After no mention of the Surface Headphones 2 at Microsoft’s Surface event on October 2, 2019, in New York, the tech giant launched the second generation headset on May 12. A slight upgrade from the first version, the headphones can certainly pull their own weight against their competitors. Here’s everything that you need to know about them.
Design Their robust quality has carried forward to the second instalment of the Surface Headphones. They also come in matte black along with the earlier light grey. Microsoft says that they are designed to slip ‘comfortably over your ears’. The battery life is 20 hours on a full charge, which can easily last on a long journey. A well-integrated Cortana function allows you to play music as well as increase and decrease sound hands-free and has touch and tap controls. There is also a USB connector and a 3.5mm audio connector on the Surface Headphones 2.
Sound The sound remains more or less the same when compared to the first headphones. There are 15 levels of volume control on the right ring and 13 levels of noise cancellations on the left ring. The 13 levels of noise cancellation is a statement of Microsoft’s engineering superiority.
Multipoint Bluetooth The Bluetooth switching between devices, where the headphones can pick up a call on one connected device whilst playing music on another, is seamless and quick. Although a tiny feature, it is a must-have for all high-end headphones.
Microsoft Surface Audio App Using this app, users can tweak the equalizer to their liking. Available on Play Store, App Store and Windows 10, this app also provides basic information about the headphones such as battery level. It also has tutorials, and you can change device connection settings through it. This app can only be used for the Surface Headphones 2 and the new Surface Earbuds.
Price They cost $250 (about ₹19,000), which is surprisingly cheaper than its predecessor, which were priced at $350 (about ₹26,500).
Note: While the headphones have been released in the USA and UK, there is no official announcement on their release in India.