What you need to know

  • Our executive editor, Daniel Rubino, joined This Week in Tech as a guest this week.
  • Rubino discusses the pros and cons of the Surface Earbuds during the show.
  • He also covers Build 2020 and other topics alongside the show's host and other guests.

Our executive editor Daniel Rubino recently joined This Week in Tech to discuss Microsoft's Build 2020 conference, the Surface Earbuds, and more. He discussed the Surface Earbuds at length on the show starting at 15:08 mark.

Rubino discusses how the Surface Earbuds are "lifestyle earbuds" and why while he likes them personally, he sees the issues with them. One of the biggest drawbacks that Rubino points out is the price of the Surface Earbuds. On the positive side of things, Rubino highlights the comfort of the Surface Earbuds, stating that he forgets they're there after putting them on.

As pointed out by Rubino, in contrast with many popular earphones and earbuds, the Surface Earbuds don't block out all external noise for people to ignore the outside world. Instead, they can be worn all day in an office or while you're out and about without blocking out coworkers and people you see throughout the day.

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He goes through why they're so big, how their size improves battery life, and how the large surface area — get it? — of the Surface Earbuds allows you to use gestures.

A large focus of the episode is Microsoft's Build 2020 conference, including the open Microsoft, Easter Eggs during the show, and how Microsoft shifted to an all-digital event.