • for 179 dollars with almost black, white mint,

  • and also orange coming later, says Google.

  • I am not sure what later means but hopefully they're quicker

  • than Microsoft has been with launching the surface earbuds.

  • The buds pop into the oval matte case with a magnetic click.

  • And that pop of opening and closing the case.

  • (opening and closing clicks)

  • Like I'm a sucker for a good click,

  • but like this is some quality click.

  • Ooh, wow.

  • In terms of design, these buds feel solid, they look great,

  • and they don't come out even when taking of a sweatshirt,

  • or biking, or dancing, or even chewing.

  • They are truly not moving.

  • And they are IPX4 water resistant,

  • so you can feel safe wearing them in light rain

  • or while working out.

  • Overall it's a huge improvement from the last Pixel Buds.

  • Ya'll that cord thing.

  • I don't have any words for that.

  • Bad, bad, bad's the word.

  • These buds fit really securely in your ear.

  • But, that comes with a cost.

  • See this like, pointy, arc thing?

  • Well, it looks like a thorn and after about hour three

  • of wearing these, it feels like a thorn.

  • And I was wishing it was a little softer,

  • and more of an arc, kind of like on the Galaxy buds.

  • But let's get right into sound quality.

  • Pixel Buds two have 12 ml drivers

  • that provide really good audio quality.

  • I've been jamming to everything

  • from the pop funk of Still Woozy

  • to the EDM of Flume and that acoustic goodness

  • of Ben Howard.

  • I even sprinkled in some Frank Sinatra in there and I found

  • these buds can produce a sound much bigger than I expected,

  • with good separation of the highs and the lows.

  • I put together all the songs that I've been listening

  • to while testing these in a playlist

  • and I'll link that down below.

  • But Amy Winehouse's Valerie, and more specifically

  • the live lounge version.

  • If you listen to the song on these buds

  • you can really tune in to the shaker at the top

  • or that baseline, or her vocals.

  • The point being that it doesn't get like mushed together

  • in this like garbled kinda mess.

  • It keeps everything really separate.

  • And then there's music from like Bleachers that is like

  • really big and loud and these buds can handle that too.

  • The only downfall tho, they don't have that real thick bass.

  • And there's no EQ settings for that in there app either.

  • So if you're looking for that real big bass,

  • this ain't it.

  • There's also no active noise cancellation

  • to block outside noise.

  • For this price point

  • that isn't a feature I totally expected.

  • And if you've worn in ear headphones before,

  • these block out sound in the same way

  • by physically blocking your ear canal.

  • The vent works really well on these though

  • so your ear doesn't feel like it's being suctioned.

  • There is also a feature called adaptive sound.

  • Google claims the Pixel Buds two can optimize volume levels

  • based on the environment around you.

  • I felt this working on my bike rides the most.

  • I never once had to adjust the volume

  • no matter if more traffic was coming

  • or I entered a quiet street.

  • Oh I can't wait to test them against

  • a real loud subway screach.

  • I kinda miss that, ew.

  • I'm like missing the sound of a screaching subway?

  • This is reaching new levels.

  • There are those typical bluetooth connectivity issues.

  • And I really hate how this is still a problem.

  • Like a few times my buds dropped out

  • and then would reconnect a few seconds later,

  • but overall I was able to leave my phone in the back

  • of the apartment and walk freely without losing connection.

  • I didn't notice a lag when watching videos on my phone

  • or Macbook either, but I did notice

  • there's this sort of white noise that happens

  • for a few seconds after you stop playing something.

  • And I only heard it when it was really quiet.

  • But, it's there.

  • Alright, come on down, here we go.

  • What you knew I would absolutely be doing today,

  • and that's a mic test.

  • Today's contenders, we have the Airpod Pro's,

  • we have the Galaxy Buds Plus,

  • we have the Jabra Elite 75Ts,

  • and then of course the Google Pixel Buds two.

  • We're starting with the gold standard

  • of headphone microphones, and those are the Airpod Pro's.

  • And next we have the Galaxy Buds Plus.

  • The first generation of these was not so hot

  • in the microphone department,

  • but they definitely upped their game in the second gen.

  • Alright, coming to you live,

  • from the Pixel Buds two, here we are.

  • This is this is the uh, this is uh, this is the uh,

  • this is how they should sound.

  • How do they sound?

  • Alright, these are the Jabra 75Ts,

  • they also came out this year and there known

  • to have really great sound quality.

  • But how does there mic sound?

  • Can you hear me?

  • Although you can here me really clearly

  • on the Pixel Buds two,

  • they definitely sound the most compressed

  • out of all of these.

  • And I think the Airpod Pros remain the gold standard.

  • The Pixel Bud 2's charge via USB-C or wirelessly,

  • and Google claims the buds can get around five hours

  • of music listening time

  • and two point five hours of talk time

  • on a single charge.

  • In my use with adaptive sound turned on

  • and lots of music playback, and of course lots

  • of hands free Google Assistant use,

  • I was averaging closer to like three point five hours

  • off a full charge, which is definitely

  • on the lower end of battery life.

  • Compared to the Jabra 75T's that get

  • around seven point five hours,

  • and especially compared to the Galaxy Buds Plus

  • that boast a whopping 11 hours of battery life.

  • The Pixel Buds Case gets you another 24 hours

  • of listening time and around 12 hours of talk time.

  • And a ten minute charge in the case will give you

  • about two hours of additional listening time.

  • Pixel Buds have there own app that is very minimal,

  • and it includes a find your device feature, adaptive sound,

  • in ear detection toggles, and touch control settings.

  • Play pause with a single tap, double tap to skip a track,

  • triple tap to go to the previous track,

  • and then my favorite gesture is swiping forward

  • to raise the volume and back to lower.

  • I know that my co-worker Chris Welch found these controls

  • to be a little finicky.

  • I mean you really have to nail the placement of your finger.

  • But it wasn't an issue for me and I just love being able

  • to control the volume so easily

  • without having to touch my phone.

  • Which brings me to why these buds are really important.

  • Cut the music, cut the music.

  • Friends, we have to talk about two things.

  • Number one, how well these work with