What you need to know
- Microsoft's Surface Earbuds are now available for preorder.
- The Surface Earbuds support gestures and integrate with Office 365.
- They will be available from May 12 for $199.
Microsoft's Surface Earbuds are finally available for preorder (opens in new tab). The Surface Earbuds were originally announced last October but were delayed until this spring. Now, you can preorder the Surface Earbuds for $199. That price tag is lower than the $249 price tag that once appeared on the Microsoft Store. The Surface Earbuds launch on May 12 in 24 markets.
The Surface Earbuds do not feature noise cancellation, but that choice was made by Microsoft to help people who wear headphones all day. The Surface Earbuds support haptic gestures, such as swiping forward or back to navigate playlists and swiping up or down to adjust playback volume.
The Surface Earbuds have Omnisonic speakers to deliver high-quality audio. Microsoft states that the headphones will get up to 8 hours of battery life on their own and up to 24 hours of battery when combined with their USC-C charging case.
|Dimensions||Each earbud: 0.98" (25 mm) x 0.78" (19.9 mm)|
|Charging case||2.96" (75 mm) x 1.31" (33.2 mm) x 0.98" (25 mm)|
|Weight Each earbud||7.2g with ear tip|
|Charging case||40g without earbuds|
|Frequency response||20 –20 kHz|
|Microphone||Two microphones per earbud|
|Battery life||Up to 24 hours battery with included charging case|
Up to eight hours of continuous listening per charge
A 10-minute charge provides up to one hour of battery life
|Cord||USB-A to USB-C cord (1 meter)|
|Audio codecs||SBC and aptX|
|Compatibility||Windows 10, Android 4.4, iPhone 5, iOS9, Bluetooth 4.1/4.2|
|Controls||Touch, tap, swipe, voice|
|Warranty||One-year limited hardware warranty|
You can connect the Surface Earbuds to Windows 10 with Swift Pair and Android phones with Fast Pair. At launch, the Surface Earbuds will be available in "glacier" white, but darker grey versions should be available at a later date. You can read more about the Surface Earbuds in our post covering their announcement.
Microsoft's super smart earbuds
Now at a lower price, the Surface Earbuds will undoubtedly turn some heads when you're out wearing them, but you'll be able to make use of gesture support on your PC, iPhone, or Android smartphone.
Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at email@example.com.
Love the price. I am just waitIng on Daniel’s review on sound quality and then grab them
I wish the gray was avail at launch. They will be slightly less noticeable (more professional).
I didnt see it listed, does the case charge wirelessly?
I read in another article it doesn't have wireless charging
I'll preorder them as soon as I get confirmation that they are capable of multipoint connection. I need to connect to my phone and PC at the same time.
Well, I'm sad to say that I just chatted with Microsoft rep who said that the earbuds are not capable of multipoint, but the headphones are. That is disappointing. Sean, or any WC staffer, when you review these, please check to see if this is accurate. Thank you!
Too expensive for something without ANC.
These could be interesting with language translation in Teams and I like the potential. Chose the Headphone 2’s as my daily driver though.
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