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  • - Oh man.

  • They're finally here.

  • (upbeat music)

  • New buds who this?

  • (laughs)

  • So back in October, Microsoft announced

  • these tiny pop socket looking satellite dishes,

  • for your ears.

  • They're the Surface earbuds,

  • and they're the companies first attempt

  • at a fully wireless in ear bud.

  • And seven months later, they're finally available

  • for an asking price of 200 dollars.

  • But in the time that they announced them

  • to the time they finally shipped them,

  • we have seen so much happen in the wireless earbud world.

  • And, these little guys, they might be too little, too late.

  • So let's get into it.

  • The Surface earbuds come in a large plastic pill shaped case

  • that looks a lot like a giant Tic Tac.

  • It has a USB-C port, a pairing button,

  • and on the inside, an indicator light.

  • Currently there is one color option

  • that Microsoft calls light gray or glacier,

  • but, these are bright white.

  • They come in white.

  • With dark gray coming later.

  • Because there's no wireless charging,

  • the case is really light.

  • And, the click feels more like a slap of two plastics

  • than it does a click.

  • (pop)

  • (click)

  • (pop)

  • (click)

  • (click)

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  • (click)

  • (click)

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  • It's also a little hard to get the buds out of the case,

  • because there's no grooves to get your finger under

  • when you attempt to detach the buds

  • from the magnets that are holding them in.

  • You have to be able to get leverage

  • on like a really slim piece of the bud

  • that actually sticks out of the case.

  • I was able to get the hang of it,

  • but I could see people actually having trouble with this.

  • Now, the buds themselves are, unique.

  • Overall the design just looks like, a pop socket.

  • A flat, satellite looking exterior,

  • and a bike seat-esque ear piece.

  • They're IPX4 water resistant,

  • so you should be good in some light rain,

  • should definitely be fine working out in them.

  • And you have three size option for tips.

  • Small, medium, and large.

  • And, y'all I gotta be honest, I rock the medium size tip,

  • and these fit really well

  • and they're actually super comfortable.

  • I went hours upon hours of wearing these things

  • and never really felt them in my ears,

  • or experienced any discomfort.

  • No one ear is the same.

  • And there are gonna be people that these are simply

  • not gonna work for.

  • But, I started slack lining recently

  • and I've been wearing these while doing that.

  • And since I'm very new to the sport,

  • my arms are going everywhere,

  • I'm constantly falling off the line.

  • And these never fell out once.

  • So from dancing to chewing to running,

  • these stayed in my ears.

  • But, since they stick so far out of my ears,

  • go to put a backpack on, go to take a sweatshirt off,

  • and these come off too.

  • And when you pay a lot of money for a piece of tech,

  • it is quite horrifying to see them tumble down the sidewalk.

  • I just overall wish that they didn't

  • stick out of my ear, quite as far.

  • But with how far these stick out of your ear,

  • there's one thing that they should definitely be good at,

  • and that's picking up your voice.

  • It's time for the mic test, and this time, kitchen edition.

  • All right, so friends today we have,

  • the Microsoft Surface buds.

  • Samsung Buds Plus.

  • We got the Google Pixel buds.

  • And then I gotta be honest guys,

  • I still take calls on wired Apple headphones,

  • because, (sighs) I think this

  • is the gold standard of microphones.

  • All right, so first with no noise in the background,

  • these are the Surface earbuds.

  • These are the Pixel Buds that were also recently released.

  • With these, it was all about them

  • not being super comfortable to wear for a long time,

  • but god I love that Google Assistant.

  • Man, whenever I put the Galaxy Bud Pluses back on

  • I'm like, "yeah these are pretty comfortable,

  • "these feel right in my ears."

  • I know it's a weird addition to this competition,

  • but, I have to admit friends, like when I wanna take a call

  • and I need to know that someone can hear me,

  • I just pull these out.

  • The reason I chose the kitchen to do this mic test

  • is because there's one thing I do a lot of

  • while talking on the phone,

  • and just do a lot of in general,

  • and that's washing my hands.

  • (water rushing)

  • You know I'm just out here, trying to be clean,

  • trying to follow that 20 second life.

  • H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P.

  • Q, R, S--

  • You know you really gotta get under the fingernails.

  • That was something that I always overlook.

  • I hope that this hand washing continues after COVID,

  • I hope that everyone keeps up on it.

  • Oh my hands are gonna be really dry

  • at the end of this test.

  • Everyone's always got a lot of opinions about the mic test

  • and, T-B-H I love this about you guys,

  • so I'll see ya down there.

  • Let me know what you thought,

  • and what you would use if you could use any of these,

  • for just the microphone alone.

  • Which one would you pick?

  • A can big feature of these buds though

  • is their integration with Microsoft Office.

  • So in Outlook you can read, reply and delete emails.

  • And then in PowerPoint you can use your left bud

  • to swipe to the next slide, and also play videos.

  • You can also utilize the mic inside of these

  • for live translations in PowerPoint,

  • but that is not unique to these buds.

  • Any mic can do that within PowerPoint.

  • Unfortunately though, you have to run Windows 10

  • in order to use these with PowerPoint.

  • And, in quarantine

  • I don't have a device that runs Windows 10.

  • So I didn't get to make the killer PowerPoint

  • that I wanted to make for y'all to test these out with.

  • But, maybe in the next generation of these

  • because, not gonna lie my PowerPoints are incredible.

  • (laughs)

  • I did find the touch controls to be a bit finicky.

  • Double tap on either bud for play pause

  • and to answer end calls.

  • Tap and hold on either bud to activate a digital assistant.

  • And then on the right bud, swipe up to turn up the volume,

  • and down to turn down the volume.

  • And then on the left bud

  • you swipe forward to go to the next track

  • and swipe back for the previous.

  • These controls just weren't really intuitive to me.

  • I wanted to be able to swipe up and down and side to side

  • on both buds.

  • And then I also wished it was a single tap

  • for play pause rather than a double tap.

  • And then within the app

  • there's no way to customize these either.

  • So you'll just have to get used to them.

  • And lastly when you're swiping on them

  • it's really easy to catch the edge of the bud

  • since it's so far out of your ear.

  • And then, send it flying out of your ear.

  • Yo, but let's talk audio quality.

  • Now these buds have 13.6 millimeter drivers.

  • And, they sound good.

  • I've been jammin' to a whole bunch of summer pop hits

  • that I'm a total sucker for.

  • And a lot of Motown.

  • And then of course there's always some acoustic

  • stuff in there too.

  • And I'll link that playlist down below

  • like I did on the buds review.

  • These can handle all of that.

  • And the bass is definitely more there

  • than say on the Pixel Buds.

  • But, overall it just sounds

  • like it's coming from a smaller speaker.

  • It didn't feel as full.

  • And there wasn't as much separation

  • in the highs and the lows as I was looking for.

  • But within the app there are fully customizable EQ settings

  • which I super appreciate.

  • - [Automated Earbud Voice] Connected to your phone.

  • - Because there's no in ear detection,

  • sometimes it starts saying directions to you

  • before you have them in your ears.

  • And then you're kinda stuck

  • in this weird limbo of like, did you sa--

  • Hello, did you say something to me?

  • I guess we'll never know.

  • (laughs)

  • That lack of in ear detection also means

  • that when you take your buds out,

  • whatever you're listening to won't stop.

  • And there's also no active noise cancellation.

  • And, because of their design

  • they just let a lot of sound through.

  • From the headphones I have available to me,

  • it most closely resembles the amount of sound

  • that my wired Apple headphones let through.

  • I really don't think it was Microsoft's intention

  • to block all outside noise with these.

  • I mean if you're giving a presentation

  • and you're using these as your clicker,

  • you don't wanna be blocking all of the noise around you.

  • But, if you're using these in an open office

  • or you're on a commute,

  • that same quality is much less ideal.

  • And I really can't imagine choosing these to fly with.

  • I was really impressed

  • with this Bluetooth connection though.

  • You can use either headphone independently

  • and I never experienced a Bluetooth dropout

  • like I usually do with buds and my Android device.

  • And there's no noticeable lag when watching movies

  • or playing games either.

  • (upbeat music)

  • The Surface audio app shows battery life of your buds,

  • but not the case, and houses device settings,

  • along with updates and video tutorials.

  • There's a notification that pops up

  • once you've connected your buds to your phone

  • and you open the app.

  • This notification says that it's helping keep your buds

  • connected to your device,

  • but, I super hate having notifications.

  • So I disabled them for this app on my phone,

  • and I didn't experience any problems

  • with my headphones dropping out or EQ settings changing

  • for that matter.

  • Microsoft claims that the Surface earbuds

  • have around eight hours of continuous listening time

  • on a single charge with two additional charges in the case.

  • A 10 minute quick charge can provide up to one hour

  • of additional battery life.

  • In my test, I found that the battery life was really good.

  • But when taking a lot of calls with them,

  • the battery drained much quicker.

  • And I'm really confused

  • as to why there isn't wireless charging in this case.

  • Especially for 200 dollars.

  • But that's kinda the story of these headphones for me.

  • Since October 2019 a lot of new earbuds have come out.

  • I mean we've seen earbuds from Sony, Samsung, Apple,

  • I mean even Amazon and Google have put out wireless earbuds.

  • So, by the time these actually got to market, well,

  • we've seen a lot of great competition come in.

  • And for 200 dollars,

  • while these headphones can definitely compete audio wise,

  • they're just missing some features.

  • Like wireless charging.

  • And on top of that, these are really big earbuds.

  • So I just feel like