|Average Battery Life (in hours)||18 Hours|
Microsoft Surface Headphones
|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear|
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- Hear crisp, clear audio. Omnisonic Audio wraps you in your favorite music, shows, and more
- Lightweight, breathable, and a comfortable size you can wear for a full day of travel or at the office. Noise cancellation Up to 30 dB for active noise cancellation, Up to 40 dB for passive noise cancellation
- Your built in assistant can do it for you. Just ask Microsoft Cortana to play your favorite artist, set a reminder, make a call, get answers to questions, and more. Compatibility Windows 10, iOS, Android, MacOS
- Use your voice and simple, intuitive controls to adjust the volume, skip tracks, mute your mic, or hang up calls. Audio pauses when you take your headphones off , USB cord length 1.5 meter , Audio cable length 1.2 meter. Sound pressure level output - Up to 115 dB (1kHz, 1Vrms via cable connector with power on). Up to 115 dB (1kHz, 0dBFS over Bluetooth connection)
- Keep it quiet with active noise cancellation you can adjust with an easy on ear dial. Or, turn it all the way down to better hear conversations without removing headphones. Frequency response:20 20 kHz
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Turn it up, tune it out
Crisp, clear audio envelops you in your music. Easily control volume and adjust noise cancellation levels with on-ear dials. Even your voice is captured with exceptional clarity.
Listen in comfort and style all day with soft ear cups and lightweight design. Use voice or touch to adjust volume, skip tracks, mute your mic, and end calls.
Say hello to your new assistant
Use your voice to get more done and leave your hands free. “Hey Cortana, join my meeting.” She can play your favorite artist, make calls, check your schedule, and more.
Connect to your world
Pairing to your phone or computer is easy. Listen throughout your day with up to 15 hours of battery life and fast charging for almost an hour of music in just 5 minutes— plus up to 18 hours of battery life by turning off Cortana voice activation.
Immerse yourself in silence
Adjustable Active Noise Cancellation technology means you choose how much you tune out. Turn up the silence on planes, trains, or when surrounding noise is at its loudest. Turn it down to adjust when you want to be more aware of what’s going on around you, like in the office or on city streets.
Don’t miss a beat with intelligent shortcuts
All you have to do is ask. “Hey, Cortana. What’s on my calendar today?” Cortana, your intelligent assistant, can play your favorite artist, start calls, answer questions, and more. She’ll check your schedule, send an email, or remind you about a task.
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|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear|
|Item Dimensions||8.03 x 7.68 x 1.89 inches||7.31 x 2.94 x 10.44 inches||9.88 x 9.61 x 2.80 inches||8.66 x 4.33 x 9.84 inches||2.00 x 6.50 x 8.00 inches||7.26 x 3.03 x 9.93 inches|
|Item Weight||0.64 lbs||0.56 lbs||—||0.68 lbs||0.55 lbs||0.56 lbs|
|Special Features||noise-cancellation||Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Industry Leading Noise Canceling Overhead Headphones (WH-1000XM3)||Noise-Canceling, Lightweight||Microphone, wireless, Volume-Control||Noise Cancellation, Microphone Feature, Water Resistant, Volume-Control||Noise-Canceling|
From the manufacturer Turn it up, tune it out Crisp, clear audio envelops you in your music. Easily control volume and adjust noise cancellation levels with on-ear dials. Even your voice is captured with exceptional clarity. Get comfortable Listen in comfort and style all day with soft ear cups and lightweight design. Use voice or touch to adjust volume, skip tracks, mute your mic, and end calls. Say hello to your new assistant Use your voice to get more done and leave your hands free. ?Hey Cortana, join my meeting.? She can play your favorite artist, make calls, check your schedule, and more. Connect to your world Pairing to your phone or computer is easy. Listen throughout your day with up to 15 hours of battery life and fast charging for almost an hour of music in just 5 minutes - plus up to 18 hours of battery life by turning off Cortana voice activation.3. Immerse yourself in silence Adjustable Active Noise Cancellation technology means you choose how much you tune out. Turn up the silence on planes, trains, or when surrounding noise is at its loudest. Turn it down to adjust when you want to be more aware of what?s going on around you, like in the office or on city streets. Don?t miss a beat with intelligent shortcuts All you have to do is ask. ?Hey, Cortana. What?s on my calendar today?? Cortana, your intelligent assistant, can play your favorite artist, start calls, answer questions, and more. She?ll check your schedule, send an email, or remind you about a task. From your doorstep to your office, on the train or in the air, listen in comfort and style All day. Your music and phone calls sound spectacular with rich, clear audio and adjustable noise cancellation. And use your voice to get more done with your hands free. ?Hey Cortana, skip to the next song.?1
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Noise Cancellation: (Surface Headphones == Sony 1000XM3) > Bose QC35II.
The quality of noise cancellation on the Surface and Sony is very close, both standing well above Bose's. I am not too sure why, but Bose's NC gives me a weird headache, and it is not just the QC35 line, but also their in-ear QC20. There are reports of this happening to many other Bose owners, so, personally, I cannot recommend the Bose for the noise cancelling. Both Sony's and Surface Headphones' active noise cancelling is amazing, and for someone who takes bus rides daily, it is a godsend.
Comfort: Surface > Bose > Sony
When looking at how they rest on your head/ears, the Surface headphones are easily the most comfortable due to its over-ear design. To me, the Sony 1000XM3 are not comfortable since the drivers put physical pressure on my ear's cartilage, so after 20 minutes of listening, my ears would start hurting, and that is because of the on-ear design, similar to the Bose QC35II. As a commuter, comfort was the most important factor when I decided to get the Surface headphones.
Sound Quality: Sony > Bose > Surface
Both Sony and Bose have years of research and development backing them up, so their products have industry standard sound quality, whereas, the Surface headphones are Microsoft's first attempt at making premium headphones. I am not an audiophile, but I can still clearly tell the differences. For example, compared to the Bose QCII, the Surface headphones lack in the mids and highs. Do not get me wrong, the Surface Headphones do sound good for its main functions are being wireless and noise cancelling.
- Quality noise cancelling .
- Surprisingly good to play games with, such as PUBG and Overwatch (when cabled, with NC on). I can actually hear footsteps much clearer, and it beats any of the fake "7.1 surround sound" gaming headphones by a milestone.
- Build quality is premium (soft touch material), way better than the Bose. They weigh a tiny bit more than Sony's and Bose's, but it's negligible.
- Touch control on the sides, which makes it hands-free. Also, the dials for volume (on the right) and NC (on the left) are really smooth and easy to adjust.
- Fast charging, so you can sneak in a couple hours of battery with ~15 minutes of charging (as long as you have a fast charger).
- USB type-C
- If you run out of battery, they still function as normal headphones with the 3.5mm jack cable (with NC off).
- Voice assistant (Cortana, Siri, Google Voice) if you are into that.
- It has voice prompts, such as telling you battery life when turning it on. Also, it will pause your music when you take them off.
- Phone calls sound clear.
- Battery life (about 12 hours) is much shorter than the competitors. This is due to the voice assistant being on "stand-by" the whole time, which drains the battery. Microsoft is working on an firmware update to let you choose to have it turned off, but I don't think they will reach Sony's monstrous 30-hour battery.
- Sound quality is worse than Bose's and Sony's. You can try to tune it differently in the EQ, but they will still lack.
I like them a lot and I would recommend them to people interested in buying wireless, noise cancelling headphones at this price range. My primary use is with my iPhone, so as far as streaming over Spotify, to me they sound great.
Used these headphones on two international trips and they were awful. I read a few reviews regarding the headphones freezing or not recognizing motion. This issue occurred for me and only a reboot could fix them, but not immediately. These have to be the most expensive mistake I've made.
On a 737 Max 8, the cabin is quite insulated, so the headphones were unnecessary and when I tried them, they didn't add much to the experience.
On a 777, which is much noisier, they helped slightly, but they still suffered from the rainfall sound effect - wherein some sounds are not cancelled, as much as they are reprocessed and chopped up into pieces of sound, like raindrops hitting a solid surface.
I received a firmware update during my journey and applied it. I didn't notice an improvement or any new issues.
The firmware update did not have a change log to highlight what they were updating or resolving.
After switching between the Bose QC35 and Sony 1000XM3's, the Surface Headphones don't fit as well (the ear cups are too small), sound as good, last as long between charges, nor are they lighter or any other thing that these should have been.
Don't buy these headphones, unless you just want something that looks cool.
I will heretofore refer to Noise Cancellation as NC.
After using these headphones on two cross country flights, I can definitively state that the noise cancelling is extremely mediocre.
On an MD-88, with NC on maximum, the engine noise sounds like rainfall. Quite annoying when you expect silence or close to it.
On an 767-432(ER), the engine noise is muted, but still quite noticeable.
The Bose QC35 and Sony 1000XM3 exhibited no issues and were quite comfortable.
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I recommend against purchasing this product. It's half baked. It's interesting to read how much time they spent on this product, but couldn't figure out that no one wants to use Cortana or that 10 hours of battery life is laughable.
Maybe with 5 more years of research, they will create something that could compete with the other headphones in it's price range.
I hope someone from Microsoft reads this and understands that no one wants to be hamstrung by a terrible app or to sign away all of their data and privacy to update their headphones to the latest firmware. Please get a clue.
I don't have to deal with these annoyances with my Bose or Sony headsets.
-USB C connector and cable (a long cord!).
-'Interesting' cord storage
-Not as comfortable as I had hoped. I needed to reposition them multiple times during the flight.
-BATTERY LIFE IS AWFUL. Lower than any unit in it's price range.
-Noise cancellation is average, on par with Plantronics PLT 8200 series (I believe these headphones are based on their tech). Nowhere near the Bose QC35 or Sony 1000XM3.
-Case is huge, with no clip or hook.
-Headphones are noticably heavier than their competition.
-Cortana software requires linking your email account and access to all data on phone.
-Sound quality is average, really average. Requires app to adjust EQ.
-No aptX or any other HQ sound codecs.
-Pairing by holding down the power button is doesn't work well. Worked sporadically. Create a dedicated button, if need be. I would like to see a pairing button and a separate power button.
-The color scheme could be better. The black color used on the new surface pro would have been a superior choice.
-Reasonable battery life.
-Good/effective noise cancelling (only ok for an office environment and NOT for planes).
-A voice prompt to confirm your settings; i.e. turn the dial, verbal volume or noise cancelling level prompt.
-HQ audio codecs.
-The ability to turn off Cortana always on feature - hopefully that will improve battery life).
Top reviews from other countries
I wore the latest set of headphones deliberately for several hours to test comfort and they were indeed very comfortable. The earpads do exclude a considerable amount of extraneous noise without active noise cancellation (ANC), which is a progressive adjustment. At the adjustment's lowest setting, ANC is off and external sounds are lightly amplified. This is useful if there's an interruption and easier than lifting an earpiece to listen.
The sound quality is excellent but with volume and noise cancelling at all settings, there's a very faint hiss from the internal electronics. Noise cancellation is not as effective as the Sony XM3's, but is not far behind. The great thing with these is that their Bluetooth pairing and connection is well behaved and very easy to use. I had Sony headphones and sent them back because their Bluetooth was difficult to connect and the headphones often announced they were connected but carried no sound from my recent model Samsung TV.
Another great positive for me is that their control app is Windows-based. I'm probably one of the few people left who don't bother much with mobile phones. I have one but can't connect to Wifi and can't access the Apple store, so Windows connectivity was a great plus for me. The app is really easy to use, too and there's a lot of helpful information on line that is so much easier to read than in a tiny text multilingual instruction booklet or a small screen. Also, all features remain active during USB charging and firmware updates are easy to apply via the USB charging lead when connected to a computer. The audio spectrum can also be adjusted via the online app, with presets for jazz, pop, classical, rock and flat. Personalised settings can be saved.
Volume and ANC are controlled by rotary controls on the periphery of the earpieces. This is very easy to get used to. Internal prompts from the headphones are in an English accent, not a nasal American one, thank goodness.
The on/off button is just about flush with the right earpiece's curve and could do with being a little more proud, like the only other pushbutton control - well, a short bar really, which is a mute control, apparently operative when using a phone or a portable music source. A long touch on either headphone leads to Cortana's voice offering to learn your voice so some of the headphones' commands can be voice controlled. Since this is mainly for use with a mobile phone or iPod (or similar) to control taking phone calls or playing music, I can't comment because I haven't the means to test it. Other touch controls are available for calls and music and fall into the same category for me.
The headphones don't fold up to fit into a small(ish) case but the earpieces swivel so they can fit into an 8 inch square carrying case. It's a bit big to lug about but its quality of manufacture is as high as that of the headphones.
I have been searching for headphones that would allow me to listen to a pocket portable radio whilst walking near to a busy roadway. These headphones turn on when a 3.5mm stereo jack is inserted into the socket and both volume and noise reduction are fully functional making them ideal for that purpose.
I'm very happy/delighted with my purchase. Dave L
Update: After sending the broken headphones back, Amazon refused to replace with another pair and refunded the purchase price. I assume these discounted units are excess stock and probably none of them carry manufacturer warranty or may not have passed MSFT quality controls in the first place. I will be ordering a pair direct from MSFT instead in order to guarantee a warranty.
These headphones are great until they get faulty with an unstable connection between your devices and the touch controls. The noise cancellation is great and it's comfortable overall.
When I finally got my money back I bought Beats Solo Pro which work flawlessly, look better and are significantly cheaper. I’m not saying buy the beats, although they are great, just do not buy these poo headphones
They are comfortable, the noise cancellation is great (plus going the other way might be useful for when you are in the office and people talk to you). They feel good in hand, and the volume and noise isolation controls (dials) are brilliant. Having gotten them on sale I would highly recommend them for that price.