Bring bass to the surface with the Microsoft Surface Headphone. Yes, Microsoft has a pair of earphones that can take the lead compared to Bose and Sony when it comes to noise-canceling headphones. Not only is the noise-canceling impressive, but it also has dual Beamforming microphones as well. Everything is placed in a slick-looking design. The headphone is compatible with Android, Windows 10, iOS, and Cortana devices. But how well do they compare to the WH-1000XM3 of Sony? Find out here!
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Microsoft Surface Headphone Review
Microsoft Surface Headphone Design
The first notable thing about the Microsoft Surface earphones is the high price. So why is it so expensive it all comes down to the features packed into the Surface headphones. The second thing you see is the dull gray color and depends on your taste if you are going to love them while some may find the minimalist design significant others my not. While they still do look cool even with the color. On each side, you have a small shiny logo above the cups. However, instead of using aluminum hinges on the headband, we would have preferred silver ones instead.
Furthermore, you get the earphones in a carry case that feels durable enough to protect these expensive headphones. When you look closely at the headset, it still comes across clunky, but they are not huge, so you will love it or hate it. The cups are made with soft memory foam with the headband having the same structure. However, while the ear pads are comfortable, we did notice some pressure around our temples. So if you love a snug fit, you will have no problem wearing these earphones. The other problem we found is with the slider to adjust the headband. When moving your head, it opens, and longer hair will get tangled or pulled while using the earphones.
Microsoft Surface Headphone Performance
When it comes to resonance, the Surface from Microsoft sounds excellent. The bass frequency is impressive even with a supple bass coming through on different tracks. Microsoft equipped the headset with 40mm free-edge drivers and shines when you listen to vocals. You get a warm yet generous mid-tone. The soundstage is warm with analog quality. Here it all depends on your taste as some consumers may want lower mids with sharpness in the treble. You get an immersive, realistic replication of the tunes you are listening to. Even the noise canceling works effective, but it does not block out all background noise compared to the WH-1000XM2 from Sony.
If you have the noise-canceling turned on, you can immerse yourself into the music without disturbing noises in the background. You get built-in dials on each earcup to control playback and noise-cancellation. For us, this is a great function to use when walking and want to hear external noise around you. By tapping, either can stop/start the music and giving two taps, you can skip to the next track. Furthermore, you get voice assistants, depending on the device you use. To power the headset on/off, there is a button on the right cup. You can also use it to mute the microphone. On the same side is the charging port that uses a micro-USB cable. There is also a 3.5mm outlet if you want to use it wired, as well. The playback time is 15-hours with ANC and Cortana enabled. The battery takes up to two hours to charge.
Microsoft Surface Headphone Specs
- Battery: 15-hours over Bluetooth with ANC and 18-hours when disabling Cortana
- Color: Gray
- Cord Type: Wired and Wireless
- Extras: Swift Pair, Voice Assistant, ANC, and On-ear Touch Controls with Built-in Dual Mic
- Form Factor: Over-ear
- Included: Carrying Case, Audio and Charging Cable, Quick Start Guide
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 1-year
- Weight: 0.64lbs
Microsoft Surface Pros and Cons
What we like:
What we do not like:
- The color scheme might not appeal to all
- For some users, the sound might be a bit too warm
Should You Buy it ?
Yes, if you want crisp, clear audio, you will love the Microsoft Surface headphones. You can control the volume easily and adjust the noise cancellation levels as well. Even taking calls is clear and offers you comfortable listening experience. You can also use your voice to boost the volume or control tunes. The battery life is reasonable, and with the adjustable active noise cancellation, you can immerse yourself in silence. One thing is you will get the best noise-canceling headphones.
The Microsoft Surface is a surprisingly good headphone with a warm sound. The bass is generous, and you will listen to great music, whether classic or hip-hop. The sound is a bit warm, and some audiophiles may find the lower-mid frequencies a bit overwhelming. However, the sharp mid and trebles that can leave you feeling tired is not present in these earphones. What stands out is the ANC that works well. You can control the active noise cancellation easily with the dial knob.
Furthermore, the simplistic design might not be liked by all. So if you want a headset with more panache, these are not the headphones to buy. But if you want a quality noise canceling with comfortable wear, the Microsoft Surface is what you need. The other fantastic thing is the headphones perfect for gaming as well. The battery charges fast, and you get touch controls on both sides of the cans. On the other hand, if you need your hands free to do additional work, you can always use your voice.