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Google Pixel Buds

65
Engadget
Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
65

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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Engadget Review

Since Google's new Pixel smartphones don't have headphone jacks, the company's decision to make a pair of wireless earbuds was only logical. Unfortunately, the Pixel Buds could still use some work. In fairness, they sound better than Apple's AirPods, the translation feature works fine most of the time. It's just too bad that finagling the Buds into their charging case is inconvenient, and that the touch controls are easy to accidentally activate. We also experienced strange hiccups with Google Assistant that detracted from other pleasant performance. Ultimately, Google's first attempt at wireless earbuds show signs of promise but still feel like a $159 experiment.

Pros
  • They sound better than expected
  • Intuitive touch controls
  • Solid battery life
Cons
  • They don't shut out ambient noise at all
  • Obnoxious case design
  • Touch pads are easy totap accidentally
  • Google Assistant seems hit-or-miss
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Key Specs

Type
Earbud
Channels
Stereo
Connections
Wireless
Model

General

Type
Earbud (Neck-chain)
Channels
Stereo

Other features

Foldable design
No
Gold-plated connector
No

Connections

Connections
Wireless (Bluetooth)