What you need to know
- The Surface Earbuds have a new firmware update.
- The update brings the ability to turn the aptX codec on or off.
- When the aptX codec is off, the Surface Earbuds use the SBC codec.
Microsoft's Surface Earbuds have a new update that brings just a single change. Following the update to version 220.127.116.11, the Surface Earbuds now let you turn the aptX codec on or off.
Microsoft's support page for the Surface Earbuds outlines the change, which can also be found below.
|Firmware version||Update info|
|18.104.22.168||Enables an option within the Surface Audio app that allows the ability to turn on or off using the aptX codec. When turned off, Surface Earbuds will use the SBC codec.|
If you turn the aptX codec off on the Surface Earbuds, the buds will use the SBC codec instead.
The update for the Surface Earbuds should be available now.
Microsoft's super smart earbuds
Surface Earbuds have an excellent, albeit unique, design that is comfortable for all-day wear. However, incredibly good audio and exceptional battery life may not be enough to justify $200 compared to more affordable options.
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