Surface Headphones 2 Review

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Quick Points

  • Fit: Over Ear
  • Enclosure: Closed Back
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Best For: iOS & Android
  • Noise Canceling: Yes
  • Microphone: Yes

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What Comes Inside The Box

  • Surface Headphones 2
  • Audio Cable
  • Charging Cable
  • Carrying Case
  • User Manual
  • Safety Guide, Warranty Card

Our Score

  • 8.3

Reasons Why You Should Buy Them

  • The brand new Matte Black color of Surface Headphones 2 with shiny Microsoft logo looks classy and fortunately not a fingerprint magnet
  • They're ideal for Microsoft 365 users because of voice dictation in Word, catch up on emails with Play My Emails in the Outlook app and ability to add real-time captions to PowerPoint presentations during conference calls
  • The dials on either ear cup are quite intuitive and rotate smoothly, you can adjust the level of active noise cancellation and pass-through mode on the left, while the volume on the right side
  • They are one of the best Active Noise Canceling headphones, using a set of microphones and proprietary algorithms to block external sounds and have the option to manually select from 13 noise reduction levels
  • Microsoft Surface headphones 2 have a well-rounded sound signature. There is plenty of punch to the bass and well-balanced mids and highs for an immersive listening experience
  • These 2nd gen Surface headphones are quite comfortable even for long listening sessions, thanks to their large spongy ear pads and lightweight construction
  • Microsoft has increased the battery life to 20 hours with ANC enabled. It’s 5 hours longer than the original Surface headphones and on par with the Bose 700 headphones
  • Surface headphones have excellent multi-point Bluetooth support, which means they can be paired with two devices at once, allowing you to answer phone calls while watching a movie on your laptop
  • Intuitive on-board controls are top notch. In addition to the rotating dials to adjust volume and ANC levels, you can tap or touch the side of the cups to play or pause music, skip tracks and answer phone calls
  • Dedicated Surface Audio app to customize the EQ, create sound profiles, check battery life, adjust volume levels, select voice assistant, and adjust ANC levels for a better listening experience
  • The built-in microphones provide crisp and clear call quality. They pick up the voice well whether you are on the phone or giving a command to phone's virtual assistant
  • At $250, the Surface headphones are priced $100 less than the original model. This makes them a better value than the Bose 700 and Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones

Reasons Why You Should Avoid Them

  • The Sony WH-1000XM3 still offers better sound quality, while the Bose QC 35 ii offers better Active Noise Cancellation
  • The headband requires additional cushioning as it causes discomfort during longer listening sessions
  • Microsoft Surface headphones are not recommended for people with large heads or wearing glasses, they can be a little uncomfortable due to the strong clamping force
  • The fast charge provides 1 hour of music playback with 5 minutes of charging time, while Sony WH-1000XM3 can be used for 5 hours with 10 minutes charging time
  • There is some harmonic distortion, especially with high-pitched sounds when the volume of the headphones exceeds 70-80%
  • The design and build quality are the same as the original Surface Headphones, except for the new matte black color option and slightly better sound quality
  • Unfortunately, the headphones are not foldable and the protective case takes up a lot of space in the backpack
  • Such over-ear headphones tend to accumulate heat due to their snug fit. It is important if you are already in a warm environment
  • No support for high bitrate AAC codec used by Apple iOS devices such as iPhone and iPads for better sound quality
  • Stay up-to-date on your emails with “Play My Emails” in the iOS Outlook mobile app is currently only available to US users

Highlights

  • Experience your favorite music and shows with rich, immersive Omnisonic sound
  • 13 levels of adjustable active noise cancellation allow you to select the amount of isolation you want
  • If you want to know more about what's going on around you, dial up the surrounding sounds
  • Soft, lightweight and breathable earpads designed to make you feel comfortable throughout the day
  • Effortlessly rotate the on-ear dial and touch or tap the on-ear sensors to control music playback, ANC, and volume levels
  • Type using voice dictation in Word or catch up on emails using Play My Emails in the Outlook mobile app
  • Enjoy music all day long with an impressive battery life of up to 20 hours on a single charge
  • Connect Surface Headphones 2 to your Windows 10 PC immediately with Swift Pair functionality
  • Available in two colors: Light Gray and new Matte Black

The Specs That Matter

Dimensions

  • Headphone Fit : Over Ear
  • Enclosure : Closed Back
  • Size In/Cm : 8.03 in (20.4 cm)
  • Weight Gm/Oz : 290 g (10.24 oz)
  • Foldable Design : No

Connectivity

  • Connectivity : Bluetooth
  • Connect Multiple Devices : Yes
  • On Device Controls : Power, Call, Volume, Mute, Play/Pause, Skip Tracks, Pass Through Mode, ANC, Voice Assistant
  • In Line Mic & Controls : No
  • Voice Assistant : Google Assistant + Siri + Cortana
  • Companion App : Surface Audio App

Audio

  • Noise Cancelation Type : Active Noise Cancelling
  • Sound Isolation : Yes
  • Echo Reduction : No
  • Sound Mode : Stereo

Features

  • Water/Sweat Resistant : No
  • Waterproof : No
  • Heart Rate Monitor : No
  • Step Tracking : No

Battery

  • Battery Life : Up To 20 Hours
  • Auto Pause & Play : Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off : Yes
  • Quick Charge : Charge 5 Minutes = Up To 1 Hour Playback

Technical Data

  • Driver Size : 40 mm
  • Driver Unit : Free Edge
  • Frequency Response : 20 Hz - 20000 Hz
  • Sensitivity (dB/mW) : 115 dB/mW
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB : Less than 0.5%
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB : Less than 0.8%
  • Supported Codecs : aptX, SBC

Wireless

  • Bluetooth Version : 5.0
  • Bluetooth Profiles : A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
  • Radio Frequency : 2.4 GHz
  • Wireless Range : Up To 10 m (33 ft)
  • NFC : No

Noise Canceling

  • Noise Canceling Adjustment : Automatic + Manual
  • Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch : Yes
  • Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing : No
  • Ambient Sound Mode : Yes

Audio Cable

  • Audio Cable Length : 1.2 m
  • Detachable Audio Cable : Yes

Microphone

  • Microphone Feature : On-board Dual Microphones

Power

  • Battery : Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  • Charge Time : 2 Hours
  • Charging Cable : Type-C Cable
  • Battery Indicator : Yes

iOS

  • Connection : Wireless + Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Android

  • Connection : Wireless + Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Windows

  • Connection : Wireless + Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Xbox

  • Connection : Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

Playstation

  • Connection : Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

TV & Home Theater

  • Connection : Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

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Service & Support Info

  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts : 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour : 90 Days Limited Warranty
  • Email : bit.ly/mic-con


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